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Brite's Bites: Pizza preferable to pasties

Sticking to this culinary classic proves worthwhile

 by Tara Brite
 published on Thursday, September 7, 2006


After my subpar encounter with Cornish pasties last week, I received dozens of furious e-mails from pasty fans the world over.

Angry readers accused me of having no taste, and one even claimed I am trying to destroy independent businesses through this column. (I assure you that's not true.)

One reader recommended that to suit my "simple" tastes, I stick to simpler foods, like pizza. So that's exactly what I did for this review: I visited Nello's Pizza.

Nello's doesn't serve just any pizza; it specializes in the gourmet. From the Enchilada pizza (enchilada sauce, chicken, black olives, green chiles, sour cream and guacamole) to the Alaskan King pizza (crab, white sauce, mushrooms, green peppers and fresh tomatoes), these pizzas are anything but ordinary.

I ate at the Nello's Pizza in Tempe (1806 E. Southern Ave.) There are three other locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Mesa. My carnivorous companion was my boyfriend, Shon Zelman.

For starters, Shon ordered the wings.After one bite, he declared they were the best wings he'd ever had.

For the main dish, I ordered the Pesto Bianca (pizza with pesto, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and three cheeses). Shon ordered the Spinach Pie pizza (spinach, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, mozzarella and feta cheeses).

The Pesto Bianca was delicious. The sauceless pizza makes up for what it's missing with its blend of cheeses and pesto. I thought this was the best pizza I'd ever had until I tried Shon's Spinach Pie. The combination of feta cheese and spinach made me feel like I was in Greece eating an authentic spanakopita.

For dessert we ordered the Cookie Monster a concoction similar to the pizza cookie at Oregano's and the pizookie at BJ's. But this monster (a pizza crust topped with cookie dough, ice cream, whipped cream, cherries and chocolate syrup) was even more delicious.

The best thing about Nello's is that the ingredients are fresh. There's no fake cheese or premade crusts. Nello's is simply authentic, tasty pizza and I'll pick it over pasties any day.


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