EVO 

Dining Description:  Artisan, wood-fired oven pizza that gets topped with the freshest ingredients and best housemade toppings around. Take the pork trifecta challenge.

User Rating:  ★★★★★ ★★★★★ by 16 Users

Hours:  Lunch & Dinner, Closed Sun.

Price:  $$, $$

Features:  Best Of, Staff Pick, Menu, Image

Dining Features:  Lunch, Dinner, Best of Charleston winner, Top 50

Neighborhood:  North Charleston

Reviews / Comments (28)

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Well, Rosemary, I'm glad you have an opinion. That is super. Unfortunately, you didn't really give EVO a chance because judging from your review, you came in with an idea of what you wanted and EVO didn't meet that standard. You already had your heart set on pizza, but you didn't want anything that was offered. Yes, EVO has a limited menu, but in my opinion, it better to do a few things well than be mediocre at a wider expanse. So for having a narrow mind, strike one. The beer menu is limited at EVO, but it offers many creative options instead of the Bud/Bud Light/Guiness/Bass combos I've seen so many other places. But you already had your budget set, and you wanted the brand of beer that you like and nothing else. Strike two. As for the service, judging from everything you wrote, it almost looks like you had already judged the place to suck. If you really couldn't find anything on the menu, why didn't you just leave? I have been to EVO a good 40 times over the past 2 years, with parties ranging from 2 to 14, and not once have I ever been disappointed in the service. Foul tip into the mitt, strike 3.

Seriously, NY pizza joints are a dime a dozen. I've never had Baroni's, and I'm sure they do a damn fine NY pizza. But if you don't like the place, don't come back, or bitch about what they don't have expecting them to cater to you. It's not going to happen. Enjoy Baroni's, all that means is more seats open for myself, my family and my friends at EVO.

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Posted by Muskie on November 24, 2011 at 6:35 PM

In the South, we don't use Barbeque as a verb. Must be a NYC thing. But we do have some damn fine pork pie at EVO. The Pork Trifecta is a labor of love.

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Posted by Jeff Allen1 on July 21, 2009 at 4:49 PM

How in the world anyone can give these guys less than five stars is beyond me. Awesome pizzas and ingredients and really good beer and wine selections. You will not find Bud Light or Mich Ultra here, which is why the beers are not $2. If you want cheap beer go to the Mill down the street and get a PBR or Natty Light.

Incredibly fresh ingredients, very well thought out menus and well prepared food. How can you go wrong!

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Posted by nofaith on July 12, 2011 at 11:36 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I have celiac disease and I still eat here occasionally. That should tell you something.

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Posted by cgi-bin laden on January 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Let me start by saying I am rather disgusted by the fact that someone has enough hatred for EVO to "dislike" any positive review or comment on here. Really? What did this restaurant do to you? I won't let that affect my review of what I consider the best pizza in Charleston.
Why is this the best pizza in Charleston? Why does my opinion count? Actually, pizza taste is more subjective than any other food out there. It seems that some people think the best pizza comes from NY. Other people only like the thick Chicago style deep dish pies. I can appreciate all styles of pizza, and I used to make them as a part time job as a teenager. However, my true pizza purist side really appeared while living in Italy for 3 months (and during multiple return trips). While I lived in a little suburb of Torino called Venaria Realle, I learned that most popular pizza in Italy was Pizza Napoletana, which originated from Naples. This style had thin crust with light toppings, and was cooked in a wood fired oven. The wood fire always added a wonderful touch of smoke to the crust, while providing a high heat level to crisp things up. When you ordered a Pizza Margherita, you would get an 8" pie with a light covering of sauce, frest cut tomatoes, house made mozzarella cheese (I preferred to opt for Mozzarella di Buffalo), and just the lightest touch of seasoning from a couple basil leaves. This was pizza perfection to me. I tried this pizza from many places during my stays, and it was always delicious.
Now that I live in Charleston, I often miss this Napoletano pizza experience. Then, I discovered EVO. Extra Virgin Oven (EVO) takes pride in producing the most accurate representation of true Italian pizza you will find in this part of the country. They offer the same fresh ingredients and even feature a true wood fired pizza oven. The crust is always cooked to a perfect crisp level, and they even seem to have the dough chemistry worked out to match EU. To add some American spice to the traditional dish, they offer something called a Pork Trifecta. Sweet Jeebus, the Trifecta is delicious. I am still an American, and I love bacon. The PT gives you the bacon fix you needed, along with some house made sausage and pepperoni. I think the combination of tradition with an American pork lover's wet dream make this the best pie in CHS.
Aside from the orgasmic talk about the pizza, EVO also delivers on beer selection and service. I have never had an issue with the waitresses, as they are quick to take orders and deliver food. The craft beer selection had slacked off for a while, but seems back to normal. I also have enjoyed the breads I have tried from their bakery.
While there may be many NY pizza purists on Citypaper, if you love fresh ingredients, you really need to try EVO for yourself. I don't expect it to be #1 on everyone's list, but I would hope the flavor might convince you that these guys know what they are doing. All this pizza talk is making me hungry! Cheers!

