Monday, October 26, 2009
Scene: Still nice. It was dark in there and it was packed with families. They have those tables for two that you can keep stacking together until all twelve people on your youth soccer team are together. Don't you remember?
Crust: No joke this was super good. It was thin and crisp. Partysliced, but even if it were in big slices it would have been man enough to stand up to all of that...
Sauce: sweet n tangy the way I like it. mmm. Lots of Italian Seasoning. They weren't shy about its application either.
Cheese: low point of the pie. I just don't like it. Too much, too gooey. Not enough action in its flavor either. I suspect.
Peps: Nice. Thin and not too oily. Lots of salty spicy deliciousness.
Overall: We stand by our first instinct on this one. Take the whole family, or basketball team and enjoy the family values at Dante's. 4----5.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Scene: Minivans with teenage kids dressed to the nines in their best punk rock gear were visible unloading for an apparent battle of the bands from Formaggio's porch. Meth-heads were walking around bird-dogging underage chicks and the streets still smell like half-digested Bud Light and hippie oil. This is the view at both Formaggio and Cantoni's. I did like the workers at Cantoni's a little better than Formaggio's. Steubenville is like a shitty Youngstown and I think the creep working there was inbred--just guessin. Catfish Biff's still has the picnic table with the dorm and basketball court view. The single block off High Street really separates it enough from all of the racket--let's not even begin to talk about the poured concrete outdoor mall from hell that they built down there.
Crust- Crispy and fresh out of the oven. Oil added to the crispness nicely. It is a small, dollar-slice but even if it were big it would have held up. Square (pictured below)
Sauce- Sweet and tomato heavy. Not a lot of spices other than basil were visible.
Cheese- Steubenville style. Fresh, but not a lot. Gobbed in the center.
Peps- Salty, medium sized. Nothing to write home about.
Overall: Not bad. It's only a dollar, so if it is late and you need to mop up the mess, don't hesitate to try a taste. Last time I tasted a little Steubenville late at night I wound up on anti-biotics! 3--5.
Crust- This is a party-folder straight outta NYC! That's not saying its great or anything they just got the foldability of a New York slice. Good to see. The crust was, however, bland and tasted like a Pilsbury breadstick on the outside.
Sauce- Sweet and tangy. I liked it and it worked with the cheese very well.
Cheese- Not as fresh as Formaggio, but this is a big NY slice, and for what it was it worked.
Peps- small, thick-cut and cupped. tasty.
Overall: Dave liked this the best, James and I thought that it was better than Formaggio, but still not Catfish Biff's. 3--5. Certainly worth a try.
Crust- Doughy with some spices mixed in. Almost a sourdough taste. Not crisp. Weak but satisfying.
Sauce- Sweet and garlicky.
Cheese- Like a cheap date. Perfect for late at night.
Peps- Limp and salty. I love it this way.
Overall- This is the Jeff Fernengel of pizzas. I have every reason to hate it yet I love it like family. Every fall when it opens back up it is a must-eat slice. Still the king of South Campus Party Pie, but with worthy competition.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Scene: There was a huge "Impressionism" poster about impressionism. People of different ethnic back rounds were all working there, together--I'm not saying anything. I'm just saying that this not typical of family-run pizza shops, where usually everyone is related or look like they could be cousins. At this shop there was a white lady, a black lady, and a Mediterranean guy all working there. Hey, maybe they are all cousins--after all, it is the '90s.
Crust- Home made. I mean, home made. It tasted like my Aunt Ellen made it. Actually this was somewhat charming and may be the highlight of the pie.
Sauce- Very bland. Very canned. Not memorable at all.
Cheese- heavily applied and not bad. Not great at all.
Peps- Weak, thin, flat, tasteless and shameful.
