Humble Pie - Scottsdale
With economy such that it is, I've noticed less of a crowd at many of my favorite restaurants. Although I appreciate the ability to get a last minute reservation or in for lunch without a wait, it makes me want to really support those restaurants that do a great job.
We've actually dined at Humble Pie twice in the last 3 weeks, and I keep coming away more impressed. It is a great place for a casual, fun dinner that won't break the bank. Plus, the varied, interesting wine list is reasonably priced, and there are numerous wines offered by the glass and flight (the btg selections can be hit or miss, but they are generally low priced, and a great way to try something new. If you don't like it, Matt or whoever is behind the bar will be quick to replace it).
Our last visit with a party of 8 we started with the daily cheese and meat board (the cheeses aren't as interesting as when they first opened, but the parmagano and cheddar were good, and the copa and prosciutto were very good), calamari with a basil dipping sauce that is really good, and the butternut squash (their produce starters and sides are so good and simply prepared).
Next, the chopped salad with turkey, salami mozzarella and tomatoes was great. The veggie salad is amazing, too.
Then we shared several pizzas, including the potato, roasted garlic, fontina and gorgonzola, the wild mushroom and pancetta (awesome) and the egg and prosciutto, on top of smoked mozzarella and topped with a sunnyside up egg (really good).
The wine drinkers at my end of the table shared a couple of bottles of the 2006 Patz and Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir which was excellent, and very reasonably priced for a restaurant. I also saw the 2005 Jayson Red from Pahlmeyer, which I love, on the list now.
Service is always very friendly and efficient, and we really like getting there early for a glass of wine or a flight at the bar. Humble Pie is quickly becoming our go to restaurant for small groups and a casual dinner.
6149 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Recently visted Valley of the Sun and pursuaded my husband to stand in line for 2.5 hours before heading to the Diamondback's game so we could try Pizzeria Bianco. As luck would have it, they're closed Mondays. Luck being the key word. I recalled a few posts on the board saying to skip Pizzeria Bianco and head for Humble Pie. Now, I can't comment on Pizzeria Bianco, because I still haven't gone, but Humble Pie? Wow! What a find. Everything was amazing, especially the pizza. The crust was outstanding - chewy and charred to perfection. The pepperoni was thick and high quality. My husband ordered a pizza to go, and ended up eating it right there! Humble Pie is a keeper, for sure.
Glad you enjoyed it, I too really enjoy Humble Pie. I've yet to have anyone that wasn't delicious (great salads, apps, sides, in additiont to the pizza). I actually do think it's comparable to PB. PB is definitely the better of the two, in my opinion (not sure anyone would debate that), but not by nearly as large of a margin as you might expect (i.e., not by a margin significant enough to invest the 3 hours wait time if just looking for a quality pizza). I've never had to wait at HP, so it really is a great option. I still don't know if anything can quite top PB in the valley, though, so I still have to clear my evening and make the trek once or twice a year.