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famoso going downhill? (ed)

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ihatepickyeaters Jun 16, 2009 01:50 PM

i went to the "other" famoso, in terwilliger, recently for lunch, and maybe it's that i just had pizza in chicago...but it wasn't up to the same standard as i remember having downtown. the pizza was burnt on the bottom - like black and charred and for several bites, all i could taste was the charred bottom. meanwhile, and somewhat inexplicably, it was soggy. how it can be burnt and soggy is anyone's guess, but it was worse on one pizza than it was on the other. we ordered extra mushrooms on the vesuvio, but we didn't get very many.
i heard they are opening a third location in south ed common. is this an example of over franchising resulting in lower quality food? (think, Wok Box!) Is the food perhaps better at the downtown location?

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    rob1234 RE: ihatepickyeaters Jun 16, 2009 02:15 PM

    I had the exact same experience the first time I tried famoso, but at the downtown location. I think it was a vesuvio as well. Really burnt and soggy and I hated it.

    I've since been to the terwilliger one 3 times and it was excellent all 3 times. Maybe it was just an off night. The last time at terwilliger was about a month or 2 ago.

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      blondy RE: ihatepickyeaters Dec 15, 2009 01:49 PM

      Hi, I'm new to Chowhound and I stumbled across this post. Just wanted to throw my 2 cents in. I have been to the South Edmonton Common location a few times now (I think they opened late summer early fall) and have been very impressed everytime. I find their pizza second to none. Granted if you want a thick crust "North American Style" pizza then you will probably be disappointed. My server explained to me the "Neapolitan Pizza" showed me the best way to eat it "folded like a book" and the gal at the front advised me to not put too many toppings on or it would turn soggy. If anyone has been to Naples this is the closest I've ever had to the real deal. In Naples they fold the entire pizza in half and eat it that way. I highly recomend if your trying it for the first time to start with a Margheritta to taste the freshness of the ingredients. They have a great wine selection Very reasonably priced I might add! Oh and join the wine club if your a wine drinker. Really good coffee, thank you to my server for recomending the Nutella Mocha YUM! They also have a really cool look at this location diferent from the other two, Loved the lighting if you go there you'll see what I mean. I could keep rambling on but In a nut shell I highly recommend the Famoso South Common location its a little hard to find (it's kind of tucked away in a corner) but its just south of the theater.

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