We recently had dinner at the new(ish) Versante Pizza on the south side of town—located at the old Zydeco location on south Third Street in fact. The only thing we really knew about it going in was that it was supposed to be expensive (for pizza).
Well, to be honest, it is a bit expensive for pizza—a large pepperoni pizza for $22 is a bit steep, in my opinion—but to be fair it was very good and they are going for a more upscale, gourmet style of pizza.
What’s interesting is that they’re styling the restaurant itself as more of an old-school pizza parlor: lots of vintage metal signs on the walls (soda pop signs, old automotive signs), arcade games in the back, simple chairs and tables with checked tablecloths. It’s a neat ambiance and they’ve filled the Zydeco space pretty well.
We ordered large pizza for dinner, half barbecued chicken and half Hawaiian (the "Big Kahuna"). My wife thought the BBQ chicken could have used more sauce, but overall the pizza was hearty and filling and really quite good.
They have some other things on the menu (pastas, salads, oven-baked subs) and those seem priced more in-line with what you’d expect for such food. Yes, the pizza was a bit expensive—it’s not what we’d afford to order every weekend, for instance—but it’s a nice splurge and well worth it.
Bonus reviews: I had my kids write up their own reviews of Versante and promised to run them here. It’s a pretty kid-friendly place, and they liked it. Their words:
My daughter: Versante Pizza was amazing! I got BBQ Chicken pizza and it was the best pizza I’ve ever had. Everything was just how I liked it. The whole pizza was over the top. Versante Pizza is a place I would want to go to again. Versante rocks!
My son: We went to Versante Pizza. We got our drinks. Then we had our pizza. They were Hawaiian and BBQ Chicken. The food was very good. Then we left. I think that Versante Pizza is very good, that I would want to go there again.
1085 SE Third Street
Bend, OR 97702