Overall- Slice one--mediocre in every way. Slice two- not that good. Slice three- lame. Slice four- pizza regret. I would not recommend getting this pie with Clintonville Primo right up the street. Maybe if we were partying harder it would have changed things. 2--5.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Scene: Lots of people wearing scrubs, lab coats, mixed with rednecks and office dorks. These are not the office dorks of the Short North that wear ties late at night to attract shallow women. These are real, dorky, dorks--like IT guys. Also there are babies, and lots of hallways. Oh yeah, the pie was made by an Asian dude, from Asia. He could not be The President. I'm just sayin.
Crust- It was kinda chewy with some air bubbles. Pretty well cooked. No complaints in this department.
Sauce- Flavorless and dried out. I bet this pie had been sitting out for several hours before I got to it.
Cheese- Bland. Boring. There was some of it on there but it added nothing.
Peps- They had other mystery meat on there too. None of it was flavorful at all. I could not tell what it was.
Overall: I was not in the hospital for the pizza. I was afraid of the fish, so I just went with the least worst option. It was pretty bad, but as they say, 'Pizza is like sex. Even when it is bad, it's still good.' 2--5 BYOB.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Crust: Soft, firm, but not as crispy as I would have liked. Not extremely flavorful, but not bad by any means. Maybe a little too doughy.
Sauce: Tangy and delicious. May I say refreshing? Many thin crust pies skimp on the sauce in favor of cheese, but not these guys. Just the right amount.
Cheese: Cooked well and clung to the slices without sliding off. Good stuff.
Peps: Cupped, crispy and greasy. Quite tasty. A good amount without being overwhelming.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Scene: It has one of the worst pizza locations in town. Its a quarter mile from both Iaconos, and Flying Pizza on Bethel. This is Arlington too, and we all know their love for Donotos. Inside, is a clean, well-lit, newish place with a few OSU football decortions on the walls.
Crust- This shit was laced with insane amounts of garlic salt. I don't know if that is the Halal was of making pizza or something, but damn. It overpowered most of the other aspects of the pie; unfortunate.
Sauce- Not a whole lot of it. I did detect plenty of oregano through the cup of garlic sauce on the pizza.
Cheese- Decent, I think. It tasted real. They weren't shy about applying it either.
Peps- Pretty good too. They were fairly large and well applied. Nothing to write home about.
Overall: I hope these guys have something else on the menu that will keep them going, or they can do slice business real well because my car will steer itself to the other local shops instead. 3---5 pies. It's ok.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Scene: Women and children were among friends and other good people. It was nice. Backyard BBQ without the grill. All was well in the world.
Its Adrocks! What else can you say. Salty, doughy, well-seasoned, thickness topped with spicy sauce and enough cheese to stop up a Canada Goose. Dig it?
The delivery guy was fast and agile. He cut though the traffic with ease. Party on Adriaticos.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Scene: It's still Houndogs and the Ravari room. Don't get me wrong, but they do have pool tables, pinball, terrible music playing, and darts.
Crust- we got smokin' joes. Garlic-butter-herb thickish, chewy crust. Airy in the middle, golden brown. Its all good.
Sauce- Sweet, not spicey. Hints of italian herbs. Does not stand out.
Cheese- Its real. Good tanginess. Lots of it.
Peps- spicey and slightly cupped, but not on all. Fulfilling.
Overall: This is not just a deal...IT'S A STEAL. 10 bucks for a pizza and pitcher of beer. Give it a try. You can get it on either side of the bar. We give this a very strong 4 out of 5 pies.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Scene: Its a pizza pick up desk. They do delivery too. It has a family business vibe to it without the portraits of old Italian ladies. These seem to be midwestern folk.
Crust- Thin and flaky. It does droop a little in the center, but not too bad.
Sauce- A little sweet and tasty. Good stuff here.
Cheese- They keep it real here. Not Rotolos amounts but a good dose of the real deal.
Peps- Spiced just right, thick-cut and well applied.
