So Thomas and I were visiting downtown the other day and stumbled upon a pizza place not far from El Mercado. We almost missed it, but I found the fountain outside the courthouse to be utterly charming, and decided to stop in. Sorry - no pictures today - I forgot my camera. But we will go back again, I am sure.
Being from MA, I have a love for good pizza, which is hard to find in Texas. All too often it is just not right compared to what I grew up with. Over the nearly 10 years I have been down here, I have tried countless "NY style pizzerias" all of which were disappointing. Until this week.
We decided to get a large cheese pizza to share - in my opinion, you cannot tell the true quality of a pizza until you have tasted it plain. Toppings are just that, toppings. You can't have a good sundae with lousy ice cream, and a pizza that doesn't have the mix of sauce, dough, and cheese right isn't going to be that great no matter what you put on top of it.
Drinks are free refills if you are dining in which is nice. It took a bit for our pizza to finish in the oven, so I admired the building. It is an older building, that has been refurbished - you can see where the drywall and plaster has been pulled away to reveal the original brick. The floors are a nice hardwood and it is a pleasant place to sit an eat. It can be a bit warm inside but if you go to the few tables all the way in the back, there is an ac unit right there. Otherwise they have fans going and the restaurant isn't too warm.
Ah, the pizza - what can I say? This is easily the best pizza crust I have tasted since moving down here. The sauce is just right - sweet with a touch of savory oregano, without feeling like you have to go in the kitchen with a tazer and tell the cook to back away from the oregano. The cheese blend was almost right for what I remember, but the cheese is melty and very good. Overall Thomas almost didn't get to have any pizza, so I guess that means it was good, right?
I highly recommend them. The staff is nice, the pizza hot and fresh and definitely different from most of what you can get down here. They also serve pasta and subs.