This building, home of Old Town Pizza Parlor, was the DiBlasi House prior to 1935, when it was purchased by the Apodaca family. John and Frances Apodaca operated the Old Town Chili Parlor in this building for many years. Their daughter Barbara told me that during World War II, the “society hall” was right across Rio Grande Blvd. and used to hold dances for the soldiers and sailors on leave or passing through Albuquerque, and the Chili Parlor would often be open until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. as people would come over after the dance to get something to eat.
It’s now home to the Old Town Pizza Parlor. They have great pizzas, pastas and salads at good prices. If you’re a fan of beer, every Monday night is “Marble Monday” with Marble beer on tap at half price. The zoning in Old Town requires that food has to be purchased and served with any alcohol, so enjoy a pizza with that beer. You know you want to… they even had a live bluegrass band in the courtyard out back on the Monday we were there a few weeks ago.
Owner Mike Tafoya has also created a lovely courtyard in the back with tables and chairs, lots of plants, awnings and lights–really delightful.
And on the wall inside is one of my all-time favorite signs: “There will be a $5 charge for whining.”
Old Town Pizza Parlor
108 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104