Saturday, March 28, 2015

Piazza di Giorgio Café Food Review

Italian Sausage Pizza

I suppose it's only fitting that such a stylish shopping mall plaza as Tysons Galleria would have a superior food court. OK, it's not a food court per se; but Piazza di Giorgio Café is a wonderful place to sit, relax and have really, really good pizza for very little money. Part of me wants to keep it a secret; but let's be frank, how often do I come (all the way) out here anyhow?

Piazza di Giorgio is divided into a dozen sections, starting on the far left side with Tuscany Pizza Market. One look at a couple of prepared pies, and my mind was made up: Pizza it is. Don't ask how, but a generous-size pizza (about 10-12") cost me just $8.49. The guy behind the counter was very nice; and my pizza took less than 10 minutes to prepare (from scratch.) Add in a 20 oz. bottle of Orange Crush, and my grand total came to $11.43.

Take one look at the top picture; and I'm sure you'll agree, this is one beautiful looking pizza. It arrived piping hot with a thin, flaky (almost cracker-like) crust. The tomato sauce was a rich orange in color, and the cheese just gooey enough to be interesting. It's not the best quality cheese (my lone complaint) but 10 thick slices of sausage were... literally to die for. The sausage isn't quite zesty, but it's of the highest quality and quite flavorful. All toppings were in perfect proportion (not too much or too little of anything.)

It all comes together in a myriad of mouth-watering bites, the likes of which I'd never imagine finding in a shopping mall (even one as nice as Tysons Galleria.) The Café/food court is almost serene in comparison to the ones at Tysons Corner Center, or anywhere else for that matter. The Piazza di Giorgio Café truly is one of a kind; and Tuscany Pizza Market can make my pizza any day. Killer crust, sensational sausage and value on top of value... What's not to recommend?

Piazza di Giorgio Café is open seven days a week, during mall hours (10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and 12-5:30 PM on Sundays.) Come early. Come often.

Atmosphere: A (Hard to believe it's in a shopping mall. Almost serene-like.)
Crust: A (One of the best anywhere. This is what brick oven pizza is supposed to taste like.)
Toppings: B+ (Fresh mozzarella would make it perfect. Otherwise, wow!)
Value: A (I'd pay almost double, and still find great value.)
Overall: A (Three A's and a B+... Great numbers grades don't lie. It even looks delicious.)