The Rock Wood-Fired Pizza opened in l995 as a local pizza joint in Tacoma. It wasn’t long before the Rock’s gourmet pies and novel atmosphere caught on, and earned the company recognition as “America’s Number One Independently Owned Pizza Chain by Pizza Today Magazine”.
Not to mention (and I will) readers of King 5 evening magazine voted The Rock Wood-fired Pizza the best pizza in Western Washington
But is it good?
Okay, so Rock Wood-fired pizza is recognized by Pizza Today and King 5 evening magazine, but I wanted to find out for myself if The Rock lived up to the hype.
It does: the pizzas are wonderful! Since The Rock Wood-Fired Pizza opened a restaurant in Covington (ten minutes from Maple Valley) in November 2006, my husband and I have been regular customers.
Last night we had gone down there to take advantage of the Happy Hour (we love the hot wings and pizza) and I got to talking to the waitress Piper about the different kinds of brews they offered. I ask questions a lot—-might be due to the fact that I mystery shopped for three years (I’m longer doing it) and old habits are hard to break.
In a mystery shopper frame of mind
In any event, being in ‘a mystery shopper frame of mind’, I have a few observations to make about Rock Wood-Fired Pizza in Covington.
I like the openness of the place. There are windows that you can look out of and see what the weather is doing. (That night, rain.) The décor with its brick walls, neon beer signs, brick oven, rock themed art, and big-screen TV’s gives you something to look at as you wait for your order.
Not just Pizzas!
For me there is something about a hand-tossed wood-fired pizza that is far superior to regular oven pizzas: they just taste better.
The Rock has 23 unique combination of pizza to choose from and if pizza is not your ‘cup of tea’ there are plenty of other choices—-soups and salads, flamed broiled burgers, (very good!), chicken (My husband had the chicken in a basket and said it was good and fresh.) sandwich and wraps, and calzones.
The Rock takes pride in its premium ingredients, as well they should —-in the entire time we visited The Rock (for three years now) we never had food that was not fresh.
Then there are the drinks.
Margarita with extra lime wedges, please.
I’m a margarita girl, and always order a margarita with extra lime wedges. Piper, our server, recognized us and knew immediately what we wanted. She remembered the kind of pizza we wanted (Pepperoni extra sauce, light cheese) hot chicken wings (extra sauce) and a Jump’n Jack Black Wild Thing and margarita (extra lime wedges). Notice all the ‘extras’ I requested? —and Piper’s expression didn’t change once.
There have been other pizza places when I order something extra or make a substitution; and I get a look that would melt an ice cube.
I think the servers (and Piper is no exception) at The Rock Wood Fired Pizza are probably the best anywhere. At The Rock I’ve never had my ‘extras’ challenged nor was I made to feel that I was ‘out of order’ with ‘my order.”
Do I like everything about Rockfire. Yes! and a (weak) no.
Rocktails Buckets? Say, what?
The Rock Wood-Fired Pizza has unique Rock micro-brews and a wide order of cocktails. However, “Rocktails” don’t always “Rock.”
“The Bucket,” kinda ‘sucks’. The Bucket is the Rock’s original blend of 5 premium rums served in a blue plastic bucket with yellow shovel.
A little aside here: A couple of months ago the Rock Wood-Fired Pizza ran a contest where they wanted their customers to think of a ‘name’ for their upcoming Bucket drinks. If they selected your bucket name, your ‘drink’ would be featured on the menu.
As a writer I jumped at the chance and came up with some wickedly funny ‘bucket drinks.” I don’t remember what I submitted but my bucket names did not advance to the finals.
I don’t want you to think that I’m now writing this review because I’m a bad boozer, eh, I mean loser, it’s just that talking about the bucket drinks made me remember why I do not like them.
One, I don’t like the taste. I had a margarita bucket (with extra limes) and it didn’t taste like my regular drink.
I know it’s probably my imagination but I thought I tasted the plastic.
The bucket was too big—-call me old-fashioned (no pun intended) but I like my drink out of a container that’s hard, cold to the touch, and transparent.
Here’s another Bucket drink scenario maybe The Rock Wood-Fired didn’t think of.
Let’s just say that you’re not an old married couple like my husband and I, but a young couple on their first date. The couple are coming to Rockfire after a big dress-up occasion, and the boy’s girlfriend orders a very romantic-sounding drink, like “Raspberry Fields Forever”.
Within a few minutes her drink arrives and the bartender serves your beautiful girlfriend a drink in a blue plastic bucket with a yellow shovel sticking out of the center.
How ‘sexy’ is the boy’s date going to feel as she picks up the blue plastic container (careful not to break her manicured nails) and takes a drink out of a sand bucket!
Just a thought.
But the Bucket drinks not withstanding, my husband and I will continue to patronize the Rock Wood-Fired Pizza restaurants because it’s mighty fine food and should anyone ask us if we’re enjoying our meal, I will anwer with Rock Fire’s slogan, “Hell Yeah…That’s Good Pizza!”