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Venue Review: Revolution Pizza & Ale House

A memorable meal at a good price
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Revolution Pizza & Ale House
By "Robin Hall Domeier, Special to the Observer"
The Charlotte Observer

3228 N. Davidson St.

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The only thing I like better than good food is good food at a good value. I lucked out and found both on my visit to Revolution Pizza & Ale House.

A caramelized onion and pulled pork pizza, vegetable frittes appetizer, tall glass of ale and pistachio gelato combined for a memorable meal. And best yet – it only cost $28.90 after tax and tip.

On North Davidson Street in the NoDa area of Charlotte, Revolution Pizza is housed in the old Mellow Mushroom building. The dining room is divided into four distinct areas – the bar, the patio, a side room and the back room – each with its own vibe. On our visit, my husband and I were led to a table in the back room. Once seated, we found something that ran a close second to love – a nightly special.

The special was timely because before we went inside Revolution Pizza, we sat in the car for five or so minutes trying to figure out how not to bust our $25 dinner-for-two budget. Pizzas come in small ($7), medium ($12) and large ($16). Toppings come a la carte and range from 50 cents to $3.

Our plan: Order a small pulled pork and caramelized onion pie, the cheese and vegetable frittes appetizer and an ale. That would have cost $21.25 before tax and tip and we weren't even sure if we'd have enough food. But, it turns out we went on a Tuesday, which is when they offer a $20 date night special. It features one appetizer or two small salads, a two-topping medium pizza and a small gelato, the Italian version of ice cream.

With the cheese and vegetable frittes, seasonal veggies (sweet potato, onion, squash and zucchini) and wedges of mozzarella and provolone cheese were dipped into a slightly bitter ale batter. A yogurt and spicy pomodoro tomato sauce came on the side for dipping. I enjoyed the five or six frittes we got, but had they not been part of the special, the $9 cost seemed pricey.

The pulled pork and caramelized onion pizza was worth the cost. We got the red version: tomato sauce and mozzarella.(White pies boast olive oil, garlic and Parmigiano Reggiano.)

The pulled pork released a bit of oil that mingled marvelously with the cheese. Just as the pizza was on the verge of being too savory, honey-brown strands of onion contributed a lovely sweetness. The crust was thin and cracker crunchy.

Revolution Pizza offers 40 plus ales on draft and 60 different flavors by the bottle. We opted for a crisp Brooklyn Summer Ale.

Six to 12 gelato flavors are offered. We chose creamy pistachio spiked with bits of nuts.

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(no rating) Aug. 19, 2009 - The Charlotte Observer - Robin Hall Domeier, Special to the Observer

The only thing I like better than good food is good food at a good value. I lucked out and found both on my visit to Revolution Pizza & Ale House.

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Jan. 22, 2008 - The Charlotte Observer - Helen Schwab

Founding Father John Dickinson said, “The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.”
So I'm delighted to report that Revolution Pizza & Ale House appears to be doing just that. On my visits, the NoDa place bustled: no small feat these days.

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USER REVIEWS
Aug 28, 2009 - foodlover83
good pizza

I live in Noda and I really enjoy this place service could be better but the pizza with all the tasty toppings how could you go wrong!!

Aug 21, 2009 - gregaker
Great place

The pizza is among the best in the city and many of the other menu items are very good as well. Plus they have a great beer selection. Check out the Peppadew peppers.

(no rating) Aug 19, 2009 - jlucas
Best Pizza in town

I think this is some of the best pizza in town. They have a great selection of toppings and a good red sauce for a base. The beer selection is also pretty good to go along with the pizza!

(no rating) Aug 19, 2009 - nsimons
I agree...Don't Waste Your Money

I have eaten at Revolution Pizza 3x now and ech time I vow never to go back. I find the food mediocre at best, small portions and not worth the money.

(no rating) Aug 19, 2009 - native999
Don't Waste Your Money on Revolution

I do not agree with this assessment of Revolotion Pizza! I went with a couple of friends and none of us liked our meal. Parts were over cooked and other parts were undercooked. It was awful and not worth the money. From now on I'll wait for a table at Cabo or Boudreaux's!


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