ericcoleman: pizza (pizza)
Ok, so I have another.


We had been meaning to go here for ages. Pretty good stuff.

First, the negatives. The garlic bread seems to be made from Wonderbread. Yeah, 4 bucks for 4 slices of toast.

The pizza made up for it. As before, the negatives. The crust is a little thicker than I am looking for, but is nicely crunchy. The ingredients do not bind well to the crust, pretty much every piece I had the toppings pulled away from the crust. Those toppings were very tasty though.

The sauce has a nice little bit of heat to it. The sausage is very tasty. The pepperoni is put on top so it crisps up nicely. The veggies were well cooked, with just enough crispness to them.

All in all, this was very good pizza. Not quite right for what I am looking for, but very good pizza.

Rightness: 3
Tastiness: 9

Rightness: 1
Tastiness: 8
ericcoleman: pizza (pizza)
I posted what will probably be my last entries on my pizza blog. Two old school places were at the top. Next, local ice cream!

And for those of you who don't want to go to the blogspot page, the entries!

And my final comments - At least until I find some other places to go.
It's been awhile since I did an update. I have a couple more places I visited, but none of them made the top of the list. So a couple quick comments and then my the place I consider the best in town.

We went to Belluci Pizza House in Boone IA awhile ago. Not the sort of pizza I am looking for. It is still excellent pizza. We went on the railroad and then had pizza after and it's a great way to end your day if you find yourself out that way. Our highest recommendation for non-thin crust pizza. The sausage had this wonderful garlic tang to it. The crust was thicker than I am looking for, but still had this nice crispness to it. Great, great pizza.

I went back to Scornovacca's for lunch and had a terribly mediocre pizza. Too much cheese, not enough ingredients. I was very disappointed. They slip down from my original estimation.

Lizzie and I went back to Bordenaro's and had one of the best pizzas we have ever had. It was a combo with one of the best balances of ingredients ever. Oh my it was good. But …

Then last week Lizzie and I made a return to Chuck's and had what was probably the best thin crust pizza I have ever had in my life. Once again a combo. Everything that we loved about the pizza the first time was amplified this time.

I have to say, Chuck's has the best thin crust pizza in town with Bordenaro's a very, very close second.

Bianchi Brothers - April 6, 2014
As we do if possible, we started with the fried ravioli. The ravioli was a little bland but had a nice flavor with the marinari. It had ground beef rather than sausage. We weren't impressed.

The pizzas were quite good. The sausage was a little on the mild side, but had a nice flavor to it. The pepperoni had a nice bite to it. It had a thin, cracker sort of crust and the ingredients tended to pull away from the crust. I think that this will be much better pizza when the oven gets a chance to age a bit, it's a very new place.

Eric's Rating
Rightness: 6
Tastiness: 8

Orlandos - June 16, 2013
I had not been to Orlando's in a few years and it was as good as I remembered. Still not quite what I am looking for. The crust is thicker and cheesier than what I am looking for, bit is still excellent. The sauce is some of the best that we have had. Very meaty, very strong without being overpowering. The sausage is also some of the best we have had and is made in-house. The cheese comes close to being too much, but ends up balancing things nicely. The pepperoni is tasty without being too spicy. The ingredients bind to the crust nicely. All in all a great pizza, if not quite what I am looking for.

I did speak to the owner as we were leaving and was informed that we could get a thinner crust if we asked. We will go back.

Eric's Rating
Rightness: 6
Tastiness: 10
Rightness: 7
Tastiness: 9.5
ericcoleman: pizza (pizza)
There is a brand new entry at Eric's Quest For Pizza


Dec. 4th, 2012 11:51 am
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If you are interested, I am migrating all of my pizza posts here

I need to fancy it up a bit though, it's kind of plain.


Dec. 4th, 2012 11:50 am
ericcoleman: (The joyful day!)
If you are interested, I am migrating all of my pizza posts here

I need to fancy it up a bit though, it's kind of plain.
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September 20, 2012

Lizzie and I had a bit of free time before the reunion so we went to Scornovacca's on the south side. Not a lot to say really, just near perfection. The crust was amazing, thin with marvelous layers. The sausage was made in-house, and was perfect. I think I may have a new favorite DSM sausage. The pepperoni was just strong enough. My only complaint was that the ingredients didn't bind to the crust terribly well, but not terribly. This is Lizzie's favorite so far (I will let her add her comments when she can). This may have replaced Bordenaro's as my favorite, but I will go back to each after all this is done. They also had the best fried ravioli so far. Yeah, yummy.

Eric's Rating
Rightness Scale - 10
Tastiness Scale - 10

Lizzie's Rating
Rightness - 10
Tastiness - 10
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Ge-Angelo's Italian Restaurant (Ames)
Very good pizza this, but not what I am looking for. It had a tasty, bready crust and really decent ingredients. Lizzie got something else this time, their Grazie Pie, the name of which should give you a clue. The stronger Graziano's sausage, mushrooms with a roasted red pepper sauce. Very, very good. I had a half and half, pepperoni and sausage. The sausage was their own, a nice medium sausage that was wonderfully spiced. The pepperoni was a little weak, but worked pretty well in the pizza. I preferred the sausage. All in all a good place with good food and excellent folks working there. A high recommendation, but not the right style, too thick of a crust.

Eric's Rating
Rightness Scale - 1
Tastiness Scale - 9

Lizzie's Rating
Rightness - 1
Tastiness - 9.5
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Two down, many to go.

I want to find the best old fashioned thin crust pizza in the Des Moines area. I'm tired of fancy pizza. I am tired of easy bake oven pizza. I am tired of chain pizza. I am tired of standardized pizza. I want a pizza made in an old fashioned pizza oven with simple ingredients. We decided this weekend that we need to get something specific. In this case one pepperoni pizza, one sausage pizza. More on that as I go.

A couple weeks ago Lizzie and I went to Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge. The pizza was exceptional. Great crust, tasty ingredients. We got sausage, green pepper and garlic. I do want to go back and do a more exact test with the new rules. Of the two so far this was Lizzie's favorite.

But mine … Chuck’s Italian-American Restaurant. This is going to be hard to beat. First of all they are not regular. They are not perfect circles. They are odd, oblong. The crust is crispy on the edges, with a bit of burned cheese here and there (a big plus for me). The ingredients are tasty. They use the milder Grazianos sausage, once again a plus. Graziano's sausage is the best I have ever had … period. I prefer the spicier, but for this pizza it was perfect. The pepperoni was wonderfully spicy, too much for WSPA-3, but the sausage was just to her liking.

The difference between the two I think is the difference between analog and digital. Noah's was almost too perfect. Chuck's was better for it's imperfections. You wouldn't see that much burned cheese on the edges at Noah's, something that I think is essential for perfect pizza. The crust had a little flour char to it here and there, another important thing.

Places that have been mentioned so far ... Bordenaro’s, Scornovacca’s, Pagliai's, Paesano's Pizzeria, Orlandos, Limey's, Hilltop Lounge & Restaurant, Fia's, Bianchi Boys Pizza & Pasta

Not sure where we are going next, but this will get updated as I go along.

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