[DFW] Campania Pizza - Best in Dallas?
- Steve N.
After reading the entry on T.Gubbins "news you can eat" Blog about Campania Pizza, I decided to give it a try at lunch today.
It is on the exterior of the new Mondrian building on the corner of Blackburn and McKinney in the Uptown area. It is the first storefront to open as most are still under construction.
As reported in the Blog, they do have a young man from Italy consulting and making the pizza. Additionally, all of the ingredients are imported from Italy.
They are just getting settled in, but the pizza was fanatastic. If you are in the area, I definitely recommend giving it a try.
Gave it a try.
The Good: The thin crusts (made to order) are crisp, sauce is light, toppings are fairly fresh and (in most instances) don't totally overwhelm the pizza, and the wait is short (because when I went there during the peak of lunch hour, there was no one else there).
The Not-so-good: They've got a lot of kinks to work out. There were three adults there "managing," with just one frazzled Italian kid (who looked under 20) who spoke little English making all the pizzas. Someone I was with ordered two "slices" at $1.99 each and ended up getting an entire pizza. That would ordinarily fall in the "good" category, except that I ordered a medium pizza (just under $11) and it came out the same size as my dining companion's two "slices." They don't have a wood-burning oven (which puts them a step behind some of the competition just a stone's throw away). With cheese and olive oil, some of the pizzas can be on the greasy side. Though the "slices" turned out to be a good value, the medium pizza came out near the same pricepoint as, for instance, Fireside Pies or Taverna (i.e., premium pricing). And the place looks and feels like a chain concept (which, in Dallas, may prove to be a virtue).
Pretty good pizza place, in all. But I wouldn't say "best in Dallas."
Pazzo is kinda far for me, but I used to go there when up that way. I didn't think it was any better than Taverna though.
Went there last night - I forgot how really good they are. Service was much friendlier and faster than I ever remember.
Also forgot how good the tuna salad with fresh mozzarella was.
The pizza was amazing. Perfect crust - not too thick or thin. Nothing was greasy. Anchovies were salty without having that overwhelming "fishy" smell that annoys everyone else at the table.
For the dessert, had the Nutella pizza for the first time. Good lord - I now wish I did not know that this exists.
We brought some of our own good wine and had an amazing meal.