Last Friday night, Tristan, his flatmate Kim, and I took a cab to Bedford Avenue in search of midnight pizza. The first place we stopped at was large, crowded and, according to Tristan and Kim, not even good.
Don't let the hipsters misguide you. Walk up to Vinnie's Pizzeria a cozy, not overly stuffed with humans (although it probably should be) vegan-friendly pizzeria where just one slice of their specialty pizza will knock out your hunger.
After seeing Tristan spring for the black bean avocado pizza, my unimaginative mind went for the same thing. Can you call a pizza topped with layer of black beans a pizza? If it's in the shape of a pizza and on top of a pizza crust, yes! And not just black beans, but also avocado, diced tomatoes, feta cheese, nacho chips, cheddar cheese, and possibly more ingredients that I can't identify. The description on the menu is confusing me a bit since the one for the black bean pizza doesn't include nacho chips and, unless my memory is envisioning tortilla chips where they didn't exist, there were most definitely chips on top of my pizza...so I kind of combined the description of black bean pizza with the one for the quesadilla pie.
If you're looking for a dainty slice, this isn't it; hello, it's a thick layer of beans atop a thin pizza crust. Topped with a layer of crunchy corn chips. Plus more. Of course it tasted good, as long as you like beans and don't mind having a layer of beans coat your stomach. Which I didn't. The heaviness felt comforting in some way. I'll pretend it gave me a good night's sleep.
Tristan ordered two slices: in addition to the beany slice, he went with The Florentine topped with sautéed spinach, chopped tomatoes, mozzarella, and crumbled feta. Kim also ordered that slice. Were both of our stomachs connected to Tristan's? Hm...
If crazy pizza isn't your thing, don't worry—they have plenty of "normal" toppings as well, along with heroes, pasta dishes, and salads. I'd like to go back if I'm in the area again.
Aside from the pizza, my favorite thing about the pizzeria was the garbage bin whose smell-reducing flap read "T.HANKS" with a photo of a young Tom Hanks pasted on the bottom corner. It amused me way more than it was supposed to. I mean, over than a week later I look at this photo and still think, "Damn, that's awesome."
148 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211