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Scottsdale: Humble Pie!

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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  1. Thanks for the review. Early reports I've heard from other sources are also favorable. Looks like we might have a winner.

    1. Thanks for the news! At the risk of sounding stupid, what's LGO?

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      1. re: jhenner

        La Grande Orange. 40th St and Campbell. It is a trendy-hip market/cafe by day, and a pizzeria by night (though I think you can now get pizza at lunch time, too). Some people seem to have a problem with the lack of parking. I live within walking distance, so I love the place.

        www.lagrandeorangegrocery.com
        www.lagrandeorangepizzeria.com

        1. re: hollyeve

          I was in last week, and the pizzas were still being started at 4pm. I've always wished I could get one at lunch, but no such luck.

          1. re: azhotdish

            I checked it out this morning... Pizzas start at 11:00 am Fri, Sat, and Sun. 4:00 pm the rest of the week. So if you want LGO pizza for lunch TODAY, you're in luck!

            1. re: hollyeve

              Thanks for the info, I'll have to keep that in mind for Friday lunches in the future.

      2. Sounds great, will have to check it out soon. So glad to hear positive things about LGO as well, I really think the pizzeria is outstanding, although I understand the complaints about their other ventures. I've probably had half a dozen meals there and probably more takeout, and each time I've enjoyed my pizza. I LOVE the Gladiator and the Padre. Thanks for the report.

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        1. re: azhotdish

          Yeah, there is just something about the crust at LGO. Is it sourdough?? I'm not sure, but it's damn good.

          1. re: hollyeve

            LGO makes a righteous good pie, the salads are nice, and I've heard the burgers are good. It's the other ventures that fall short, and the overall hassle. Looking forward to sampling Humble Pie.

        2. Curious about the layout--is it a big restaraunt? Also, what is the noise level like? I ask because I am anxious to go but want to know if its somewhere we could take the kids or if we need to get a babysitter.

          Thanks

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          1. re: avandelay

            Good question. From my point of view, noisy is good when bringing kids along. Did anyone notice high chairs (or the lack of them)?

            1. re: avandelay

              Well, it's not huge, but certainly bigger than PB. When I got there at about 6:00, there were a couple of tables with older kids (maybe 10 years old). I didn't notice if they offered high chairs, but I would guess not. FWIW, the owners call it a "modern, adult, American pizzeria". (See Republic article)

              1. re: hollyeve

                Thanks. Highchairs or lack therefof aren't a problem for me. My child is a runner and refuses to sit in a high chair which poses its own, more interesting, problems. Hence the need for space. I did see "adult" as the adjective deifining pizzeria but how are my kids going to know good food when the only places I can take them are Chuck E Cheese and The Cheescake Factory.

                1. re: avandelay

                  By the age of six, I had been introduced to Antoine’s. By eight, Arnaud’s, Broussard’s and Brennan’s. When I was twelve, my parents took me to Galatoire’s and then to Commander’s Palace. I knew that a gentleman, even one of eight, or so, wore a jacket and a tie. On my first visit to Galatoire’s, I had the jacket, but no tie. I had to wear a paper one, that was like a Scarlet Letter on me. One just has to expose the child to fine-dining, and also establish the lines of conduct, and the reason for them. None of the above would be considered a “kid-friendly” restaurant, by anyone’s imagination, yet I enjoyed myself completely, and still remember each experience, many decades later.

                  Once, at a fine-dining restaurant, for a special dinner, we were seated immediately below two young children and their governess. They were on a raised section of the restaurant, immediately above our table. I was worried, and expressed my concern to the hostess. However, the restaurant was unable to move us, and I am very glad, as these two were the most well-behaved youngsters, that I have ever been around. Most adults could have learned etiquette from them. They would never have been such wonderful diners, had they never been exposed to fine-dining at an early age.

                  It is the responsibility of the parents to make sure that the children enjoy themselves, and learn what is allowed, as well as what is not. These lessons will last a lifetime, even when “jackets and ties for gentlemen,” are no longer required.

                  Hunt

                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    Great post, Hunt, and I agree. Some of the children referrred to in these posts are much younger than six.

                    1. re: misohungrychewlow

                      Well stated, Hunt. Our son is 2. We love to eat and want him to be a kid who has manners and can eat anywhere. We have taken him to great restaurants and, as a result, he knows how to behave. Never will I have a child that has to sit in front of a DVD player to make it through a meal. The upside of all of this is that he will eat anything we put in front of him. In fact, we went out to the west side for Korean food tonight and he ate everything we put in front of him. The only reason we don't take him with us is when we want some alone time; it's never because we fear that he'll misbehave or annoy those around us. Most times people come by our table and say "we didn't even know there was a child here!"

                      May he be so well behaved when he's a teenager!

