On a recent trip to the movies, Mr. ValleyWriter and I stopped by a new pizza joint—Arizona Pizza—next to the Hadley theater for a bite to eat. I'm not sure if others have heard of it, but apparently it's a chain. I don't normally write about chain restaurants (and try not to visit them too often), but I'm making an exception as a public service to others.
The restaurant itself has a Southwest-meets-sports-bar kind of feel. There was a bar to one side and a booths and tables on the other side. We were led to a booth and much to my surprise - there was a small TV right in the booth! All of the booths along the wall had them for our "viewing enjoyment."Now, I don't know about you, but I don't go out to restaurants to watch TV. Mr. ValleyWriter, on the other hand, was quite content to catch up on golf. And the young kids behind us also seemed quite happy to be able to watch their cartoons—at full volume. While I knew this was a casual restuarant, it wasn't quite the atmosphere I was looking for.
And the food? Eh. OK. Edible, I guess. We had a salad (basic iceberg lettuce) and a Mexican Pizza with chicken, tomatoes & jalapeno peppers.
The idea was interesting - and it looked appetizing - but the taste was a little disappointing. There was very little sauce and a TON of bland mozzarella, making the jalapenos about the only thing you could taste.
Maybe they think they can get away with mediocre food because of the great "atmosphere," but I think they need to reconsider that plan.