Usually when you’re traveling in European countries, “Mexican” restaurants aren’t real Mexican food, but rather are Tex-Mex; so when we were in the beautiful lakeside town of Como, who would have thought that we’d find a “Mexican” restaurant that served some of the best pizza in town? This place was in the Lonely Planet, so we just thought that we’d walk by at 8pm and see what was happening, but as soon as we saw the tables which quickly filled up and the line-up which had started before 8 we figured this place would definitely be worth trying.
There is an extensive list of pizzas and no English menu although you can at least figure out the traditional ones. Probably the best way to choose a pizza is to look at what people are having around you. The pizzas are huge – probably ten inch ovals served on a wooden platter but so thin that everyone (including eventually us – we started conservatively with one pizza) gets their own pizza. The crowd varies from students to the well-heeled older ladies with the expensive jewellery sitting beside us. We tried the porcini with artichoke hearts and ham which arrived at the table hot and crispy from the oven with a thin layer of tomato sauce, cheese and sprinkled with porcini, artichoke hearts and ham. Diners can choose to eat the pizza with fingers or forks and knives, depending on how hungry you are and how quickly you want the tasty pizza to reach your mouth. This pizza was revelatory – it was the best pizza we had seen (or tasted) this trip, and it was perfect. The super-thin, perfectly burnt crust, with the thin mix of toppings – these were people who understood pizza. And judging by the building lineup outside the restaurant while we ate, it was obvious that we weren’t the only ones who felt this way.
Although initially we erred on the conservative side, since it was the best thin pizza we have had and we were likely not going to be here again for a long while if ever, we ordered another. Sadly, the quattro stagioni was slightly disappointing – a mix of olives, capers, peppers, ham, mushroom and artichoke hearts which we didn’t love, but as it’s on every menu of every pizza place in Italy, it obviously has a devoted following. That being said, the crispy crust was still delicious and it did not stop us from eating it. On the bright side, there is an extensive list of pizzas sure to please any palate ranging from the simple margherita to the more quirky combinations including strawberries.
This place is worth trying and, evidently worth waiting for as evidenced by both locals ( I assume) and tourists waiting for tables as we left. It is not particularly expensive with most pizzas ranging from 7-13 Euros. Service is fast and efficient. Come here – grab a table in the pleasant square order a delicious crispy-thin pizza with a beer. You’ll be surprised at how fast it disappears – so just order two.
Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini 6,
22100 Como, Lombardy, Italy
Tel: 031 26 62 04