Ali Baba is a pizza chain offering pizza by the slice, full pizzas, donairs and salads. This location is downtown on Fort Street.
On our most recent trip to Victoria, we ordered pizza from this place. Yeah, I know, not very adventurous of us, but we were hungry and pizza seemed like a fitting choice at that moment. It is considered one of the best in the city, so I thought it was a safe choice.
I dont know if they were having an off day or something, but I was completely let down by the pizza here. We ordered a Teriyaki Steak Pizza and a Carribean and both tasted bland. The carribean tasted a little overcooked. It is rare that I leave a pizza unfinished and this was the case for this one.
I gave Ali Baba another chance, if only because they were the only thing open at 10:30 am. I previously vowed to boycott them after they started refusing their own pizza cards rather than give the respect any regular customer base deserves in having them grandfathered out (not issuing any more new ones).
The multigrain pizza reminded me of an old overflowing ashtray, even though it tasted like previously frozen wheat. The toppings and sauce were ok but couldn't overcome the crust and the fact that the temperature of the slice was what I can only describe as "tepid" and probably a breeding ground for all manner of bacteria. For $4.25, it's hardly value for your money given the competition downtown.
Victoria still awaits a decent pizza place, but there's better than this.
Eating in, with little more eye candy than a small television up in the corner - I began to notice some of the security features in the restaurant... particularly the plethora of cameras. Three in the front room seemed a little excessive - like they were serving Pho soup in Burnaby at 4 in the morning or something.
Then I noticed they had a camera in the kitchen! Given we're talking street-level pizza, I'd say the fact of a camera in the kitchen area where food is prepped does not inspire confidence in the product. Either the management are control freaks, or the staff truly can't be trusted to perform. Given the crust, I'd lean to the latter - but in any case it's quite strange and makes me want to never go back (even to order at home, which Ali Baba was at one point a stand-by).
Ali Baba has the best value too. The pizza by the slice (1/4 of a pizza!) is always fresh, it's high quality, and less than $5. I definitely recommend ordering a premium pizza. The Phat Philly with a ranch/BBQ sauce base is amazingly delish! Sometimes I get a craving for pizza and go to the buck-a-slice joints, but then I still have to go to Ali Baba to get a "real" slice of pizza.
Hands down, the only place in down worth getting pizza from. Romeo's might come in a close second for product, but Romeo's customer service is some of the worse that I have ever come across. Ali Baba's product and customer service astounds me.
Ordering their individual slices, I have yet been able to finish one, they are so big and when you place an order for home and they say it will be 45 minutes, they mean it will be 45 minutes.
They did make a mistake with an order and when I called them, they had the correct pizza at my door is less that 25 minutes and let me keep the other pizza.
Could not imagine ever going anywhere else.