At the end of our Sedona Vacation, we wanted pizza for a last evening dinner that wouldnt require our rental kitchen. Pisa Lisa was the first restaurant on the road back from Red Rock Crossing.
Located on busy corner fronting Hiway 89A S, across from the Safeway and Sedona Rouge, we stepped inside to a nicely decorated blend of takeout deli, pizza oven and restaurant. Outdoor seating might be unappealing due to traffic and proximity to the highway,
On the plus side, our woodfired pizza was outstanding. Everything was very fresh.
However, only one size pizza is available - six thin crust slices. So not for the very hungry unless you order other items.
Loved the way the iced tea was served in decanter so the waitstaff wouldnt have to keep coming over. However, all our ice soon melted - so waitstaff came over anyway. Okay tho, it was a cute presentation.
During our meal, we were overwhelmed by the GIANT big screen TV that overpowers the small dining area. Diners are at the whim of whomever is holding the channel changer. We endured a high end cooking show complete with cutting up and preparation of quail - not appetizing at all. And altho football hadnt started for the season, there were also football shows. Chef Lisa should limit the use of the big screen on non-sports event nights. It appears its for football gatherings, - please turn it off when the restaurant is not full of sports fans (it wasnt)
Although the wait staff was most attentive and shared in the duties of the dining room, our waitperson shared much more than we wanted to know - we just wanted a quiet dinner after a day of hiking.
Chef Lisa came in briefly, was super attentive to one table and then left. Would have been nice to meet her - we might have purchased her cookbook.
So: Pros- affordable, fresh wood fired pizza. Deli takeout (we didnt try it but it looked great) Free parking. Very clean and adorably decorated. Open woodfired forno. Attention to detail and attractively served.
Cons: Noisy due to giant TV and waitperson. We didnt linger for dessert.
We understand the restaurant is new and perhaps it will find it's identity. That would make it close to perfect!
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