September 30, 2009 > Restaurant Review: Pizza Depot
Restaurant Review: Pizza Depot
By J.D. Wolfe
Why have I not reviewed pizza places in town? Okay, good idea. Off I went on a pizza mission. So far I have two places to talk about and here is one of them.
No matter how you slice it, you have to have plenty of dough to get a good pizza. Oh my, the puns were intended... I am so sorry.
Well, the truth is that there is more than dough to elevate a pizza to become worthy of note. Who doesn't love pizza? Like many of you, I know good pizza. Unlike the U.S., in Italy, you get two pizza choices. Both have very thin crusts: one covered with a tomato sauce and the other covered with a tomato sauce and melted cheese. Don't get me wrong. They are amazingly tasty because you eat them with other foods. Here in America, pizza is our meal. So, we want it to be good, really good. At Pizza Depot it is good, really good - thin crust, thick crust, or somewhere in between. They can make it for you.
Pizza Depot has been in its location for 24 years, since 1985. You probably have driven by countless times without realizing its existence. It is located in the northeast corner of a small commercial center at the intersection of Auto Mall Parkway and Grimmer Boulevard, behind a large ARCO gas station. There is plenty of parking.
This is a great family place with video games for kids, a large big screen TV for whatever sport you want to watch, comfortable tables and chairs and, oh yes, awesome pizza! Honestly, munching on your food and watching a game while your kids are playing a video game is almost like being in a large family room. It is truly a home away from home. Guests are greeted by cheerful employees (say 'hello' to Dave or Corey) who, I'm convinced, love working there.
The staff will help you with your order and it is not difficult: soda, salad, pizza, etc. You can get a personal pizza for around $5 - a great lunch or snack. Regardless of what you order on your pizza, it comes with a generous base layer of a fresh homemade tomato sauce and melted cheese.
I ordered a large pizza with pepperoni, sausage and red onions on one side and red onions, sausage and pepperoni on the other half. I had my salad and soft drink ready and waiting along with plenty of napkins - serious pizza eaters have a plan for how to devour our pizza. The Forty Niners were playing The Chargers on the big screen and I had a Pizza Depot pizza in the oven calling my name from time to time to let me know it would be there soon. Does life really get any better?
My pizza finally arrived piping hot and I was ready. I took the first bite and instantly knew I was where I was supposed to be - in pizza heaven. The rich tomato sauce massaged every taste bud. Outer crunchiness enveloped well-cooked, chewy dough that ensnared every piece of pepperoni, sausage and onion, ensuring they stayed on board for the ride. Delicious! Truly delicious! I looked around to see if others were enjoying their pizzas as much as I was enjoying mine? The answer was an emphatic 'yes!'
Dave and Corey took a break to sit down and chat with me. I learned that Dale and Debbie own Pizza Depot and take great pride in the operation of their business and quality of their pizzas. It was evident these two fine young men really love working there, a positive reflection on Dale and Debbie's management style.
The place is clean and although probably not the choice of a five star critic as an example of fine dining with white linen table cloths, etc., my response would be... who cares? While for some, pizza has become simply a takeout food that's a shame. Pizza Depot takes time to make their restaurant a fun place to bring your family/and friends for a good time. For excellent pizza and a fun time, get out of the house and eat more pizza!
Reviewed September 4, 2009
43450 South Grimmer Blvd., Fremont