Pizza. It’s the one food that can be eaten during any situation. Birthday parties, parent/teacher interviews, staff parties, funerals, you name it. It’s that versatile and is always a safe bet when you’re hungry.
Which brings us to today’s post: My journey to this little pizza joint called Love Pizza (10196 109 St).
I came across this place as I was driving down a busy street along 109 St during rush hour. While I was waiting for traffic to move again, I noticed this sign that simply said, “Love Pizza.” My immediate thought was, “Yes. Yes I do love pizza.” But then I began to realize that I have never noticed that sign before because I tend to drive down that stretch of road quite frequently. It was then I made it my mission to give it a shot. Seeing as though I haven’t really gone out to try new restaurants over the past few months (being a full-time student is hard okay…STOP DEMANDING PERFECTION FROM ME), I figured I would take a small break from my busy life and give Love Pizza a go.
Let me start off by saying that Love Pizza is one of the most aesthetically pleasing restaurants I’ve visited lately. The minute you walk into the place, you’re hit with this very “hip” and “modern” atmosphere. It works for the downtown area and I liken it to places like The Burger’s Priest (which is located a few doors down from LP). The decor is simple and the walls are lined with large black and white photos and a list of “rules” you’re supposed to follow (and occasionally break) while you’re visiting. Everything about the interior is just bright and inviting and would easily make for a great place to take a date to. I dug it.
Now when it comes to the food, things are done a little differently. It has a similar structure to Quizno’s where you get to see your food built from scratch and gets shoved into an oven where it bakes for minutes and you can watch it all unfold as you move down the counter. You walk up to the counter to order your food, where at this point you could either order a signature pizza or build your own from scratch. If you choose to build your own pizza, you get a wide variety of ingredients to chose from such as:
Farm Fresh Egg
Basil and Spinach Pesto
And the list goes on…
I was quite impressed with the selection overall, although I was a little bummed to see that gluten free options were not offered at the time (wouldn’t recommend this place if you can have gluten). I ended up building my pizza from scratch, topping it off with tangy tomato sauce, pepperoni, jalapeños, and roasted mushrooms. Don’t judge, I’m a man of simple tastes.
Cooking time was relatively quick, but that’s mostly due to the actual size of the pizza itself. With regards to the size, I was surprised to see that my pizza was a little smaller than I expected, especially for the amount I paid for (pizza was about $11). But this can be easily overlooked because the pizza was actually quite good. It wasn’t the absolute best pizza I’ve ever had but it’s a definite step above places like Panago or Famoso (Full disclosure: I’ve never been the biggest fan of Famoso. I like my pizza to have a consistent texture thanks) The crust wasn’t too doughy, nor was it overcooked. It wasn’t incredibly oily and the sauce was evenly spread out.
It was a good pizza.
The only criticism I have is the price. For the amount money I paid (pizza + drink came to around $14), I can’t help but feel like I could’ve gotten more for the amount I paid. But I think this detail is very minor. I mean overall Love Pizza is a solid choice if you’re in the downtown area looking for a place to chow down and if you’re with a couple of friends. But if you’re looking to feed a large party, maybe shoot for a place that will give you more bang for your buck.
Overall I was quite pleased with Love Pizza. You should check it out because food definitely lives here.
When it comes to big events in the city, Edmontonians have a large variety of events to look forward to. Eskimo fans have the Grey Cup. Families have K-Days. Oilers fans have the NHL Draft. But when it comes to Edmonton foodies like myself, we have the release of Avenue’s list of Best Restaurants in the city to look forward to every year.
Looking at this years list, I was actually surprised to see some restaurants that I hold near and dear to my stomach make this years list. One of them being Thanh Thanh (10718 101 St NW). I’ve been going to that place for over a decade and it’s definitely nice to see them get the recognition they deserve! With that said, expect a review for Thanh Thanh in the near future!
Now that Avenue has released their 2016 list, I’m going to make it my goal this year to visit each and every single restaurant on this list. I said the exact same thing last year and failed miserably in this endeavour but hey I’m not perfect! But this year is going to be different! Starting May 11, I’m going to kick off a delicious adventure where I travel across the city to eat at the places that Avenue considers the best of the best.
So keep your eyes peeled in May because I’ll be kicking things off with a visit to Japonais Bistro!
Stay tuned for more my hungry readers because we’re about to go on one scrumptious adventure!