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“Kansas City Gourmet Pizza”
Review of Waldo Pizza

Waldo Pizza
Ranked #94 of 1,469 Restaurants in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 75th and Wornall
Transit: One end of MAX bus transit line.
Description: In the five years since Waldo Pizza last won this category, Phil Bourne's KC institution has inched nearer the quarter-century mark with an ever-growing beer list, a popular gluten-free crust and yet another expansion of the original site. What hasn't changed: the place's dead-solid reliability. That might sound like faint praise, until you remember the second law of restaurant thermodynamics: entropy. Even beloved destinations occasionally coast, sometimes to a full stop. Not Waldo Pizza, where Bourne and a crew including not just regulars but lifers keep vigil over the details while attending devoutly to customers. A wall of Saturday-night families, a switchboard lit up with delivery orders, a keg about to run dry — none of these eventualities lead to so much as a stray green-pepper sliver when your pie shows up in front of you. But bring on the green peppers — and the banana peppers and the spicy beef and the cheddar and everything else on a menu that's long on good ideas.
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Three dough varieties (St. Louis style, original, pie) and respectable salad bar make Waldo Pizza a Kansas City favorite. This is not fast food, and you may have to wait to get a table, but the wait is worth it.

Thank Greg H
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We ordered an extra large pizza (hoping for the huge slices) with their usual sauce, and it came out sliced in some oddball way that had the middle cut in squares (get your fork out for pizza?), and the outside cut in slices around the edges (who thought of this?). It was thin crust, which we like, and the sauce was OK too, but the cheese was something processed stuff that belonged in a microwave and spooned over tortilla chips. Not pizza. Swiss, cheddar and provolone 'chez product'? And it tasted as bad as it sounds. I'm not usually bitten (no pun) by good reviews here, but I just don't get it. This is not good stuff. We could've asked for Mozzarella cheese, but went with their recipe. Mistake. D'Bronx is better. And this disaster kept us from trying Minsky's since we weren't in town long. We ordered some take out pasta that we haven't tried yet. There is a little 'cheese' on it too. At least now we have no expectations to be crushed.

Thank mike h
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We love Waldo. It's a great, bustling neighborhood pizza joint with funky servers and a comfortable divey vibe. The menu is delicious-- with lots of pizza, salad, and sandwich options to please a diverse crowd. If you're gluten-free, rejoice. Their menu includes a handful of Gluten-free drinks (beer and cider), as well as a gluten-free pizza crust AND gf desserts! All delicious. Servers are knowledgeable... they won't let you 'accidentally' choose a glutenous topping for your GF pizza or salad. There can be a wait on weekends, but they move quick and you can play arcade games or people-watch while you're waiting. Head on over!

Thank Kim S
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Waldo's accepts reservations or call-ahead seating. I would recommend one of these two options! We had a party of six adults and a baby and were able to be seated immediately with call-ahead seating while people walking in off the street had a 50-60 minute wait.

The pizza was fantastic. Some of the best we have ever had. The combination of all the ingredients was just right.

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Thank Gina M
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Best value for lunch is a sandwich with trip through the salad bar for a side. Very casual friendly place full of locals.

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Thank David C
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