            2. Surely they will have their own domain name for a website, soon. For now, there is this fairly useless stub: http://www.azeats.com/humblepie

              1. We stopped in Humble Pie last Saturday. The place is small, but I think larger than Bianco, and they have a covered patio with a lot of seating (half the patio is currently enclosed and heated). Inside, it's just one square room. There is a bar in one corner, and the kitchen area in another. There is seating around both the bar and the kitchen area on high stools.

                We arrived before our reservation time, and took a seat at the bar. We were pleasantly surprised to see Matt, formerly of Postino and Union Wine Bar and Grill behind the bar. He's still handling Union's wine, but he'll be working daily at Humble Pie.

                There are 20 beers (10 on draft), and the list looks great. The wine list is very expansive, especially for a casual place like this. I really like the list a lot. It is obviously well thought out, and offers an incredible variety. I think there are about 100 bottles on the list, but only 6 are over $100 (including Rochioli and Williams Selyem pinots). Most of the list is pretty reasonably priced including about 40 bottles below $40.

                More importantly, they offer wine by the flight, glass (6 oz) or bottle. (You can also get beer flights, three 4 oz pours for $6-7). There are 24 wines by the glass. We started with a pinot noir flight (3 smaller pours $17) and a Syrah/Cotes-du-Rhone flight ($12). The Melville Vernas and Hartford Court pinots were great. As hollyeve mentioned, the Kunin Pape Star was awesome. The list is great, with all sorts of wines I haven't seen locally, and Matt knows it inside and out.

                We were having such a great time sitting at the bar that we decided to have dinner there. The menu offers starters, salads (small and large), pizza and organic veggie sides). We shared the cheese and meat board ($12). The cheeses change every day, and it was difficult to find someone who knew what that day's offering was until it came out of the kitchen. The flat wood board arrives stocked with a mozzarella knot, manchego (drizzled with balsamic), gorgonzola, mustard seed salami, capo, sopresetta, roasted nuts, marinated olives, grapes and crostini. Everything was top quality and it was a great starter. The mozzarella knot was mediocre but everything else was great.

                We then shared a veggie chopped salad ($9) with avocado, jicama, green beans, tomatoes, mozzarella and an herb vinaigrette. Great salad, great ingredients and it all came together really well. There is also a chopped salad with roasted turkey and salami that I bet would be great.

                Finally we shared the shrimp, burrata, basil and lemon zest pizza ($12). I know it sounds weird, but this was really good. The shrimp were large and cooked perfectly, the burrata is so flavorful, and the combination was amazing. The crust has a nice little crunch but also a chewyness that was great.

                The other pie combinations look great, and we can't wait to go back and try some others. The service was friendly, polite and very helpful. Matt is a great guy to talk wine with, but he really just leaves you alone unless you ask a question. Everyone seemed to be having a great time, and there was a buzz in the room, but I don't think the noise level made it difficult to talk. Really just a great place.

                Our bill was $91 before tip, but included the two flights and two more glasses of wine in addition to the food. You could easily come here for less, and we felt the pricing all around was very reasonable. We'll be back.

                Barry

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                Humble Pie
                6149 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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                1. re: barry

                  omg burrata on pizza? i think im in love!!!

                  1. re: barry

                    Apologize for an advance critique, not having eaten there yet, but a couple of comments ... It strikes me that the balsamic would be better served over the "mediocre" mozzarella knot rather than perhaps ruining a nice piece of mmm Manchego ... and perhaps they can offer the burrata on its own rather than on a pie, or in addition, and put that mutz on the pies instead.

                    1. re: misohungrychewlow

                      They also have a salad of burrata, tomatoes, and pesto.

                    2. re: barry

                      Barry, thanks for a great report. Did I read the magic word "reservation"? Does HP actually accept them, and, if so, is there a minimum number required in the party to secure one -- 4, 6, etc?

                      1. re: silverbear

                        Yes, they take reservations. I made our reservation right after reading hollyeve's entry. The place was packed at peak time and it had only been open 3 days. They also have quite a bit more seating than Bianco. It was just my wife and I for dinner and they took our reservation for 2.

                        Barry

                    3. I didn't see this anywhere else in the post or on their over simplified website. So for anyone else, like me, who is not in the know.

                      6149 N. Scottsdale Road (Hilton Village, at Rose Lane)
                      Scottsdale
                      480-556-9900
                      5 to 11 p.m. daily

                      **I just added it to the restaurant link after making the post.

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                      1. re: ValleyFever

                        Humble Pie is only the second place in town I've found with burrata. It really is delicious. Thanks for the address add ValleyFever. I tried to add a place, and you saw the weak result.

                        1. re: barry

                          Hi Barry - could you please let me know where the other place is that has burrata on the menu. Also, just moved from Boston where there was an Italian grocer who flew it in once a week - anyplace like that in the Phoenix area? I'm willing to drive. Thanks!

