What do you get when you mix an established New York-style pizzeria with legendary Philly steak fries and 50 different beers? Strictly speaking, you get an uncompromising vector for obesity. My kind of obesity.
The arrival of Ciro's Pizzeria and Beerhouse (CPaB) in Pacific Beach may appear to be a Borg-like assimilation of the Olde City Grill, but that isn't the case. The respective owners opted to use their Wonder Twin powers to form a robust yet casual eatery. (As an aside, if you caught both of the above cultural references, I offer my hearty congratulations on being at least as old and out of touch as I am.)
CPaB's bay window and sidewalk patio make it perfect for enjoying the P.B. experience. My view mostly consisted of surfers scratching their junk through cargo pants, but it probably varies by the hour.
CPaB (967 Garnet Ave., cirossd.com) may be new to the beer game, but it hit the ground running with 22 taps featuring local beers, craft-brew royalty and a more esoteric Beer of the Month. There's even a Bud Light draught available for $2 during happy hour, which the staff have sworn to Kenny Casciato, business partner and beer enthusiast, they'll serve with nary a snicker.
“No matter who comes in, if they like intense Belgian beers or local hoppy beers, we're going to please them,” he said.
The new beverage selection in no way indicates that CPaB is going gastropubby—the simple pleasure of a glorious New York slice takes center stage. The margherita pizza was pitch-perfect, despite me clobbering its subtle flavors with Port Brewing's Wipeout IPA. In my defense, it's not like I'm a professional beer columnist or anything.
One small caveat: The “Had a hot piece lately?” slogan is strictly a playful double entendre. All my requests for coitus were soundly rejected by the staff, even from those whose attractiveness would be rated “tepid” at best. Their friendliness and beer recommendations were laudable, but such a glaring lapse in customer service cannot be overlooked.