6166 N. Scottsdale Rd. #701
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
I was a bit hesitant to come to ‘Pomo having read a review that questioned the attention to detail of the kitchen—missed ingredients and the like. I actually tried to lead our party to another pizza joint. I’m glad that my friends ignored me.
The interior of Pomo is simple, even Spartan, with clean lines, dark wood, and an open kitchen. A large photograph of a typical Neapolitan street complete with Vespas and hanging laundry fills a whole wall, bringing back happy memories of Italy. Typical of European dining, the next table of diners is very close.
The menu at ‘Pomo, also traditionally Italian, features a selection of antipasti, salads, sandwiches, pizza (red and white), and desserts with many ingredients imported from Italy. Our party of six split into couples with each ordering an appetizer or salad and a pizza. My partner and I went for the Caprese ($9.95) and a Regina Margherita pizza ($11.95), though the pizza selection was vast enough to make it a tough call. The nearest couple (whose plates I could pick off of) ordered the Romana salad (Romaine, croutons, Parmigiano, salt and pepper) ($8.95) and the ‘Pomo pizza (tomato, fresh mozzarella, Italian sausage, red peppers, mushrooms, and onions) ($14.95). There’s also a decent selection of Italian wines.
The menu in the restaurant said the Caprese was made mozzarella di bufala rather than Fior di Latte (buffalo milk versus cow milk), though the on-line menu lists the latter. Though the dish was very good, the cheese was not as creamy as a remember bufala, leading me to believe we were served Fior di Latte. I wouldn’t have been disappointed had by expectations not been elsewhere.
The Romana salad was also quite good. I suggested it because my friends were looking for a Caesar salad, (which despite the name isn’t Italian) and I thought it would be close enough. Though lightly dressed, as Italian salads often are, the parm and croutons were right on.
I thought the pizza was the high point of the meal. Our pizza Margherita was the perfect combination of wood-fire charred, crunchy, chewy, and melty. Too often the moisture from the fresh mozzarella makes the whole pizza a bit soggy—not at Pomo. I’m not sure I could eat a whole pizza by myself, but I think I’ll try next time. Our friends were very happy with the ‘Pomo pizza as well.
We were too stuffed for dessert—next time.