This week’s post brings me back to Virginia, and specifically the Herndon area.
I had never heard of Rubino’s Pizzeria but this is what makes this gig fun. You can drive around any city, town, or neighborhood and you’re going to find a pizza place. I feel like an explorer of sorts seeing where this journey will take me. I have so many places like this stored away for future posts (hopefully) that now is as good a time as many to talk about one.
So this was a month ago and I found myself passing through the region, where I saw many a strip mall and shopping center. With the power of technology and the Internet I was able to pinpoint a few places nearby. But they weren’t as close to me as I had surmised. So I said to myself I’ll let it come to me, and sure enough moments later I get to the Village Center at Dulles aka Clocktower & Village Center.
All the standard chains and box stores were visible but fortunately at the very end of one side of the strip you have Rubino’s.
This was during lunch rush so I am a little more objective as to the time, the crowd, the energy, and everything in between.
It was busy, the crowd was a lot of employees, government workers, tand corporate types. So you’re going to get a lot of folks trying to expedite their visits and get out as soon as they can.
I ordered three (count ’em three) slices and my wait time was about 5-6 minutes and that was reasonable for the time frame.
In sequential order I will recap my carry-out order.
First, the cheese is very good. The mozzarella, the sauce, and the crust mesh perfectly. I forgot to mention that these are NY Style Slices, and they’re going to be thinner than what some of us might be used to. But this worked here.
The picture above may look funny as I literally opened it as soon as I got out of the restaurant, and you see that bubble or hole. I attribute that to anything but the pizzeria itself. This is a really good cheese that I’d be happy to have on-the-go or sitting down. Nothing that bill blow you away but a strong slice for sure.
Now onto the bacon part of the discussion…
The Meat Supreme with bacon, sausage, ham, and pepperoni was not my favorite. The toppings were fine. They may not have seemed as fresh a I would have liked but there was something else missing. It seemed as if the flavors were too overpowering and I didn’t get to taste much of anything. I picked pieces of them off and enjoyed them individually but it still wasn’t what I had hoped. It wasn’t terrible but I didn’t find it very good either. I ate about half and saved the rest for later.
The Barbecue, Chicken. and Bacon I saved for last but this didn’t work. I didn’t care for the bbq sauce and that really compromised the slice altogether. The chicken was find but again it didn’t taste fresh. And the bacon got lost in the shuffle. I barely ate more than a few bites.
For all three the pizza crust itself was really good.
In reading their story I do appreciate how it’s family run and that they now have three stores. They’re three brothers that grew up in the area and went to school nearby. I love finding out information like this and hope they expand and end up with more successes.
I am in Virginia quite a lot so if I pass through, I will give them another go again.
And $3.99 for a coke and a slice for this area is pretty unbeatable.
I hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend and I wish you all the joys of the holiday season.
Take good care.