In the little city of Fremont, California, just north of San Jose, in an unassuming little strip mall near the 660 Freeway, sits the amazing little pizza and brew place, Mission Pizza & Pub. One could drive by this place for years and never stop in. That would be tragic.
The restaurant differentiates itself with creative and flavor-filled pizzas. Pictured above is my personal favorite, the cashew chicken pizza also featuring feta cheese and lots of garlic. This is a pizza that is made to savor small bite by small bite.
Our veggie pizza selection at my last visit was delicious. Someone realized that the onions and possibly some of the other veggies were added after the pizza was cooked, injecting another dimension to the flavor. This particular pizza was spicy; luckily, Mission Pizza has a wide selection of good craft beers on tap to go with their unique pizzas.
The thing that I enjoy the most about Mission Pizza is that it is the perfect place to get to know people. It has been my experience that when people walk into the restaurant they “get” the place and they just relax. The pizzas take a while to cook which leaves ample opportunity to soak in the ambiance.
The menu is usually the first topic of discussion as people read about the salmon and Pesto pizza or the peanut sauce and shrimp pizza and their brains are stimulated trying to imagine what the pizzas would taste like. Then the beer selections make for a nice next topic of discussion. Then things just start to flow. I’ve been there with several groups and it’s always a memorable experience.
The staff are friendly and helpful and for the most part, they stay behind the bar and invisible to the customer’s experience. By that I mean the staff don’t hover, there is no sense of rush and there are no interruptions, which is refreshing.