Richard and I had a fave pizza joint back in Charleston, SC (hey, Andolini’s!). We used to go there all the time. It wasn’t Chicago deep dish (which is my all-time love in the word o’ pizza), but it was dang good. And you could get it by the slice. And it had all sort of strange (and strangely appealing) decor. And it was in the neighborhood, close to where we lived. So…..it had a lot going for it.
But we hadn’t really been to a local El Paso pizza place yet. So it was about time. Richard really had a craving. I’d heard some mentions of Ardovino’s Pizza, so we headed to the Westside location (on Resler) on a Saturday afternoon. We were there at an off hour, but it was surprisingly busy (and kept getting busier during the time we were there). We asked to be seated on the patio and really enjoyed the casual setting there.
We started with a glass of the house cabernet. Wow – they were nice and generous with the wine and we surely appreciated that! Richard went with the Create Your Own pizza and (meat lover that he is) he chose the following four toppings: pepperoni, sausage, salami, and Canadian bacon. I was craving pasta big-time, so I opted for the Meat Lasagna (per the menu, it’s made with four cheeses, homemade Italian sausage, marinara sauce, mushrooms, and basil).
When our food arrived, we were not disappointed. The pizza looked great. Richard said that he actually prefers a thicker crust (this one was quite thin), but he said that it was an excellent and delicious pizza overall. My lasagna was delicious, as well. The Italian sausage in the lasagna was wonderful, and the dish was nicely presented and really well seasoned. I loved it! I was saving room for dessert (of course!), so I let Richard have the 2 pieces of garlic bread that accompanied my lasagna. Richard’s comments on the bread: “I could eat that bread all day….I could eat it till I explode!” Ardovino’s Pizza also had some tempting sandwich offerings on the menu. While I will be hard-pressed to ever pass up the lasagna, Richard may try one of those on a future visit.
Ardovino’s Pizza had a surprising number of dessert options (yeah!). Richard went with the root beer float and it sure looked good. He said it was great! It was served up in a nice big mug. I opted for the cheesecake with chocolate sauce. While it may not have been homemade, it was very tasty and I certainly enjoyed it.
We left Ardovino’s Pizza as very satisfied diners. The service was just fine. The meal was a good value for the quantity and, this is very important, quality of food served. And our stomachs were very happy!
Ardovino’s Pizza has several locations. We visited the one located on the west side at 865 North Resler Drive, El Paso, TX 79912