Patxi’s Chicago Pizza Restaurant Review, Palo Alto


Patxi\'s Chicago Pizza

441 Emerson Street

Palo Alto, CA 94301

(650) 473-9999

Patxi\'s Chicago Pizza Website

Paxtis Palo Alto Exterior

Classic Chicago-style deep dish pizza is the reason to visit.  Pronounced “paw-CHEESE”, this place is run by a former cook and manager of Zachary’s Pizza in Oakland.  With that heritage, it was time to compare it again the reference.

Paxtis Palo Alto Interior

Paxtis Palo Alto 10

Paxtis Palo Alto 13

Big hunk of Butter

Decor, Vibe – The Palo Alto location was clean with a new modern feel.  Lots of Stanford students were eating here. This place serves only pizza, salad, and drinks.

Menu pics

Website Menu


Paxtis Palo Alto Caesar Salad

We tried the Caesar Salad ($5.25 or $9.50) and found it appealing but with lots of dressing.  Nice anchovies on top. Pretty big salad for $5.25.

The 10in Thin Crust ($14.10) took about 20 minutes.  We had half Spinach Pesto, half Hawaiian.
The Spinach Pesto side was the better of the two. Not overpowering in flavor, good crust, kinda soggy in middle. Not exactly healthy but perhaps a little less guilt.  If you like artisan pizza, head to Pizzaria Delfina.

Paxtis Palo Alto Favorite Pizza

The 10in Thick Crust ($18.35) took about 30 minutes.  We had the ‘Favorite’ with pepperoni, mushrooms and black olives. It was very heavy on the tomatoe quantity and flavor.  The pep could have been more plentiful as I didn’t really taste it.  The crust was fair, being only ok on the sides but not great on the bottom. Leftovers the next day still didn’t hit the spot.

Comparison to BJ’s Favorite deep dish pizza ($19.75 Medium) – BJ’s has a crispy bottom and side edge but softer dough and no cornmeal. They also have far far less real tomatoes. They take about 15 minutes to bake. The BJ’s pizza is good but has a lot less substance to the crust and toppings.

Paxtis Palo Alto Hawaiian Pizza

The thin Hawaiian had pineapple and meat that could have used more cooking.

The service was good, with our young server pretty attentive.  Several wine and beer options. If I was in need of a deep dish pizza fix and did not want to drive, this is the place to go.  Zachary’s and Little Star was better than this deep dish. You can also order pizza’s half-baked.

Also at:

511 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 558-9991

3318 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 345-3995

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Patxi\'s Chicago Pizza Overall Rating: (Average 1.5)

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Food Rating: (Average)
Service Rating: (Average)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Hours:Tu-Sun 11am-10pm
Prices:$9 - $29

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