Is Olivella's really that good (dfw)?
I'm crazy about the pizza at Campania. And being able to bring your own wine certainly puts it on the "super-afforable and delicious" list for us. It's really small, though, and pretty dang chilly in the winter with the doors opening and closing constantly.
I've heard really great things about Olivella's. Is it that good? Better than Campania?
I hated Olivella's.
The sauce was very sweet and there was very little cheese on the pizza. When I say very little I don't mean "less than Pizza Hut", I mean there were large, three-bite expanses of pizza with no toppings at all other than sauce. We had a pancetta pizza that had one bite of sundried tomato for the whole pie, one tiny taste of pancetta per slice, and about half the pie had cheese on it. The "kids" pizza was the same way - dough with sauce on it and a suggestion of cheese.
The salad was excellent. The wine was overpriced.
For a small pancetta pizza, a kid pizza, a salad and two glasses of wine (total, not each) it was over $60 by the time you factored in tip. I find that price to be completely ridiculous for two adults and a small child. It also precludes me giving them another chance.
The place is really tiny as well, so you won't get any improvement there.
Full disclosure - I have not been to Campania.
just my $.02, but I think Grimaldi's pizza is better than both. Admittedly, however, I am not impressed with Campania as the crust has been soggy on each of my two visits.
The couple of times I have been to Olivella, I have been very impressed. I have gotten the pear, walnut and gorgonzola pizza so I haven't had the tomato sauce. That particular pizza, IMO, is very good.
I used to be a fan of Campania but have not had as good pizzas there as of late. They don't use a wood burning oven on the McKinney location. They do apparently have one at the one in Southlake. On the last visit, I tried one of the pies with anchovies and was pretty disappointed in how dried out the anchovies were.
After reading your comment, i couldn't agree more. I did see this post on the Dallas eats blog a few weeks back. There is an email address of one of the owners who takes comments, suggestions very seriously. I was thinking about emailing him because i hate to think they forgot about us here in Dallas and can only focus on Southlake!
Here is my take. I think Olivella's is the best pie in town. It's is as close to real Neopolitan Pizza as you can find. I'm suprised that you found the sauce sweet as they use only DOC San Marzano tomatoes in it. The sweetness must be from the tomatoes themselves as they do not add any sugar (had a long discussion with the owner) A pie like that, is all about the quality of the ingredients (less is more). However, it is expensive. I do enjoy the small atmosphere, you just need to go at off times. I haven't been to Campania, but will give it a shot if not surely for the BYOW.
Grimaldi's is more of the NY style and they are really 2 different animals. I think Grimaldi's is also extremely good and a great addition to the Dallas Pie scene.
I've never, ever seen a pizza that had large holes of just bread and sauce before. Not even when I was in Italy. We didn't have "less is more" so much as "ingredients listed may or may not actually be on your pie".
We were there at an off time and it wasn't busy, so I just can't figure it out. I really wanted to like the place after hearing people rave about it on CH, but instead I was really disappointed.
I picked up a pizza and a couple of salads to take home last weekend and a 1" strip of crust around the entire edge was burned black. Carcinogenic, inedible blackness.