                          1. re: Rubee

                            I have purchased burrata at the AJ's at 44th & Camelback. I don't think they have it all the time, though

                            1. re: Rubee

                              Rubee - I believe barry is referring to Taggia @ the Firesky Resort in Scottsdale.

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                              taggia
                              4925 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                              1. re: Rubee

                                I was referring to Taggia at the Fire and Sky Resort. The chef there left, and I read a few weeks ago that they were closing/changing the restaurant, but I called later and they said they are still running with the same menu. The use the burrata in a deconstructed bruschetta and it was awesome.

                                By the way, Humble Pie also has an appetizer with burrata (I think a bruschetta, too).

                                Barry

                          2. Question: How long have people waited? Is it a mob scene? Just wondering how "easy" of a meal this will be for us or if we need to plan it for a night when we have lots of time.

                            1. Sounds interesting, I'll definitely have to give it a try. For those who have been there, is it a place you might drive slightly out of the way (assuming other decent pizza spots closer to you), or would you categorize it more as a "I was in the area" type of place?

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                              1. re: crsin

                                I think it is definitely worth a drive. I may be booed for saying this, but I actually like it (the food, maybe not the atmosphere) more than Pizzeria Bianco.

                                1. re: hollyeve

                                  Wow, that's saying a lot. Considering that I've driven an hour in rush-hour traffic and waited three hours in line for Pizzeria Bianco, I would say this may be worth a 15 minute drive...assuming your assessment is true.

                                2. re: crsin

                                  It was very crowded during peak time, but I did not see a lot of people waiting. We relinquished our reserved table to eat at the bar, and two women who had just walked in were the lucky recipients. Keep in mind, the place opened less than a week ago, and I'm guessing it will get more crowded not less.

                                  I would definitely make a trip to Humble Pie. The food is great and they have great ingredients. Schreiner's sausage, McClendon produce, a great and fun wine list. My wife is already making plans with friends for us to go back in a few weeks.

                                  Barry

                                3. Ate there last night. Very enjoyable. 7 p.m. on a Sat. with no reservations. It was busy, but they have a LOT of counter seating if you're cool with that (we were). It's not like 5 seats crammed at a small bar, but probably 30+ counter seats wrapping around the kitchen/prep/bar and patio area. There are, of course, regular tables as well - but if you want to grab a bite with a friend, I'm just saying it shouldn't be a prob popping by on a busy night. The staff are great as well, so you wouldn't feel out of place if dining solo... pull up a seat and enjoy.

                                  We weren't super hungry so we split a pizza and salad. For us, it was Wild Mushroon & Pancetta for the pie (12) and a nice veggie chopped salad with jicama, avocado, beans, and other stuff (6). Good beers are about $4-6 and a very wide selection of wines across all price points. As mentioned, the staff was right on top of things... attentive and quick. Depsite it being busy, we were served our ordder within 20 mins. The pizzas aren't big, about 6 small slices, so don't expect to feed a super bowl party with a couple of them. But fine for one person or sharing with other nibbles. They have a nice chewy, slightly charred dough and big, bubbly outer crust. The toppins are well selected and very flavorful. My only slight quibble is that sauces (or lack thereof) aren't clearly described on the menu. I love tomato sauce and most of their selections don't come with it... you have to look for the word tomato on the list of ingredients and not assume it's a veggie topping... nope - that indicates a sauce. I was still quite happy with ours, but might have ordered a side of something to sop up with the nice chewy crusts.

                                  The salad was also very nice, fresh and tasty. I could skip most salads but this had a nice mix of textures and flavors.

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                                  1. re: tastyjon

                                    That "big, bubbly outer crust," caught my attention. I hate to admit it, but the best pizza, that I have ever had (do not mention this to Chris Bianco) was at a Pizza Inn, in Gulfport, MS. The dough was cooked, so that it was similar to a Saltine cracker, in that it was crisp, and had large bubbles in it. The sauce was good (though nothing to wax poetic about), and was applied in a good quantity. The cheeses were copious, though hardly artisinal, and the pepperoin was obviously processed, but cooked with crisp edges, but not too much. They offered green olives, that were applied about half-way through the process, so they were very lightly toasted, but not dried out - plump, with toasted edges, like the pepperoini. In all the decades since, I have yet to have a pie, of such perfection. Now, I've gotta' go to HP, just to see if they can ressurrect those memories.

                                    Oh, I've had gourmet pies, with ingredients that would make Mario Batali blush with envy, and weighed about a pound, per square inch, but none has matched that pie of so very long ago, from a chain (I hate to admit this, as I will probably be banished from CH, for ever). Still, when I think about a pizza, I reference that crust (dough), and the effect that it created.

                                    Well, off to HP, to try one for myself. Thanks for the trip down "memory lane."

