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PHX review - La Grande Orange Pizzeria


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PHX review - La Grande Orange Pizzeria

TastyJon | Jul 21, 2005 10:26 PM

Met with 6 friends on a recent weeknight. Apparently it's quite busy on weekends.

Service: great - very fun, friendly waitress. Owner/manager gal was a bit snooty, however, when I took some photos. I think she thought I was a competitor spying on their digs. No worries.

Place: Very cool. Part of the trendy Postino/Chelsea's/Grocery corner. Definitely unique in PHX.

What folks ate: Some enjoyed salad and most enjoyed their pizzas. 2 had mushroom pizzas which they liked.
2 of us had Gladiators (the meat lover version).

Personally, I didn't find the pizza that great. It was decent, but not award-worthy. I did think the sausage/pepperoni toppings were top notch, but for some reason the rest of the dish lacked oomph. The cheese/sauce/crust didn't do much for me. Maybe I was over anxious due to rave reviews, or maybe it comes down to personal preferences. For example, I like a pizza with a decent amount of bold sauce... enough to scoop up any extra with the crusts. I also like a wood fired crust to have a bit of a wood burned taste. Along the same lines, I love oozy, earthy cheese from a fresh made pie. I didn't find their pies to be particulary saucy, boldly cheesy or heavenly crusty. Still, the toppings rocked.

Again this may be personal, but me thinks another good way to judge pizza is the next day. LGO serves 12 inch pies... pretty large for one person to eat in one seating, but small enough to order for yourself and have leftovers. So the next day I was hoping to enjoy a second helping. Their pizza, after a night in the fridge (still in the box) was too hard to eat cold and didn't taste that great re-heated. Again, the toppings were still yummy and I found myself picking those off individuality. But the cheese, crust, and sauce were no better than a frozen store bought kind.

I like the place and would go back, but more for the character/scene and not on some pizza pilgrimage. There are better pies in the valley. But I will give the place and the larger concept of the "group" high marks for aspiring to be different in a city of mindless chains.

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