On a different pizza topic, jjspw briefly introduced a new pizza place—Fresco Wood Oven Pizzeria, across from Crittenton Hospital in Rochester. See jjspw’s 11/27 post at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7227....
jjspw's description was just too tempting, so I had to rush up there today. While I’m looking forward to jjspw supplying additional background on the place, I think I may know why her original post didn’t provide an in-depth picture. The pleasant young owner is a person of few words about himself. Or, as the ladies might fondly say, he is “the strong, silent type.”
In any event, the sketchy info I got from this first-time owner was that Fresco opened four months ago. He is from a New York pizzeria family, but also has “studied the subject in the San Francisco Bay Area.” SF North Beach, Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, California Culinary Acadamy, etc.? I do not know, and did not feel invited to ask.
Anyway, this is a casual counter service place. Maybe a cut above in atmosphere to Birmingham’s Brooklyn Pizza, but smaller. However, their wood burning oven is impressive to view, and their TV is nice.
I have only three grades for pizza— 1. fantastic, 2. okay in a pinch, and 3. unmentionable. To me, Fresco is one of fewer than ten pizzerias in Metro Detroit which rate as fantastic. jjspw was even more precisely partial in her accolades. I’ll leave it to jjspw to “duke it out” with others over the area’s final rankings. But, I will go so far as to guarantee that NO customer will be unimpressed by this pizza.
I’m not a New Yorker, but if you will pardon me, I’ll attempt to describe the crust as “New York style.” Very good. Fresco also makes their own hero sandwich bread, and it looks “over the top.” The sauce is very complimentary to the rest of the pizza (jjspw goes even a step further). And, this is a “meats” kind of place. Thus, there is homemade sausage, prosciutto, meatballs, QUALITY pepperoni, etc.. (Where’s the pancetta?). The cheese on their website pictures looks great, but the cheese I had on Today’s Special was not too remarkable. Just good.
This place has a nice vibe, and the hard-working nursing professionals from across the street apparently have the decency to not wear their contaminated scrubs into the establishment. (wish I could say the same for the nearby Kroger grocery store).
Yup, this is a “must visit,” for area pizza fanatics. No deliveries. But, here’s the great news---this tiny place has been approved for a beer and wine license! Maybe you Oakland County Republicans are actually genuine about wanting to get government off our backs? In any event, quality MI microbrews as well as Italian beers and industrial swill, in addition to wines (details TBD), all will be on offer within two weeks. See you there Sir Boagman! Oh, and thanks jjspw, for yet another awesome lead.
111 Henrietta St, Birmingham, MI 48009