Solo dining at Pizzeria Bianco
Is there a "bar" for lack of a better word where I can sit alone and dine or do I just sit at a table solo? I find it more fun when alone to do bar dining with others around me but I can always bring a book. Also, what is the nicest hotel nearby? Is the Clarendon any good or is it just hyped up by biased web sites?
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
There is a bar, and dining solo is a good bet. You have the only straight-on view into the pizza oven, and the staff is attentive there.
I don't know if the Clarendon is the nicest hotel nearby, but I would recommend it. The restaurant there, Gallo Blanco, turns out upscale fresh Mexican with local ingredients, at a great price. There is also a casual rooftop bar that my friends like for the view and for being relatively undiscovered.
Closer might be the Sheraton, on 3rd Ave, which has The District in the lobby, a locavore hotel restaurant that I like.
Gallo Blanco Cafe
401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013
It;s virtually the only way to get in without planning your entire day and evening around getting in, and perhaps still not gettiing in anyway.
The Clarendon is not really close to PB although you can get to/from the light rail with a bit of a walk. Closer properties are the Sheraton, Hyatt Regency and Wyndham although another to consider is the Lexington. This hotel is a bit further but right on the the light rail. Nothing too exciting but inexpensive and in a great neighborhood. None of these hotels including the Clarendon do much for me.
Solo dinnig at PB is definitely doable, but doing so deprives you of some of the charm of PB.
For me, getting to sample multiple pizzas as well as apps is sort of what makes Bianco that much more special. Plus, waiting around for 2-3 hours either at the Bar, or just strolling around downtown, or catching a movie, just adds to the experience.
Solo dining deprives you of those opportunities.