                                    Hunt

                                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                                      Nothing wrong with a chain if it can out perform the heavy weights. I'll take Pappadeaux over Steamers any day.

                                      1. re: ValleyFever

                                        I know, but I feel like I've been "outed," or something. Still, when the phase of the Moon is just right, well, I can almost imagine that pie.

                                        As for Pappadeaux, I am with you. They are not bad, and I am in a position to be heavily critical of S. LA (the state not the state-of-mind) cuisine, especially if it's 1100 miles from Louisiana. Their "shrimp stew," not their Gumbo, is really good. Only problem that I have had is with the crowds. The food is pretty good, until I get to NOLA and Gulf Coast for the "real" stuff.

                                        Afterall, it is all about the food,
                                        Hunt

                                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                                          Pappadeaux has been on my list for a long time and I never seem to make it there. We live in N. Scottsdale but drive to 43rd ave and Dunlap for Korean food, so I don't know why we don't trek to Pappadeax.

                                          I've had a craving for good Cajun cuisine lately....Bill, what else do you recommend? How good is Baby Kaye's? I haven't been since they had that little shack in downtown Scottsdale back in the early 90s.

                                          1. re: ejs1492

                                            Baby Kay's is pretty straight forward cajun compared to Pappadeaux which is more of a Seafood House with a cajun focus.

                                            Pappadeux has a huge menu where you can't really go wrong. My biggest suggestion is stay away from fried seafood. I just find that wrong, except for the stuffed blue crab which is the exception to the rule. Great appetizers, fresh Texas oysters, lots of fish cooked many different ways, plenty of cajun dishes, and wonderful desserts. All that said, I usually order the same thing everytime. Half Oysters/Half Shrimp Cocktail, Blackened Mahi Mahi over Dirt Rice w/Crawfish Etouffee, and Sweet Potato Pecan Pie for dessert. Shiner Bock is my drink of choice.
                                            http://www.pappadeaux.com/pdfs/pappad...

                                            Baby Kay's is pretty can't miss too. They make Boudin in a way I never experienced growing up on the TX/LA border, but I really like it. The BBQ Shrimp is also a good app. Its a pretty standard version of cajun BBQ Shrimp which is Worcestershire based. I usually order the Cajun Combination which comes with Crawfish Eutouffee, Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya, and Chicken Gumbo which I usually upgrade to Seafood for a couple bucks. I love the homemade kettle chips as a side and ask for a side of remoulade to dip the chips in. My gf loves the green olive cole slaw, and she hates cole slaw. The do really good desserts to. I usually go with the bread pudding. Abita Turbodog is the beer of choice here.
                                            http://www.freddythunder.com/babykays...

                                            1. re: ValleyFever

                                              Now, for health reasons, I might agree with you, BUT, being raised in the Deep South (Gulf Coast & NOLA environs), it is BY the fried seafood, that I judge any NO/Cajun restaurant. Pappadeaux does an adequate job. Compared to G W Fins (NOLA), they fall far behind. Compared to the best, of the best, they do not even register. However, many hurricanes (the storms, not the drinks) have diminished the ranks of the really great, in NO and on the Coast. Still, as an old dude, I have my memories...

                                              For what they sell themselves, and what they are, I think that they do a good job, and nothing more. For a mini-chain, they are near the top of that genre, but that does not mean that they are a step above the average mom-n-pop in Lafayette, or New Orleans, or even Baton Roughe. Still, they are in PHX, and I am not in the Deep South, any more.

                                              Hunt

                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                I whole heartedly agree with you Bill. I love fried anything, but as I get older i like it less and less. It partially masks the flavor of things which I needed when I was younger. No, I feel as though it mutes the tastes that I love. I would rather have them accented by spices and herbs.

                                                I also agree, that is nothing like NOLA. I spent a large part of my growing years in Lake Charles, Grand Isle, Houma, Lockport, and Galliano. Obviosuly, living in the desert, you aren't going to get that freshness, or the abundancy of people that know the flavors well enough to do the food complete justice. I'm happy just to have a place to remind me of home.

                                                My girlfriend is a valley native, and even though she is a great cook, cajun/creole isn't in her repertoire.Every time we go home my mom goes out and buy fresh gulf shrimp and a cooler of live crawfish. As much as I don't regret leaving east texas, i sure miss the food. (but we win on the mexican food trade off)

                                            2. re: ejs1492

                                              Pappadeaux is decent New Orleans/Cajun, in PHX. I usually go with their shrimp stew (their seafood gumbo is mediocre, at best), but the shrimp stew is closer to what my wife (NOLA native) does for seafood gumbo. There is a good tang and the stock is fairly rich, unlike the gumbo. They are close, albeit different. Then, I'll usually do the shrimp plate. It's decent fried shrimp, with too many frozen fries, but then, we are dining at a limited-chain. [Note to Pappadeaux: actually MAKE your fries, and do not order up a ton of frozen dudes from Nobel-Sysco], and a bottle of Caymus Conundrum at ~ 300% markup. This is a white wine blend, that goes with a lot of seafood, even if you add horseradish to the cocktail sauce. I have yet to find anything that compares to NOLA, but, we are in PHX, afterall.

