July 14: Tutti Mangia, 102 Harvard Ave N, Claremont
Ordered: 1 pizza margherita D.O.C (12″, $10.50), 1 pizza tradizionale (pepperoni and banana peppers, 12″, $11.5).
After our disappointment with Stella Barra – and well before that, in fact; as early as this game began – we were hugely optimistic about Tutti Mangia, a nice Italian restaurant in Claremont (visit a winter evening and you’re sure to find prospective Claremont Colleges faculty having their campus visit meal; visit in late spring, same with ULV). They have a refined menu, a nice setting, impressively high pricing … unless, as we did, you hit it up at happy hour (before settling into an excruciating ninety minutes of Ms. Coppola’s latest white-privilege yawn). Napoletana pizzas – D.O.C. at that! – for ten-fifty? Sign us up! (Plus: the bartender at Tutti Mangia is fantastic, and … six dollar martinis?!)
Well, pizza-wise, sign us down. Way down.
(Tutti Mangia: it’s best to cook the pizza all the way through.
So the dough isn’t, you know, raw.)
Summary: Return trip to the bar? Yes. Pizza? No.