Finally went here after hearing a friend say the pizza was good. I went for a lunch special, salad and a two-topping slice of pizza for about $7. Verdict. The salad was rather good (not blow you away good, but pretty darn good). As for the pizza. The slice was plenty big but only decent tasting. It had an almost Bisquick-like crust quality and taste to it. Now that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I wasn't disappoint with my meal at all. However, I expected it to be better since my friend raved about the place. I do agree with the previous post in that the service is friendly. Still, Grimaldi's is the place for truly great pizza in Tucson.
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.
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.
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3280 E. Hemisphere Loop, Suite 180, Tucson AZ 85706 |
P.O. Box 27087, Tucson AZ 85726-7087 |
(520) 294-1200 |
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