Despite the hatred of white meat, I was sort of close by and craving some fried chicken, so I stopped into Pizza Romana.
I got a pepperoni pie to start. It’s on the softer side, and a bit less bite than I would like, but for $9 this is probably the best pizza of this style in all of LA. It’s really tasty as they have got the balance of cheese/sauce/meat/crust down almost perfectly. It is really nice to see a place doing pizza on this level for something like $9. Way better than 800 degrees, Blaze, Pieology, etc… to my palate. The tomato sauce in particular seems to have really been cared for, and is just a tad spicy and fragrant with garlic. Good char on the crust as well.
They have an inexpensive wine list as well, which is nice. If not great, at least above average for a $9 glass of Sangiovese.
The fried chicken is… MASSIVE… are the chicken tenders just as good? I was not able to finish this behemoth off haha Shockingly huge breast.
Quality-wise, it was clear that the meat was good quality. I have eaten a lot of Mary’s and it seemed to have a familiar soft texture I associate with Mary’s chicken breasts. It was still fairly moist, maybe just a little bit drier than I would’ve liked, but not bad. The crunchy breaded has an awesome bouquet of spices that result in a pleasant slow burn on the finish. The lemon you can splash on it makes it a bit schnitzel-esque, whereas the ranch they have is intensely pickle-forward and blasts your palate in the most stupendous way possible. Their ranch is the best ranch dressing I have ever had, and is a game changer. I started dipping my pizza in it and got several containers of it to go as well. It is worth a trip just because of that sauce if nothing else honestly.
Note: could be too spicy for many; my spice tolerance = ate “very spicy” jade noodles at Luv2Eat the other night and didn’t need to drink anything, and I still could feel the spicy in this chicken, though it didn’t make me sweat or need a drink.
Close up after cutting:
Not a bad way to spend $42 (including tax + tip).
However, I almost wish they would just take your order at the table; it isn’t that annoying to have to order at the counter exactly, but just felt like the kind of place where it wouldn’t be that hard for someone to take your order at a table. Not a huge complaint, but I think if you’re spending $42 per person at a place maybe they can have table service, they bring everything to your table anyway, so why not? Is there a payment or tax issue associated with it?
Anyhow, despite the no dark meat thing, it’s a pleasant spot to get fairly cheap pizza and fried chicken, and it’s about 1,00,000 times more accessible than Howlin’ Rays.