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Posted by brewengineer on January 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Best pizza in Charleston. It is thin-crust (but not too crispy), and wood-fired. My husband always gets the much-discussed Pork Trifecta, and I get the bianca with wild mushrooms and olives. Start off with a farmer's salad with blue cheese dressing. The beer and wine selection is excellent, they always have a few Coast beers on tap along with several other good microbrews. Friendly service, nice atmosphere. They get busy on Fridays and Saturdays so you might want to go early.

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Posted by Ayarkay on July 26, 2009 at 7:13 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

O, EVO, let me count the ways!

Pros: Fresh ingredients straight from the farm to your plate. Salads are delicious, Pizza crust is cooked to perfection, toppings make everything come together. Staff are friendly and attentive. Location is clean and bright.

Cons: Wish you were open more often and a tad bit cheaper.

A must for anyone...Will return and recommend to friends.

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Posted by NobodyUKnow on July 27, 2010 at 9:01 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Great food, great beer, great service, consistently.

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Posted by kmacky on January 28, 2012 at 2:41 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Better than average pizza, pricey beer ... Not five stars but a good four on their better days.

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Posted by travelah on July 12, 2011 at 12:07 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Not that Urbanspoon is the end all be all but after reading Rosemary's review and positive comments about Baroni's I figured I would look them up. I am always up for a good pizza. Well, 74% approve for a restaurant with a solid third of the reviews negative is not very enticing. I looked at Evo's and 92% positive with nearly four times as many votes and out of the 37 reviews only four were negative, and two of those were about price. If you understand what Evo is doing and how much effort goes into their food you will understand why they have to charge the prices that they do. If not, I would suggest Cici's, that just means that when I have to go on the customary wait at EVO it will at least be for people who understand what they are eating and drinking and not be looking for the nearest buffet trough.

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Posted by nofaith on January 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

They fixed the charcoal-underside crust issue.

Guess all the complaints finally worked.

Great place, but they never have enough/any stout beers...

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Posted by CharlestonNative on July 28, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Re: “COAST Beer Dinner

★★★★★ ★★★★★

All I can say about this dinner was WOW! An antipasto plate consisting of golden beets, olives, feta cheese, pickled eggs, red peppers and salami was paired with Boy King Double IPA (and said Boy King was in attendance), a nice surprise that Jaime brought along to the event celebrating COAST's four years in existence. The food was amazing (butternut squash soup, wood-fired local shrimp & suckling pig porchetta) and the beers complimented everything nicely (Belafonte, Chinook and the equally amazing 2009 Blackbeerd stout - my personal favorite). To finish off the evening, a chestnut & asian pear panna cotta was paired with the blended Red Legs (60% Red Legs & 40% 2 year old Jack Daniel barrel aged Red Legs). Jamie & David make some great beers and the chef at EVO (my apologies to him for not knowing his name) made some impressive food. Thanks to everyone for a great evening!

Cricket

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Posted by SoGayInSC on October 4, 2011 at 1:26 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I love EVO, especially their employees, the Pestachio Pesto pizza, and the amazing chocolate, but I must agree 100% on the out of control beer prices. I paid $8 last year for a Coast Boy King pint, then the next week went around the corner to Sesame and paid $4 for the exact same thing. I've also paid $8 for Dogfish Head before, which is ridiculous (as are the New Belgium prices). I love going there for the ambience, food, and people, but it's turned into a special occasion restaurant rather than a neighborhood craft beer hangout.

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Posted by mitch23 on July 13, 2011 at 2:33 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Great pizza. Amazing ingredients. Pistachio Pesto the best for sure (add arugula and sausage). The chocolates and candy bars from Sweeteeth are to die for. I wouldn't waste my time or money on the appetizers. Soup is nice though. My biggest complaint about EVO is in the beverage department.

http://evopizza.com/currentmenus/evodrinks…

First off, there is not a single beer less than $5. The beer selection is great, but who can afford to have more than one. Many of the beers are worth the price (Ommegang, Dogfish head), but many are not. Allagash White and Brooklyn Lager (while delicious) should not cost $5. And don't get me started on New Belgium. No way in hell will I pay $5 for anything they brew. Last beverage complaint would be that they do not serve coffee!?? If you have wonderful chocolates the least you could offer is coffee. Coffee drinks are the easiest way to make a profit on a non-alcoholic beverage.

