i had been a big fan of the pie shack (admittedly in no small part to satisfy my longing for surf-culture here), but the last year or so they've been really poor quality. some friends brought a couple of pies from giovanni's on halloween that were, by comparison, soooo much better. and by better, i mean well-proportioned ingredients, great sauce and carefully crafted crust.
can't wait to try farina.
Hey, I was there last night too with my girlfriend! Our first time but not the last. Excellent pizza and the meatball appetizer was fantastic. Was also impressed that when we asked for a wine recommendation we were steered to one of the cheapest glasses on the list, rather than the most expensive, and it was very good. Also ran into 4 friends, so I guess they let the good folks in ;^) Might pick up a couple of pies for election watching tonight. Only complaint is that they need more than one computer for putting in the orders - staff was often backed up waiting their turn to put orders in the system, which slowed down service.
We finally made it to Farina last night and enjoyed two delicious pizzas and some incredible cheesecake. The crust and sauce on the pizzas (seemingly made from crushed fresh tomatoes) were especially memorable. Some of the best pizza I've ever had in Albuquerque, or anywhere for that matter (and past pizza experiences include Da Michele in Naples!)
My friend and I went to Farina's on Wednesday evening. We are vegetarians. The pizza was excellent, the crust combined some external crunchiness with internal softness. A folder.
We also had a caprese salad. It was a little small, but the tomatoes were fresh and flavorful, with both red and yellow tomatoes. The basil was very fresh and the mozzarella good. A nice caprese for out of season (summer).
BTW, I notice some comments on Pizza in Pheonix. I am a fan of NY-style brick oven pies. Phoenix and Scottsdale have Grimaldi's Pizza. Grimald's is out of New Jesey, I think. Best pie east of NJ, IMO.
Pizza-Wood is good, but coal is the goal.