Last week, we had more recyclables than usual and that meant we’d have more money for dinner out on June 30. I suggested to my mother that we go to Round Table Pizza in Martell since we hadn’t been to Round Table in many moons, and my mother agreed. A check of the Round Table website showed that a large Guinevere’s Garden Delight vegetable pizza would cost us $28.50 without tax, and that was too much for us. We decided to get the $23.00 medium pizza instead.
I had a lot of errands and meetings that Wednesday afternoon, including an interview for a future Ticker article. After a short visit to CVS, I sat in my car in the Jackson Creek Plaza parking lot and tried to order the pizza on the Round Table app that I installed on my iPhone the previous day.
I was swearing at my phone in no time. I’m not sure whether to blame the Round Table app or Facebook for making it so hard to use my Facebook account to log into the app. I got in using my Apple account and saw that I could get six free Garlic Parmesan Twists (that is, soft and fancy breadsticks) just for signing into the app. When I tapped on the link to the offer, I saw a QR code and a timer at the bottom of the screen that said the offer was only good for five minutes.
I decided to go back to the previous screen in hopes that I would stop the timer and decided to order the pizza and the breadsticks in the hopes I could apply a free coupon code for the breadsticks. On the checkout page, my hopes were dashed. Then I discovered that I couldn’t place a pickup order and pay for cash in the restaurant.
So, I closed the app and drove to Round Table Pizza in the Amador Ridge Plaza in Martell and pay in person. Round Table has a prominent place in the food court and is in the same building as Oko Sushi. When I entered the restaurant, I noticed it hasn’t been rebranded with the new logo and tagline—the signs in the restaurant still say, “The Last Honest Pizza” instead of the current “Pizza Royalty.”
I walked through the spacious dining room to the counter at the back of the restaurant. I put in my order and the helpful employee showed me how to get back to the QR code in the app. She scanned the code and my order for the pizza and breadsticks were in the system. I was told my pizza and breadsticks would be ready in 15 minutes.
I went to the nearby Safeway to do some shopping and returned a little more than 20 minutes later. I told the woman behind the counter my name and she got two boxes: a larger one with the pizza and a smaller one with the breadsticks. She asked if I wanted any dipping sauce, and I asked for Ranch. She got three small lidded cups of Ranch dressing, put the cups in a small bag, and gave me my food. I thanked her and left for home.
The Garlic Parmesan Twists are buttered, twisted bread filled with three types of cheese topped with garlic and parmesan cheese and then baked. We normally don’t have breadsticks with pizza because the pizza crust is enough bread for us, but for a proper review, we decided to have one breadstick and take one cup of Ranch dressing for dipping.
The breadsticks had a soft inside and crispy outside. Though the garlic dominated the taste of our breadsticks, we tasted just enough cheese in each bite to notice it was there. Since there were four breadsticks left, we kept the rest in the refrigerator, and they kept well so we could enjoy two breadsticks for dinner the following night and the last two on July 3.
The pizza had a good aroma right out of the box, and the sides of the cardboard box were sturdy enough that a plastic pizza saver wasn’t included. The top of the pizza included chunks of tomatoes, slices of onions and green peppers, sliced mushrooms, and sliced black olives on top of a bed of cheese. The vegetables looked fresh, and there were plenty of slices of pizza for us to enjoy now and for lunch the next day.
My mother took three slices and I took three. By the time we started eating, the pieces were somewhat lukewarm but given the heat of summer, we didn’t mind at all. The quarter-inch crust was pretty easy to eat both during dinner and then during lunch the next day, even when the pizza was cold (for me) and microwaved (for my mother). The outer ring of the crust didn’t have much dough in it, so we got the crispy outer shell and some vegetables, too.
The taste of some food takes you back to your childhood. That happened the first time I took a bite of my Round Table Pizza and immediately detected the burned taste of the pizza. The burned vegetables at the outer edge of the crust only amplified the taste.
I didn’t mind, and my mother didn’t, either. It was somewhat reassuring to me that Round Table hasn’t changed its recipe in all these years. However, if you prefer a milder taste to your pizza, then you may want to look elsewhere.
The breadsticks held up well after being heated in the microwave for 30 seconds, perhaps due to their larger size diffusing the heat generated by the microwaves. The sweet Ranch dressing was good with our dinner salad on July 1, too.
In sum, we give a green light for Round Table Pizza. The cost of our pizza and free breadsticks was a little short of $25.00.
Want to Try Them?
Round Table Pizza is located in the Amador Ridge Plaza in Martell within the food court at the north end of the shopping center. They are open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily, and you can eat indoors or get pizza for take-out. Round Table also offers appetizers, salads, and desserts.
View the menu on the Round Table website, and when you’re ready to order you can do so in advance on their app or their website. If you prefer to order by phone and/or have questions, call Round Table at 209-223-1232.
Amador Business Ticker food reviews are adventures in local dining with Editor Eric Butow and his mom.