The moral of this story: Don't go on Friday or Saturday night.
My inlaws were thinking of going to the Suns game last night, and they asked us to go along. To sweeten the deal they wanted to meet up at Pizzeria Bianco for pre-game dinner. Well, I couldn't score a sitter for Kidlet in such a short timeframe, and I've mentioned that there are places I will not take her - Pizzeria Bianco being one of them. So I passed, but told Husband to go(bonus 'cool wife' points). They know the drill, so the plan was to meet at PB at 4:30 so they could hopefully beat the rush when the place opens at 5:00.
I got a call at about 7:30 last night. I thought he was calling me from the game. "No, we just got done eating." ?!?!
4:30: They met at PB. There was already a line, but they thought they were still in a position where they would score a table in the first wave. Didn't happen.
5:00: PB opens
6:20: They get a table. 1:20 wait.
7:30: They finish..missing the opening tip off of the game.
He brought me some leftovers - The Wiseguy, and the mushroom pizza. Good stuff, even the leftovers. Nobody makes crust like that - thin, chewy, well done.
But I asked him what he thought about it all. This is from memory, but it's pretty close:
"I'm not sure that PB has much on Cibo."
"Really, are you sure about that??"
"Ok, well PB has the best pizza. But they have such a limited menu. And the older I get, the less I'm willing to wait 1.5 hours to get into a restaurant - for pizza."
As I get older, I get more impatient with crowds and waits myself. It used to be that you could visit PB during the week and that generally meant a shorter wait. But I'm not sure that's the case any longer.
Does anyone else remember when Pizzeria Bianco was at the Town & Country center? circa 1996.