Hope Pizza is another of the go-to restaurants for at least one of our judges (see Ridgeway Pizza), and with good reason. Located on Hope Street, Hope Pizza Restaurant is a fantastic establishment with very good pizza that you'll definitely enjoy.
Establishment. Hope Pizza is a family staple in Stamford with a menu that goes beyond simply pizza with a very well-rounded offering. A Greek diner ambiance and ample seating set the stage for a wonderful dining experience complete with top-notch service and a family-friendly atmosphere. Their relatively generous parking lot fills up fast on a Friday night as loyal patrons arrive in droves, often with children in tow. The only negative that we can manage to scrape together is that the booths sit peculiarly low relative to the tables, and we're grasping at straws with that one.
Pizza. Hope's pizza is excellent to say the least. With a perfect Greek-style buttery crust, quality cheese, and expertly seasoned sauce, this pizza arrived at the table screamingly hot and stayed as such until we could not eat any more. The toppings (pepperoncini, pronounced "banana peppers") were both unique and very good. As with most Greek pizzas however, Hope falls into the "stupid square slices" category, adversely affecting both its otherwise flawless texture and ingredient slip on (or more accurately, off of) the center squares. Greek tradition be damned, those middle pieces are an abomination and we have yet to devise an effective consumption technique. These last-to-be-picked crustless slices are like the kids no one wants to pick for their team in wiffle ball. In the big picture though, this is a minor nick on a very good pizza that should be tried by all.
The bottom line. Hope Pizza Restaurant is the blueprint for good Greek pizza in Stamford that the whole family will enjoy time and time again.
Hits the Spot: 9/10
Large Cheese: $12.50
2009 – Best Greek Pizza
2009 – Tournament Finalist (5th place)