If I had to judge Pomo based on my most recent visit, I’d tell you to run screaming for the hills. Luckily for them, I’ve been there a dozen times, and this was the first bad experience I’ve had. Hopefully it’s just a one-time event, and not a downhill slide. Despite their constantly rising prices, BF still thinks it’s the best pizza in the valley so we return time and time again. Perhaps we can chalk this last experience up to being stuffed in a hard-to-see corner. So take note – if they try to seat you in the corner, ask for another table.
Pomo is the “first and only” pizzeria in the valley to be officially certified as “authentic Neapolitan pizza”. Their master Pizza Man comes from Italy itself, and serves their wood-fired Neapolitan pizza with ingredients either imported from Italy or (for those that wouldn’t make the trip) purchased locally. They receive shipments daily, their dough is made from 100% organic flour, and their pizzas are baked within 90 seconds or less in a 950F wood burning oven – which lends a distinct flavor and amazing char to the crust. The oven itself was even built by hand in Naples, Italy and shipped to AZ.
Pomo’s appetizers are top-notch. They have a great Affetati Misti (meat and cheese platter) with parmesan that is to die for- all of their meats and cheeses are imported from Italy. Unfortunately, it comes in close to $15 (the cost of a whole pizza), so it’s more economical to choose either to split the affetati and a pizza, or get two pizzas. Their bruschetta (only $5.95) is amazing. It’s packed with flavorful tomatoes- you can tell they are using only high quality, fresh ingredients. My only complaint is that it comes with two small pieces, MOUNDED with their tomato mixture – Definitely messy, so ask for extra bread.
My favorite pizza is currently called the “Parma” (but many of the pizzas have changed in name since the pizzeria’s birth) and comes with san marzano sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, and shaved parmigiano reggiano (100% win), but at $16 is definitely up there on the price scale. Another favorite is the “Don Alfonso” ($14.95) which comes with a tomato sauce, mozza, salame piccante (hot salami), Italian sausage, and roasted bell pepper – in case you’re looking for something that’ll bite back J
Steer clear of the Calzone Napoletano – though the flavor combination would be wonderful on a pizza (san marzano, mozza, salame piccante, parm, red pepper, and ricotta) – the ricotta inside the calzone pocket pours out like a waterfall once you cut into the calzone making it unappetizing in appearance and difficult to eat as well. In pizza form it would be much more palatable, as the heat from the oven would help to dry out the ricotta a bit. Unfortunately, in calzone form it just won’t do. For the purists out there – the Margherita ($11.95) is out of this world.
I have yet to try a white pizza, because I love their red sauce so much, bu I can’t imagine they suck by any means. My only tip? Ask for the chili oil – oil infused with crushed red pepper flake – it adds a delightful kick to whatever you’re eating (we drizzle on the affettati and pizzas alike). The only gripe I have with the pizza is that the plate they serve it on tends to capture the steam from the hot crust, which can sometimes render a softer crust than I’d prefer. The actual crust is almost paper-thin, with a delightful puffed edge.
Room for dessert? All of their desserts are made in-house with products imported from Italy (except their gelato is “imported” from Gelato Dolce Vita in Mesa). While the Croccante Alla Crema ($7.95) doesn’t sound too appetizing with its description as a “mixed nut basket filled with mascarpone and topped with fresh seasonal fruit”, ORDER IT. The “basket” is made from pulverized, caramelized nuts, so it comes out more closely resembling the top of crème brulee than a “basket of nuts”. The mascarpone is slightly sweetened and the fresh fruit complements the flavors perfectly. The tiramisu pleased my mom who is a tiramisu snob, and she gobbled it up in no time flat. Check their dessert case for additional items not listed on the menu.
8977 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253
- Good for: Casual lunch or dinner
- Attire: Casual/”Scottsdale Casual”
- You will feel comfortable in jeans and a tee or slightly dressed up
- Ambiance: 4.5 out of 5
- The new location has a great feel, but can be slightly confusing as half is split off as a “sandwich shop”/”wine and cheese bar” and the other half is the sit down restaurant.
- Service: 4 out of 5
- The servers are always happy to explain things and make suggestions. I’ve even had a few speak Italian with a friend of mine when we went!
- Food: 5 out of 5