It was time to do some catch-up chitchat with my friend T, and when you have friends who live in different parts of the city, it’s a good excuse to try out a new restaurant! T lives in the primo Commercial Drive area of town, and she made a point that we go have a indulgent time at Famoso.
Coming to Famoso is a bit of an experience. We were greeted promptly, and the hostess quickly informed us that this an over-the-counter order restaurant, we could pay on the spot or keep a tab, and the pizzas were made on the spot in their open kitchen, cooked in 90 seconds.
Rate: 3.75 / 5
At the table there are slips you can check mark your order, and send over the counter. A lot of the pizzas are quite reasonably priced, from $9 to $15, but it was hard to make decision on which to order…. When the pizzas aren’t named Hawaiian, Pepporoni, and Cheese, you have to pay attention to the fine print to know what you want.
I had to pick the Capricciosa. It had me at artichoke hearts–love! It’s topped with a thin layer of tomato sauce, mozzarella, romano cheese, Italian ham, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and basil.
We were told that you’re supposed to eat them folded up. Each piece doesn’t fold exactly in half, so it was a tiny bit of messy experience…but I forgot about my greasy fingers when I began to indulge. Each ingredient came through, except for the mushrooms. I ordered it for the artichokes and it didn’t disappoint. Its mild sourness, along with the pungent olives’, worked well against the slight sweetness of the crust. I loved how there was a mix of softness and crunchiness in its different elements as I made through each slice. The only thing I didn’t like was how easily the ingredients slid off the crust. Sometimes all the toppings fell to my plate at the first bite.
Rate: 4.5 / 5
We weren’t done chitchatting and had room for more. I absolutely could not leave without trying the Nutella Pizza. The only thing I knew about Famoso before coming was this dessert. I heard it was to die for, and it was! It’s pizza crust is baked with Nutella, folded like a calzone, sliced into bite-sized pieces. Fresh out of the oven, each piece was so warm. We dipped them in whipped cream and they literally melted in our mouths.
Recommendation: Come here! The staff is very accommodating. Even though there was some lineup confusion at the counter, extra staff made sure we were taken care of quickly. Our server was attentive but not overbearing, and came to fill our waters countless times. There were slip-and-slide issues with the pizza toppings, but it was still darn tasty, and the Nutella pizza is so addictive, I could come back for it over and over again. Honestly, this is friendly place where the customer service meets the awesome taste of the food.