As good as it gets outside of the Windy City. Deep dish like it should be.
Must have been a bad day for darbone - I was there for dinner with two friends last Friday - 10-29 and had a WONDERFUL experience. Very attentive and friendly server, water served right after we were seated and the wine list offered. We split the very generous Caprese salad (no grey prosciutto here) which was wonderfully fresh right down to the very red and tasty tomatoes! We then split 2 pizzas - the Quattro Formaggi (wouldn't have minded just a TAD more cheese) and a special that night with sliced Italian sausage, red and green peppers, onions and lots of cheese. We were in no hurry as we were all catching up on each other's lives and never felt rushed at all. Finished the meal with one of their skillet cookies (chocolate chip with vanilla bean ice cream) and a white chocolate Pannacotta with blackberries. YUM! I know that the Dove Mountain VA has a larger menu but it was WAY too far for 2/3 of our group. We didn't feel cheated one bit by the Swan Road location! 4 stars instead of 5 due to the fact that the cheese pizza needed more cheese!
Probably the best pizza/Italian bistro style restaurant in the Tucson area. Attentive, happy, well-trained wait staff (they actually know how to present a bottle of wine at the table) who treat you like a customer should be treated. Greeting at the door (it sometimes gets busy but it's worth the wait). Water and table settings are delivered upon seating and your server is there shortly thereafter with menus, wine list and recommendations of specials. The cioppetta and mussels marinara are outstanding but we've been going since opening and never had a bad meal. Pizza is as it should be- fresh, light and with real fresh mozzerella. A bistro-style ambience can get a bit noisy when busy but it's a happy atmosphere. There is outdoor seating with heat or misters depending on the season.
Don't confuse this location with the Swan Rd store. My friends take the drive out of Tucson every week because it's worth the time. It's hard to believe the two locations have the same name as the quality is on the opposite ends of the scale
Don't waste your time or money at the Swan Rd location. It's hard to believe the owners allow this place to operate using the same name as the Dove Mountain store (which is absolutely fantastic). A visit to Swan Road found disinterested, messy wait staff and food that was not worthy of the Vero Amore name. No water was offered, had to ask for menus, no offer of a wine list, grey colored prosciutto in the appetizer..... Not good.
Spend the time and drive to Dove Mountain for the real Vero Amore. You will be shocked at the difference.
I ate at this restaurant Saturday night with my son. We ate in the bar area. It had a great atmosphere. Lot's of big screen TVs. Good selection of beers on tap.
Service was pretty good except I had to track down the server when I wanted my check (I really hate that).
We ordered some wings for an appetizer. They were pretty good by western NY state standards. I ordered an individual sized veggie pizza and my son ordered a small "Chicken Da Vinci" pizza. The pizzas both "looked nice" and had fresh ingredients.
And now for my big beef with this place,... Both pizzas were UNDER BAKED. The middles of the pizzas were lukewarm with the cheese only slightly melted. The cheese was not browned at all. The crusts were not browned at all. None of the ingredients had blended. It just tasted like the individual lukewarm ingredients. Also, the pizza crusts were prefabricated and bland
If they baked the pizzas a few extra minutes they would have a much better product. After all, the words "Gourmet Pizza" are in their name.
Would I go back? I'm on the fence. There wasn't one thing that stood out that would make me want to go back. Since I have to make a recommendation I have to say "No".
In an age of instant gratification, often with sub-par quality, it's refreshing to know a place like 1702 is around. Feeling a monster appetite coming on? Leisurely enjoy any of the 50 rotating beers on tap while awaiting your freshly made custom slice of pizza. Yes, it will take more than 5 minutes, but quality takes time. Best pizza in town and a beer for every pallet.
Killer pies, a bit pricy but you are getting the best in town, maybe the whole state.
Delicious crust, great sauce.
For those of you that have a gluten sensitivity and miss pizza, eclectic delivers great tasting gluten-free pizza... at a cost. The pizza and other gluten free menu items seem really overpriced, especially when compared to the regular menu items. The ambiance is kind of awkward. It's in a strip mall along busy Tanque Verde. But the service has been consistently good and the pizza ingredients are fresh, local and organic when possible and delicious. They even serve gluten free beer! Overall, I would ignore the quirks and support this great Tucson business offering an option for Celiacs and gluten sensitive folks.
