We pass by Tosca Stone Oven Pizzeria nearly every day, but we just got around to trying it. We’d heard some good things about it and it was high time we checked it out. And we are so glad that we did!
I had heard that orders are placed at the counter, and that’s where I headed right when we entered. The restaurant has their regular menu displayed prominently around the counter area, along with a number of specials and new items. We had already checked out the menu online which helped – it might take a while to take in all the offerings if unfamiliar with the menu.
For Richard, I ordered up the Perfect Pepperoni Red Pizza (they have several other quite tasty-sounding Red Pizza varieties, along with a number of White Pizzas). For myself, I had to go with a new menu items: Mean Green Lasagna (with zucchini, pine nuts, and green chile in a Serrano sauce). There was lots to choose from – many pizza varieties, calzones, paninis, other sandwich offerings, and quite a variety of pastas. I also drooled over the dessert case, which had some mighty good looking items. I picked out a chocolate mousse for Richard and a carrot cake for yours truly. While beers and wines were available, we went with the fountain drinks for this meal. I paid at the counter then headed to the fountain area to get our drinks.
Richard had picked out a nice window table for us, and before I got back to the table with our drinks my side salad arrived (my lasagna included the salad as well as a beverage). There were quite a few interesting-sounding salad dressings to choose from, and I’d gone with asoy balsamic vinaigrette which was quite good.
A little while later, our entrees arrived. Richard’s pizza was a personal-sized, thin-crust variety. He said that the crust was not as crispy as some other thin-crust pizzas he’s had here in El Paso but it was quite delicious. He ate every bite of that pizza! My lasagna was scrumptious. It had a bit of a kick to it, and it was perfectly flavored. It came with some very tasty garlic bread, which I also scarfed up. Nothing left on my plate!
Richard enjoyed his mousse, which was quite chocolate-y. He had to take his time eating that to prevent chocolate overload. My carrot cake was excellent – moist and fresh, with pineapple, pecans, and a yummy cream cheese icing. Mmmmmm!
We went at an odd time, but there were several others in the dining room enjoying their food while we were there. It was a casual and comfortable atmosphere, with surprisingly good music and delicious food. This restaurant was a nice find.
Tosca is located at 4017 N. Mesa, El Paso, TX 79902