Garage Pizza – Restaurant Review

Garage Pizza first opened back in 2015 in an old gas station in Downtown Vero Beach on Old Dixie Highway. Chef Michael Lander along with his son and culinary grad student Dylan, opened this wood fired pizza oven concept to much fanfare. Chef Michael, still passionate about fine dining from his days at The Moorings, decided to move on and open Michael’s Table in Orchid Island Brewery, and let his son Dylan run the restaurant by himself. Dylan had an amazing opportunity present itself in Colorado Springs that he couldn’t pass up, so they decided to close the restaurant. Fast forward to late 2020 and an opportunity to bring Garage Pizza back became a reality. In the same building as Michael’s on 7th was an open retail space that would be perfect for the new location. Garage Pizza is now partnership between Chef Michael and two long time associates of his, Chef James Foerst and Jessica Smith. After completely renovating the space, they officially opened in November 2020.

Now let’s jump right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to eat!

Front Entrance
Dining Room
The Wedge – It’s made with Sweet Gem Romaine Lettuce hearts, fire roasted tomatoes, Shallots, Pancetta, and topped with their housemade Green Goddess Dressing. The lettuce was very fresh and crisp, the tomatoes were really sweet, and the Green Goddess dressing was so creamy and flavorful!
Wings – The wings are fried and tossed with the sauce of your choice. I had buffalo and they were quite tasty! They had a slight crunch on the outside, the inside was moist and tender.
Wood Fired Meatballs Appetizer – Five meatballs are topped with their housemade tomato sauce and covered with Mozzarella cheese. It’s then baked to perfection in the wood fired oven! The meatballs were a little bit larger than a golf ball and had good flavor and texture.
Go Pig or Go Mojo – A hand tossed style crust is topped with Mojo garlic sauce, Mozzarella cheese, braised pork, Housemade Pickles, Prosciutto, and topped with a Sofrito Aioli. The description on the menu instantly grabbed my attention since I LOVE all those ingredients and I just had to try it. First bite was so full of flavor, I couldn’t wait to take another one. The pork was very tender, the housemade pickles were tangy, sweet, and had just a tiny bit of heat. The Sofrito sauce swirl on top was creamy and delicious!

Garage Pizza
Address: 2217 B 7th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 907-5032
Hours of Operation: Wednesday – Saturday, 4:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
https://www.garagepizzavero.com/

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Written by Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller, aka “The Treasure Coast Foodie” and “The Foodie Guy” is big on organic everything and very particular about his butter. He has reviewed over 250+ local restaurants in the last 6 years and is invited by Disney to review the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival every year. His food photos are devoured by 10’s of thousands each month on his website treasurecoastfoodie.com. As a Google Maps Local Guide, he has submitted over 2,500 photos that have been viewed over 30 million times. His foodie tribe is over 25,000 on the Treasure Coast and his Foodie Meetups & Chef’s Table Dining Experience events are some of the Top Culinary experiences in the area!

One Comment

  1. Thanks Thomas, another excellent review. Keep up the great work… in good taste, of course. Best regards, Bob Craig