                                              Baby Kay's has had better food, but on a random basis. If Kay Romero is around, things are better. However, her family just does not quite get it. It's all about the prep and old family recipes, not about making the profit.

                                              I liked Ragin' Cajun (Cave Creek Rd, but long gone), except for the noise. It had good food, but was impossible to hear your dining companion, across the booth.

                                              There is a newer place (Peoria?), that has gotten good reviews. I have not been there, and cannot recall the name.

                                              As we get back to NOLA about once/year, I usually get my "hit" of NO/Cajun cusine. Otherwise, my wife gets a "Care Package," from the docks in NOLA, and accommodates me. Her gumbo is still the paradigm, by which, all others will always be judged. I still get calls from old clients in Denver, offering to fly down to PHX, if my wife is doing "Gumbo Night."

                                              Back to Baby Kay's - when Rosie and Kay are around, it is very, very good. Maybe soon the kids will get it.

                                              Hunt

                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                Thanks Hunt. I could go for a big plate of dirty rice, gumbo and some shrimp remoulade right now...and a dixie beer!

                                                1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                  p.s. is it the same "Rosie" from that radio show on KTAR?

                                              2. re: Bill Hunt

                                                Is it better than Robin's or Prejean's?

                                        2. We were sitting last night right behind tastyjon, in a party of six. Hade made the reservations three days earier, no problem getting in at 6:00pm, place was quite full by seven.

                                          We also started with the cheese board, nice selection and good quality for $12. We ordered a bottle of Italian wine to start, they only have four selections of Italian, wish they would add a Super Tuscan. Lots of Pinot Noir's, all reasonably priced. It appears they are only taking a 2X markup on wine.

                                          Some in the party ordered salads others just went to the pizza. I had the one with the Schrieners (sp) sausage ($12), it was wonderful, they nailed the crust. All the individual serving size pizzas are from $10-12.

                                          They place is loud once it is full and everyone has a couple of glasses of wine. The wall behind the counter is solid stone and probably acts like a reflector. But we did fine. Our server was perfect, I would rate him a 10. Just enough attention but not to much. They were low on the wine we wanted and he went out of his way to find us another one. Also decanted our #2 bottle for us.

                                          We tried two desserts, a berry thing and the cookie plate, both are worth ordering.

                                          Total bill came to about $200 for six of us, $100 of that though was for wine. Gave the server a $50 tip and we were out the door to return soon.

                                          1. Also tried Humble Pie last night for the first time.
                                            Started with the Caprese Appetizer - burrata, pesto and cherry tomatoes. Different take on caprese but very delish.
                                            I had the shrimp pizza (great flavors with the shrimp, lemon zest and burrata) and hubby had the Margherita pizza (also very yummy).
                                            We had the olive oil gelato to finish which we really liked - sweet, but not too sweet.
                                            We were very pleased with our dinner. Service was great. For appetizer, 2 pizzas, dessert and 4 drinks total (wine and beer) our bill was about $70 which we thought was fair given the quality of the ingredients. Will definitely go back!

                                            1. Was in the area Saturday afternoon and wanted to give this place a try, hoping it would be open for lunch. It wasn't...

                                              Asked a couple of guys in the restaurant at the time and I believe they said they will be opening for lunch starting Monday. Can anyone verify this (I may have misheard)? Thanks in advance.

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                                              1. re: crsin

                                                I drove by, today, and noticed the sign they've posted still had parts of it covered. I suspect the covered part says "open for lunch".

                                                1. re: johnseberg

                                                  Now, it says open for Lunch and Dinner.

                                                  1. re: johnseberg

                                                    Okay, great, thanks for the heads-up. I'll have to swing by again next time I'm around.

                                              2. I'm not sure if this is illegal and might get deleted by the CH moderators but I could not find the menu anywhere and I googled like crazy. Stopped by tonight & picked up a menu tonight and made a reservation for Monday.

