Vongole Pizza from Volturno on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, MA

Right on Shrewsbury Street this refurbished historic “Buick” Dealership has been re-purposed into an upscale Pizza place: Volturno. They kept the high ceilings and exposed beams as well as all the internal exposed plumbing in view giving it a rustic feel.  The place is flanked by extra-large windows “Show casing” a view of Shrewsbury street and giving the place a large bright open feel.  The energy in this place was upbeat and lively.  The bar area was situated in the middle of the room and dominated the space.  The bar helped to separate an otherwise large square room into smaller areas of dining. Two large pizza ovens where the center of attention in the open kitchen area and helped to keep the rustic theme of the place.

The wait staff was prompt and when asked about menu items appeared to be very informed.  Our waiter appeared to have tried quite a few of the menu items and was helpful with his opinion when asked.

I ordered the Vongole pizza. This pizza came in an individual size serving.  It was a white pizza and came with mozzarella, ricotta cheese, bacon and clams.  I love seafood and I can honestly say I have never mixed my seafood with my pizza.  When I looked at the menu and saw this pizza it captured my interest.  I am glad I took a chance and stepped out of my comfort zone to try it.  The combination of the bacon with the clams in this dish was truly a sensation for the taste buds.  I loved the smokiness of the bacon with the salty-ness of the clams.  I found the crust exactly the way I like it, very thin. With me the thinner the crust the better, however instead of being thin and crispy which is what I’ve come to expect in a thin crust, this was chewy and had some body to it. My overall experience with Volturno was excellent.  I would add this restaurant to my rotation it was one of the best pizza’s I’ve had in a long time. – RL