If you know me, then you know my soulmate-like connection to pizza and you must be wondering why I haven’t reviewed any pizza places yet. I wondered the same thing. So without further ado…
Smiling With Hope Pizza is one of my favorite pizza places in town. It’s south of town on Lakeside Drive, and it features classic NY-style pizza. One of zee best things about pizza is how different it is everywhere you go, yet comfortably the same. I admit I only eat pepperoni pizza (with one exception) and don’t you dare try to convince me otherwise (because I probably won’t listen). Pepperoni is simple, delicious, and always satisfying. What more do you need? I’ll take a good pizza over a fancy filet mignon any day. Mom always said I would be a cheap date. It’s interesting to me to enjoy the variety in what makes one pepperoni pizza different from another – whether it’s the thickness of the crust, the type of seasoning used, or the amount of sauce and cheese used. Alright, blah blah blah.
I KNOW RIGHT?!?!
So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty – what is this pizza like? Well, to whet your appetite, for the last two years Smiling With Hope has been listed on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. Money and Time magazines both named it the best Pizzeria in Nevada. It’s also been featured on ABC News, local news outlets, and recognized by public figures like Maria Shriver and pizza gurus – for example, the guy who wrote the Pizza Bible. (whaaaaat! I feel sacrilegious for not owning this book). I looked up all of this info before I went there for the first time about a year ago, so my expectations were HIGH. And they were met.
One of the best things about this place is that they hire people with developmental disabilities, thus the name. What an honorable purpose! I also love that every time I come in, I’m helped by Judy, the owner’s wife. She provides some of the most outstanding customer service you will get anywhere. If you’re having a crummy day, you’ll feel like a VIP when you come here because of how you are treated. There’s red checkered tablecloths and a cozy Brooklyn feel about the place. (One of my friends who is a New Yorker affirmed that this is the one place in Reno where she feels like she’s back in NYC) Go there today for pizza by the slice or a whole pie (never understood why we call it that). Be aware the box may not fit in your car, though.