Last night, we got out of a show at the Old Town School of Folk Music around 9:30pm. We hadn't eaten dinner beforehand and were definately hungry. The usual suspects for us within walking distance (Bad Dog, Daily Bar & Grill, Grafton, etc...) looked pretty packed, so, as we were parked on Western Ave. and had recently dined at Spoon, it occured to us to shoot up to Candlelite for some pizza. We hadn't been in awhile and only once since the "crust change." That last time, a few months ago, I was disappointed that they had messed with the crust recipe, but everything else about the pizza had seemed to us pretty much the same. That was not the case last night. We decided to share a white pizza (roasted garlic, mozz, goat cheese & carmelized onions,) and asked for 1/2 to have sausage and 1/2 to have Kalamata olives. Here was my exchange with the waitress:
Me: "On 1/2 the pizza sausage and 1/2 with Kalamata olives please."
Waitress: " 1/2 sausage, 1/2 WHAT?"
Me: "Kalamata olives."
Waitress: "WHAT? Oh..., are those green?"
Me: "No, they're black."
Waitress: "Oh, they're in the comupter as black olives. I'm not sure we have those. I'll ask the kitchen."
Waitress disappears. Pizza appears with (surprise!) canned sliced black olives. As I'm staring disappointedly at my pizza, waitress comes over and says - "Yeah, we didn't have any of those olives and we haven't in a really long time. I don't know why they're still on the menu. Can I bring you something else?"
Grumble, grumble.... OK Lynn, get over it and just eat your pizza. Well, it wasn't just the olives. Mozzarella tasted to me like the cheapest of the bulk - salty, greasy, rubbery. Stingy on the goat cheese, barely tan & oily "carmelized" onions, and maybe 4 cloves of roasted garlic on the whole large pizza. Major bummer. We should have just headed home and walked to Marie's.
I will say, despite my perception of a decline in pizza quality, the place was packed. No seats at the bar when we walked in around 10pm and only a couple of open tables. Maybe it's me, maybe it was just a bad night, but it will be a long while before I give them another try.
Last edited by LynnB
on March 10th, 2007, 6:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.