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Cheap Eats: Vito’s Express

Pizza comes with a little Italian flair at this new Dublin restaurant.


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Photo by Marcy M. // Yelp.com

V is for Vito’s. And Vespas. This hip new pizza place in Grafton Station features the Italian scooter on its logo, and you can even sit on the real thing while eating: A tall table for two is attached to the handles of a pair of gray and red 1960s Vespas.

As for the pizzas, the hand-tossed crust is thin but sturdy. Tomato sauce and mozzarella do not overwhelm, but make room for toppings—such as prosciutto and arugula, clam and bacon, and meatballs and garlic—to shine. The 10-inch “plate” size ($10–$14) is big enough to share, and some pies are available by the slice at lunch ($3–$4). Don’t miss the schiacciata ($12) menu: The traditional Italian stuffed pizza has toppings sandwiched inside a baked crust that has been sliced open. We couldn’t get enough of the caprese, with fresh mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, basil, and lots of garlic.

Pizza for every meal: Sauce-less breakfast pizzas ($10–$13) feature a fluffy egg and cheese blend topped with sausage, bacon, pancetta, or veggies. A sweet dessert pizza ($10) pairs ricotta cheese with cocoa powder and chocolate drizzle.

Salad two ways: Salad options, from Caesar to spinach, are available alone ($4.25–$6.75) or on a pizza crust, sans cheese ($11.50–$13.75).

Vito’s Express, 4060 Grafton St., Dublin, (925) 967-9000, vitosexpressdublin.com. Lunch and dinner daily.

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