Pizza >Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza
1508 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN | Directions 4626039.912240 -86.186148
Neighborhoods: North Willow Farms
How many times does it take to make my visit right – I have been to this place four times. During one visit, I came in..there were few customers , but most of the tables were still filled with dirty dishes. On my last visit,
Dec. 30, 2011, the waitress seated us. There were no other customers there. NO she didn't take a drink order at first and instead disappeared. After ten minutes, I found her with other waiteresses playing around in the back room. She did'nt apologize and was very stupid. I thought , this place has more than once time wasted my time..do I give in for quality of food or the poor sevice..I can make almost everything on their menu at home.
Waiter was a dick – I don't really know how else to say it. He was condescending every time I asked a question.
Only tried the pizza – I went to Puccini's in 2008 with a friend of mine, not knowing what to expect. I thought the overall setup of the restaurant was very nice, especially the red/white tablecloth. Unfortunately, they were made of plastic, and I think investing in real cloth tablecloths might do a lot of good - but that's understandable.
I only tried the pizza, while my friend had something else I just can't remember. I recall the crust was crisp and had a healthy snap to it, it came to us hot, and the sauce and cheese made a good flavor together. Sometimes a pizzeria will do one right but ruin the other one and it kills the whole pie. It tasted like good Italian, as far as I was concerned. I wish they would just open up near central/south Indianapolis.
One of my top five for 10+ years! – I've been to three Puccini's and this one is still my favorite. I always look at the menu, but wind up getting a paparazzi with added bacon & black olives because it has great cheeses on it. My parents usually go for the King of Hearts (artichoke and capers) and my sister the Bar 20 (chicken, onions, bbq sauce). This place has been a consistent favorite of my family for years.
Can't beat Puccini's Pizza – I love Puccini's - I'm a little partial though as paychecks from Puccini's helped put me through school - but the food is just great.
Favorite pizza - The Campfire, no smoked sausage, add chorizo. An excellent pizza in the winter. Their salads and pastas are also pretty darn good.
I will go back and try pizza – We went to Puccini's Smiling Teeth the other night to celebrate a birthday. There were eight of us in the party and they had a table available to accommodate us. I was very surprised by how small the dining room was. It was very cozy and I never found our group trying to talk over other customers. The service was just ok, and I found myself without a drink on two different occasions. Our server seemed a little stressed over having such a big party. Everyone ordered something different from the menu, and we all took turns trying each others dishes. I ordered the Chicken Marsala. I was a little disappointed by my dish. The menu stated that it came with two chicken breasts and was served over roasted potatoes. When I got it, I notices that it was in fact just one chicken breast cut in half, and my potatoes were cooked to almost nothing. The Marsala sauce was very good, however, and I found myself using my bread to scoop the rest of it up. I didn't care for my mother's dish, some kind of lemon pasta with chicken and capers, but I am not a fan of capers anyway. My father had the ravioli, which was very good and had a good seasoning to the meat. My uncle ordered a pizza, and it was very good also. Not too much cheese (some places overdo it), a perfect amount of sauce, and generous toppings. When I go back I will definitely order pizza.
Yum – My husband and I have tried a number of items. All delicious! My favorite is the 86th St. Pie, the Calzones, salads, bruchini, and the low carb chicken dish they had some time back. We're now on the west side, and wish there was one there! It's all good.
Great Experience – The service was great and personable. The waitress not only took our order but took the time to aquint us with the restaurant and the difference between the pizzas since this was our first time there. All the ingredients looked and tasted fresh and we got our food in good time, not to rushed and not to much of a wait.
Bad Crust – I have to say my opinion of Puccini's has changed for the worst. In the past their pizza was the best in the City, but it has changed. I guess to cut their costs and make a higher profit they have changed their "dough" recipe/preparation. Anyone who knows pizza knows that the dough is "key" to taste and they "blew it".
This bustling pizza parlor proves that good pies can be found in strip malls. – The Scene
A bit offbeat for a strip-mall pizza joint, Puccini's large dining room is filled with vinyl booths, red-checked tablecloths and quirky macaroni art. The young staff efficiently works both the ovens and the tables, tending to the pizza whims of teenagers, families and neighborhood office workers.
The focus is on blissful, thin-crust pies and flaky calzones. Choose from over 50 toppings--traditional pepperoni to onion marmalade to chorizo sausage--or select one of Puccini's specialties. The margherita is a perfect marriage of tomatoes, fresh basil and fontina cheese. Sun-dried tomatoes, piquant chili oil and fresh prawns top another pleasing pie. The meatball calzone stuffed with mushrooms and Gorgonzola is Italian comfort food at its best. Soups, salads and pasta dishes round out the menu, but stick to pizza--it's what they do best.
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