Pronto Pizza Restaurant Review
Get ready for the gushing, folks, because I’m about to lay it on thick. Pronto Pizza, a new pizzeria located in Clackamas, Oregon, invited Kate’s and my family to try out their about-to-be-launched kid’s menu. So all 12 of us headed out (yep, 8 kids), expecting the typical food that we have come to expect from affordable family dining restaurants in the suburbs.
Good grief. We were so wrong. Pronto Pizza provided us possibly the most delicious dinner I have ever had at a restaurant. Okay, it’s a tie with Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. The four adults in attendance (Kate, the husbands, and me) could not stop talking about how wonderful our dinner was.
The overall philosophy of Pronto Pizza is to serve fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable food to families at an affordable price. You’ll find a menu filled with fresh salads with ingredients purchased from local farms and farmer’s markets; seasonal pizza toppings with imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes, double zero flour and olive oil; daily handmade pastas; and desserts made in-house (no food service treats here!).
Let’s start off with what we loved.
Brussel Sprout Salad — This was not on the menu, but you need to order it. I double-hate brussel sprouts and this was delicious. The bacon is amazing — so make sure you order anything that includes bacon. The menu changes based on what’s in season and available locally, so don’t tarry if you’d like to try this salad. We’re looking forward to going back in the spring to see how they doctor up some asparagus.
Polenta Fries — You’ve got to be kidding me. So good. I don’t know what polenta is exactly, but it should be prepared in this way every time. Just order it.
The pizza — Pronto features pizza with seasonal pizza toppings with imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes, double zero flour and olive oil. You have never tasted crust this delicious. Crazy good. Pronto Pizza makes everything except the cheese and pepperoni in house, including the SAUSAGE so we ordered the Clackamas Pizza because it was heavy on sausage. So good, and I don’t even like sausage so much. Kate and Dave love sausage, and this rocked their world.
Our server suggested we also try the Mt. Hood Pizza. It’s made with a white sauce and has potatoes as a topping. Weird and so right. The white sauce is out of this world, so make sure you try something (everything) with the white sauce.
The 6-inch kid’s pizza is made with the same crust. My daughter ordered a Hawaiian pizza and she loved it!
If you’re in the Clackamas area during lunch, make sure you hit up Pronto’s Lunch Buffet. Unlimited times through the buffet is $10 and kids are just $5. I think this is an affordable way to try Pronto out. Our husbands were plotting how to be in Clackamas during lunch on the same day so they could be “forced” to eat lunch there.
Pronto Pizza is launching an all new seasonal, locally sourced kid’s menu that is filled with nutritious eats (no corn dogs here) that kids under 12 will love. I’m super excited about the new PRONTO PLATE, a power packed kid’s meal (priced at $6) offering variety of choices from each of a protein, vegetable, and fruit category. There are other offerings for kids, including drumsticks, kids salads, pizza, and cauliflower breadsticks.
Pronto Pizza is kicking their new menu off with a Kid’s Menu Launch Party on Sunday, February 9 from 5-8 pm. Kids under 12 will get a complementary kids’ buffet with the purchase of an adult meal. If you can’t make the launch, make sure you hit Pronto on Mondays from 5-8 pm when kids get a kid’s pizza for FREE with the purchase of an adult meal. Up to 2 kids get to eat for free with the purchase of an adult meal and additional kids get a pizza for just $1.50 (up to 4 kids total). I love that they have accommodated for larger families (says the woman with 5 mouths to feed)!
Oh, another reason to love this place? A kids play area, complete with a big train table and a play kitchen! There are also a few arcade games.
We had a hearty discussion about the price of our dinner. We concluded that if you lifted this joint out of Clackamas and landed it on Hawthorne in SE Portland or the Pearl District in NW Portland, you wouldn’t balk at paying 50% more for what Pronto Pizza is charging. Large pizzas that feed 2-3 adults are around $22. Salads are $7-$10. Pasta dishes are around $12. Kids meals hover around $6 each. So it will be a bit more than taking your family to Red Robin (and I love me some Red Robin), but your food tastes so much better, the ingredients are superior, and you’re supporting a locally-run business committed to excellence.
This is the perfect place for a date night, a leisurely family dinner (it’s not fast food, so bring a coloring book or your smart phone for the kids), or a fun but nicer dinner with the grandparents. Pronto has a very large table set aside if you are looking for a mid-sized party place and has a separate banquet-ish room for parties and larger gatherings.
Pronto Pizza picked up our tab to facilitate this review. Regardless of who paid, this place is awesome. Get in the car and go out to eat. You can thank me later.
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