With a full bar, daily happy hour from 3pm-6pm, and frequent events, Pizza Rock has become a staple of Downtown Sacramento. If their Acoustic Weekend Brunch events and pub crawls weren’t enough to pull in patrons, then their 3am closing time on Fridays and Saturdays will appeal to hungry bar hoppers.
The food at Pizza Rock is undeniably delicious. Their menu is relatively extensive, with various fried foods, pastas, sandwiches, and of course, pizza. Their brick oven pizzas are a little on the expensive side, but split between 3-4 people, the $30 price tag is a little less painful. However, there are two items on the menu that stand above the rest: the dessert pizza, and their fries. Their desert pizzas are absolutely amazing. If you have the chance to order their apple pie version, which is sweet, salty, and gooey, then do not hesitate to order it. Otherwise their apple, honey, Nutella pizza is beyond decadent and delicious.
Pizza Rock’s fries come in three styles: their Italian Fries, which are smothered with gorgonzola, rosemary garlic, or truffle; their Honey Pancetta Fries, which are much tastier than they sound; and their rosemary and sea salt garlic fries, which come with any burger or sandwich, and are some of the best fries you will ever try. Even if you don’t like pizza, you have to come for their fries.
While their dessert pizzas and fries are to die for, some of their other menu items are hit-or-miss. For instance, their PLT, which has pancetta, mixed greens, and tomato on top of a freshly made rosemary focaccia, was rather dry. It might have been a general lack of the balsamic reduction that is to be included, but in general a sandwich that sounds superb was pretty subpar.
The one thing that makes this great restaurant “meh” is its wait staff. Dining here can be a frustrating experience because it has all of the elements to make it great: it’s trendy, but casual, has a large array of beers and cocktails, and has great music, but the staff is just terrible. The general trend is that the host completely ignores patrons, call-in orders are misplaced, the staff is unfriendly, or the waiters speak too softly to be heard over the music and patrons and get angry when you ask them to repeat themselves. This place is large party friendly, but groups of any size may find it frustrating when there are several tables available, but not a single employee to help you.
If the staff was friendly and attentive, then this place would be the holy grail pizza places, but until they get that settled, it’s a place to come when you want great food with terrible service.