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Nizza La Bella pizza disappointment

rworange | Aug 16, 2005 01:08 AM

Maybe I'm a little more annoyed about this because I slightly veered from my diet, but even for the small piece I tried it was a wasted used of calories.

A pizza loving friend stopped by unexpectedly. So I figure it is a chance to try a little bit of the pizza without a big calorie investment.

It may have been an off night. It may have been a Monday. However, I've eaten at Nizza on a Monday and all was well. Bad enough that I just finished one of my rare letters to the restaurant manager about how disappointed I was.

First of all, we ask for the house made sausage. Don't have it. My friend orders one of the beers on the menu printed nightly. Don't have it. Tries another. Don't have it. Not even a bit of phony sympathy that this is the third strike-out.

So, trying to be cool, I order the pizza well-done.

Next comes out some mediocre foccacia which was neck in neck with Olive Garden. None of those nice little potato croquettes. The butter tasted of ammonia. Neither of us interested in the bread, so we do bother calling it to anyone's attention.

Out comes a golden crust pizza that is a little puffy and there are maybe two tiny char marks. Never having a well-done pizza, who knows. Maybe this is it.

We both take a small bite ... wrong pizza. We tell our server it is the wrong pizza. Oh, she says. I thought you ordered the other one ... and walks off ... not even a sorry. Of course this is the more expensive pizza which we were charged for.

When I get her attention and ask if this was well-done, she says 'Most of our pizzas are well-done, why isnt' that what you wanted?" So this tells me she didn't say anything special to the kitchen and just ordered pizza without any special instructions. MOST OF YOUR PIZZAS ... there are two stinking pizzas on the menu.

What we did have was fine, but my friend was making sarcastic DiGiorno remarks. The cheese was very good and caught my attention. However, overall it was a less than stellar experience.

I'm no pizza maven. Don't care what style it is. It just wasn't good enough for, on my part, the small amount of caloreis wasted.

If I had not been at Nizza a number of times and this was my first visit, I'd never go back.

The company of a friend was more important than making a stink there and then about the food, however a follow-up letter will be in the mail tommorrow morning.

They do have the Nicoise salad on the menu again.

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