Take a leisurely stroll down St. Johns Avenue in Avondale, and you’re bound to find yourself peeking through the plate glass of Biscottis. It is a great place to stop by for a quick bite or a nice meal, with European-style fare ranging from soups and salads to sandwiches and gourmet pizzas. Biscottis balances out their dishes with twice daily deliveries of desserts from their sister bakery, which are as rich and moist as they are tempting. We walked in with a desire for both Mexican and Italian, for which the only cure would be their Carne Asada pizza.

Inside, Biscottis has cultivated a relaxing yet lively atmosphere. Its décor matches the season; red tiled floors flow into gold painted walls and match the dark wooden tables. They have a rotating art installation by local artists; there are always plenty of bright and colorful pieces to draw the eye between scrumptious bites (and they are all for sale). The background music adds to the ambiance and helps create an oasis of calm.

The Carne Asada is a very colorful pizza with shredded romaine lettuce and sliced red onions on top of the cheddar jack cheese and steak drizzled with black bean hummus and crème fraiche. After a small amount of rearranging, spreading the lettuce and pico de gallo evenly across the slices, I took my first bite. At first, all I could taste was tender skirt steak, cooked a bit on the rare side, which preserved the juicy flavor and kept it from tasting tough. The crisp romaine lettuce paired favorably with the spicy and fruity taste of the poblano peppers and tomato. A few more bites revealed the crème fraiche and black bean hummus, departing somewhat from the taco-pizza theme but in a very good way in the case of the hummus. It mainly provided unifying texture, and helped keep that pesky lettuce and pico de gallo firmly glued on to each savory slice. The crust was a crisp and cheesy reminder that Latin and Italian styles blend well together.

The Carne Asada is one of six gourmet pizzas regularly offered. They are all the right size for sharing, especially after a nice walk through Avondale.