Trying Out a Calzone at Melo’s Pizza & Pasta [TGLRC #9]

Melo's Pizza and PastaMelo’s Pizza and Pasta
4433 1st St
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 371-4499
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I’ve been to Melo’s a half-dozen times and the food has always been great. While I’ve had a couple of pasta dishes here, my main staple at Melo’s are their tasty pizzas.

As I was perusing through the menu trying to figure out what I wanted to eat, the words “New! Calzones” caught my eye.

Now I’m a sucker for a great calzone. I might even say it’s in the top five of my all time favorite meals — not that I actually have a list written down or anything.

My introduction to a great calzone came way back in the early 90’s when I was a pizza delivery guy at Mary’s Pizza Shack up in Santa Rosa. If you’ve never had the Mary’s Meat Calzone stuffed with salami, pepperoni and cotto salami, plus ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses topped with their zesty pizza sauce, I highly recommend it next time your up in the North Bay. It’s been a while since I’ve had one. But those pizza delivering days were the good old days, well, except for the night my car was stolen during a delivery, *sigh*.

But I digress, this is about The Great LIVERMORE Restaurant Challenge, not my teenage heyday years.

Melo's Calzones

As you can guess, I decided to try one of Mile’s new calzones. My choice: The Manzo Calzone with ground beef, Canadian bacon and salami ($11.95). My wife went the healthy route by having the Half Caesar Salad ($6.25) with a cup of their Minestrone Soup ($3.95). We started off with Garlic Bread ($3.95), an Ice Tea ($2.50) for her, and an Altamont Shelter IPA ($4.75) for me. Our total bill including tax was $36.36 for the night.

My wife enjoyed the salad and soup. I tried both and totally agree. If you’re looking for a light and health meal, this is a good way to go. The garlic bread was also great, loaded with garlic and butter, it was warm and really the highlight of my meal.

Melo's Pizza and PastaNow about that calzone that sounded so good. Unfortunately it quite wasn’t what I was expecting. I was a bit surprised at how small and thin it was (look at the photos). I’ve had calzones at many pizza and Italian restaurants and I usually can’t finish them off. This was the first time I’ve had one, ate the whole thing, and was still hungry afterwards. For $12 I expected a lot more bang for the buck.

How did it taste? I wasn’t a fan of the parmigiano crust and overall it was just, meh. Let me just say this… I told my wife that it reminded me of Hot Pockets. That’s about the best comparison I can give you and I wouldn’t recommend it. Sorry Melo’s.

Service has always been hit or miss for my wife and I. It’s not bad, sometimes it just takes a tad longer than you’d expect to get your food or the servers attention as it did this evening. This experience seems to be a 50/50 for us at Melo’s. We actually joke about it and place bets before walking in now.

If you take a peek at some Yelp reviews you’ll notice that a small percentage of customers have similar experiences. But the overall 4-star rating on Yelp and 94% rating on UrbanSpoon are just about right I think.

While I didn’t enjoy the calzone, it wouldn’t stop me from coming back to Melo’s. Overall they have many other great items on their menu. I’ll definitely be coming back for my pizza cravings and that Altamont Shelter IPA on tap!

Have you eaten at Melo’s? What are your experiences like? Let us know in the comments below!

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