Thirteenth Stop: Grandview Tavern & Grille
Date: April 11th, 2012
Location: 2220 Grandview Drive Fort Mitchell, KY 41017
Shhhhhh. Half price pizza on Wednesdays. Don’t Tell.
So, this particular week, Wednesday was the only evening that worked for us to get together for a pizza treat. We wanted somewhere close to one of our houses, so when Courtney checked our master tracking spreadsheet and saw that Grandview Tavern & Grille was in Fort Mitchell, that seemed like the place to go. As luck would have it, upon visiting their website, she found that Wednesday is half price pizza night. Score.
When we pulled into the parking lot, Robyn remembered family dinner there a few years prior. It had been for a special occasion, such as an anniversary, that warranted a “fancy” dinner. And, as we eyeballed the storefront, we started to second-guess whether or not we were dressed appropriately. Everyone seemed to be dressed in suits and dresses. Apparently this place is a big happy hour hot spot for the corporate folk. We’re not fancy ladies, especially on weeknights when the plan is to stuff our faces with delicious pizza goodness. Also, we are so used to little parlors and holes in the wall that this place immediately struck us as stuffy. However, as soon as we approached the hostess station, we realized we had worried for no reason. While the overall atmosphere was a bit more formal than to which we are accustomed, there were plenty of other people in casual attire around the bar and in booths along the walk to our table. Once we saw the lady in the crummy old hoodie, we felt much better.
We were seated in a room adjacent to the bar area, where the clientele seemed to be mainly the upper crust of the white middle class baby boomers. Our hostess seated us in a booth table covered in white linen, a glass tabletop, and adorned with candle lighting. Despite the candles and time of day, the room was very dim, which made photos difficult when coupled with our amateur skills and tools.
The pizzas come in one size: the perfect size for one hungry adult. We like this setup, as it allows us to try two kinds of pizza pie. Our final picks were the Sicilian ($12 regular price) and the Wild Mushroom ($12 regular price). The Sicilian was topped with “homemade zesty tomato sauce, Italian sausage, pepperoni, capicola, fresh basil, and oregano.” The Wild Mushroom came with roasted and sautéed mushrooms, olive oil, garlic, and smoked Gouda. There are many other tasty-looking choices available, and it took us a few moments to narrow down our selections.
For both pizzas, the shining element was the crust. The dough is enhanced with a top-secret blend of herbs and spices, making it unlike any other crust we’ve consumed thus far. It was soft, yet crisp in all the right places, and has a show of green that tells us its herb components are fresh. When we commented to our server about how much we liked the crust, he agreed that it was delicious but then quickly said “he cannot tell a soul” its recipe. No worries – we have no intention of actually trying to recreate these pizzas. We just want to eat them.
Robyn really liked the cheese on the Wild Mushroom pizza, along with the juicy flavor and texture that the mushrooms provided. Its smoked Gouda was melt-y and delicious, really all you can ask for. The mushrooms (we think Cremini) were whole and had a slightly sweet flavor. Odd for mushrooms, we suppose, but somehow it worked.
Robyn wasn’t keen on the Italian sausage on the Sicilian, but mostly because it’s not one of her favorite toppings in general. Courtney was happy with this one, and especially liked the fresh basil that topped it all. It was a great touch to the sausage and pepperoni, providing an overall cooling effect to those spicy meats. This pizza was nice and crispy at the edges, giving a nice crunch to your bites.
As aforementioned, Courtney had discovered that Grandview hosts a ½ prize pizza deal on Wednesdays. Our server didn’t mention this when we ordered, but neither did we. No big deal, since we already knew about the deal, and would have gotten pizza regardless. However, when he did eventually slip a hint at ½ priced Wednesdays, it was rather uncomfortable. He handed us each a check (we go dutch), smiled, and said that the pizza tastes “so much better on Wednesdays.” We didn’t know what to say. As far as he knew, neither of us even knew about the promotion. It almost seemed like he was calling us out as cheapskates, which we didn’t really like. Though he was very nice and attentive throughout our visit, this moment is the one that sticks with us.
In the grand scheme of things, sure, we liked Grandview’s pizza. Most notably, the crust was a small work of art. There was that odd moment with our server near the end but, overall, considering his otherwise friendly service and their tasty pizza, it was a pleasant dining experience. You can tell that they take special care in making each guest’s personal pizza, and pride themselves in their array of fresh ingredients. We just don’t think we’ll be dreaming about this pizza every night (we’re looking at you, Giuseppe’s!).