Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana
Here in my NW valley neighborhood, national chains are prolific, so when I heard Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana was opening a spot in Glendale 10 minutes from home, I knew it would become our go-to-spot. Located in the Citadelle Plaza, Pomo is to the right as you enter (on the left is Toscano Osteria, open for dinner only with an equally delicious, but different menu). You are greeted by a pizza oven taking center stage before heading into the dining room or taking a seat on the patio.
We've been to the Borgata, Gainey Ranch and downtown locations, not only for their terrific VPN-certified Neapolitan pizza, but for our favorite lasagna. Since the Glendale location opened in 2015, we've been many times, to meet friends for dinner, to enjoy cocktails and pizza at the outdoor bar, for happy hour, and, most often, it's my favorite spot for networking and business lunches. Today I had a nice afternoon getting to know Louis Privitera of Truebrew Outfitters (for restaurants and resorts: Looking to update your coffee program? Contact Louis!).
We started by sharing the fluffy potato Gnocchi alla Sorentina in zesty tomato sauce with mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano, which was kindly split in the kitchen:
Next to share was my favorite, the Bufala Verace. This is the classic Margherita pizza upgraded with creamy mozzarella di bufala campana, the highly-prized buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy.
It's hard not to end a meal here with a classic tiramisu.
Past pizzas: Toto Sapore with sausage, cotto, spicy salame, and pancetta, Bufala Verace, and Carbonara with eggs, pancetta, onion, cream, and Pecorino Romano.
The Pomo with sausage, mushrooms, and peppers, and the Tonno with Italian tuna and red onion.
In addition to pizzas and calzones (including gluten-free and vegetarian options), the menu offers antipasti, insalate, zuppa, and pastas, and great Negronis:
A bonus is the Italian market in the entryway. Small, but stocked well, including pantry items and a refrigerated case for quality imported Italian ingredients.