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07 Feb 2010 at 3:00 pm
Where is the review of Luna on this site??
Harvey Prestes wrote:
07 Feb 2010 at 5:22 pm
After watching the segment on TV and having a strong desire to eat pizza baked in birch wood or coal fired ovens as opposed to ordinary electric ovens, I drove 1 hr. roundtrip on the turnpike amounting to approximately 27 miles roundtrip from my home to Tucci's Pizza in Boca Raton on NE 1st. Ave. one block east of Federal Highway.
I ordered two pizzas on the telephone a few hours in advance stating I'd pick them up at a specific time. I arrived about 10 minutes earlier than specified and my order was not prepared yet. I waited about 20 minutes and left their location with my order 9 minutes later than I requested. Obviously, they waited until I showed before putting the order in with the rest of the evening's orders. The small store with 2 pizza bakers, 2 servers and probably the manager were busy. Almost all the tables were full with customers.
One pie was arugula and the second a white pizza. First thing I noticed while carrying TWO pizzas to my car were the boxes felt quite light in weight. My thoughts were strange how can this be possible. Definitely just a few hundred grams per pie.
Arriving home directly into the kitchen opening both boxes I was shocked to discover the arugula pie had NO arugula or anything else green suggesting a salad appearing vegetable. Secondly, the tomato sauce was not spread around the pie but as blotches about the size of half dollar coins.
Thirdly, parts of the crust were jet black as coal telling me the pie was too long in the oven. Coal fired ovens can give discoloration yet character but this pie was partially burnt. Fourthly, after lifting up a slice from the box looking forward to my first bite and taste the WORST experience occured. The slice was stiff as cardboard and extremely thin as corrugated cardboard. Usually when a slice of pizza is lifted up, it will fold sucumbing to forces of gravity. All the slices were dead as cardboard. The taste was boring, dry with little if any cheesy flavor. Upon getting to the crust, it was brittle and broke off like a crisp cracker.
The second pie, a white pizza had a very thin layer of ricotta with better cheese taste. The crust looked and functioned identically to the arugula pie. The white pie was supposed to have basil on it. There was no fresh green basil leaves but something on the pie had dark appeared things on it which might have been dried basil, but it sure did not taste like basil. I expected to see basil leaves.
For a total of over $36 including tax, this was my WORST pizza experience in my life. If I was to give it a rating with slices, these two pies deserve no slice rating whatsoever. It was that awful. My son after eating three slices was still hungry and immediately bought a frozen Red Baron pie which he declared was better that Tucci's pies.
I am not a paid pizza critic nor am I a food critic professionally but I have eaten thousands of pizzas in my lifetime in The United States, Brazil (whom bake excellent pizzas. Better than in Florida) and in many European countries baked by Middle Eastern bakers baking in electric ovens and Italian bakers baking in birch wood ovens. So I think I can say with all honestly and experience behind me, Tucci's is the worst. Oh how I long for a birch wood baked pizza I enjoyed many times in Copenhagen with fresh ingredients. Where are the wood baked pizza stores in Palm Beach County, if any.
Harvey, that sucks you had this bad experience. I have enjoyed my pie there each and every time. Anytime you put a wood or coal pizza in a cardboard box, you will be disappointed. A coal pie is usually got for about 3.5 minutes after coming out of the oven.
Hopefully the owner will read this and try to make things right with you!
Harvey Prestes wrote:
07 Feb 2010 at 6:09 pm
Craig, thanks for your prompt reply. In Copenhagen I've eaten many wood fired pizzas transported miles in cardboard box without changing the pizza's character. I've eaten Anthony's coal fired in house without negativity. I did not know cardboard boxes change coal fired pizzas as I experienced. Perhaps the owners should ask customers if they are aware carry out in boxes must be eaten within several minutes instead of register ring ups. Suggest to the customer to eat in house for the best experience.
Under all circumstances, no arugula nor basil is a big disappointment when they state the contents of their pies online, don't you think?
I agree, that Copenhagen, and even Sweden have produced some of the finest pizza I have had in the world. Pretty funny that Scandinavia wouldn't be better known for their pies!
I do not like Anthony's! I think Tucci's blows it away, but then again I always eat it fresh.
I just called the restaurant and spoke with the owner Alberto, since I was terribly disappointed to hear you had this experience and to see what he said. Right away before reading him the whole thing he said “oh yeah, that guy left without his arugala, he left it on the counter. I guess he didn't realize we do not put it on the pie, but rather on the side so it doesn't get ruined.” He seemed to be totally apologetic and asked me to have you call him 561-620-2930 today, and that he would 100% make this right for you!
Please give them another try Harvey, he will do the right thing by you.
07 Feb 2010 at 7:38 pm
Harvey, Very sorry about everything . Please call me 561 620 2930
I just like the pizza wrote:
10 Feb 2010 at 8:06 pm
R U the blowhole who claims to be the Pizza Expert..pathetic life dude!!!
11 Feb 2010 at 8:23 pm
When did ur mom allow u away from nickelodeon to press buttoms on a computer. She forgot parental guidance is necessary so children do not write comments.
John Linn wrote:
12 Feb 2010 at 7:28 pm
Man, that reporter has a penchant for alliteration. Marinara maven? That's not even right!
12 Feb 2010 at 9:15 pm
I would personally like to challenge your personal opinion that Tucci's is the best pizza in Boca.I t might be the best coal fire pizza but I will put my pizza (Amato's)up against anyone in this town.I'm not being arrogant just stating the facts.
Jacksion Reo wrote:
24 Sep 2010 at 4:52 am
I love your blog as much as i love to eat pizza
I always enjoyed NBC Channel as well as CBS Channel, both of the channels are my favorite channels.