All roads lead to Rome’s Pizza

31 12 2007

Yeah, the title is a little tacky, but I plagiarized it from Rome’s themselves. Rome’s Pizza serves gourmet and traditional Italian/American fare, from pizzas, calzones, and strombolis, to sandwiches, salads, and Mediterranean specialties. I’ve been here a few times for lunch and taken advantage of their daily specials, which normally consist of two slices of pizza, or two servings of stromboli and a drink for under five bucks. I’ve been pleased with both.

Rome’s has been around for a while and developed a reputation for having good food and great lunch specials. The place is normally pretty full around lunch time but there is plenty of seating. The restaurant has three locations in and around San Antonio and a new location in North Austin. In addition, the owners have franchised their restaurant concept in hopes of expanding (it will be interesting to see how they do).

The dough used for the pizza, calzones, and stromboli tastes great. It is doughy and slightly chewy and toasted well on the bottom. It is not greasy nor soggy and is firm enough to hold up the weight of the toppings. The cheese/sauce ratio is good and the pepperoni has a nice tangyness to it. The stromboli is only made for lunch and the Classico, with meat and cheese, sells out quickly. Nevertheless, the Stromboli of the day (aka: Vegetarian) is still pretty good with its mix of traditional pizza veggies (mushroom, peppers, etc.).

The other day I split an Extravaganza pizza with a few co-workers. It has extra pepperoni, canadian bacon, Italian sausage, ham, beef, salami, and cheese. Salami is a little unusual for a pizza topping, but it tasted great. The canadian bacon and the salami were sliced thick enough to be meaty, but not so thick that they wouldn’t cook through. If you like meat, this is it. My only gripe is the Italian sausage – its not that great. Moreover, it was chock full of fennel seeds. I hate fennel (I must be the only one in the world who hates this weed seed because everyone seems to use it in their sausage – more on this in another post).

Overall, the menu has a lot to choose from, but not so much as to be overwhelming. There are several salads and sandwiches if you are not in the mood for pizza products and they also serve dessert, beer and wine. There are a lot of things I have not tried at Rome’s, but based on my experiences here and the lunchtime crowd, I’d have to believe that the rest of the menu is just as good. Let me know what you think, especially if you have any desserts. This is the kind of place you would just love to see in-house desserts at. However, since this is the seed of a franchise operation where everything must be standardized, I can’t imagine that the dessert offerings would be any better than what I could buy at the grocery store. Nevertheless, this is a great place for a tasty, quick lunch.

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