Padington's Pizza


Review by Salem Man 6/8/07
Success again in finding a good slice of pizza . This was my first visit to the pizza parlor on Commercial Street South and I was happy to see a clean, cozy atmosphere. The first thing I noticed when walking in was the open kitchen which had several chefs working hard, baking pizza's. In the dining room, a warm fireplace burned, a nice touch especially for a cool summer night.

The pizza was a bit expensive, $22.50 for a large two topping pizza but it was very good. Sauce was spread over the entire crust and the cheese and toppings were applied generously. I did notice they did not have Parmesan cheese shakers but it was not missed. The manager was up front and very attentive to customers and the staff was friendly and helpful. There are many good pizza places in Salem and this is definitely one of them.



(503) 370-7556

5255 Commercial Street

36 comments:

Jenera Healy said...

I like Paddington's as well.

I like your ideas here! We are always looking for places to eat and ways to avoid the crappy service we almost always get.

Have you ever eaten at Sybil's on State street? Great food, service, portions, and prices.

Jenera

EazyMoney said...

My favorite pizza in Salem.

And they do have Parmesan cheese.. its on a little table by the salad bar along with the red peppers.

Food Troll said...

One warning (at least for the North Salem location): If you don't want nasty-ass canned mushrooms, you have to ask for the fresh ones. Watch out.

Robert said...

Actually their pizza is canned, processed, and pre-made everything. It's all nasty. Good pizza won't give you heartburn - Paddington's will. Try Christo's and Apizza. They're worth the extra money, but I'm not sure that either one actually costs more.

Anonymous said...

I don't really know what robert is talking about- the only things that are canned are the pineapples, mushrooms (unless you specify fresh ones, and a couple other things. the sauce is made everyday and the meats are cut everyday and the dough is made from scratch everyday as well.
It's the best pizza I have ever eaten.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Robert. This "pizza" is in the Pietro's vein... tastes processed and premade. The sauce has no real identifiable flavors, and the toppings are the same bland stuff off the food service truck that serves every other crappy restaurant in the country.

You'd do just as well buying a frozen Freschetta or Tombstone.

laina said...

Our family saves up for trips to Padington's. We've never been disappointed in their quality- they have the best canadian bacon and pineapple pizzas, and taco pizzas (I think they use crushed Dorito's!), and our personal fave is the Humdinger (to include the canned mushrooms).

Their service is 20% tip-worthy. They even screwed up bad one time, and we'll still go back. After an hour of wondering what was taking so long, and a trip to the counter to find out where our pizzas were- they admitted that they'd lost our ticket. The manager personally walked up to our table, apologized sincerely (not kiss-butty), refunded us all our money (over $60), AND gave us an extra pizza to boot. What would have made me angry (for losing the ticket) elsewhere, they have gauranteed our return.

Anonymous said...

only things that are canned is the olives, pineapples and mushrooms (fresh available if you ask!), the shrimp and the chicken also come prepackaged. pepperoni, salami, green peppers, red onions, cheese, bacon and all the other ingredients are freshly cut everyday. the dough and sauce are house mixes that are made daily. as well as the beef and sausage. even the jalapenos and pepperocinis are fresh cut!

Anonymous said...

I work at paddingtons and can tell you that the only thing that comes out of a can are the mushrooms pinapples and olives I know because a few of my duties include mixing the dough that we use for the crust, mixing the sauce and sturing in the herbs and spices that we use to give it an individual taste. any loser can open a pizza parlor and make pizzas ordering stuff off the food truck. what makes paddingtons such a huge success is the fact that the original creator perfected the recipies used in the sauce and crust which makes it so good

Aaron said...

I think it's the best pizza in Salem, reminds me of Cidicci's Pizza in Albany

Anonymous said...

Wallery's is the same pizza at half the cost.

They are both pretty average considering there are several better pizza places in town.

Both are offshoots of Pietro's.

Anonymous said...

Actually paddingtons was created by the original owner of pietro's pizza then he sold it. After ten years he created new recipies and opened paddingtons. His family carries on his tradition. I think paddingtons is better than wallery's. About the same price unless you order the pizza specials at wallery's. Both have good premium pizza compared. Maybe thats why paddingtons is best in the west

Anonymous said...

Paddingtons has a lunch size pizza until 3pm on almost everything on the menu for about five dollars. I'd reccomend this to people trying to save some dough. Excellent tomatoes

Dsperin said...

Love, love, LOVE Padingtons. Hate the price though. When I'm feeling cheap I'll opt for Wallerys.

Anonymous said...

Paddingtons really is the best. I have worked for many pizza establishments and no one compares in quality. This is why the price is a little higher then the competition

Anonymous said...

Usually the pizza is pretty good here, always strikes me odd that they have no tip jar at the counter and no place for tip on the reciept if paying with a card, have never been to a non fast food place that makes it seem like they don't want tips as badly as them.

Anonymous said...

Love Paddington's!!!! Wallery's is not bad, but I like Paddington's better.

Anonymous said...

