There are these local Bay Area eateries that are patronized by so many of your friends and acquaintances that you have to give it a shot. One such place is Cicero’s Pizza in San Jose. Pretty much everyone I know who lives in Cupertino and Saratoga area has told me or written about Cicero’s. So we decided to give it a shot. It was a weekday evening and just the three of us. We landed fairly early at about 6:30pm. The place was not very busy with a few tables empty for us to get seated. The World Series was on and people were seated closer to the TV’s as were we.
Cicero’s has a small menu of pizza options with customization in the form of toppings. We ordered a medium spicy vegetarian pizza with one half not spicy for the little guy. While we were waiting for the pizza, the little guy amused himself with the arcade games located in a small area on one corner of the restaurant. It took about 15 minutes for the pizza to arrive, piping hot. We were hungry alright but the pizza surpassed my expectations in a big way. The crust was thin and the cheese was generous. The “spicy” in the spicy vegetarian was due to a good helping of jalapenos. I lapped up my slices pretty fast. As far as mom and pop pizza places go, this one definitely was one of the better ones I have had in California since I moved. Having gotten used to excellent pies in the suburbs of Philly, I have not found very many good places in California that satisfy my pizza urges. This one definitely did. Unfortunately, the menu does not boast of many creative vegetarian pizza options. If it did, I would be a repeat customer. For now, I am a happy customer who will definitely be back for more.
Ambiance: 8.25/10. There is nothing fancy about Cicero’s. But there is an old world charm to it that is alluring.
Service: 8.25/10. For a self-service pizza place, the folks were pleasant and nice.
Food: 9/10. Loved my pizza.
Price: 8.5/10. Pizzas seem to be expensive everywhere in California. Our medium pizza was $15.50. A large would have costed us $19.50. By California standards, that aint too bad.
Restroom: 8.5/10. Relatively clean and usable.
Overall: 8.75/10. With a pizza place, all that matters is the taste of the pizza. On that count, Cicero’s rocks. Only ding for the vegetarian pizza lover is limited choices. But worth a trip definitely.