Saw some opinions in an earlier thread, but having eaten there this weekend, I thought it was worth it's own unique thread. If for no other reason, the metro area is becoming a pizza mini mecca and places like this are worth a unique discussion and possible pilgrimage.
A visiting Denver friend wanted to stay in one night, ordering pizza. But I couldn't think of a single good delivery place (or takeout) near me, but promised her we had great pizza here... just that most weren't in the delivery/To Go business.
So a few days later we went out for drinks and the promised good pizza. I knew Humble Pie was a safe bet for some wood fired pie. But I also had read about Pomo, and with it being across the street, thought we could do a mini pizza crawl... one pizza at each place. Humble was fine, and we went with the local veggie selection. Then we crossed the street.
Pomo has a modern bistro vibe with lots of black/white decor. I'm working from memory here, but it didn't seem very large (maybe 10-12 tables?), plus a limited bar and another set of seats facing the corner kitchen area. Don't quote me on these numbers - I was there to eat and was not thinking to write a review. We hit the bar and sat right away.
In our experience the staff were very friendly and efficient. We asked a lot of questions and they were quick to respond with suggestions. They seem very interested in steering perception, discussing the 900 degree oven that cooks pies in 90 seconds, their special dough, imported San Marzano tomatoes, etc. It's nice to find a place so passionate about the process, ingredients and philosophy.
In fact they start by suggesting the classic, simple Neapolitan-style pies such as the Margherita - most of which have no more than 2-3 basic ingredients done really well.
Since we went veggie at Humble Pie, my friend wanted a tad bit more, and requested I order "pepperoni and whatever" before scooting to the restroom. So our server suggested the "Diavola" which adds a touch of salty meat via Salame Piccante... American-style pepperoni is not an option.
I enjoyed watching the open kitchen and the crew... next time we'll sit up at the front row. And I thought the pie was almost perfect. A nice thin, but chewy crust with a kiss of scorch. A lovely tomato sauce. And the salame popped with a punch of flavors you can't buy in a store and replicate.
I'm not a pizza snoot and generally enjoy most of the oft-mentioned places in the area, but Pomo might have set a new standard for purist pie. Overall - a special place for a pizza experience.
If only one of these places would open a bare bones, delivery/take out joint!
6149 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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