Quick review of Pizzeria Lola from our visit on the opening Saturday night (11/27/10):
* Ambiance: My wife and I sat at the bar. Best seats in the house. You can watch the open kitchen in action and pick up some much-needed heat from the wood-fire oven.
* First course: Meatballs and crostini. Splendid. House specialty.
* Second course: Greens, blue cheese, bacon and vignarette. Light and refreshing. Nothing all that special, but a perfect set up to the pizza.
* Main course: We tried The Iowan, which included proscuitto, ricotta, mozzarella, olive oil, garlic and arugula (which was recommended by the server). Tremendous—maybe the best pizza I’ve had all summer. The arugula was a great final touch and it had just the right mix of olive oil, ricotta, mozzarella and proscuitto.
Overall, we really enjoyed our night out at Lola and will definitely be going back soon. Very soon. It should be noted that the joint opens at 5 p.m. We were there at 5:05 and it was full by 5:15. That may just be a product of opening weekend, but the place is pretty small. There is an area near the bar to wait, but it’s not all that big. I’d recommend getting there right at 5 p.m., or waiting until 6:30-7:00 for “second seating” (when we were leaving around that time it was FAR less crowded).