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Vesuvius Wood-Fired Pizza

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1620 S Kellogg Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8001
+1 515-233-7183
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Iowa Falls, Iowa
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64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there for lunch when in Ames. They have a lunch special that is a good deal. Pizza was good as was the service. We will go back now that we figured out how to get there. If you have heard the saying "You can't get there from here", it almost fits this situation.

Thank Kornkurt
Punta Gorda, FL
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42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Granted that we chose to visit on a Friday night and expected it to be busy. But wow! My husband said it was like being in an echo chamber!! It was very hectic and we had no idea if we should seat ourselves or get in line. One of the girl waiters buzzed around shouting out people's pizza order numbers... More 

Thank 1117Carol
Kansas City, Kansas
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

pretty good wood fired pizza. Fresh salads. Cheesy bread tasty too. Service was REALLY fast -- but we were there at 4:30 on a Sunday when it was not busy. Although we were hungry, we couldn't eat everything. We shared a salad and cheesy bread and each ordered a pizza. We ended up only able to eat half the pizza.... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

If you want an authentic Italian pizza, with a salted thin crust, top-quality ingredients, and baked in a brick oven, then Vesuvius Pizza is your best choice. The pizzas are crispy and delicious with a myriad of toppings available, from prosciutto to goat cheese to arugula to tomato and basil. Salads are hearty and delicious, too. It may seem a... More 

Thank PaulaCartgr492
Ames, IA
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Wonderful, authentic, wood-fired pizza! The brick oven is not only obviously functional, but it serves as the main atmospheric element. The staff are friendly and efficient in a hip kind of way. In my opinion, the one thing where it falls short is the dining area - it has the potential to be a warm, comfortable setting, but because it's... More 

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San Juan
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63 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

I reviewed a year ago and complained about skimpy toppings, little flavor, etc. Went back this week. Whoa. What happened? Great fresh toppings, amazing sausage, excellent crust. Best pie in Ames. Whole central Iowa area for that matter!!!

Thank Aidennosco
Ames, Iowa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

My daughter moved 1500 miles from Ames and every time she visits - she has to go to Vesuvius! They have specials and daily deals that change that offer great value too!

Thank Suze20162016
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Hands down the best pizza in Ames! My husband and I were going through wood-fire pizza withdrawals after relocating to Ames from Des Moines (Eatery A on Ingersoll was a weekly must-have for us) but found Vesuvius by chance. The crust is not too thick, not too thin and just the right amount of crispiness. Unlike most chain delivery pizza... More 

Thank IowaFoodie7787
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185 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Love the specialty wood-fired pizzas at this place! Never had a bad pizza! The crust is light, thin, and flakey! The pizza sauce and cheese are just right!

Thank dmark521
Staten Island, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Liked the veggies on the pizza, but they kind of ruined it by cooking at too high a heat. Everything was a little charred.

Thank StatenIslandGuy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1620 S Kellogg Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8001
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-233-7183

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?