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“Pretty Good...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Evo Pizza

Evo Pizza
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $15
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: EVO (Extra Virgin Oven) Pizzeria is the wood-fired dream of Matt McIntosh and Ricky Hacker. Matt and Ricky met while working in the illustrious kitchen at FIG in downtown Charleston in 2003. The pair spent the better part of a year forming the concept for a wood-fired pizza shop that would focus on local ingredients. In 2005 they flew the coop to start EVO. The first incarnation was a mobile wood-fired pizza oven - in other words, a fancy trailer - that they used for catering. Turns out, people really like fancy trailer pizza. It became apparent that the concept was ready for a brick & mortar restaurant, and they found a perfect home on East Montague Avenue in North Charleston, part of the up-and-coming Park Circle area. In 2007, EVO Pizzeria fired up its ovens for the public, and hasn't stopped since. We come to work at EVO every day to bring fun, delicious food and drink to our community. We source locally and regionally because we're proud to be here. We cook with love because we love to cook. And who doesn't love pizza?
South Carolina
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67 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Pretty Good...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Walking around the revitalized North Charleston area, and found EVO. Fairly small layout...maybe 50 people max. Limited wait area, but the bar is as good a place as any.

Menu was pretty good with a good selection of apps, salads, and pizzas. Beer selection was also top notch with local offerings and farther away bottle selections. Had a few wine selections as well.

Can highly recommend the mac and cheese app...really, really good! Warm, all kinds of awesome cheeses, and breadcrumbs for some crunch. An excellent find. Also went with the pork trifecta pizza. Overall, a pretty good pie. Tons of toppings, and the cheeses they used were great. We thought the dough was maybe a little too thin. Not horrible, but for a thin crust, this was thin of the thin. Not far from a toasted pita or something similar. It also seemed to take forever for the pizza to come out. Granted they were a bit busy, it still seemed to take a long time...~30 minutes or so.

Overall, a pretty cool little pizza place. Have had better stone fired pizzas, but for a quick bite and good beer EVO fits the bill. Will certainly visit again to try more of the menu.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Charleston, South Carolina
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Always so delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Although the pizzas are fabulous, our favorite items at EVO are the salads and whatever is on the specials menu. Last time, we had roasted sweet potatoes with candied nuts and kale - YUM. The salads always taste like they came straight of the garden (which is basically the truth) and ruins you for any other salad except those of 5 star restaurants. The only downside is if you're looking for a traditional pizza loaded with cheese. EVO's pizzas are super thin crust with fresh toppings, but not a lot of cheese or typical red sauce options.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Columbia, South Carolina
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Knock you socks off pizza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

WOW! A great find. We are from out of town and I found this place due to their great reviews and they deserved all of them. Reasonable, great atmosphere and really good food. For dessert we had their Goat Milk Fudge. We went back and got more and before leaving town went back again and got some for family back home. It is a little hard to find. The area is not lit as well as it could be. We had their special. All ingredients from local growers and farms. It was really a knock your socks off pizza. I ask for dipping sauce for the crust. It was fresh and oh so good. We will go again when in Charleston!

Visited November 2012
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North Charleston, South Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“MY NEW FAVORITE PIZZA SPOT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Wow! i read about this place and had to try it! i had really high expectations because of reviews and pictures but wow it was so much better then i thought i had the Pork Trifecta it was amazing i literally looked over to my wife and told her " I feel like im eating pizza for the first time !" my wife had the pistachio pizza and it was amazing as well. They also have an amazing craft beer selection which is perfect because who doesn't love pizza and beer!

Visited October 2012
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North Charleston, South Carolina
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Somewhat dissapointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I went to EVOs for the first time on Oct 10th based on their good reviews. I had a 12" pizza. Their ingredients are very fresh and of good quality but I was VERY disappointed in how much crust there was. It was like half the area of the pizza was crust and only half had the sauce and cheese. It made for a dry pizza. I like my ingredients much closer to the edge of the pie. I salute the owners for having a nonsmoking restaurant in a town (North Charleston) that loves smoking. The bottom line is I can find better pizza elsewhere in the Charleston area.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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