Saturday, April 26, 2008

Humble Pie

For dinner tonight we went to Humble Pie. I'd read quite a few very positive reviews about this place and was eager to try it.

Humble Pie is located in the Hilton Village in Scottsdale. It's a nice casual, comfortable place. Here's a shot of the dining room (w/ the pizza oven in the background):
Humble Pie - interiorHumble Pie - menu cover
We ordered Crispy Calamari tossed in herbs w/ basil chili dipping sauce ($9.95), Humble Pie w/ Schreiner's Sicilian Sausage, roasted fennel, fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce ($12.95), and a Coke ($2.50).

The calamari was fantastic. I'd say it was the second best fried calamari dish I've ever had. The best was the Ginger + Coconut Encrusted Calamari at Parallel Seventeen (in Denver). I'll write about my recent Denver trip one of these days...

No commercial frozen prepared calamari here (the stuff that you will find at every chain restaurant). Humble Pie's calamari is close to perfection. Each piece was just the right size. You could really taste the herbs in the breading and the calamari was cooked just right. The basil chili sauce was really nice. Here's a pic:
Humble Pie - Crispy Calamari
As good as the calamari was, we were underwhelmed with the pizza. A few observations:
  • I couldn't really taste any of the toppings - it all kind of blended together.
  • Something seemed wrong w/ the ratio of dough to toppings - see the picture below.
  • The tomato sauce was quite sour.
Humble Pie - Shreiner's Sicilian Sausage, roasted fennel, fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce
It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. It was...very ordinary for us. Nothing really "popped" out in terms of the taste.

I did hear the next table raving about their pizzas. Maybe we just had an "off" pizza?

Places mentioned:

Humble Pie
6149 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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