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Jan 17, 2008 06:55 PM

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:

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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.

        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.


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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.


                  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: