Killer crust a hallmark of Mesa State area pizzeria


If you go

What: Aldo’s Pizza and Deli

Where: 1230 N. 12th St., Unit 2

Contact: 243-ALDO (2536)

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday; 11:30 to 9 p.m., Sunday.

With names like the colosseum, the gladiator and the Caesar, Aldo’s pays homage to the motherland, the birthplace of pizza and home to all that is garlicky and good, Italia.

From the century-old tri-color classic, the Margherita, to their version of what pizza would taste like in the Caribbean, the dimensionless quantity of the menu makes it kind of like the pi of pie.

Situated across the street from Metro State College, Aldo’s is a popular joint for students. Pizza’s range from $3.79 for a 6-inch personal pizza to $17.99 for a large signature pizza. For scholars on a budget, or slackers on a budget for that matter, they sell pizza by the slice for $2.25.

Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up.

The dough is made in-house daily and it shows, in the buttery, slightly chewy and layered crust. The rustic Italian-style pizzas are cooked on hot stones.

Open only two months the family-owned pizzeria is already getting some notice for its crust.  Here are some online reviews:

“The crust!!! OMG. I cannot believe GJ has a pizzeria this good. The crust is unbelievable.”  – Marie

“Wow! The best crust and sauce.” – Pete

These two must be majoring in pizza.

The sauce is your choice of either marinara, pesto or white cream. We tried the white cream sauce, which is luscious and laid on generously, and the pesto, which was spot-on.

Toppings include all of the traditional meats, salty little fishies, vegetables and herbs. Nouvelle items are red and orange peppers, feta, jalapenos, pepperoncini, ham, artichokes, pineapple and sun-dried tomatoes.

On the flip side of the menu are pasta meals and nine Panini choices.

Other value items: A Nathan’s kosher dog for $2.59 and a meatball Panini for $3.99. Online reviewer Pete correctly notes that Aldo’s takes MAVmoney cards.

BLUE BAND DISCOUNTS:  The following businesses are offering discounts to customers who sport a blue wristband as part of the Grand Junction Area Chamber’s drive to encourage folks to shopping locally. —

For every $1 spent locally, the chamber estimates an impact of $3 on the economy. See http://www.gjchamber.orgblueband wagon.asp for details.

— Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St., 15 percent off food purchases, Sunday through Thursday.

— Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes, 2591 B ¾ Road, 15 percent off all products.

— Main Street Bagels, 559 Main St., rotating specials, check

SIX DAYS AND COUNTING: Grand Junction’s summertime horn of plenty, the Farmers Market, begins next Thursday.  Weekly event highlights will be printed in the Wednesday edition of The Daily Sentinel.

RESTAURANTS WITH A VIEW: It’s spring in the Grand Valley. Not too hot, not too cold. What are your favorite spots with patio dining or a view of the stunning scenery that surrounds us. Let me know at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

QUOTE: From “Favorite Recipes of Famous Women,” printed in 1925. This recipe for breakfast is from Zelda Fitzgerald, colorful and eccentric wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“See if there is any bacon, and if there is ask the cook which pan to fry it in. Then ask if there are any eggs, and if so try and persuade the cook to poach two of them. It is better not to attempt toast, as it burns easily. Also in the case of bacon do not turn the fire too high, or you will have to get out of the house for a week. Serve preferably on china plates, although gold or wood will do if handy.”

Send any tips or ideas to tess.furey@gj


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