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Arpeggio Much Nicer


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Arpeggio Much Nicer

rollingplate | | Mar 1, 2008 10:07 AM

Went to Arpeggio last night with a jones for pizza. What a surprise! The interior finally made you feel like you were walking into a real restaurant rather than into an old train station waiting room. Nice looking walls and dividers with artwork created a somewhat Mediterranean ambiance. Saw a fireplace in a back corner. Tables were a bit like 4 person picnic tables, but decent enough--especially if you've ever been there before the remodel. There was still a bit of equipment stored in the back of the room, but included was a brand new doner grill for making shwarma and gyro meat. The owner said the vertical grill was being installed soon in the kitchen which had been expanded and updated. Glad they seem to be doing well, because it's an easily accessible location for me.
I wasn't quite as happy about the pizza. The crust was chewy rather than crispy, which I don't mind, but overall the pizza lacked flavor. The sauce was very bland. Aside from the taste of the free, fresh garlic I requested, I couldn't get much taste at all from the sausge and gyros meat toppings. I improved it somewhat with crushed peppers and some dry oregano at home, but...
I will say that the non-pizza items I had about a year ago were good. We had the chicken shwarma and hummus and a gyro sandwich. All well flavored with good tzatziki sauce, tasty gyros meat and fresh, warmed pita. I'll go back, but more for their regular menu.

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