Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Nov. 25
Urbn Pizza. Yes, that's Urban without an A
Just north of the Wave Waterpark and the Krikorian Theater in Vista is a relic from the past: Main Street. You’ll find the Avo Theater, a now defunct antique store, and many restaurants, including Urbn Pizza. Unlike the general character of the area, Urbn stands out as the new kid on the block. With a post-modern, industrial interior, the coal-fired oven seems almost futuristic.
After being disappointed that the antique store had closed, my daughter and I headed over to Urbn for lunch. We ordered the house salad ($6.50), which stands out because it’s not the standard house salad. Their salad contains mixed greens, candied walnuts, fresh pear, and vinaigrette. The chalkboard menu displays the pizza toppings offered rather than pre-styled pies. Diners can choose from the usual suspects, as well as some unusual options. We decided to order our own mini pizzas. My daughter ordered the ubiquitous cheese pizza, which came with a fountain drink. ($7) I expressed interest in the mashed potatoes as a topping and the young man behind the counter said that people often pair it with bacon and no sauce. ($8.50) I was feeling adventurous and really, how wrong can you go with mashed potatoes, bacon, cheese, and a super thin crust?
We got our salad right away. I hate to complain because it tasted delicious, but really the quantity was just too much for one adult and a child. Unfortunately, they only have one size. It could easily feed four adults as a starter. The lettuce was very fresh, as was the just cut pear. They are generous with the toppings. We ate what we could before our pizza was ready, knowing the rest would go to waste due to the vinaigrette.
I couldn’t see the mashed potato on my pizza because it blended in with the mozzarella. I had expected it to be heaped on top and was very curious about what it was going to taste like. It was actually quite good! The mashed potatoes were very creamy and the cheese really took a back seat to it. The bacon was in pieces rather than bits and wasn’t fatty, as bacon can sometimes be. Talking to the cook about the whole mashed potato pizza topping, he mentioned that vegetarians often pair it with broccoli. Food for thought for another visit…(pun intended).
Urbn Pizza 203 Main Street. Vista. California 92084 760.724.8840
In North Park: 3085 University Avenue. San Diego. California 92104 619.255.7300
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