OneSpeed Pizza Joint in East Sacramento Gets a Thumbs Up for Food, Thumbs Down for Service

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

onespeed pizza east sacramentoYou expect nothing less than sheer perfection in food from Rick Mahan, the owner and chef of Waterboy Restaurant in Midtown Sacramento, and his new restaurant, OneSpeed Pizza in East Sacramento, does not disappoint.

This is truly a neighborhood experience. For one thing, it's difficult to find parking at 48th and Folsom, so you're better off walking or arriving on your bike. As the imprint on the glass window says: OneSpeed Pizza. Bikes. Love. There is a chalkboard at the entrance displaying a message. Yesterday afternoon it advertised a Monte Cristo, probably one of the most fattening yet mouthwatering treats a human being can enjoy.

Since I've lost a lot of weight and want to keep it off, I passed on the Monte Cristo. But just the thought of salty ham and melting cheese continues to linger in my mind.

onespeed pizza east sacramentoThe heart of the menu is pizza. Not just any pizza, but a variety of choices, each prepared with fresh, local ingredients such as spinach and roasted peppers or arugula and caramelized onions. You can see the pizza oven in the center of the photo, which produces a slightly charred but tasty crust on the pizza.

I started off with an Old Soul latte, from a coffee business co-owned by one of my clients, Jason Griest. My husband stuck with water, served from what appeared to be a refillable bottle. He knew what he wanted: pizza with OneSpeed's housemade sausage. I had a more difficult time deciding what I wanted because it wasn't pizza. The choices are basically big plates or small plates, many of which are salads.

onespeed pizza east sacramentoI chose the Bitter Greens salad, prepared with arugula, endive, Asian pears, blue cheese, walnuts and balsamico. You know, I like pronouncing the word: arugula. The accent is on the second syllable, and it makes me feel like a cartoon character to let it roll off my lips. I get a mental image of a bike horn blowing up in my face.

But I also wanted to try the daily soup. It was black bean. I imagine the beans were smashed and simmered before adding more beans because the integrity of the beans were intact. The soup was topped by a dollop of sour cream. A bit salty but delightful. When the waiter spotted my empty bowl, he asked if he could take it away -- like, what was I going to do with an empty bowl? Pick it up and lick it? The thought did occur to me. It was that good.

Overall, the food was exceptional, but the service was very slow. We arrived about 12:30 and didn't leave until 2:15. It took forever to get our table cleared and the check. However, I devoured every morsel that was placed in front of me, including part of my husband's most delicious sausage pizza. He was a bit annoyed that I continued to check my BlackBerry as it buzzed through lunch, sending emails that said I was at lunch and would get back to the callers later. I thought I was being considerate by not answering my cell. Ah, such is the life of a Sacramento short sale agent.

OneSpeed Pizza. Bikes. Love.

4818 Folsom Boulevard

Sacramento, CA

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner

Home delivery by bicycle available Tuesday through Sunday nights.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

One hour and 45 minutes?

What, did that include a one-hour massage or something?

Oct 25, 2009 02:06 AM #1
Ginger Moore
Wilkinson & Associates Realty - Gastonia, NC

Hi Elizabeth,  The food looks marvelous! Sorry you did not have good service. Mabe it will be better next time.. thanks for sharing!

Oct 25, 2009 02:07 AM #2
Mark Watterson
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Real Estate

I have thought about writing about local businesses.  I guess I should stop thinking about it and do it.

Enjoyed your post and the photos. 

Oct 25, 2009 02:07 AM #3
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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I thonk I already told you that you can do food critique for living. For me, who is on a vegan diet for the last 6 months, it is more about memories (LOL)

Oct 25, 2009 02:16 AM #4
Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker & - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA

There was (is?) a place in Dallas called Goff's. Their service is unique - like the soup nazi.

Oct 25, 2009 02:20 AM #5
The Brewer Team - Benchmark Realty
Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN

I would probably cme back if the food was good enough. The cervice can improve quckly with the right management.

Oct 25, 2009 03:19 AM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Elizabeth:  Now you've made me hungry for pizza.  How come a post about a salad never makes me hungry for salad?

Oct 25, 2009 03:36 AM #7
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Elizabeth... being a bit of a foodie myself, I loved your review!  I also loved Ralph's comment about the massage!

@Heath... Goff's is still around but it moved from its original location on Lovers Lane to one on Hillcrest across from SMU.  Harvey sold it a few years ago though, so the "legendary" service has changed, but the food is still good.

Oct 25, 2009 06:32 AM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I like the looks of that pizza Elizabeth!  It looks a little rustic artesan!  There has been a history of neat little restaurants and cafes down in the Fabulous 40s area of Folsom Boulevard and "J" Street.  Have you been to the Pasty Shack yet?

Oct 25, 2009 10:46 AM #9
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

I do like Pizza any reason to try a new place and I'll drive a ways too bad it's 3000 miles away.

Oct 25, 2009 04:45 PM #10
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

Aaaaarrruuugula.  Crap, now you've got me saying it. :)

The food does look great, but and hour and 45 minutes is a long wait.

Oct 25, 2009 07:41 PM #11
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Myrl, you should check it out. I can't imagine what they sell at the Pasty Shack, LOL, but if it's pastries, that's not something I generally eat.

Ha, ha, Jesse. It's aarrrrrrROOOOOOOgula. See, kinda hard to get that out of your head now.

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Oct 26, 2009 02:37 AM #12
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
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Love the Localism! Sounds like a fun and delicious place to eat. Although, nearly two hours seems a bit long for lunch. Thanks for all the info!

Oct 26, 2009 08:58 AM #13
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