615 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040
Cuisines: Caterers, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Price Range : Average
I've been a fan of this place since the mid 70s. Back then it was under the name of Pontillos. I compare every pizza I try to date to this place and few have come close. I moved away from the bay area some years ago and had the opportunity to frequent it again recently and was pleased they kept the original recipes and ingrediants. Even the menu board looked the same. There is a reason they have been in business for so long. Love the stromboli, it's my favorite. Don't plan on eating in though as it's mostly takeout aside with a single row of bench seating.
Whenever I am in the Mountain View area I usually plan on picking up a calzone or pizza at Maldonado's. I used to have something from there once ortwice a week when it was under a different name but run by Tony who now owns it. Though my diet really doesn't allow I also get their great pastrami sandwich. It comes with mozzarella and the fixings but I get mine with just mustard, tomato, and onion.
My experience has been that the food is consistently very good and they use fresh ingredients. They make my calzone to order which is simply mozzarella, ricotta, tomato sauce, and pesto. I would rate them 4.5 stars and the only reason not 5 stars because any pizza lover knows it is impossible to make great pizza every time. Dough consistency changes with the humidity and tomato saucec depends on the sweetness and acidity of the tomatoes.
They are located in small shopping plaza that is not the most appealing and most people would probably not think of trying Maldonado's if they were driving by. They have a very small sit down counter, 3 or 4 chairs. They do deliver and years ago when I lived in the area their delivery service was excellent. I get mine to go and have to have a slice or two on the way back to San Jose or sometimes pullover to eat or go over to Rengstorff Park nearby. Unless you have a pizza stone and a hot oven at home pizza isn't the same reheated. (Never, Never, microwave a pizza to reheat it.)
I am a 2nd generation Italian-American from New Jersey. I've had East Coast Pizza, and continually try out pizza places in the Bay Area and on any trip or vacation. Maldonado's uses a great pizza oven, the same kind that Frankie & Johnny's and Georgio uses. Thickness is about the same. Giovanni's on Lawrence Expwy. in Sunnyvale has very good pizza and is more New York style thin crust. I think their best pizza is the plain cheese. The only way to know if pizza is really good is to order it plain. The best pizza I ever had was during my old trip to Germany when I ate in an Italian restaurant that used a very old, hundreds of years old, wood fired brick oven. Then again, wood fired pizza is another story.
10/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We live in some apartments right next door to Maldonado's Pizza. It's in a little convenience store shopping center. Hubby didn't want to try it because it looked so small. One evening, we decided to order out and I found their webpage. It had a video of the owner tossing pizza. (Champion pizza tosser). I just had to try it.
What a great surprise!! Fantastic pizza. The sauce reminds me of a good Sicilian pizza in New Jersey and the crust tasted brick-oven good. They brought real, fresh parmesan cheese to go on it, too.
Folks, this is the real thing. You won't be disappointed. Now we treat our friends to this pizza when they come over to visit. They're always pleasantly surprised at how good the pizza is.
We count this as one of our ""best food finds"" in Mountain View.
09/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
A little bit of a hole in the wall between Seven Elven and a Laundry mat but the pizza is quick, fresh and the best anywhere.
The crust is not too thick or thin and crisp on the bottom the sauce is not sweet with enough spice. The menu combinations are different and unique!
Best Meat ball sanwhich I ever had!
02/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Me and my grandson Hastings IV live in Hawaii, So whenever we are in the Bay Area we head down to Maldonados Pizza for the best pies in the West. Simply Onolicious! My grandaughter Kali who is only a year old will be raised on Maldonados Pizza being that she lives in the San Jose area with mom and dad(Larissa and Kamu)
07/20/2002Provided by Citysearch -
Hand tossed, heavy hand on the toppings and plenty of dripping cheese. Sauce is deliciously spicy but not too overbearing. This is truly ""New York Style."" Don't miss out on the Calzones, just be sure to have them include the ricotta and as always, sauce on the side. Prices VERY reasonable, friendly staff and they deliver!!