Paddingtons has great pizza but needs to keep the hair out of it! I called to complain instead of making a scene in the restaurant and the rude lady who answered the phone acted as if I was lying. Good Pizza: Crappy customer service. I am sure she will get away with it since the restaurant is family owned.
Winona

Anonymous said...

The owner of padingtons Dad owned pietros in start that is why they seem a like.. dough is homemade and so is the sauce all from scratch* I have seen it with my own eyes

Ralene said...

We love paddingtons! We go there every Friday night, Wonderful Customer service.. We wont go anywhere else. We tried Wallery's because we live in West Salem and i thought it was run of the mill.

Anonymous said...

We go there every Monday for the personal pizzas. It is our families favorite and we can't get it anywhere else. We especially like thier little pepperonies that cup when then are baked! The cracker crust is also a winner. Also, a free pop on Monday's with your personal pizza.

Anonymous said...

Padingtons is yummy and nothing compares. I hope they take Garlic Jim's lead and do a Gluten-free crust for those with wheat allergies. I miss pizza :(

creggohh@hotmail.com said...

Saw the full parking lot and packed dining area - ASSumed the pizza had to be good. WRONG! Overpriced (18.00 for medium), Overcooked (crust was burned and crumbly), Over-rated (waited 35 minutes).
Canned mushrooms, small portion pizza, and uneventful taste.
Paddington's may have once been the place to - for the money, taste, and long wait, better to go somewhere else.
BAD BAD BAD!

creggohh@hotmail.com said...

BAD BAD BAD!
I have no idea why this place receives such rave reviews and is packed! We visited on a Wednesday -thinking such a full house as indication of great pizza. WRONG!
49ER PIZZA - medium, $18.00 - canned mushrooms - yuk! Crumbly crust made each slice fall apart - hidden plates behind the counter - What?
Terrible experience -

Anonymous said...

creggohh, don't you think if it is packed all the time and people rave about it there is something wrong with you? Different strokes for different folks I guess. People in Chicago say deep dish is the only real pizza. If you are in New york it needs to be fold-able. In Salem people like a thin crisp cracker crust. I've been eating at Padington's since I was a teen and at Pietro's before that, when it was next to the old bowling alley.(don't care for Pietro's now) Good memories from those times.

Anonymous said...

McDonald's is also packed all the time

mike said...

padingtons pizza is the old pietros from long ago and its the same as it was then just the name has changed,i have been going to padingtons for years[before that the old pietros next to the bowling alley]and i have tryed every place in salem i still cant find a better piza,if you like chicago style pizza then go somwere else but it wont taste as good,padingtons crisp crust and fresh toppings will make you come back for more,it speaks for itself,the humdinger is great,if you go sunday you wont find it so packed with people and your time there will be a good one

Anonymous said...

The reviewer writes -- "There are many good pizza places in Salem and this is definitely one of them."

Wow, such provincialism!! There are few good pizzas in Oregon, haven't found one in Salem yet. I travel a bit and have had pizzas that were incredible -- but not in Oregon (yet). But, of course, it doesn't matter if you empty the garbage disposer on the pizza.

We tried Padington's once, I did not find it much better than the $5 pizza down the street (can you say pizza-pizza).

Anonymous said...

Haven't found good pizza in Salem yet Anon? Have you tried Christo's over on Broadway? We LOVE their pizza. It's all fresh and homemade and they don't use canned anything. Well probably jarred olives! But boy is that pizza good stuff!

Anonymous said...

Christo's for gourmet pie. Big fluffy crust, real mozz.

SFNY for real east coast slices. Best sauce/cheese, this side of the Hudson.

Walery's/Paddington's/Pietro's if you like the cracker crust/cornmeal sweet crust/greasy (not the most healthy, but great with a soda if you have a hangover).



The only one of the above that delivers is SFNY, so we eat it a lot - two kids in soccer and we need quick and easy meals.

Anonymous said...

anyone tryed Church St. Pizza?

Anonymous said...

Church St - ate there twice. It is real conveniently located to my office, but it is just average. I'd walk a couple blocks more and go to new york pizza.

Anonymous said...

I just tried Church St. Pizza tonight it was great!

Anonymous said...

Paddingtons is GREAT pizza!!! Our family loves it and go regularly. Always take out of town guests there. The service is always friendly. Nothing but good things to say about both locations!!

Lnzy said...

Padingtons is amazing pizza! My husband and I grew up in Salem and we have since moved to Portland. We still occasionally drive down to the Salem Padingtons just for the pizza! I also have relatives come from Washington for the holidays. After everyone is sick of turkey, Padingtons is the day after tradition!

Anonymous said...

Paddington's used to be the only pizza we would consider eating for many years.
We love their thin crust.....fresh mushrooms are there if you request them.
Their vegetarian pizza is excellent, but their humdinger has become all pepperoni and olives....hardly any beef sausage anymore. As far as I'm concerned, it's pepperoni pizza.
We still usually get Paddington's takeout because it is conveniently located.
However, if we're hungry for really good pizza nowadays, we make the trip across town to Keizer to the Round Table. Wish they were still located in the south end of town.