Review by M2D
New Broadway location
1108 Broadway ST NE
Mon.-Thurs: 11:30-2PM, 4:30-8PM
Fri.: 11:30-2PM, 4:30-9PM
On my way home from work on Tuesday at about 4:45 p.m. my son said, "you want to get something to eat mom?” I said, "OK, what do you want?" After the usual offerings of Mexican, Italian, etc. I asked if he wanted to try the new Christo's location. He said, OK. We had never tried the old location so this was an opportunity to try the "new" improved location.
The pizzeria/restaurant is housed in an older building with very high ceilings and a fresh coat of paint. They lack any air conditioning that I could see (or feel for that matter). In fact the front door was wide open w/ no screen present allowing flies to come in. It was very hot in there especially with the large pizza oven placed very near the dinning area where you can clearly see it. Some customers who arrived after we did wanted to sit near the window and were told they may not want to because it gets very hot in that area. We arrived early so there were only 2 other people seated in the dinning room at that time.
Apparently they have expanded their menu to include a small dinner menu with such offerings as chicken picate or Marsala (also available in veal), as well as some pasta dishes, steak, salads and appetizers. I noted that they do have a small bar as well. They also have a small selection of wines by the bottle or glass, beer, imported sodas, fountain drinks, Torani Italian sodas and espresso drinks. My son ordered an Italian soda; I ordered a glass of Pino Grigio.
We then placed our order for a side Caesar salad for my son and a side dinner salad for me. The salads took a very long time to arrive. They were a nice size and very fresh. Although I thought the Caesar dressing and croutons seriously lacked flavor. The blue cheese dressing was obviously bottled. I'd love to see them make some good from scratch dressings to set themselves apart from the rest.
We ordered 2 small 12" pizza pies so that we could both have the toppings we wanted and have a little left over for take-home. My son ordered the pepperoni @ $12.25 I ordered the Attilio's Garden @ $18.25 which consisted of mushrooms (didn't see any though) olives, red & green onions, artichoke hearts and garlic. I could taste the garlic which I really liked a lot. I noted that the pepperoni pie had a layer of grease floating on top. The garden pizza was quite good though. I thought the pizzas also took a long time to arrive.
What bothered me most about my experience though was the lack of service. I constantly had to twist and stretch my neck looking for my server. Although he was very pleasant I had to hunt him down for an additional glass of wine because he was busy chatting endlessly with the pizza maker never once glancing our way. He didn't bring plates or grated cheese and crushed red pepper seeds when he delivered our pizza. Once again we had to hunt him down to procure those items as well.
The real deal breaker for me was when we had finished our meal. We were ready to go and wanted the pizza boxed up and a check. Our server was no where to be found. I flagged down another server and asked to have our pizza boxed up and to drop our check. She did so promptly. However, she stated that our check was "lost" and could we give her a run down of what exactly we had so she could reproduce a new check. For reals? The place wasn't even busy! The server ran my debit card, I signed it and purposely left the tip portion blank. I rarely dine out anymore because like many others our family has been hit by the financial crisis and we just can't fit it into our budget. This was to be a treat since we just came into some tax refund dollars. I spent $50.00 on my visit and frankly I'm in no hurry to return or recommend it in the future.
Upon exiting we headed for our van parked in the rear parking lot behind the restaurant. There was our disappearing server! He was having a cigarette and texting on his cell phone. Too bad for him he just lost out on a potential $10.00 tip. I always tip at least 20% especially if I get stellar service. And too bad for the owners who lost a potentially good customer as well as some free word of mouth advertising. What a disappointment.