                                                Here's the menu:

                                                HUMBLE PIES

                                                -Schreiners Sicilian Sausage, roasted fennel, fresh mozzarella and tomato
                                                -Margherita, tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil
                                                -Potato and roasted garlic, fontina, gorgonzola cheese and rosemary
                                                -Wild muschrooms, pancetta, red onion and fresh mozzarella
                                                -Organic local vegetables with tomato (available without cheese)
                                                -Grilled chicken with house-made pesto, oven reasted tomatoes and mozzarella
                                                -Pepperonia, mozzarella and tomato
                                                -Prosciutto, pears and gorgonzola, topped with arugula
                                                -Shrimp, burrata, basil and lemon zest
                                                -Pistachios, roasted leek, shaved red onion and parmesan

                                                STARTERS

                                                -Crispy calamari tossed in herbs with basil chili dipping sauce
                                                -Chilled green beans with hole grain mustard aioli and toasted hazelnuts
                                                -Cheese and meat board
                                                -Humble caprese salad with fresh burrata, house made pesto and lightly roasted tomatoes
                                                -Crispy penne with parsley, garlic, lemon zest and pecorino cheese

                                                SALADS

                                                -Chopped salad with roasted turkey, salami, mozzarella and tomatoes wtih an herb viniagrette
                                                -Romaine and celery hearts caesar with torn grilled sourdough croutons
                                                -Grilled steak salad with romaine, arugula, escarole, celery, tomatoes with a caper mustard viniagrette
                                                -Veggie chopped salad with avocado, jicama, green beans, tomatoes and mozzarella with an herb vinaigrette

                                                ORGANIC VEGETABLE SIDES

                                                -Fingerling potatoes with rosemary
                                                -Butternut squash with basil
                                                -Cauliflower with oregano
                                                -Baby carrots with cilantro

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                                                1. re: ccl1111

                                                  ate there last sat night as well had the calamari and burata starters

                                                  mushroom
                                                  sausage
                                                  poatoe pizzas

                                                  my husband and friend agreed it wasn't worth the drive form arcadia. It was good but not worth going to if not in the area. Sorry folks.

                                                  1. re: drewb123

                                                    "not worth the drive from arcadia"
                                                    you've got to be joking what are you ridng your bike? Make the 3 mile trek one more time and try the clam pizza -- it's worth the 9 minute drive.

                                                    1. re: gchiker3

                                                      glad someone said what i was thinking.

                                                      1. re: gchiker3

                                                        maybe I am lower arcadia. it is 15 min and it is the same distance to bianco and 4 min to la grande for the same quality. Sorry we disagree.

                                                        1. re: drewb123

                                                          If you are in lower arcadia, you should be at Phoenix House of Pizza and Subs. Who needs gourmet pizza when you can get your hands on some greasy NY Style slices.

                                                          1. re: ValleyFever

                                                            where's that? I ,love Ny style I am from there. I love centro al pino.

                                                            1. re: drewb123

                                                              link (I think)

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                                                              Phoenix House of Pizza & Subs
                                                              326 N 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008

                                                              1. re: hohokam

                                                                It used to be owned by a NJ Italian family. They sold it to a greek family, but they still try to keep it authentic.

                                                                With Greasy Tony's and Four Bros gone, I am running out of dirty, but good pizza places.

                                                                1. re: ValleyFever

                                                                  Thanks I will be trying this in the next couple of days it is 12 min from where I live. I'll let you know. BTW have you tried centro al pino? or is it pino al centro

                                                                  1. re: drewb123

                                                                    Pino's Pizza al Centro. I've had (and enjoyed) their pizza a couple of times.

                                                                    But, as someone else (maybe silverbear?) noted, their limited hours make eating there kind of a hassle for those of us who tend to eat meals late.

                                                                    1. re: hohokam

                                                                      Oops. place link:

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                                                                      Pino's Pizza Al Centro
                                                                      139 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

                                                                      1. re: hohokam

                                                                        they do have strange hours and not good srevice. But seriously my fave pizza in phoenix.

                                                                      2. re: hohokam

                                                                        I LOVE Pino's but their prices always seem a bit high to me for some reason. Maybe we just order too much :) My kids could live on his penne and marinara.

                                                                  2. re: hohokam

                                                                    I love Phx House of Subs gyros too!

                                                            2. re: gchiker3

                                                              Clam pizza? I don't see this on the above menu. Was it a special?

                                                              1. re: crsin

                                                                Way special - for the Patriots. "Humble Pie" is the mantra of the Patriots - no doubt they are doing lobster and clam pizzas in honor of the team. And oh by the way, drewb123, go the extra 6 minutes on your Schwin and get the green beans while your there.

                                                                1. re: gchiker3

                                                                  That's too bad...clam pizza is definitely intiguing.

                                                                  On another note: in all fairness to drewb123, it would probably take more around the neighborhood of 15-20 minutes to get from an area near LGO to Humble Pie. I would understand completely not being thrilled with that trek for a casual meal of something he didn't LOVE.

                                                            3. re: drewb123

                                                              wow - we had almost the same thing as you - 2 peeps in our party took the sausage pizza home with us. plus we ordered the shrimp with burrata and lemon zest pizza, and then proscuitto, pear, and arrugula pizza...we all had a beer, and we shared hte olive oil gelato..

                                                              we loved it - great quality of ingredients. the burrata was sublime - and given the fact htat they are just about the only place in maricopa county to have that on the menu as an app i'd say its worht the drive for that alone.

