Saturday, March 30, 2013

Review: Reginelli's Pizzeria

Pizza is one of those foods that even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.  Houston has so many great pizza places, as well as quite good ones and even pretty good ones to boot.  Opening up one more in this cut throat competitive restaurant market means you're going to have to put out a great product,  Reginelli's Pizza on Kingsride near Memorial City Mall is wayyyyy better than just pretty good.

Reginelli's is a small, New Orleans based limited run chain that puts out some good quality pizza.  Here's a little background on them:
Since the opening of the first Reginelli's Pizzeria in 1996, Darryl Reginelli and Bruce Erhardt have prided themselves on having a restaurant that offers something for everyone. By combining a unique menu and wide array of fresh ingredients with a cool, modern décor, the two were able to bring together a contemporary atmosphere with just a touch old world Italy. Both share a love of great food and the dedication to bring it to everyone else. Darryl's love of the restaurant industry and its customers, combined with Bruce's eagerness to use his business experience to launch a company that would be successful on a larger scale, guided the two.

The goal of Reginelli's Pizzeria was to add some variety and sense of humor to the New Orleans "eating out" experience. When the first store opened on the corner of State and Magazine, its food and charm quickly drew a loyal following from all walks of life. The early years on State Street would pave the way for the growth that Bruce and Darryl had hoped for their establishment. Filling the restaurant with top quality employees, all sharing their taste for great food and their vision of success, would be a lasting attribute to the company. As the Reginelli's Pizzeria family continues to grow, it remains committed to the same standard for quality food, consistent service, and the relaxed family atmosphere that started it all.
Helena loved the stringy factor of the Quattro
Reginelli's currently has 6 locations in the Greater New Orleans area, 2 in my hometown of Baton Rouge and now their first one in Houston, opening late in 2012.  I saw their storefront on Kingsride, just down from Three Brother's Bakery when I was doing the King Kake Komparison a few months ago, and they were on my Medium list.  Nothing like a day off from work and time with the Kids running around in the park to work up an appetite, so we made our way to Reginelli's ready to chow down.

Reginelli's menu features a good mix of hand-tossed speciality pizzas, along with salads, appetizers, desserts and focaccia and Pita sandwiches.  We were hungry for pizza but still went with 2 small (10", 6 slice) pies. The hand tossed 4 cheese Quattro pizza for the kiddos, and I did a half n half of the Nor'Easter and Tony's Play.  And these pizzas were wonderful!

Left side is Nor'Easter, Right side is Tony's Play
The Quattro comes with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, gorgonzola cheese, fontina cheese, and parmesan cheese  The cheese on this one was very stringy and gooey.  The kids resoundingly approved of it.  I took a bit for my own chance to audit it and was quite happy--not all cheese pizzas have a lot of flavour, but some kids don't like anything too pungent or spicy.  This had enough taste to appeal to me but was not overwhelming for their sensitive taste buds.

The Nor'Easter has spicy red pepper sauce, mozzarella cheese, Italian sausage, caramelized onions, green peppers and capers.  This pizza had a little heat from the red pepper but was full of robust flavour coming from the caramelized onions, the fennelly sausage and the capers.  This is one magnificent pie for those who like things a little bit bold.  The Tony's Play comes topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, pancetta, prosciutto, fresh mushrooms, onions, green peppers and capers.  This one is a little sweeter due to the pancetta and the prosciutto.  It was like a classic combination pizza with a little more complex character thanks to the specialty Italian meats.  The prosciutto was cooked like bacon, but bolder in flavour--another satisfying slice of pizza decadence for my taste buds!  The crust's were nice and bubbly--not too crispy, not too chewy--almost like pastry, but savoury instead of sweet.  Very nice job, Reginelli's!

I've taken home a menu and am plotting out the family's next visit to Reginelli's.  This pizza is a nice addition to many good local and limited run pizzerias, and is just one more to add into my rotation of regular places.  No, they won't replace my old favourite Star Pizza, but they will be in my cast of recurring favourites to hit when I have a craving for a good pie and am over that-a-way!!!

Jason gives his approval to the Quattro
Report Card for Reginelli's Pizzeria

     Quattro: A
     Nor'Easter: A
     Tony's Play: A+
     Friendliness: A+
     Speed: A
Atmosphere: (Modern with touches of Italian): A-
     Dining Area: A+
     Kitchen: A+
     Men's Room: A+

Overall Grade: Solid A

Reginelli's has one location in Houston, so far, at:

12389 Kingsride Ln.
Houston, TX  77024
Sun-Thu 11 AM to 11 PM
Fri-Sat 11 AM Midnight

And remember to Eat Happy, Y'all!!!


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1 comment:

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