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Vinnie's Pizzeria: When It's Really Late and You Want Something Beany

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.

Vinnie's Pizzeria
Vinnie's Pizzeria

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.

black bean avocado pizza?
Mm, beans

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 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 has hunger
Someone is super hungry

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."


Vinnie's Pizzeria
148 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211


Nicole / March 23, 2008 9:52 PM

Actually, the T.Hanks dumpster might be the most beautiful thing I've feasted my eyes on it quite some time.

Danny / March 23, 2008 10:32 PM

This place is really popular among the people who frequent the Brooklyn Brewery.. because you know, what you need is a pizza place that delivers to a brewery...

roboppy / March 24, 2008 1:18 AM

Manda: Good, then I'm NOT overly amused...but just amused enough.

c: Haha, I should draw that out...but I'm too lazy.


Nicole: It is quite beautiful.


Clarise / March 24, 2008 2:41 AM

How many slices of pizza can you eat? It depends on the size and toppings really, but sometimes I find myself full after eating just one.

Potter Fandom: Harry can order Kreacher not to tell anyone. And they can take Kreacher with them. Anyway I want to go to Hogwarts just because of their feasts... I mean food trays and plates that refill themselves to your heart's content? Remember the Yule Ball where you just say the food that you want and it appears on your plate? And I want to know what treacle tart and butterbeer tastes like. Mmmm butterbeer...

Jesse / March 24, 2008 3:42 AM

Wow... I want a... a... bulgogi, mozzarella, and kimchee pizza.

Or a umm... a ramen pizza. YEAH.

Or a pizza that can write critical essays for me. That would be nice. But since those flavors are not available, I guess I'd settle for the Florentine... *grumble*

roboppy / March 24, 2008 7:41 AM

Jesse: ...Damn...those are some intense pizzas. I would try them though. Uhhhuhhhh. As for a pizza that would write essays for me, I guess I'd wanna keep that one alive.

a. grace: OH NOES IT LOOKS LIKE MATH. But tasty. So I guess that's okay.

Lauren / March 24, 2008 9:16 PM

"When It's Really Late and You Want Something Beany"
that sounds like a line from a Diarrhea Song stanza.

i hope that's far from what happened...

roboppy / March 25, 2008 12:30 AM

Steph: You can totally make that yourself. PLEASE TELL ME YOU DID.

Coco: Are you gonna make one too?


...Oops, it does. Unintentional! And there was no excessive diarrhea or gas that night. Weee.

Reese: It works. I mean. ...It's beans. It's tasty. It's filling. Mm!

Julie / March 25, 2008 2:30 PM

Now I wanna sticker/stencil campaign that T.HANKS on garbage flaps all over the city!

Your chips pizza sounds sorta like a Frito pie pizza ... a Frito pizza pie ... I can't make that sound less redundant and still have it be accurate.

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