Originally, I had intended to review the local pizza place in Los Alamos, NM. Of course, they were closed while I was there. I rode back to Albuquerque, mildly disappointed that I didn't get to sample nuclear-themed pizzas (I'm making that part up).
I arrived in Albuquerque around late-dinner time. I didn't have any luck finding a place in the phone book, and the concierge, though eager for a ride on the Triumph, couldn't recommend a non-chain pizza joint. So, I got on the phone and consulted The Great Motorcycle Pizza Research Team (Lady Luck). She directed me to Golden Crown Panaderia, which was only a few blocks from my hotel.
Golden Crown Panaderia
1103 Mountain RD NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
The outside of the building didn't look like there would be delicious pizza inside, and I was somewhat apprehensive going in. It was getting late, after all, and the whole trip would have been a failure without a pizza review.
Luckily, there was indeed delicious pizza awaiting me inside. Golden Crown offers a few different kinds of crust. I tried the "Peasant" crust, which is a basic multi-grain crust, with pepperoni, canadian bacon, and pineapple on it. The other crust sounded intriguing, but I didn't want to risk a green chili crust, in case of delayed pepper-related intestinal distress on my ride back to Arizona the next day.
The pizza was glorious.
The sauce was generously applied, and delicious. The toppings were good quality, and the crust was delicious. The crust was a little heavy, but one would expect that with a multi-grain crust.
The staff was fantastic, they bent over backwards to serve me. Perhaps my reputation preceded me? Nah, not likely.
The restaurant itself was rather cozy inside, and I didn't really dig the shabby chic decorating scheme. You might love it. There was also plenty of seating outside. I chose to stay inside, since I'd been trying to stay warm on the bike all day.
Anyway, if you're in the neighborhood, I recommend getting pizza at Golden Crown. They get 4.5 Crying Luckies.