Romeo’s Place – Saanich
On a one day, one night day business trip to Victoria we needed to stop for food on the way from the Ferry to our destination so picked Romeo’s located in a strip mall on Royal Oak drive (technically in the neighborhood of Broadmead). We found out later that Romeo’s Place is a chain with 5 locations in the Greater Victoria area.

Food and Service
The menu is large covering all aspects of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, pastas and even omlettes. But it was the smell of the pizza dough, the oven and the name that made us choose pizza thinking that this would be their specialty. We chose a pepperoni pizza and the calzone of the day which was pepperoni, green pepper and onion. The calzone came with a choice of soup or salad and we opted for the Greek salad. The server was friendly and the food came out surprisingly quickly. The Greek salad side was very good and was large portion with lots of olives and feta and a few too many red onions. The calzone was also very good. The dough was thin and slightly crisp and there was a good portion of filling evenly spaced throughout. It was the pizza that was disappointing. The crust was actually quite thick and a bit over-cooked. There was also very little meat and mostly cheese for the topping. It seems strange but almost like two different types of dough were used – one for the calzone and one for the pizza.

It is not likely that we will return as we are unlikely to be staying in the area again and our experience was just average. Still holding strong on our list of favorite pizzas are Al Porto (Water Street), Nook (Denman) and Inferno (Alexander) but we have heard through the ‘food vine’ that the pizza at Q4 in L’Hermitage hotel is very good (still to be tested by us) and that the new Bellagio location (always one of our honorable pizza mentions) will be opening soon at the new Convention Center location. Stay tuned.

Post scripts from trip to Victoria…

PS # 1 – Don’t you think it is just hilarious that BC Ferries has adopted the line “Thanks for Choosing Us” in their on-board farewell speech? What were we supposed to do? Swim?

PS # 2 – We spent the night at the Howard Johnson on Elk Lake Drive which is also on the way down from the Ferry. The hotel is apparently not that old and while the lounge was good for watching the Canucks game the room was average at best, dark, poorly decorated and the internet SUCKED!