Did you know this place opened in Avondale in the old Ruan Thai Cuisine spot? Yeah, I didn’t either. But that didn’t stop me from saying yes when Gary asked if I wanted to check it out over the weekend.
It was a beautiful Saturday, so I demanded we sit outside on the nice little patio. I looked over the menu and it was the garden variety of dishes at most other Italian/pizza joints – pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, paninis, and other traditional Italian fare. I knew I wanted to try the pizza, so we went ahead and ordered appetizers to taste a little more of the menu.
I ordered fried ravioli, but fried mozzarella is what showed up to the table. The waitress seemed very confused and inexperienced. The miscommunication was quickly corrected, and the fried ravioli was brought out.
It was the standard fried ravioli you can find at Al’s Pizza, Olive Garden, and a plethora of other places. It was a bit of a disappointment because I’d love to see a place make their own from scratch. Don’t get me wrong; the ravioli was good. I’m just picky.
And because they jumped off the menu and screamed “ORDER ME!”, we also got a round of bacon cheese fries.
See those thick steak fries? Those are winners. Nothing super special here. Just plain good.
Then came the pizza.
I ordered two slices: one with my precious bacon and feta, the other with sausage and goat cheese. I was pleasantly surprised to see goat cheese on the toppings list. I wanted to pair it with prosciutto (because YUM), but alas, prosciutto wasn’t listed under toppings.
Everything about this place was average. The food was good, but nothing really stood out. With Mellow Mushroom opening just down the road at the Avondale Shoppes, and Moon River down the street on Edgewood, Ale Pie House really needs to find something special in order to compete. Their craft beer selection was the typical Bold City and Intuition, so not even that is stellar (oh, and an Intuition King St Stout was $6.50, so I was a little shocked). I swear I’m not trying to rag on them, just being brutally honest. I wish them the best of luck.