Pizza Biga — December 3, 2010

4 01 2011

Pizza Biga
4762 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis
www.turtlebread.com/

Running the risk of sounding like snobby Gen Yers, we have to admit we’re leery of supporting something (restaurants, shops, airlines – anything, really) that doesn’t have a website. In the smartphone world of 2011, we’re frustrated with brands that don’t have a mobile page, let alone any site at all.

But had we stuck with this usual instinct, we wouldn’t have blown into Pizza Biga on a blizzarding Friday night. Snagging a spot in its side parking lot, we ran into the small storefront connected to the Turtle Bread restaurant and bakery in south Minneapolis (which, by the way, makes a convenient stop for post-pizza dessert). To be fair, Turtle Bread does have a website that lists Pizza Biga’s phone number and address, but there’s no Biga history to read or menu to peruse.

Depending on the mood, the tiny dining space could feel crowded or cozy, but that night it felt just right. The small room’s large front window let us gaze at the snowy scene in the picturesque neighborhood while basking in the heat from the large oven behind us.

Mushroom and onion pizza

With a glass of wine, we checked out the typewritten menu to pick our pie. The menu listed multiple options, but many were just variations of vegetables with the same type of sausage – and meatless items altogether (the preference of the birthday girl) were slim. We ordered individual salads (Jim’s Caesar was standard, and my Roasted Beat was so-so) and a mushroom pizza to share. Expecting a tomato sauce, we were surprised when our pizza arrived with a white base,  a few onions, mushrooms, cheese and little else. A few shakes from our table’s crushed red pepper jar livened it up a bunch, but a little kitchen creativity could have taken it from good to great. Overall, the pizza was warm and filling on a cold night, even though the combination was less exciting than we’d hoped.

Websites help set expectations ahead of time, but it was a good experience for us to go in blind.  We realized that though the food was okay (acceptable, but not rave-worthy), we wouldn’t have come to that conclusion just by visiting a site. And our overall experience was pleasant: the intimate setting and sophisticated-yet-comfortable vibe of the quaint neighborhood pizza shop made us fans Pizza Biga as a whole. We’ll likely return … but an online menu in the future wouldn’t hurt!

RATING (out of 5 ♠♠♠♠♠)
Ambiance/Environment: ♠♠♠1/2
Menu Selection: ♠♠
Service: ♠♠♠

Food Taste & Presentation: ♠♠1/2
COMPLETE EXPERIENCE: ♠♠♠

Total bill, including tip: $44.50

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