                                                              the pizza was fantastic - great ingredients, as someone else posted, only the sausage pizza had tomato sauce. no worries for us - they were fantastic..the shrimp/burrata comes sprinkled with red chili flakes so that was a nice surpise...the favorite of our table was the roasted potato with oregano and rosemary with fresh parm. mmmm good

                                                              but the biggest suprise was the calamari appetizer..omg - so tender, barely fried, so great.....that disappeared in about a second :D

                                                              we loved it, were inspired to bring some home, and would happily go again in a second....

                                                              that olive oil gelato, im still thinking about it :D

                                                              oh one tiny quibble. its loud up in there. LOUD

                                                              but that won't stop us from going again :D

                                                              1. re: winedubar

                                                                I agree about the loudness. On my first visit, I sat at the bar and didn't notice the noise level so much. The second time, I took my husband and we sat at a table and could barely hear each other.

                                                                1. re: hollyeve

                                                                  Thats funny...we had the exact same experience. At the bar the first time, no problem. A table the next time and it was really loud and difficult to hear (and I don't usually complain about noise too much). It's definitely too noisy in therem and it was difficult to converse with others at our table. They could turn the music down some.

                                                                  Barry

                                                          2. stopped in tonight for the first time...started with cold green bean salad and calamari both tasty, would lean to the calamari...Schreiners Sicilian Sausage, roasted fennel, fresh mozzarella and tomato, Margherita, tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil, white clam and lobster pizza- pizzas were very good, I prefer a little more sauce with my pie but this is supposed to be in the style of the pizza at Mozza (i was told never ate there)...dessert-apple crostada (ok), olive oil gelato (really liked it)...definitely would go back, I humbly rate it amongst the top few in town ;)

                                                            1. We stopped into Humble Pie again this weekend with a group of 6. Reservation was accepted no problem, and we were seated on time although the place was hopping. They really have a lot of bar stool seating along the walls and the enclosed patio.

                                                              We were able to sample 4 different pizzas, the two chopped salads (one all veggie and one with salami and turkey), as well as the green bean and buratta starters. Again, all of the food was excellent, and everyone in our group liked everything. The buratta started is a big hunk of the cheese in a puddle of balsamic and good olive oil, with pesto on top. There are some small, on the vine, oven roasted tomatoes next to it, and 2 large pieces of toasted bread slices (ciabatta?) along side. The buratta was good, although not as good as I remember at Taggia. The whole things together tasted great, but pulling the soft tomatoes off the vine, and trying to carve off a piece of the soft cheese was somewhat difficult. Very good though.

                                                              We really like this place a lot, especially the big, interesting wine list and very reasonable pricing. The bill was about $50 per couple, including wine and cocktails.

                                                              Barry

                                                                1. We did dinner there on Monday and had a great meal. It was my wife's birthday so we had the whole family (13 of us). 6 of those were kids under the age of 4. I was a bit apprehensive about it as I'd read they didn't have high chairs & that the menu was "adult oriented". I was hoping that's to let people know it's no Chucky Cheese. We were blown away by how great everyone was & how great they were with the kids. The service was universally wonderful.

                                                                  We tried a variety of pizzas (margherita; potato, garlic, gorgonzola; wild muschrooms & pancetta; organic local vegetables with tomato (no cheese); grilled chicken with pesto; shrimp & burrata; & one of the nightly specials which basically was the shrimp & burrata but with lobster instead of shrimp). Everybody enjoyed their selections. I tried each one & didn't find one I didn't like. I did really like the crust.

                                                                  One thing I would point out is that they only have 3 pizzas with tomato sauce so if you're looking for that, make sure you pick the right ones. There are a couple of pizza purists in the family that need sauce though they still enjoyed their selections (which were absent tomato sauce).

                                                                  We also had the caprese salad with burrata. That was awesome. We will order that again regularly. The tomatoes that came with were fantastic too. They also had a side dish special of brussels srouts with pancetta. It about vanished from the table. Yummy roasted brussels sprouts paired nicely with the pancetta.

                                                                  We also found a really nice easy drinking zin (Cline) that was quite affordable.

                                                                  I think all 13 of us will be happy to return (just hopefully not at the same time). :)

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                                                                  1. re: ccl1111

                                                                    Just want to add to brother ccl1111's post that we did bring our own booster chairs - the kind that strap into seats. As a family who loves to fine dine - and find that our kids haven't stopped us - we try to have them in the car for the occassion that a restaurant doesn't have a high chair (or three) for the second round of 1 and under. I did love Bill Hunt's post, and we are trying to raise our kids to be gracious and respectful wherever they may dine, be it In-N-Out or Tetsuya's!