I think EVO is a great restaurant that would benefit from a fresh look at pricing.

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Posted by gretchen'sreviews on July 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Yum, Yum, Yum! we mentioned that the crust could have been a tad thicker to balance out the toppings, but either way it was DELICIOUS and i will definitely return...probably once a week. ;)

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Posted by gypsymarie on April 26, 2007 at 9:24 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

EVO is not a "pizza joint." They make delicious food with smoky, delicate crusts and fragrant, fresh ingredients. They have top-notch craft beers and live jazz. The do NOT make a big, greasy pie, as one would find at a traditional pizza joint. Do not go in expecting that. Try La Pizzeria in Mount Pleasant or Park Pizza down the street from EVO. They're both yummy.

I love pizza in all its forms, and I know that there are widely differing variations on the theme. Sicilian, Neapolitan, NY-style, Chicago deep-dish, gourmet... all are wonderful in their own way. The poster that insisted that EVO is terrible because s/he didn't expect what they were serving should have figured it out by looking at what the other diners were eating. I've never been betrayed by my eyes or nose in EVO.

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Posted by factoryconnection on July 21, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Point of fact, the beer prices are 100% in line with like-establishments in the Charleston area.

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Posted by nanobeerz on July 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Extremely good pizza and Calzones. You can tell that everything is fresh when you take that first bite. My co-worker says that the pork trifecta is the best meat pie he has ever tasted "house made sweet sausage, pepperoni, maple smoked bacon, house mozzarella and red sauce". I usually get the margherita or calzone with mushrooms.

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Posted by Rokko on June 10, 2008 at 7:03 PM

EVO has provided a high quality pizza ever since opening their portable pie preparations. Now being able to sit down and try additional dishes such as the fresh and local salads are a real treat. Our last visit the farmer's salad contained tasty tomatoes, greens, crisp salty bacon and bleu cheese dressing. My dining companion tried the corn soup made with fresh corn that was creamy and rich. We shared the italian sausage appetizer that was accompanied by a smooth yellow mustard that looked innocent enough until the horseradish slammed into your nostrils. Gently sauteed red pepper strips added color and sweetness to the dish.

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Posted by Epicurias on July 30, 2007 at 3:10 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

YUM...as a restaurant owner with knowledge of pizza, this place is FANTASTIC.I have no problem traveling from James Is for the Pork Trifecta.The whole experience with a wood fired oven approaching temps of 1100 degrees (or greater) is the contrast between the charred exterior vs the sweet, yeasty interior.Basically pizza is $1 an inch anywhere.By the time you order from a "chain" plus delivery charge& toppings, it's $1 an inch.If you go to a place that makes their own toppings, sauces, etc your still spending $1 an inch.Are you really getting your moneys worth at DomiPapaHut?????Support your local pizza joint.EVO is worth it.LOVE!

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Posted by mickey d on July 13, 2011 at 12:05 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Fresh, local ingredients really do make the food taste better. Great for lunch and happy hour!

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Posted by charlestonchick on September 16, 2009 at 11:02 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I don't know about "best pizza in charleston" but that's only becuase I haven't tried it all yet! Went in for lunch and ordered the margherita pizza. It was delicious! I moved to Charleston from DC and these pies definetly rival the famous 2 Amy's in DC. EVO is definitely worth it for the pizza. Also got the arugula salad with procuitto; light, delicious, perfect starter to the thin italian style pies.

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Posted by joshl725 on March 4, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Some things are worth dying for and the Pork Trifecta is one of them. Evo is my favorite restaurant and I would go there all the time if it was less expensive. That said, the food is always good, as is the wait staff. The mushroom soup is delicious and the tomato soup is the best I've ever had. Too bad they rotate the soups.

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Posted by housing on July 8, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Awesome local pizza place, only using the freshest ingredients which is why their menu is always changing and you will always be pleasantly surprised.

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Posted by kelijean on December 18, 2007 at 2:06 PM

$8 for a pint of DIPA is not that outrageous these days. $4, on the other hand, is insanely low. I'd question you finding a pint of Boy King for $4 anywhere, ever. The same could be said for whatever DFH or New Belgium beer you had, it depends entirely on which one it was.

At $5/pint for run-of-the mill stuff like Somersault or Hop Sun or whatnot, as well as 32/50 and HopArt, they are spot on. At $8 for BT Blackbeerd or Boy King, they are still spot on, IMO. Craft ain't cheap.

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