We came for the pizza because that’s what the reviews said. To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. Speaking for myself, perhaps I’m a pizza snob. I mean, I’ve been eating Pepe’s Pizza and Modern Apizza in New Haven since the early 70s. I really enjoy a good pizza but, heck, I enjoy just about any pizza be it thick or thin crust, deep dish or not. This pizza I (we) did not enjoy. To describe it as similar to frozen pie you would get from a supermarket would be an insult to real frozen supermarket pies. One of my dining companions recalled that it reminded her of the pizza that Caldor used to serve at their luncheon counters (now, I didn’t even realize that Caldor even had luncheon counters but that could be a repressed memory). We came for the pizza… we won’t come again for the pizza.
But we probably will come again to give the rest of the menu a chance. You see, my 12-year-old daughter ordered lamb chops that came out of the kitchen hot and perfectly prepared (medium-rare) served with real, tasty mashed potatoes along with a generous serving of fresh ratatouille. This dish was devoured while the rest of us jealously re-thought our choices. The little tastes of her dish that I was allowed confirmed her better decision.
It’s obvious that Aloy’s is an old, old favorite of the locals and our server, who was friendly, efficient and unobtrusive, was proud to tell us that their pasta was homemade. As we left, I observed some pretty good looking plates being enjoyed by some of the established clientele. I think I’d like to try some of those dishes out.