Thursday, March 1, 2012


Trying to keep an open mind, though, I waited for my garden vegetable pizza (called Fresh Cubed) to arrive. This variety was one of the more attractive toppings of the long counter's worth of (glutenous) pizzas for regular eaters to choose from.

The pizza arrived looking bright and cheerful. The crust was crispy. But the pizza, although we were the only customers ordering, wasn't hot. The cubes of mozzarella were not melted. The tomatoes were cold. When I asked the server, she said, "Oh, that's the fresh mozzarella. The other mozzarella is melted." And she was correct.

There was a layer of mozzarella and (good-tasting) sauce UNDER the cold greens, tomato and fresh mozzarella. This idea that several cold toppings would be served on a hot pizza, thereby rendering it cool or lukewarm at best, was something it was impossible to determine from examining the toppings lineup behind the glass. Although she offered to heat it to melting, I declined, wondering what would happen to the chopped salad tomatoes and delicate leaves of basil.

One online reviewer called this gluten-free pizza the worst ever. I've had some incredibly bad gluten-free pizza, so, no, I definitely wouldn't say that, especially since it wasn't the gluten-free aspect that let me down here (surprise!) but the topping that would have left even a gluten-eater unhappy. Next time, I will specify a hot pizza (strange as that might be to need to!), and I will take it home to my comfortable, if hardly luxurious, apartment, which would still be an improvement over Pie by the Pound's uninviting ambience.

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