Address: 1807 2nd St # 1, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 955-9055
Known For: Pizza
What I had: Slice of Cheese & Cheese with Grilled Chicken
Rating: 2.5 out of 10
Well it’s name is Backroad Pizza and it should really stay on that backroad. It’s honestly hard to even call this pizza. It was more along the lines of really crispy flatbread, with a wash of sauce (hardly detectable) and way too much cheese which had little to no taste. Really I shouldn’t be rating this as pizza, seriously, and I’m not just being facetious. Everything about it was wrong. Maybe it was that I ordered by the slice rather than getting a whole pie, maybe. I really want to give them the benefit of the doubt only because I hear good things about them…that and the Guy Fieri video below really does make it look good.
I inquired about the slices and what varieties they had on hand. The guy told me they’ve got cheese slices for $2.50 and they just add whatever toppings you’d like to it for $.75. I guess that should have been my first hint because it was as if the slices had been sitting there since lunch and it was now 5:30 PM. If my stale old slices weren’t enough they then threw them in the oven for much too long. The chicken didn’t even seem fresh either, it was a weird sort of half shredded half strip. There was no crust, it was more like a cracker. I want to stress that I’m not being overly harsh here, this is actually how it was. I know it seems like I’m nitpicking every single aspect, and how could everything be a disaster, but I promise you it was.
On top of it all the staff were on their cell phones talking about their weekend plans and it took almost 15 minutes just to reheat my slices even though they weren’t busy. The water was room temperature and no ice. As if it wasn’t omen enough, the lighting was bad and I didn’t even get good pictures. I ate about a third of each slice hoping for some redeeming qualities before tossing them in the trash, something I never do.
Maybe your experience will be better and I sincerily hope so but as for me…I won’t be coming back to the Backroad. They have two locations in Santa Fe and apparently at some point they had a third which is now closed but I don’t know the circumstances. The only good thing that came from this excursion is that I hopped over to McDonald’s and got two chocolate sundaes for $2.20 afterward….man do I love those!
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Sep 2, 2009 @ 17:30