We, at The Hungry Sprout, don’t normally go to chain restaurants, let alone write about them. However, we recently stopped into an Uno Pizzeria for a quick lunch. For decades, Uno has offered lunch specials that are guaranteed to arrive at your table in 10 minutes so we knew we could eat quick.
The special is normally your choice of a garden salad, Caesar salad or a cup of soup and then an entrée such as the Pizza of the Day, 1/2 of a pre selected sandwich or chicken thumbs. The menu is now expanded to a variety of lunch sized salads and more elaborate entrees such as Chicken Milanese or Eggplant & Zucchini on Herbed Focaccia.
We went old school, ordering a salad and the Pizza of the Day. Friday is the best day for Vegetarians in that the pizza choices are meatless. My friend Chad started with a garden salad with a blueberry vinaigrette. The salad had tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and croutons- Uno has the best croutons.
For his entrée he ordered the Mediterranean Flatbread with spinach, plum tomatoes, kalamata olives, pesto, feta and fresh basil. While he liked it, I wasn’t a big fan. There were a ton of olives on the flatbread and they were very overpowering.
I started with the Caeser salad– very mustardy but with a generous handful of those amazing croutons.
My Pizza of the Day was the deep dish Cheese and Tomato. Uno to me has always stood out for having unique pizza in that they don’t use a traditional pizza sauce. Instead, they layer chunks of tomatoes onto the crust which is then topped generously with a heavy layer of cheese. My only complaint is that the crust gets a little soggy if you don’t eat quick but still- I think it is delicious.
On each table is a Ziosk– a handy little computer where you can call over your server, order additional menu items, play games and pay your bill. We scrolled through the desserts and decided to order two of the mini sweets.
Chad ordered the Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Cookie Sundae. For a mini sweet it was huge. At $2.49 it was quite a bargain. The cookie was hot and the ice cream was cold- a perfect mix of ying and yang.
I went for the Granny Smith All American– an Uno tradition. Warm apple cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream and cinnamon whipped cream. Mine was significantly smaller than Chad’s though it was still a good size.
We then paid our bill on the Ziosk without having to wait for our server which was very convenient.
Overall, while we prefer the smaller local restaurants, Uno is one of the better evolving chain restaurants. Years ago they were named Pizzeria Uno’s and they have re-branded themselves into a decent chain. Uno is keeping up with the times.