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Mombo’s Pizza in Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong | May 3, 2005 04:47 AM

Thanks to a rec from Jakesdad for Mombo’s Pizza
(http://chowhound.com/california/board...), I stopped there for a bite Sunday night on my way back to the City. I was pleased to find out that they sell slices ($2.50 to $3), and near closing time, even happier that there were still four types to choose from.

The crust is very thin here with good flavor and a bit of chewiness. It’s good all the way out to the crisp, bubbled edges. It did toughen up as it cooled and might have been better freshly made and not reheated. The crust wasn’t soggy at all. Toppings were on the heavy side with good red sauce and cheese laid on too thickly for my tastes and the thinness of the crust. The pepperoni had the most of this meat I’ve ever had on a pie. Too much of a good thing, making it way too salty and spicy and oozing so much grease I had to drain it off the slice and then dab it with a napkin to pick up more of it. The premade pesto slice had red sauce and pesto, again too much going on. The pesto was flavorful, though not as fresh and garlicky as Nizario’s in the City. But I’d order this again with just pesto and no tomato sauce. The pesto slice dripped tasty olive oil all over everything. I needed five napkins to make it through these two slices, but it was a delicious kind of greasy.

I liked the tunes and the kids behind the counter. The crew seemed genuinely interested in making sure I was satisfied, even at the end of the shift. The crust and the quality and range of the toppings would also draw me back. I suspect that the key is to find which of the combos hits the right balance for my own tastes and to buy a whole pie or a fresher slice.

Mombo’s Pizza
1880 B Mendocino Ave.
Santa Rosa 95401
707-528-FAST (3278)

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