On the outside, it still looks like the late Verace Pizzeria. It recently changed ownership and is now Pizzeria Ludica. They opened last week but did not publicly announce it to test the waters. M and I work close by and pass by all the time. When I saw Verace Pizzeria was closed, I was a bit sad, but on the door it said Pizzeria Ludica is opening in its place.
Don’t let the exterior fool you, they just haven’t gotten their new signs yet.
The interior looks similar too.
What makes them different than the other pizzerias is that they have over 500 board games. It’s all on the back wall. They have the usual board games to more unique games that places like Walmart or Target won’t have. Their collection is quite impressive.
M regularly plays board games so he found it cool that there were so many he hasn’t heard of. There’s no extra change to play games.
They are also happy to teach people new games to play. Very insightful staff!
They even have simple games for kids too. Definitely a great place to take your family.
M and I played Smash Up while we waited for our order. Lets just say, I kick ass in board games and I beat M. It’s quite a fun game.
While we were playing the game, the food all arrived. I must say, it was a challenge eating pizza, drinking, and playing games.
The menu items are similar to Verace.
Limonata Al Mosmario has freshly squeezed lemons, rosemary and soda.
Menabrea Beer ($5.50) was pretty good and had a bit of citrus notes in the beer.
Proscuitto Cotto e Funghi ($12.99) comes with mozzarella, ham and mushrooms. It was good, but need some more of a mushroom punch.
Margherita ($10.99) was one of the specials of the day. It is served with plum tomato sauce, fior di latte mozzarella, finished with grana padano, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil.
The pizza was a good size, good for individual or sharing at about 12 inches. The quality was alright, but there could be more improvements. The basil was sparse and didn’t seem very fresh as it could be.
There are 3 types of oils you can dip with your pizza – chili oil, rosemary oil and garlic oil. My favourite was the garlic.
Overall, great concept with good quality board games. The pizza could use a bit of improvement since the pizza was a bit soggy in the centre and would flop over when eating. It’s quite hard eating it by hand, perhaps a knife and fork would be better. But, I’ve heard thats the style of Neapolitan pizza. I just prefer my pizza to be a bit more crunchy.
We Rate Pizzeria Ludica:
189 Keefer Pl