Signature Pizzetta @ Napa Rose Lounge

Price: $15.00

When: March 6, 2016, 5:45 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

In my view, the best thing to follow a palate-cleansing cocktail is a shot of carbohydrates. Fortunately, Napa Rose Lounge has two pizza (“pizzetta”) options on the menu: the Signature and a seasonal offering.

We elected for the Signature. It’s got smoked prosciutto, grapes, caramelized onions and cambozola cheese. Sounds perfect.

The pie itself is modestly-sized, round, served on a standard plate and cut into six slices. You could share this as an appetizer among 2 or 3 people.

It also smells fantastic. Time to get chewing.

This is not an easy pizza to eat. The crust is incredibly soft and floppy, which makes it hard to pick up and hold a slice. Heck, it’s hard to get a slice off the plate – the toppings slide off the crust at every opportunity.

Once you crack the logistics of getting some pizza into your mouth (pro tip: knife and fork), you get to the core problem with the dish: the cheese. Cambozola is super-creamy, super rich, and it overpowers everything. In terms of flavor and texture, this pizza is basically just cheese. The crust, grapes, onions and prosciutto are along for the ride, but not contributing. The ingredients appear to be high-quality, but they’re caught in the wake of the cambozola.

And: the pizza is too soggy and salty. With all the cheese going on here, that’s probably inevitable, but … there you go.

I don’t recommend the Signature Pizzetta. There are far better pizzas to be had at the parks (e.g., Flatbread Two Ways at Alfresco Tasting Terrace), and the Signature Pizzetta isn’t in their league. Skip it.