Friday, January 26, 2007

Dining critic candidate No. 35

Best Pizza in Town?

Rotelli’s strives to prove it

I am originally from Baltimore my husband from New York. We know good pizza; we’ve had it in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Richmond, Virginia. Richmond, Virginia? Well yes, actually we lived there before moving here and wherever we live, we always seek out the best pizza in town. In Richmond, it happened to be a little place called “Anna’s” that was owned and run by a sweet Italian family from Brooklyn!

When we arrived in Colorado Springs a year and ½ ago, we began asking the locals, “Where is the best pizza in town?” Rotelli’s has been the answer of late, but we were hesitant…Rotelli’s is a chain restaurant, and we have continually found that the best pizza is always at the locally own places.

But, one cold Thursday night I headed out to Rotelli’s at 3250 Centennial Blvd., with my husband, one of my 3 daughters and my parents who were visiting from Baltimore. We were greeted immediately at the door by a friendly hostess who seated us in a roomy booth. (Booths always go well in a pizza joint!) As we were studying the menus, our vivacious waitress, Janelle asked us for our drink order. My husband and dad wanted a beer and she suggested an Italian beer, which turned out to be the perfect choice. My daughter was thrilled with the choice of Pepsi products and mom and I stuck with water, although Janelle gave us a hard time for not having one of their lovely wines, but hey, I was driving.

We were really craving pizza, but, wow, the classic Italian entrée’s and huge salad selections were quite appealing. We decided though on a Calamari appetizer to share, which came out hot, with delicious red sauce. The calamari was too heavily breaded for my taste, but it was tender and enough to share. Next we ordered pizza, and what a decision that was. The gourmet pizza selections were all enticing, but we finally ordered a pizza with pepperoni, sausage, onions, mushrooms and green peppers in a 22” size as suggested by Janele. With the other pizza, we stuck with ½ cheese and ½ pepperoni in the 16” size so that we could really taste the pizza without all the fanfare.

The wait for our dinner was a little long, and Janele did her best to entertain us while we waited adding lots of laughs to the night. But, the delay was worth it! The finished products were fabulous. The 22” pizza (which is hard to find anywhere) really was much bigger than the 16”. My parents, who travel extensively, said it was one of the freshest pizzas they have ever eaten. The cheese was wonderful, definitely top quality. The vegetables were fresh, not canned, and the sauce was sweet and wonderful, the same as the sauce with the calamari.

We had no room for dessert even though, Rotelli’s had a scrumptious selection and we took home ¾ of the pizza which we ate cold for breakfast…yummy.

Our check was $76.00 which included a generous tip. A little high, but the beer added to the cost. If you really want to go cheap though, head out on a Tuesday night and get a Large Rotelli Cheese Pizza for only $6.54, no limit! Was it the “Best Pizza in Town”? I’ll let you decide.

Bon Appetit!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great review - always looking for scrumptious pizza

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was an excellent review - it covered all the differnt aspects of dining as well as insites to family dining and out of town guest. The food can be great but if the service and atmosphere are not equal then it takes away from the impact of the food. Good job!

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is VERY hard to find a good, modest family pizza joint. Thanks for the advice; I will definately try it.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bon Appetit I will!! This review made me want to try many of the "appealing" entrees. I love having a waitress/waiter suggest wines for me to try. Looking forward to trying Rotelli's myself.
Thanks for enticing me!!

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This an excellent review!!
Good luck!!

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow this sounds good i cant wait to try it. I LOVE pizza this is such a great review too... and colorado needs a good pizza joint... i cant wait to go out with my friends and enjoy cheap good food and great service

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MaMa Mia...your review covered all the bases! I was thinking about aChineese for dinner, but aRotelli pizza is asounding apretty good to me aright now.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the point-good but come on don't all pizza aficiandos know that its all about the crust? You didn't even mention the foundation to a good pie. I would have like to hear more and maybe more about other menu items

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great review!! Makes me hungry just reading it! Thanks.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good review! Everyone wants to find that special pizza place. It is not as easy as you think.vpbiw

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the commercial area where this pizza joint sits, and I don't know that I would necessarily race to it...except for this review. Our family loves pizza, but we get tired of the fast food delivery. So, we'll give this restaurant a try. I appreciate the review...especially the frankness of the review on calamari, Italian beer, and the basic pizza.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ate at Rotelli's last week for lunch. Even with no meat on it, the slice of cheese pizza was dripping in grease. If you like greasy pizza this is the place for you.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was this a travelogue or a food critique?

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not a travelogue, it's a memoir that revolves around saturated fats and white dough posing as "good pizza". Stupid and BORING.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, its a rather good review. Saturated Fats and white Dough?? Not here. If you want that, I suggest you go to Pizza Hut!! That was a little off topic. Nevertheless, an excellent review! Five Stars!!

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mediocre calamari and a pizza is not enough info for me to drive across town. Pizza Hut makes edible pizza, what sets this palce apart? What is their indentity?

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great review! Covered all bases with atmosphere, service, pizza quality,and price -- including how to keep price down. Nice to have a review that is family-oriented since more people are dining out these days.

11:43 AM  

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