What's not to like about pizza, wine, beer and awesome Yelp Elites? Nothing! Hence all the 5-stars for our most recent event, Yelp's Got Its Pie On You @ Patxi's. Launching their 11th location on the West Coast, Patxi's graciously opened their doors to the South Bay Squad the night before they opened to the general public in the swanky Crescent Village neighborhood.
Patxi’s began in the summer of 2004 in Palo Alto, CA, when a pizza lover and avid entrepreneur, Bill Freeman, partnered with an old friend and expert pizza maker, Francisco “Patxi” Azpiroz. Today, nearly a decade and multiple locations later, the pair have turned their passion for fresh deep dish pizza and genuine hospitality into a signature experience that can only be summed up as “Patxi’s.” Much more than just another pizza joint, Patxi’s embodies what your favorite neighborhood restaurant should be—a warm, welcoming place where you can share a delicious meal with friends and family and feel like you’ve belonged all along.
The Patxi's concept was not lost on Elites like Leslie H who, "loved the interior design with its dark wood and minimalist lines. It was also obvious that the staff is really excited to be there and ready for their opening. I also liked the fact that the owners attend the event and said a few words about their passion for the food and the business. It really added a nice personal touch." Likewise, April P is "a sucker for high ceilings. The wooden tables, recycled from the Cal stadium, are a great touch too. The staff? Freakin' phenomenal. If every restaurant I visited had staff like Patxi's has I'd never eat at home. Probably some of the best service I've ever had."
On to the food and drink! As they walked in, guests were greeted at the bar with house Pinot Noir as well as Strike Brewing Company's IPA, "crisp and hoppy…just the way it should be!" noted Jim P. To the everyone's delight, antipasti and salad were served as the pizza was being prepared. And those with dairy restrictions, like Ly D, rejoiced in the green options: "The salad was amazing, there was a good balance of veggies and meat. Herbed chicken, Zoe's spicy salami, mozzarella, veggies, kidney beans, and roasted garlic vinaigrette, MMM! Doesn't that sound delicious?"
But the big star of the evening had to be Patxi's pie. Liv K's "favorite food just so happens to be pizza, and Patxi's did not disappoint. I tried the Salsicca thin crust and the BBQ Chicken and they were both really good. The Salsicca was topped with crumbled sausage, ricotta and torn basil leaves. The crust was so good, I actually ate every last bite. No plain crust disgust here." Also a big fan of Patxi's, Sam W just had to vouch for the "amazingly good" Chicago style recipe, "perfectly cooked crust with a pastry-like flakiness, tons of cheese, and sauce that tastes like TOMATOES." Even die-hard NY style lover Kimberly A had to admit, "the pizza & offerings here are so unique- there is something for everyone. Their vegan pizza was an animal lover's heaven! – wheat crust, vegan Daiya "cheese" spinach onions & fresh roasted garlic!"
In addition to eating, drinking and being social with their fellow Squad memebers, South Bay Elites also donated money to TransAccess, a local non-profit who provides persons with disabilities in the San Jose area access to adaptive technology and career transition services. Our small event raised over $300 for the organization, which will go towards their summer camp programming. Now that's even sweeter than the honey on top of Patxi's pizza crust!
Read all the 5-star reviews on Yelp and see the photos taken by superstar Elite Alex L on Flickr. Excited to come back and use the $5 gift cards we were given so we can write a review of the newest Patxi's, too!
Until our next get-together, SYOY!
Abby S, South Bay-Peninsula Community Manager with Jordan L, Marketing Intern and Alex L, Photog