We were in Charlottesville for about 24 hours and after a day out and about we decided that instead of heading to the hotel to freshen up and grab a "fancy" dinner that we'd instead head out for Pizza. We knew MM was a chain and we typically avoid chains, but since there isn't a MM in my hometown, we thought we'd give it a shot.
We got there and the hostess (if you call her that AND could find her) told us that the wait would be about 20 minutes and put us on the list. 20 minutes where I'm from is normal and goes by quick....but when 20 turns to 30....then 40....the 50....one starts to get annoyed. After a while, I found the hostess and she said "sorry, I must have underestimated the wait". At this point I was beginning to become annoyed but we've waited this long we pretty much had no choice...especially with the smells of the pizza. I had to try it. The place was obnoxious too. I know its a college town, but wow. Staff letting 10-12 people at a table meant for 6 or 8 was nuts. Chairs blocking the main passageway because of this wasn't very smart either.
Anyway, after about an hour and twenty minutes the girl finally said "2 seats are open at the bar if you want." Better than not eating at all I suppose.
Once we sat the bartenders were very friendly and extremely attentive. They took our drink orders as soon as we ready and were spot on with refills. Quite a nice beer selection I might add. They were also extremely fast with getting our order in once we were ready.
Wife and I chose the "philosophers pie" which is steak, artichokes, olives. The pizza was fantastic. It came out quickly and cooked to perfection. Just the right amount of toppings. Crust was chewy and crisp. We'll done.
All in all the food was a 5, the waitstaff (at the bar) was a 5 but the noise (even loud for a college bar/restaurant) and the inexperience of the hostess and lack of control from the staff in general was a huge turn off. I couldn't even imagine what this place would be like when class is IN session.
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