Thursday, January 3, 2013

La Scala's Pronto Review

The GF stayed in Michigan for a week longer than I. So when she got back in Philly - we both didn't feel like cooking or even going out for dinner. The quick solution? Order up a pizza pie! 

This time around, we decided to check out La Scala's Pronto, a quick and easy outpost of the original La Scala's restaurant. I think it's fair to say that the restaurant focuses on its Italian fare (pun intended!), while the Pronto location, which also serves pastas and sandwiches, may be focused more on pizza delivery options. They also have a location in the Comcast Center, La Scala's To Go. Taking over Philly - one hand-tossed pizza at a time. 

The Grilled Vegetable Sandwich ($8.95)
Portabella, roasted pepper, spinach, zucchini, squash & fresh mozzarella

This was served on a flour-dusted artisanal roll that could have been crispier, especially on the bottom, which was soggy from all of the veggie juice. The veggies were delicious however with meaty portabella and olive-oil drenched roasted peppers. The spinach wasn't seasoned much, but was perfectly cooked. The squash was tender and the mozzarella was indeed fresh. This was a good sandwich, though I wish it was a bit bigger. But quality over quantity I've been told ..

Eggplant Pizza ($16)
16'' hand-tossed pizza with eggplant, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, & pizza sauce

The first thing I noticed was the fresh taste of the dough. This is what I constantly crave when I get pizza delivered. Clearly the dough is not frozen at La Scala's. The mozzarella was abundant and the sauce had a nice tang. The eggplant was fresh and meaty, not breaded, though it could have been a bit more plentiful. The ricotta added a nice creamy element to the pizza as well.

Overall, La Scala's Pronto hits the spot. They have high quality sandwiches and use great ingredients on their pizza, which is made from great dough. Prices may be slightly above average and that can understandably be a concern, but at La Scala's, freshness is clearly evident and sometimes ... you just need to pay the price.

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