                                                                  2. Finally made it in on Sunday. Got there around 4PM and the place was practically empty, a great time to go to avoid the dinner rush (called ahead on the previous Friday night and was told there would be around a 30 minute wait). Started with the calamari, which is fantastic. The breading was crispy and light and calamari was very flavorful. The sauce was a great alternative to the regular marinara influenced sauce fried calamari is usually served with, and really made the calamari exceptional. Then split a large veggie chopped salad, which was really fresh and delicious, and we were pleasently surprised by the portion. Was able to share three pizzas: sausage/fennel, mushroom/pancetta, and pear/arugala. All of these were great. My personal favorite was probably the pear/arugala, being a big fan of arugula and gorganzola. The other two were equally stellar. The crust, especially, was great and I do agree with the previous poster in that it is fairly comparable to Bianco's. Service was very good, and the place has a relaxed, open atmosphere. I will definitely head back.

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                                                                    1. re: crsin

                                                                      I loved it too. The Margarita and chicken pizzas were good and the mushroom outstanding. Salad was also great as was the beer selection. The room is cool and service great.

                                                                      1. re: taiga

                                                                        Any humble pie chowhounders?? Just wanted to update this thread to fall 2009 and see if regulars are still going out here for a good meal?
                                                                        Anyone enjoyed the happy hour here?

                                                                        1. re: palmtree38

                                                                          I think Humble Pie is consistently good. I live nearby, and go there two or three times a month. The last time I was there, I got a free small salad, which was actually pretty big, and really good. I think it was the strawberry and gorgonzola. They seem to have all kinds of summer specials. I think the specials on the website are not seasonal.

                                                                          http://humblepieusa.com

                                                                          1. re: palmtree38

                                                                            Also, the issue about bringing kids to Humble Pie (mentioned above) is yesterday's news. Humble Pie now has high chairs, a children's menu, etc. I've come to like the place despite a mixed first experience there.

                                                                            1. re: silverbear

                                                                              Glad to hear they have childrens menu now as we will have kids in tow on our holidays this fall. GB sounds good but dont want the huge waits with younger ones and HP was given as a good recommendation in the Scottsdale area.
                                                                              Menu looks grand.

                                                                              1. re: palmtree38

                                                                                For those who really enjoy a glass (or 3) of wine with their pizza, HP is the place for you. One of the owners is Tom Kauffman of Rancho Pinot, a real "wine guy". Monday is half price on selected bottles. And Tom may have learned a thing or two about pizza from one of the early chefs at Rancho Pinot, one Chris Bianco.

                                                                                1. re: RDBcooks

                                                                                  I have young kids and we go to Humble Pie often. They are always friendly and my kids love the food. My 6 year old especially likes the calamari, tentacles and all. I never go to a restaurant without some kind of book/crayons/stickers etc. to occupy my kids, we get a nice glass of wine and good food.
                                                                                  Rancho Pinot is one of our favorite place in the Valley as well.

                                                                                  1. re: ronam

                                                                                    oh yes I am a mom with many restuarant activities for the kiddies as well. I am surprised at the parents that bring their young kids to a restaurant and expect them to sit there 2 hours. Then wonder why they are misbehaving or wanting to run around. We will be looking at a fri/sat/sun here for dinner.
                                                                                    My kids too like calamari which i was surprised .

                                                                            2. re: palmtree38

                                                                              Went to Humble Pie for lunch the other day and left very satisfied. The Margherita pizza was delicious and we also loved the appetizers. Service was prompt and friendly. Will definitely be back.

                                                                        2. We ate at Humble Pie for both dinner and the next day for take-out. They know what they are doing. My recommendation is to order from their menu list: one pizza with tomato sauce and one that is not made with tomato sauce. Alternating between them brings out the best in both pies.

                                                                          The appetizers we had were delightful, nuanced surprises. I recommend the mustard-aioli chilled green beens. For pizzas, we asked the waitress about her favorite, and she suggested the artichoke pizza. I'm glad I followed her advice. The tastes worked well together. We also ordered the sausage one. The fennel in the tomato sauce brought out the sausage spices. The next day we ordered the pistachio pizza and the mushroom one. My favorite of the four is artichoke, but the other three are so good that I don't want to rank them. The the quality of the crust and the blend of flavors make Humble Pie special. This place achieves that combination of originality and classic-comfort-food-i-ness that I thought was impossible in a pizza place.

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                                                                          1. re: conpanyvino

                                                                            thanks for the great report! sounds delightfull... They have happy hours too ..

                                                                            1. re: palmtree38

                                                                              Just back from Scottsdale and went to Humble Pie for late afternoon happy hour. The wings were FANTASTIC. We end up ordering a 2nd batch. The margarita pizza was good as well along with the margarita's to wash down the food.. It was hard to find as it was tucked away in a plaza so not much action out front for people watching..
                                                                              Would definatly come back.

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                                                                              Humble Pie
                                                                              21050 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050