First visit to Rally during their first weekend opening. It’s in a strip mall called The Mill (formerly Garrison Sq.), with lots and lots of parking, along with the soon-to-open Smokehouse Provisions to the left with Ben’s Bottle Shop. We were there at open 4:30 and surprised to see other cars waiting.
When you walk in, the kitchen and prep stations are to the left, in the middle is the bar, with comfortable looking seats, and a row of two-top tables, then about a 4 ft. wall separating it from the four-top+ tables and general dining area. It is there that the families and large groups will find more spacious seating. The pizzeria is a 75-seat space. Music is playing in the background.
Servers take your order. We had the homemade Calabrian sausage pizza and it was very good with a good punch of flavor. I couldn’t really taste the smoked mozz or the sweet and sour onions (was my cold getting in the way?). Maybe starting with the seasonal roasted vegetables of padron peppers, purple finger potatoes, cauliflower, delicata squash, hazelnuts, carrots and mayo-based orange sauce mask the subsequent flavor of the pizza. I’ve never had Ken’s Artisan wood-fired pizza so I can’t compare it to Rally’s gas oven pizza. There was a nice char on the pizza crust. Really enjoyed their side and maybe, in the future, they will add more.
We liked the concrete custard dessert and that one could order, not only wine and beer, but cocktails too.
Just after 5 p.m., the general dining area was filled, people waiting at the entrance, although there was still seating at the bar and some two-top table seating. The bar looked like a nice place to grab a bite and drink with its wall of liquor displayed and under shelf lighting.
Service was pleasant and efficient. A good central location for capturing west and east target markets.