From the outside, it didn't look like anything special. Inside looked even worse. The 'seating' area was an old office chair, an old wooden chair from a kitchen set, and a chair from a restaurant from the 80's. There was no menu board, just a take-away menu. I decided on a small cheese pizza, and of course, the wings.
The man behind the counter was an older Lebanese gentleman. He didn't speak much, and he didn't have much in the way of any emotion, but I felt like I was in a place where the food was important. When I ordered the wings, he asked what kind of sauce I wanted. I knew already, but to fish out some more info for this review (because the flyer didn't list them), I asked what kind of sauces they had. "We have, the sauces. You know, I can put on sauces like mild, or hot, bbq, and ah, honey garlic". I suspect there might be more, but really, I was only interested in hot.
I sat and waited, and another worker (family member I think) came in, then a little while ago another guy with his kid went in. It felt like a nice family business. Then another guy came up to the counter and was like "Hey, what's going on here!?!" I was a little shocked until I realized he was a regular just joshing the staff. I waited for my food, chatting with one of the guys about the gorgeous weather, then headed back to eat in the comfort of the apartment.
On the way home, I noticed a smell. It wasn't agreeable, and it was coming from the food. "Oh no" I thought, "The food isn't cooked right or the wings are going to be terrible. Or the pizza." I couldn't figure out which it was going to be, but I was pretty sure the food was going to suck.
I opened up the pizza box . . . it was a mighty good looking cheese pizza. I love a meat pizza, you know, pepperoni, ham, sausage etc. but every once and a while just plain cheese is the way to go. I took a bite, good. The sauce was a little generic, but the cheese was good.
Ok so it wasn't the pizza that I thought was going to be bad, it must be, sadly, the wings. I took the styrofoam container, and took a whiff . . . the wings smelled. . . good. They looked good and they looked big . . . but what would the taste be?
2008 THE SCORE 3.0: Casaluna Pizza -
Deep fried take-out pizza wings
$7.75 for 12
Large, especially for take-out
Wet – could use more sauce, but with little prevented sogg from setting in
Crisp – despite the walk it stayed crisp
Nothing special – Frank’s and butter
n/a [Can be upgraded to a platter (fries & coleslaw) $9.70]
Decent pizza, free delivery
Good pizza, good wings
I couldn't believe how big they were for a pizza place. They were the size that the average restaurant should serve. And crispy and just looked the way a simple wing should - deep fried not too long or not long enough. They weren't particularly meaty inside, but it was a good piece of chicken.
The sauce was pretty simple. No heat to the hot, and nothing special in the sauce - another bottled hot sauce tossed on. It was just like a hundred other places, but I could have used more. Again, its good that there isn't too much because they would get soggy with sauce, but still, more sauce would have been nice.
FINAL SCORE: The food didn't suck like I was afraid. A small cheese pizza was pretty big, cheesy and tasty. The chicken was also a surprise with its generous size for a pizza place, well deep fried and sauced wing. I would probably walk to this place again . . . if the weather keeps up. 7.5/13
173 Hinchey Ave, Ottawa
Check out the Menu HERE