The Bottom Line
- Delicious brick oven pizza
- Family owned and operated
- Great prices
- No sides or vegetables other than salad
- No beer or wine served
- La Piazza al Forno is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
- Bring the kids to La Piazza al Forno.
- La Piazza al Forno is a one-of-kind restaurant, family owned and operated.
- Aside from the salad, vegetarians will focus on the La Piazza Verde (Veggie Pie) or pasta.
- Dinner entrees at La Piazza al Forno are served with bread and butter or olive oil.
- There is plenty of free parking nearby.
- The name isn't easy to remember and the storefront seems easy to miss. Just remember Glendale Ave. across from the park.
- La Piazza al Forno is located at 5803 W. Glendale, Avenue in Historic Downtown Glendale. Phone 623-847-3301.
- La Piazza Al Forno was featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Guide Review - La Piazza al Forno
The menu here consist of a few appetizers, a couple of salads, a few sandwiches, several dinner selections, a few desserts and, of course, pizza. Dinner entrees range in price from $7 to $12 and include pastas, chicken dishes, lasagna and shrimp.
The Sausage and Peppers sandwich ($6) was fine, but was no match for to the Chicken Pesto Lasagna ($9), a family recipe with ground chicken and pesto, fresh mozzarella and a creamy sauce. I'd pass on marinara or meat sauce every time in favor of an Italian white sauce, so this entree was just right for me. What a nice change from the typical ground beef lasagna!
The wood fired pizza, though, has to be the draw here. Pizza chains have totally ruined my desire for anything with meat on it. If I never see another sausage & pepperoni pizza from Domino's or Pizza Hut (or even some of our popular restaurant chains) it will be too soon. I always order the veggie pizzas, because at least I know some of the ingredients will be fresh that way. One visit to La Piazza al Forno has brought meat pizza back into my life! The Italian Stallion Meat Pizza ($15) makes a whole meal for two people, and includes real sausage and pepperoni, as well as prosciutto (a kind of ham) and sopressata (a kind of salami). The crust? Excellent.
There are plenty or trendier and fancier places in town, but we liked the food and we liked the people. As for the pizza -- oh, my, it was good!