Location: 1216 9 Ave SE
After two months I finally got the chance to meet up with Carmen for dinner. I usually let Carmen decide where we’re gonna go because of her allergies and since I had been craving pizza for several weeks, this was the perfect fit.
We had been planning this since June so I had time to look over the menu well in advanced. On my initial perusal of them menu, I wanted to order the Shrooom pizza because I love mushrooms and truffle oil, but since buying that bottle of truffle oil, I don’t think I need to really order anything that contains truffle oil because last time I made something at home with the truffle oil, I got all truffled out and I don’t want to go through that again. I’ll work on finishing the truffle oil I’ve bought before truffling myself out on restaurant food.
On the day we finally made it here, we had some trouble finding the restaurant because the sign wasn’t very prominently displayed. Since we got there around four, the restaurant wasn’t very busy yet and we were promptly seated by the window. I didn’t realize I had been here before, a few years ago, as part of a Jane’s Walk that was focused on visiting restaurants in the Inglewood and Ramsay areas.
It didn’t take long for us to decide on the pizzas we wanted. Carmen ordered her usual, the Parma with mushrooms added and I decided on the margherita pizza. The sound of fresh mozzarella gave me images of those large chunks of creamy, stringy, melty, deliciousness. That’s what drew me to this particular pizza. Well, that and the fact I had been craving a simple, but delicious pizza as of late.
As the waitress indicated, all the pizzas are thin crust, like actually thin crust, which I was really happy about. The unfortunate thing about the pizza being so thin is that it cools really quickly and this pizza is not good cold (although I do enjoy cold, leftover pizza most other times). The pizza itself was a little sparse and I did not get the ooey gooey fresh mozzarella as promised in the menu description. Carmen’s pizza was less sparse and if I had liked prosciutto and it wasn’t so overloaded with arugula, it would’ve been a delicious pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy arugula, but I don’t need a salad on my pizza (totally exaggerating, but you know me).
Despite all my “complaints,” I really would order from here again. I can’t stress how much I loved how thin the thin crust is. However, returning to the restaurant is a different matter altogether. The flies constantly buzzing around our food was one source of vexation, but the second was the level of service. Here, at Without Papers, I did not experience the same level of hospitality as I expected to be accorded at a restaurant.
Unfortunately, this place is not wheelchair accessible since it’s at the top of some fairly steep stairs. Carmen had mentioned that she had ordered in from here several times, so for those who want to enjoy this from the comforts of their home, that’s an option available.
Based on my experience, I would rate this restaurant a 3.5/5. The score is high because of the quality of its food, but also low because of the quality of its service.