Friday, May 7, 2010
Mulberry Street Pizza
4355 Cobb Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA www.mulberrystreetpizza.com
Last night my friends Megan, Brian and I had dinner at Mulberry Street Pizza. The restaurant is located in a shopping center between a bicycle shop and Laseter’s Tavern, across the street from Kroger on Cobb Pkwy. I just happened to drive by and notice it on my way home from work a few weeks ago and decided to give it a shot.
The interior décor might look cheap and uninteresting (plastic booths, linoleum floors, the typical red/white/green of the Italian flag), but the pizza is surprisingly good. I ordered a slice of tomato and pesto and another slice of bacon and mushrooms. The pesto was great – full of good olive oil and basil. I was worried the bacon would be undercooked and soggy. It wasn’t. It was crisp and fragrant and crumbled. I was happy to see that they didn’t skimp on it, either. It covered the entire slice of pizza.
There are options for regular cheese crust and Sicilian crust, which is thicker and softer. I went with the regular rather than pay the upcharge for the Sicilian. The crust was average, not fantastic but fine. The great toppings more than made up for the lackluster crust.
The menu isn’t especially exciting. Mulberry Street Pizza isn’t trying to be California Pizza Kitchen or some other trendy pizza joint. Which is fine - Atlanta needs many types of pizza. The serve simple, traditional options such as regular pizza, calzones, garlic bread and Stromboli. The bacon and pesto that I ordered were the most exciting toppings available. For salads, they have the usual suspects: Caesar, Italian Garden, Greek, antipasto. I never go to a pizza place and order salad, and if I did, I wouldn’t waste my time with these predictable choices. There was also a small sign at our table advertising tiramisu and cannolis, but neither of these were on display or posted on the regular menu.
It’s much better than Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, etc., but not as good as nearby Blue Moon Pizza. However, it’s notably less expensive (when comparing with Blue Moon’s specialty pizzas, which is all I ever order), so it seems to even out. A small pizza (12”) is $9.99, medium (14”) is $11.99, large (16”) is $12.99 and x-large (18”) is $14.99. Megan and Brian split a small Margherita (which they enjoyed) and were happy with the portion size, but I can tell you that Kyle and I would have eaten at least a whole medium. Still, $12 for dinner for 2 is a good deal, about what you’d pay for fast food but much better quality.
The service was friendly and timely. I got the feeling there’s a small, possibly family staff, and they seem to take pride in their place and their food, which is nice.
Verdict: Better than the chains, not as good as Blue Moon Pizza.