We have been there multiple times - awesome night out each time! Great food in a wonderful friendly atmosphere with fantastic live music! Tucson has needed such an all ages friendly quality venue. You can make it what you want - romantic night out or a time to actually have fun out with the whole family. Highly recommend it - money well spent!
I liked this place when it wasn't as well known, but the popularity of the place has exacerbated some of its worst drawbacks. For starters, it's deafeningly loud even when it's only somewhat busy; there's no sound-absorbing material whatsoever and even a few conversations can create a roar, especially because the TV is also usually turned up high. There's something up with the climate control, as well, because the temperature ranges from uncomfortably warm to cool enough to require a sweatshirt, with no correlation to the temperature outside.
All that aside, go for the beer, not the food. As other reviewers have noted, the pizza slices don't come in any size but gargantuan--way more food than I actually want--and if you add a couple of toppings, a slice will run you 8 bucks or more. I don't want to spend $8 on any pizza slice, but especially not the mediocre slices they have here: the sauce is fairly bland and there's something strange about the dough. The salads are pretty good--I've never had one with veggies that weren't fresh-- but also huge.
The beer selection is one of the very best in town, and Angie (the Aussie) is one of the most knowledgeable tap-people around (plus she's really friendly and outgoing). If you're not sure what to order, tell her what you like; she'll make some suggestions and bring you some tastes.
One of the best pizza places I've eaten. Thin crispy crust baked in a wood fired oven topped with homemade mozzarella cheese. Calzones were also an excellent choice. Will eat here again.
First, the food is fantastic, but it is a bit pricey for what you get. The atmosphere of the place seems sort of confused between Hooters and Applebees: it is family friendly, despite the attractive waitresses wearing shirts with sexual innuendo. My biggest gripe (the reason they lose a star) is that the place feels sickeningly corporate despite being a local (Arizona) chain. I wish they'd drop the short silent clip-reel of 40s/50s films and just let the customers watch real TV. However, the food is certainly good enough and interesting enough to get me to drop by every so often.
I have to agree with Jeff; I would not advise going here if you are solely looking for a quality pie. The pizza is adequate, but unexceptional. 1702 is really about atmosphere. It's an awesome place to kick back with friends; the energy here is great. Lots of happy, beer-buzzed folks having a good time with their group.
As Jeff mentioned there are more beers on tap than you could shake a fist at. So, definitely come here if you are looking for a variety of beers on tap.
To sum it up: great ambience, exceptional beer, ho-hum food.
If you go expecting good pizza, you'll be disappointed. But the selection of beers on tap is unprecedented for a Tucson restaurant. When I went there were more beers on tap than I could count, each served in proper glassware. IPAs, porters, lagers, trippels, wheat beers, milk stouts, you name it. The best part: they rotate out their beers on a regular basis, so you can always order something new.
Classic Neopolitan Pizza Pie, they make their own fresh mozzarella, use quality ingredients and the wood oven delivers a unique rich taste. Tucson is very lucky to have such a pizza parlor, today everywhere you look its thin crust and wood fire oven but this place actually gets it right. Plus great salads!
This _was_ La Ferlita's (Feruta's?) and it's been closed for at least four years. Now Giordano's. I liked La Ferlita's pizza better.
Magpies is to pizza, what Taco Bell is to Mexican.
Small place but very good pizza, and good friendly service.
We had the heart attack pizza and it was great!!!
where else do you find live music - GOOD live music - se7en nights a week in TUS? A great neighborhood bar with friendly people. Makes me wish I didn't have a morning job.
I don't know what the previous two commenters ate, but this place is actually pretty good. The pizza is flavorful, kind of a wheaty/honey crust that I enjoy. We've taken friends here also and they've always liked it. Service is fast and friendly, too. I guess the commenter above owes me $5, because I can honestly look him in the eye and tell him I enjoy Boston's!
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