Although it certainly factors into the price of their pizzas, it is hard to beat the location of Eno Pizzeria & Wine Bar within the famous Hotel Del Coronado of Coronado Island in San Diego County. The Hotel Del Coronado, or “The Del” as it is often called, is a very luxious resort that has been featured in a few movies and has had many famous guests over its long history.
Eno Pizzeria & Wine Bar obviously has an impressive wine list, and they also serve a few beers. They have an indoor seating area as well as an outdoor one that I imagine is fairly popular given the San Diego-area climate. You won’t necessarily get a full ocean view in their outdoor seating area, but that is only a few steps away.
I sampled three pizzas at Eno’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar; their margherita, their spicy pepperoni, and their housemade meatball. The pizzas weren’t exactly what I expected from a place that labels themselves an artisan pizzeria, but they were still pretty good. They weren’t what I expected because they had thicker crusts and more cheese than typical of artisan pizzas. All three crusts were lightly charred and were fairly light and airy. A common theme amongst all of the pizzas was that they had a limited number of large toppings.
The housemade meatball was my favorite of all three pizzas, and its meatballs were almost sausage-like. The spicy pepperoni was good as well. With it, I was again surprised by the greasiness of the pepperoni for an artisan pizzeria, although that was not a problem for me. I was somewhat disappointed by the margherita as it was essentially a cheese pizza with a few large basil leaves. It was the worst offender in terms of the large, yet limited toppings.
If I am ever fortunate enough (read: wealthy enough) to stay at the Hotel Del Coronado, then I would certainly dine at Eno Pizzeria & Wine Bar again. Otherwise, it is still a good option for pizza and wine on Coronado Island. Just don’t expect the pizza to be too much like other artisan ones you may be used to.
What I Ate: Housemade Meatball, Spicy Pepperoni, and Margherita