I am just back from opening night at Humble Pie, and I declare it a success!
I went around 6:00 and sat at the bar. When I left at 7:45 the place was pretty much packed. I ordered the half veggie chopped salad ($6), the pizza margherita ($10), the potato, roasted garlic, and gorgonzola pizza ($10), and a glass of Kunin "Pape Star" (a grenache-syrah-mourvedre from the central coast -- $10). (Yes... this was all for me. What can I say, I was hungry! I did bring more than half of each pizza home; it will be great for lunch tomorrow!) The salad included chopped romaine, avocado, tomatoes, burrata cheese, some crushed pistachios, and I don't remember what else. It was very fresh and well prepared. The half size was perfect for a first course. The pizzas were both excellent. All the ingredients were top notch. The crust was thin, chewy, and crispy on the edges with just a little bit of char -- not at all soggy. The margherita had a moderate amount of a flavorful tomato sauce, wonderful burrata cheese, and basil- both a chiffonade and whole leaves. The potato pizza had thin slices of potato, roasted garlic, and a mild gorgonzola cheese (and maybe a few more ingredients that I am forgetting). The wine selection was quite good. I very much enjoyed my glass of "Pape Star" (and I really like the name!). Service was attentive and friendlly. Pretty impressive for opening night, I thought.
So, you might be asking, how does Humble Pie stack up to the other pizzerias in the Valley? Time will tell, but judging on my experience tonight, it is definitely in my top three, along with Pizzeria Bianco and LGO. I love the pizza and especially the atmosphere at PB, but I am not crazy about their salads or wine selection. And for some reason, I always like their pizza better the next day. Maybe it's the wait?? (No I am not complaining- I happily wait as it is just part of the deal!) I also find the crust at PB to be a tad soggy. I love LGO pizza, particularly the Roasted Corn and the Avocado. I never know what I will get when I order a margherita there, though. Sometimes it has sauce, sometimes sliced tomatoes. I have started ordering a pizza with sauce, fresh mozz only (no shredded cheese blend), and basil, and this usually gets me what I want. I also really like the spinach apple salad at LGO. We always get this to-go, so I don't pay too much attention to the wine selection there. My number four pizzeria is Cibo: nice atmosphere, good wine selection, but kinda soggy, salty pizza. Fifth place goes to Grazie: nice patio, decent wine, and ok pizza. I also like Tarbell's pizza, but they aren't really in the "pizzeria" category.
So, to conclude, Humble Pie is a great overall pizza experience! I highly recommend!
Seftel's article in the Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/ent/dining/a...
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