Overall: We order two larges and each pizza was not alike. The first was better than the second. This is not the diminishing returns concept from that economics class I failed. The second was underdone. Maybe that's why daddy had a belly-ache and Dave was feeling a little ill. This costs them a pie I think. 3---5. Or on second thought, maybe we should not have ate that much pizza and we are just plain stupid. I've had Primo before and liked it a lot. Maybe they should get that one back?
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Scene: A Clippers game, a Christian Convention, and a Jane's Addiction concert were all going on that night so it was like a circus. Luckily we had reservations or we would have been waiting around with all of the other guys in flip-flops, hair gel, and tribal tattoos. Boston's is a combination of 1st Watch, Macaroni Grill, and TGI Fridays. Turnover is very important--along with not offending anyone. Somebody said that this was the first time they had ever felt sorry for somebody that works at a pizza shop. It probably sucks. If you eat here, be prepared to be surrounded by soccer-moms, office-assholes, and their vapid bitches.
Crust- Oily. Salty. A lot like pizza hut in the 80's only now I know better. It gave me a belly ache later.
Sauce- I don't remember it at all.
Cheese- This wasn't that bad, but certainly wasn't good in any way either.
Peps- Smokey I think. Highlight of the pie.
Overall: This place sucks the shit out of my asshole. It was not overpriced, but it lacked in every category that makes pizza enjoyable. I felt like I was attempting to get a good meal at an amusement park--which is what I was doing, in a way. The Columbus Clippers deserve better. 2--5 pies.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Scene: This place has tradition. It has a really old school sign out front (see below). Pinball machine, old signs and old people make this family-run place ooze sauce--in a good way. I think the guy that founded it over fifty years ago was old, mustached, and Italian.
Crust- Thin. When I say thin I mean the thinnest I've ever seen in my many pizzas. Somehow it did not bend. This crust may look weak, but it is deceptively firm, crisp and perfect. You just don't get it do you?
Sauce- THE BEST SAUCE I'VE EVER TASTED IN MY LIFE, well at least that I can think of now. A little spicy, hints of oregano and not shy. Perfect.
Cheese- They are smart not to over apply. It tastes good.
Peps- Spicy and flavorful. Just a little cupping on a few, but others remained flat. Moderately thick and nickel/quarter sized. Well applied.
Overall: This is one of the Heavyweights of Columbus pizza. Each slice was somewhat unique, but always satisfying. Order a large for yourself and you will have no problem getting it done. I wish I had known about this place ten years ago! A very strong 5 out of 5!!!!
**Dave's only gripe was that he didn't get enough red Mike 'n' Ikes from the vending machine (see below).
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Scene: Decorated with authentic relics of ancient Egypt, this shop is not as fucked up as its previous occupier. The space is roomy and clean. I don't remember any tables being in there. All I really remember are pizza ovens and artifacts from the land of the Pharaohs.
Crust- What the fuck? Slice-it-yourself pizza? I had no idea that this was the custom in Egypt. Check out the above photo of Jim using his own slicer to carve up the flimsy crust. Bullshit! I guess this beats the cook-it-yourself 'pizza' at the bottom of the hill. Really weak stuff here. I did detect a very faint tone of garlic salt. The same kind I use at home. It was really tough to taste though.
Sauce- Weak. Not much of it. I didn't really taste it.
Cheese- I think we are dealing with Domino's "cheese food" on top of this pie. Ass.
Peps- Weak, flimsy, flavorless.
Overall: The pie was not necessarily bad. It just was in no way good. Not at all unbearable and might do well at a party. Really cheap. I guess there is a reason no one ever remembers eating this pizza. 2---5.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Hype: All kinds of people talk this pizza up like its the fucking president or something. Anyway, we had to pick Jesse up from work because he got hit by an immigrant and his car was totaled so we were out on that end of town already. Dave asked if the pizza was ordered once every 2-3 minutes. WE WERE HUNGRY.
Scene: Mostly just a carry-out place. This is for on-the-go south Arlington, Grandview people that probably work a lot. Not much to say, soda cooler on one wall and a few chairs. Photos of the tradition on the wall: that's respectable.
