Decided to patronize Smashing Tomato based on Trip Advisor reviews, and was looking for an alternative to Joe Bologna's and Mellow Mushroom (been there, eaten that). We got an order of sheet music bread, an Italiano (with Neapolitano sauce), a Margherita (with Smashed sauce - paid extra for olives) and two beers (IPA 6 and Samuel Adams).
This is a self-seat establishment and they buzz you when your food is ready. The pizza was slightly under-done (cooks in a 1000 degree oven for only 90 seconds, we were told), but the crust was good. The IPA 6 beer was awful (it is brewed in Lexington) and is the first beer I have not find in my adult life (not the restaurant's fault). The margherita pizza did not come with the olives I paid for, but this oversight was compensated by the A-one, top notch service we received - the bus boys brought us pizza boxes for left overs (with wax paper already inside) and they were efficient and extremely polite. One of them even helped us work our way through the menu, as it was obviously our first time visiting when we arrived.
One complaint - the sheet music bread arrived after our pizza and I am not sure that it really had any flavor. I would not order it again.
I typically hammer restaurants that botch my order, but the oversight on the olives on my pizza ($1) was easily erased by the excellent service and good food. The ambiance was also great - not too loud, not too crowded, and very friendly service. If tipping were an option, I'd have no problem leaving 25%.
Next time I am back in Lexington, KY I will make an effort to stop in Smashing Tomato.
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