Orlondo's is a dive bar/pizza place nestled in the neighborhood of the southwest side of Des Moines. I heard great things about their pizza so that is what we had to order. We got the large Orlondo's special ($19) and it was absolutely awesome.
It is very similar to Rock Power Pizza (another southside pizza place) which has my favorite pizza of all time, the Meatzza Pizza. They are similar in the medium crust thickness, large amounts of cheese and toppings, great tasting sauce and even the party style cut. This pizza surprised me and seriously made me think it might have been the best pizza I've ever had.
|It's hard to see party style cut with all the cheese melting into it.|
|The crust is perfect; not too thin, not too thick but definitely crispy.|
So you know the pizza is good there, what else would you like to know. Well, it is a typical neighborhood dive bar, dimly lit and not a lot of frills inside. I believe they support bicyclists as they have $2 dollar Grain Belt special on bike nights (probably the best support anyone could ever offer someone). So the setting may not be for everyone, but the delicious food may be enough to have you coming back...and even if it isn't, they deliver.
We ordered a "small" salad before the pizza and it was phenomenal as well. Small is a relative term because it was a good amount of lettuce with a ton of mozzarella cheese on it. The creamy Italian house dressing was amazing as well. We happened to also get to try/devour their Italian nachos and yeah, those were pretty epic as well. Salty tortilla chips with Italian Sausage, pizza/marinara sauce, cheese and peppers on it. I loved them so much that I decided to re-create it with my spin on it...see future blog post on this.
Overall, awesome food. If you don't want to go out to eat there, have them deliver it to you and enjoy some amazing food from the comfort of your own home. Whatever you do, try them out.