Do you like your pizza not too thick, not to thin, but just right? If so, Lamppost Pizza may be for you. There are 42 Lamppost Pizza restaurant’s in the US, mostly in Southern California but there is just one outlet in Reno.
Lamppost makes its dough fresh daily and lets it rise a minimum of 12 hours. The pizzas are hand rolled and tossed and then cooked in a conveyor style gas oven for 8 mins at 475 degrees.
The result is what I would call a decidedly medium crust pizza, not too thick, but definitely not thin. When I saw the conveyor style ovens and medium crust, I feared the worst because normally a medium crust cooked like this would be pretty heavy and doughy. However, despite these hurdles, Lamppost manages to turn out pizzas that are surprisingly light with a slightly crisp crust, a likely benefit of letting the dough rise for 12 hours. It’s a tough pizza to classify, but if I had to take a guess, I would classify it as a generic, American pizza.
For thin crust purists the crust will still seem too thick and too doughy, but if you like a robust, yet relatively airy crust, Lamppost should fit your pizza cravings nicely. The plain cheese pizza has a medium amount of cheese and sauce on it to go with the medium crust. We also had one of their specialty pizzas, the Veggie Jackson and were impressed with the fresh, crisp veggies that adored our pizza.
In addition to pizza, Lamppost serves wide assortment of appetizers including Chicken Tenders, Onion Rings, Wings, Potato Skins. They also have a number of salads, pastas and sandwiches as well as a kids menu. If you have someone in your party that does not like pizza, they will not go hungry.
Speaking of parties, Lamppost is tailor made for large parties. You could seat well over 50 people in the main dining area and there’s also a large separate bar area with lots of different beers on tap. There’s also a game room to keep the kids occupied while you wait for the pizzas.
Service is fast casual. You order at a counter and then the pizzas are brought to your table when ready. The people working at Lamppost are courteous and reasonably efficient, but since this is a chain and often busy, you shouldn’t expect a lot of enthusiasm and people going the extra mile, it’s just a job.
Lamppost is located in South Reno in a relatively new building in the same commercial development as a Home Depot. There is plenty of free parking around the restaurant.
From a value perspective, Lamppost is roughly in line with other casual pizza joints. An extra large (about 18 inches) will set you back $18.05 which is in line with most other places. The specialty pizzas are kind of expensive, but they do include a lot of toppings.
Lamppost Pizza is not going to win any Neapolitan or New York Pizza prizes. It is a decidedly middle of the road pizza with a medium crust, medium cheese and medium sauce. This makes sense because with its party-ready interior and large menu, Lamppost is clearly trying to hard to please as many people as possible by taking a decidedly middle of the road approach to just about everything. For the most part they pull off this balancing act well and are well suited towards a large party looking for a variety of pizza and non-pizza options.
Name: Lamppost Pizza
Address: 1141 Steamboat Pkwy #930, Reno NV 89521
Phone #: 775-853-7887
Pizza Type: Medium Crust
Large Pizza Cost: $18.05