Restaurant Review: LaRosa's Pizza

Wednesday Matt and I drove to Cincinnati.  We kicked off the day by some shopping at Ikea (my favorite!), then watched the Cardinals whoop up on the Reds (GO CARDS!), and stopped at LaRosa’s for some pizza on our way home.

At Great American Park there is a LaRosa’s stand right behind where we were sitting, so I smelled their pepperoni pizza all through the game.  The smell always takes me back to being a kid at Kings Island!  It was too intense – we had to go on the way home.  (I’m not stupid enough to pay a million dollars for one slice at the park!)

We started with a house salad.  I was not impressed here.  I am becoming more and more agitated by the lack of GREEN in salads!  Plus, why do salads in most restaurants come with loads of things like shredded cheese, bacon, croutons, etc?  I like these things, but let’s let a salad be a salad, mkay?  The plus?  This dressing is really yummy!  I think it’s called “creamy garlic” or something.

Next we had these fried banana peppers with ranch dressing for dipping.  They were okay.  I love banana peppers, and I could hardly taste them here.  I think if they were cut into bigger rings (or fried whole even) they would be better.

Matt had this lasagna for his meal.  It was a generous portion with lots of cheese and marinara.  The marinara was good, but not great.  In my opinion, he can get better lasagna from my kitchen…  🙂

I had this small double pepperoni pizza.  It was really decent!  The size was perfect for me.  After the salad and banana peppers, I had just enough room for this pizza.  I ate it all without feeling that bloated, uncomfortable full feeling.  I really, REALLY like pizza, so portion control like this is good for me!  The cheese was really nice on this.  It was perfectly melty and stringy, and there was the perfect amount on there.  The sauce was okay – a little sweet and a little tangy.  You could definitely tell it’s mass-produced or something, but it was good.  The pepperonis were just right – I love the crispy edges!  The crust is also decent – nothing spectacular, but good for a big chain.  I would put it over Papa John’s and Pizza Hut any day (and don’t get me started on Domino’s…).

The service was good, although a little slow.  It wasn’t very busy when we got there, but suddenly the whole place was full!  Those poor servers were running all over the place.

We had a great day in Cincy.  Next time we’re there, I’d love to try Montgomery Inn…

GO CARDINALS!!!

Katie Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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