Monday, September 27, 2010
Welcome to YuppyVille - Pizzeria 712
320 S. State St. #185
Orem, UT 84058
When I first walked in I immediately felt like I needed an iPhone just to fit in. My friend and I just stood there in the middle of the restaurant looking confused as to if we were to seat ourselves or if someone was going to come and seat us, maybe we just needed an app for that. Finally after 4 or so minutes we were put out of our confusion by a waiter finally seating us. Once seated we were poured water from a fancy bottle to give the illusions of something nice, yet it was still just culinary water as noticed by the taste of chlorine. We were given paper lunch menus that were completely lacking in coherency. There were no titles given to the dishes, just descriptions of the ingredients, leaving me to guess as to what it really was. When our waiter finally came to take our order I had to ask what each dish was, the one dish I was looking at ordering actually was a sandwich even though it was no where to be found in the description.
Once I was able to order my food, I felt that it came out in a timely fashion. The particular dish I ordered was a sandwich with pastrami and well, I cannot remember what else was on it because it was just that memorable. My first thought upon seeing it was "Did they cook this with the George Foreman Grill?" The sandwich had a one dimensional taste, each flavor blended into the next leaving me with a forgettable sandwich. It was so greasy that the grease was literally running off my hands. Needless to say I was very disappointed in my $9 sandwich.
My friend who was with me ordered the Sausage Pizza, and gave me a piece. OK now here is something to remember. The pizza was a Brick oven style pizza, the first thing you notice when you take a bite is the freshness of the sauce. You can actually taste the real tomatoes that were used to make the sauce. The sausage was good, and I welcomed the splash of roasted green peppers. Had it not been for this slice of pizza, my experience at Pizzeria 712 would have been so negative that I would not have been able to in my right mind ever referred or even referenced this place for another to eat there. The pizza, which was about 14" was priced around $13 bucks, which was on par with what I would expect from a non-chained restaurant.
Once we were done with our meal and we had thrown in the towel (The napkins on the table), it took the waiter over 5 minutes or so to even recognize that we were finished. When he came to clean our table, he could/should have brought our checks, but instead we waited what seemed like another 10 minutes for the check. My overall time to eat lunch there (mind you it didn't seem that busy) was a little over an hour.
Over all, I was not impressed at all by the sandwich, but I did enjoy the pizza. The service was on par with the worst I have had. I have a simple rule on how to gauge the service of a restaurant. If my glass is empty that is poor service, if my glass remains empty that is bad service, if my glass is never filled, it is terrible service. To sum up how my glass was when I left, I actually left the establishment parched and needed to go get a drink.
The environment reminded me of nothing less than a trendy little downtown shop, ran by the straight legged skinny jean community. I don't think I would eat there again for lunch, possibly for dinner, but only if I ordered a pizza. The $10 bucks spent for lunch vs. the taste, vs the amount of food just doesn't make eating there worth it.
Today's Food: 3
Overall Food: 6 (Saved by the pizza, had it not been for the sandwich it would have been an 8)
Customer Service: 3