Tuesday, August 26, 2008

$5 Lunch, Pronto Pizza

Today lunch found me at Pronto Pizza for the $4.99 salad + drink + slice deal. It's not much of a place, frankly, with a few greasy tables, an oven, and some pies behind a sneeze guard waiting to be topped and reheated. Normally I dig Arinell, and it would be great to find another slice like it. By the way, look closely at the sign in the photo...

Details post-jump.

Crust: 6 sporks. There isn't much flavor and it isn't strong enough to hold up all the toppings, but the don't have the puffy/gummy/mealy character of other cheap pizza.
Sauce: 5 sporks. Again, not much flavor, but at least there isn't too much of it.
Cheese: 7 sporks. A tiny bit too much of it, but nicely browned.
Other toppings: 6 sporks. Spicy pepperoni, with a shiny red oil puddle. I don't like it much, but I'll bet some people like it.
Price: 7 sporks. I'm still chasing that true 99-cent slice.
Sides: 5 sporks. Pale, lukewarm coffee and a few chunks of watery romaine with cucumbers and olives. Meh.
Total: 6 sporks. Not great. Cheap pizza is one of the true joys of the guerrilla lunch, but I'd better keep looking. Maybe the pros can help me...

A quick note: one of the great rules of blogging, according to Margaret Mason of Mighty Goods, is this: no one cares what you had for lunch. Now, given the astonishing success of plenty of food blogs, this rule isn't strictly true. But the fact remains that unless you live in San Francisco and work near City Hall, my reviews won't be of much use to you. So I'll be trying to generalize some lessons. This weeks lesson: The west coast cheap pizza scene leaves a LOT to be desired.