I know Chowhounds are divided on Casa Bianca. Well, I happen to love Casa Bianca, and was very proud and pleased to take my parents there for the first time the other night. We did have to wait an hour, but we killed time by walking down to the Colorado Wine Company and had a glass of fabulous red (Boudreaux for my dad, zin for my mom, and a cab sav for me). We sat on some wine boxes which the manager kindly covered with cushions, and had a very nice, pre-dinner drink before we headed up the street to Casa.
We brought our own bottle of zin (corkage is only $2.50), and ordered two medium pizzas: one with eggplant, sausage, onion and easy cheese; the other with jalapenos, green peppers, tomatoes and onions.
The pizzas didn't disappoint. The crust was thin and crispy, all the way through. The eggplant, deep fried and full of flavor, was great company to the sausage and onions. And the easy-on-the-cheese was the way to go because of the heavier toppings.
The vegetarian pizza was very good as well. The fresh veggies balanced out the flavor of the salty cheese. And even though we got regular cheese on this one, it wasn't gloppy or overdone in the least.
I like Casa Bianca pies because they don't overdo the crust, cheese or toppings, and there's very little grease on the pizzas. The service was quick and friendly, even though it was absolutely packed (with 2+ hours worth of folks waiting outside), and the atmosphere is simple and focused on the food, not frills. I don't think it's authentically New York style (they don't claim to be), and they're not trying to be anything else or beat anyone else at the pizza game. Quite simply, they make a great pizza and, with the Colorado Wine Company and the Chalet close by, you can put your name in, go grab a drink, then come back just in time to be seated. So the wait factor is easily dealt with.
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