In the city of Roseville, I'm beginning to thing the city fathers should rename the mile-long stretch of Foothills Blvd., between Pleasant Grove Blvd., and Vineyard Rd., as "Pizza Blvd.," as there are no less than eleven pizza restaurants in this 1-1/4 mile stretch! Show me another city that has such a high concentration of pizza restaurants... The new kid on the street is Chicago's Pizza With-A-Twist, and holy Chicago, what a twist they have...
Photo: Chicago's Pizza With-A-Twist is the newest pizza restaurant along Foothills Blvd. in Roseville, which I feel should be renamed to "Pizza Blvd." as there are no less than eleven pizza restaurants along a 1-1/4 mile stretch. When I heard about Chicago's Pizza coming to town, I wasn't particularly excited, as there are many pizza restaurants in Roseville. The "With-A-Twist" part of their brand got me thinking, and when I went by restaurant a couple of days before it opened, and I saw the banner that in part read, "Home of the Authentic Indian Pizza," I knew I would be visiting this restaurant for following Monday, to take part in their all-you-can-eat lunch specials. Monday morning, January 04, 2016 finds me at Chicago's Pizza, shortly after the 11 o'clock opening. The Roseville location is the newest link in the small chain of four restaurants - at the time of this writing - all located in the greater Sacramento area.
Photo: View of the ordering counter and salad bar, as you walk into the restaurant. The dining room is quite small, but it's clean and comfortable, featuring a mix of tables and booths. As soon as I walked in the door, a gentleman came from behind the curtain - which leads to the kitchen - to take my order. Like most pizza restaurants, you make your selection, pay for it at the counter, and unless you're enjoying the lunch buffet, your order will be brought to your table. Note the pizza pans, ranging in size from personal to extra-extra large, which is just plain HUGE. As the restaurant had just opened, I was the first customer of the day, and the only customer in the dining room, which is the way I like it, as it's easier to chat with the staff and to take photos, without annoying other customers.
Photo: The menu is posted on the wall, above the salad bar, and the restaurant also has small hand-out menus. Chicago's Pizza offers all pizza services, including dine-in, take-out, delivery, take-and-bake, and catering to any event. In addition to Indian-style pizza, they offer more conventional varieties, including one of the best combination pizzas that I've enjoyed in a long time. If you're a vegetarian, you've come to the right place, as the menu offers a wide array of vegetarian options.
Photo: Meet Mr. Manmeet Singh, who was my pleasant host and cashier, and who was more than happy to answer all my numerous questions about the restaurant, Indian-style pizza, and pizza in India, in general. Since before Chicago's Pizza came to town, I had never heard of, or much less imagined "authentic Indian pizza," so I asked him if pizza was common in India. He mentioned that pizza in India is becoming common in the larger cities, such as Mumbai, New Delhi or Bangalore. Of course, pizza in India has curry, which brings out the "Indian" in the pizza.
It was interesting to note after taking my order that Manmeet disappeared into the kitchen, and closed the curtain behind him. No worries, as I had the salad buffet and the endless refills of Coca Cola to keep me occupied.
Photo: Chicago's Pizza has a modest, but well-equipped salad bar, that's an lunch special, which means it's all-you-can-eat, which is a bargain itself, considering the quality of the fresh ingredients. The salad bar features lettuce, spinach, cucumber, broccoli, tomatoes, jalapeno pepper slices, shredded carrot, pepperoni, garbanzo beans, mushroom, chicken, chick peas, sliced olives and two varieties of cheese. Six different varieties of salad dressing are to the right of the salad bar, but are not shown in the photo. Manmeet assured me the ingredients are in-house-made and fresh, and indeed they are. The salad bar was simply delicious.
Photo: I was the first customer in the restaurant on this Monday morning, and they were just preparing pizza for the lunch special buffet, so while I was waiting, I made a couple of trips to the salad bar, in order to enjoy their fresh, wonderful salad. Isn't this a beautiful salad? The ingredients are fresh and delicious, and this salad tasted even better than it looks in the photo.
Photo: As I was waiting for the pizza to arrive, I peeked through a side door and got a look inside the kitchen.
Photo: Manmeet and his buddy, who I dubbed as "Mr. Cincinnati Bengals" - due to his stocking cap that resembles the colors of the N.F.L. team - were very friendly, but camera-shy. As not to be annoying, I didn't push to take their photos... They're bringing out the "Chicken Curry Pizza" for the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.
Photo: During the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, pizzas are placed next to the salad bar in this warming rack to keep them warm. The top pizza is the "Chicken Curry" variety, and the pizza on the middle rack is a "Combination." They were in the process of baking a "Hawaiian" pizza, but before it was ready, I had indulged myself in five slices of pizza and two trips to the salad bar, and I was full!
Photo: I pose with a salad, Coke, and two pieces of "Chicken Curry Pizza." Since Chicago's Pizza opened just last week, they have not received their beer and wine license, so as of this writing, they can only offer soft drinks. I quizzed Manmeet if beer was on the horizon, and he enthusiastically replied they plan to serve beer, including domestic brands, along with beer imported from India. Sounds good to me!
Photo: The food is not only fresh, unique and delicious, it's the bargain of the century! Monday through Friday, from 11 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon, for the price of $5.99, you're treated to the "Lunch Buffet." For that price, you get all-you-can-eat pizza and salad. All you can eat for $5.99!!! Add a small, all-you-can-drink Coke product for an additional $.89, and you can even take a refill for the road! By the time tax was factored in, my lunch cost me exactly $7.40, which is about the price of a lunch at a fast food restaurant. Every pizza restaurant in town better be on the lookout when word gets around about this bargain-basement lunch at Chicago's Pizza.
Photo: Chicago meets Bollywood at Chicago's Pizza With-A-Twist, as I enjoy a two slices of "Chicken Curry Pizza," and a third slice as I was waiting for the "Combination" pizza to arrive. "Chicken Curry Pizza" includes curry sauce, curry chicken, Mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, black olives, red onion, garlic, ginger, fresh cilantro and green chilies. Jalapeno peppers are available upon request, but I didn't see the need, as they're available at the salad bar if I wanted to add them to my pizza.
This pizza is freshly made, hot from the oven, and amazing delicious, as it's made from the freshest of ingredients. If you love curry, this is your pizza, as it definitely has both curry spice, and curry chicken, which, along with all of the other wonderful ingredients, make this a unique and delicious pizza. Not to mention, you can eat your fill! This is the lunch deal of the century!
As I previously mentioned, until a week or so ago, I had never heard of "authentic Indian pizza," and I didn't even know pizza existed in India. Now I know, and my world is a much better place, thanks to today's dining experience at Chicago's Pizza With-A-Twist.
Photo: After I'd enjoyed three pieces of "Chicken Curry Pizza," a pie of the "Combination" variety was placed in the pizza warmer; naturally, I had to grab a couple of slices. The "Combination" pizza is very conventional, as it includes cheese, pepperoni, salami, beef, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers and onions. Like the "Chicken Curry Pizza," the "Combination" is fresh and delicious.
Prior to my visit to Chicago's Pizza With-A-Twist, I had never heard of, nor even imagined Indian-style pizza. Yes, pizza does exist in India, and "authentic Indian pizza" is alive and well, and amazingly-delicious at Chicago's Pizza, in West Roseville.
Chicago's Pizza With-A-Twist
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