Sunday, December 10, 2006

Canelli's Pizzeria - Official Review!

I've decided to change up the format of my reviews, because I think the old way was kind of clunky and stupid. Of course, the rating is still 1 - 5 Crying Luckies, where 5 is good, and 1 is bad.

Anyway, Lady Luck and I wanted to check out the Schnepf Farms Christmas Spectacular light display. We want to organize a Christmas Lights tour for some of our desert-bound riding chums, and I thought the Christmas Spectacular would be a good end to the ride. That wound up being a complete waste of time, alas. Not only did I not have sufficient cash, but they just wanted too darn much money for the privilege of driving through and looking at their lights.

Since going to the farm involved riding out to East Nowhere, Arizona, I thought it would be good to sample a local pizza. Here's the place we found:

Canelli's Pizzeria & Restaurant
23670 S Power Rd # 102
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
(480) 840-3131

Canelli's is, like everything in Arizona, in a strip mall. They've done the best they can with their decorating. Their staff is wonderful, and the service was top-notch.

But enough about that crap, what about the pizza? We got the "Monster," which is pepperoni, sausage, green peppers and mushrooms (we asked them to hold the onions). This was one of the best pizzas I've had here in Arizona. The toppings were great, the crust was good, and best of all their sauce was good and they put plenty of it on the pie. Hooray!

The pizza was so good, in fact, that the boring ass ride to get there is actually worth it. The ride, no matter which way you go, involves many, many miles of straight roads packed with angry stoplights determined to ruin your good time. Don't let them bother you, because the pizza is really that good.

This morning I had the leftovers, cold, for breakfast. Truly, this is a pizza worthy of kings, because it was still as good if not better than the night before. In fact, I tried to talk Lady Luck into riding out that way again in order to get more pizza today. After all, it's only a quick 60 mile round trip.

She didn't go for the idea.

Anyway, when you're in the area, you must try this pie. Easily 5 Crying Luckies, which I believe is a first for my reviews.


gary said...

So you're a sauce man just like me. That's no surprise. It is also one of the reasons that, despite it's being a chain restaurant, Green Mill is probably my favorite pizza here in the Twin Cities. Have you eaten there?

Ride well,

Lucky said...

Oh Gary, say it ain't so! Yes, I've eaten there. Personally, I don't like their pizza too much. Most everyone else I knew liked it a lot though, so I must just be the odd duck.

My favorite places in the Twin Cities are Frankie's (Mpls side, you're a St. Paul fella, aren't you?) for their glorious deep dish, and Punch's Neopolitan (St. Paul) for that wood-fired deliciousness.

There are some other places I'll have to ask my St. Paul chums about. There was one place in St. Paul that was outstanding, but I can't remember their name.

Hey Wolfy! You reading this? What was that pizza place with the awesome pesto sauce near your old place?

Biker Betty said...

OMG that pizza sounds sooo good. Personally, I'd ask for extra onions, lol. That and mushrooms are my favorite. My mom lives in Arizona during the winter, maybe some day I'll get to try Canelli's. I'll have to ask my mom is there's one near her.

gary said...

I haven't tried the places you have suggested, so I guess I have my work cut out for me.

I'm wondering if you aren't thinking of the famous Savoy pizza place, at the northern end of the Lafayette Bridge. I haven't tried that yet, either.

Figuring this one out is going to be one of my most rewarding writing assignments. Thanks, dude!

But here's the thing... that Green Mill sauce. Can you tell me you didn't just love that stuff?

Ride well

Lucky said...

Savoy's IS mighty good, though I'm not sure if that's the place I'm thinking of or not.

I don't remember Green Mills' sauce, though I do remember their fine selection of in-house beers.