Passariello’s Pizzeria & Italian Eatery
Price: $26 (Two – Includes Tip)
We love pizza here at Chewru, and decided to phone one in to Passariello’s and check things out. We have heard excellent things about eating in (including a neat ordering system), but we were pretty beat and didn’t feel like driving. We had a coupon and ordered a large pizza (with mushrooms), 10 piece wings (mild), and a 2-liter soda. It was supposed to $17.99 or so, and they said it would take a half hour. Seemed like a decent enough deal. They were fairly pleasant on the phone, took a credit card, and even included the tip right there. Pretty easy.
About a half hour later, the food arrived, along with a surprisingly large bill. Unbeknownst to us, Passariello’s charged a $2 delivery surcharge, which kind of zaps the value from the coupon we used. On top of that, we were charged an extra $2 for adding the mushrooms (quite a margin for them in that area!), and correctly charged the $3 we wished to apply to the driver for the tip. While we were aware we’d probably pay something for elective topping (the coupon clearly said plain cheese), $2 seemed pretty steep. The delivery surcharge is not all that uncommon, but we would have liked to have been told about that upfront.
For the most part, the food itself quelled my gripes over the final price. I started with a couple slices of the pizza and dug in. It was cooked perfectly, with an even amount of cheese and red sauce under a reasonable amount of mushroom slices. The crust was pretty good, and under different circumstances (perhaps not delivery) I’d probably get one of their pizzas again. The wings were a bit less exciting, though. It might be my imagination, but they seemed to have an unusual amount of fat, which seemed to suck up all the mild (almost no kick whatsoever) sauce. As delivered, they were pretty mushy, although certainly on the side of acceptable. They were packaged in a styrofoam container – a personal pet peeve of mine (using a small aluminum container would better trap the heat and be recyclable). They threw in 3 hapless small cuts of celery and some blue cheese to complete the order. The diet coke was fairly cold, which was impressive considering the 80+ degree heat that day.
Update: We finally got a chance to eat-in and the experience is significantly better. We think you’ll probably like this place more if you make the drive and take a seat. They have a cafeteria-style offering of various pizzas, sandwiches, sides, desserts, and anything else you might need. Service was efficient and there was ample seating even on a busy weekend.
– Pizza was great
– Delivered on-time
– Soda was cold
– Nice dining room
– Lots of eat-in choices
– Wings were so-so
– Delivery surcharge? Bah!
– Not the cheapest solution
Our Score: 3.5 Chews
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