Sammy's goes upscale!

Apr 29, 2003 3:05 AM

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, the La Jolla-based firm that helped usher in the "designer pizza" craze, has gone upscale.

Not to be content as one of the best pizza parlors in town, Sammy’s has added innovative appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and entrées to its eclectic menu.

Some of the newest creations include a variety of tasty appetizers such as thinly-sliced smoked salmon on herb-oil infused flatbread; mini-duck tacos with Greek feta cheese; lobster bisque; Chinese chicken lettuce cups; and curry coconut soup.

Always a popular spot for power lunches, Sammy’s has a nice line-up of reasonably-priced salads. Among them, the grilled chicken salad with toasted walnuts, gorgonzola cheese and balsamic basil dressing is first rate, as are the chopped pepperoni, Chinese chicken salad, Caesar salad, Greek salad, grilled shrimp salad and a tangy Thai chicken salad.

Diners in the mood for a regular "sit down" dinner can find some great entrees at Sammy’s. For instance the Norwegian salmon filet is oak roasted with a lemon-pepper crust, but butter tender on the inside.

Other great choices include grilled lamb chops with seasoned herbs, Idaho rainbow trout with a sautéed wild mushroom ragout, rotisserie chicken, chicken tequila fettuccine, spicy jerk chicken angel hair pasta, four cheese ravioli, and shrimp angel hair pasta.

Pizzas are still center-stage at Sammy’s. There are nearly 20 different ones from which to choose, and they’re all made fresh daily and cooked in Sammy’s woodfire oven that features a clay bottom in the stone hearth that is designed to keep the thin crust moist and tender.

Creative pizza choices include duck sausage pizza, Thai chicken or shrimp pizza, Mediterranean pizza (gorgonzola cheese, Kalamata olives, diced tomatoes and fresh garlic), vegetarian pizza, and LaDou’s barbecue pizza (chicken breast, cilantro, Holland smoked gouda cheese, sliced red onion plus a sweet and sassy barbecue sauce), just to name a few.

Sammy’s is reasonably prized, with most pizzas under $10, and entrees priced in the $9 to $14 range. There’s also a respectable wine list and tasty desserts, including the scandalous Messy Sundae, made with chocolate, caramel sauce, walnuts, ice cream and whipped cream.

Other desserts to diet for include the nutty fudgey sundae, spongy tiramisu, crispy apple caramel sundae, and the decadent chocolate toffee mousse cake.

Sammy’s three locations include 6500 West Sahara, 3900 Paradise Road and 4300 East Sunset Road.