Crust- This crust is well-done, but not overcooked. Party-sized strips stay firm when held at the edges. Good crispness, but not saltined like Tommy's on Lane Ave. Very nice
Sauce- Here is the problem; it was not evenly distributed on the pie. It is traditional Columbus sauce: sweet with good doses of oregano, only on one side. Bummer.
Cheese- Very flavorful and tons of it. This was the highlight of the pizza. I don't remember this from previous outings to Rotolos. CHEESE LOVERS PIE!
Peps- Quarter-sized, thick-cut, a little cupping. Even the ones that were covered in tons of cheese had a good flavor. Plenty of 'em too.
Overall: This pie was a pleasant surprise and WE WERE SUPER HUNGRY. Dare I say this was a 5 out of 5 pie shop? Well it was yesterday. YES!
***Their theme song rules too!! Hear it here!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Look at Jason enjoy the Vegetarian options available at GATTOS (corner of Kelso Rd and N. High Street, across from the grocery store). The non-buddhists got Pep pies, and one of their specialties, the meatball pizza!!! Holy fucking shit that was awesome.
The Cavs one. Next time you are in Clintonville and are looking to party stop by Gattos pizza for a slice of life. This pizza is above our review. Have a happy day.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
well we have italian pizza, which is good but not as good as in italy, but france is a better country so we still have the best deal. otherwise, we have dominos, pizza hut, and it taste the same as american's, and we love it.
PS: Burgers and pizza are both great party-foods. Do you have any other favorites?
PS: What is your favorite pizza place in France? Do they have patio seating like in the movies?
they mostly don't have patio and that's too bad. we don't have favorite pizza place, pizza is always good, except for turkish pizza, it taste gay.
PS: Yeah, there's a horrible place run by Middle Eastern people here in town called Al Pachino's. Horrible! So, when you are just hanging out alone and you need some cheap and easy food, what is your 'go to' frozen pie?
PS: Any plans for a USA PIZZA PARTY TOUR soon?
not soon but maybe someday, then we will play a show, next day a pizza contest, then a show, then a pizza contest, and so on.
thank you very much.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Hype: People have been telling us all about this place. We've heard it was awesome, bad, expensive--all kinds of stuff. We just had to slay this pie!!!!!!!!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Hype: We heard about a new shop in Grandview, but Dave was really impatient and I didn't know if I would make it out there alive without eating first so we went down to campus to visit an old standby.
Scene: It is small, kinda hot but classic. College-age kids working behind the counter. It's It's flying pizza--you know. It has a really strange picture on the wall:
Crust: Crispy. Not too thick, not too thin. Perfect.
Sauce: Sweet and tangy with some classic oregano hints.
Cheese: Plenty of it, but not over the top. might it be actual pizza cheese?
Peps: Salty, tasty and fine. Meatiness too.
Overall: FUCK YOUR FAVORITE PIZZA SHOP. THIS IS THE REALIST SHIT. WE TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THIS CLASSIC COLUMBUS ESTABLISHMENT AND URGE YOU TO GO EAT TWO PEP SLICES FROM FLYING PIZZA CAMPUS LOCATION. 5 OUT OF 5 NO DOUBT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Scene: Take out on one side full-on restaurant on the other. Check out the tables and old-school stuff on the walls. We watched some basketball while we waited.
Crust--Thin baby. Pretty good at that. This is Arlington. What else do they know around here?
Sauce--Sweet and as expected. Pretty tasty. Could be more exciting.
Cheese--They don't put enough on in this neighborhood. Someone needs to go to the Tri-Village Rotary meeting and bring this up.
Peps--Salty, crispy, damn nice.
Overall: We like it. Not amazing, but pretty fucking good stuff. BETTER THAN TOMMY'S MOTHERFUCKS. 4--5 pies!!!!!!!!!!