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CITY PIZZA & WINGS – IRVING

9 Mar

UntitledWell this is bittersweet.   City Pizza & Wings in Irving is now located in what used to be a small carryout-only Pizza Inn location.   The only Pizza Inn location in Irving that I can think of.    That sucks.   I miss Pizza Inn.

So when I saw that it was converted to City Pizza I was beyond curious.   Their menu is not just pizza and wings.  They have several things.    Lots of choices and reasons to try this place.  I figured I would start with a simple pepperoni pie and I was blown away!   It’s easily one of the best pizzas I have had in Irving in the last couple of years.  That crust is KILLER!!!!  It’s very light and tender with a slight chew.  The cheese was super-gooey and there was ample pepperoni.   I should have asked for extra sauce on the side so I could dip those bones (the end crusts) because they were puffy and made perfect breadsticks on their own.   The only drawback is their topping selection.  It’s pretty basic and standard so if you are looking to get all kray-kray with artisan pies, this is not the place for you.   This is a super-solid pie from a great little mom-n-pop type joint.  The kind of place I love to talk about and spread the word on.  I hope they have great success and last a long time in ol’ crooked i.

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ZA LAT PIZZA- DALLAS

16 Feb

UntitledZA LAT Pizza is great for late-night eaters since it is open until 4am on the weekends. It’s your basic-no-frills-mostly-take-out-and-delivery-pizzeria.  Hitting it around 10 pm one night and there was already a line for to-go pies.

Since I am new to this joint, I ordered your basic pepperoni.   That is exactly what I got.   The price for a single topping pizza was almost $14 dollars.    Ouch.  The crust was super-super thin.  Barely any sauce.   Fair amount of cheese and ‘roni…but it just seemed too little for that premium price.

$14 at Fireside Pies, I get.   $14 at Cane Rosso, I get.   This I don’t get…. or will get again.

TOTINO’S PIZZA STICKS

9 Feb

UntitledHmmm… pizza sticks…sounds awesome.

In reality….they are just longer pizza rolls.

In the microwave (which is touted on the box) these  things are HORRIBLE.  They are gooey and sloppy..and not in a good way.  They bubbled and split open….so all the insides were stuck to the microwave turntable.  Good times.

Cooked in an oven?  (which takes 30 mins or so by the by) they ….weren’t…..bad.  Nice crunch and the insides remained intact.   But who is gonna oven these things?   If I was, why not just do a full-on pizza?   Pass.

TOMBSTONE – “ROADHOUSE” Pepperoni

8 Aug

UntitledI can’t lie here… I bought this only because I though the picture and name looked/sounded cool.  Not the Tombstone part….the Roadhouse part.   Roadhouse pizza just sounds rustic and tavern-y and good.  Like the kind of unique pie I would find and adore in a local hole-in-the-wall-bar that nobody knows about.

Twenty minutes or so later this thing came out looking almost just like the picture…and the taste was pretty damn awesome.

There was many pepperonis on here and they were very nice to me.   A slight spicy bite and burnt edges. Yum.  The cheese was gooey and stringy and melty.   Good flavor here too.   The Sauce was the best sauce I have ever had on a Tombstone pizza.  I don’t know if it is new or just never noticed it before.  It was perfect……and all of this was almost wrecked by a pretty bland-hard-disc-of-a-thawed-out-freezer-burn-type-crust.

This is why I never buy Tombstones.  I don’t like the crust.   Excellent toppings on a cheap tasting crust.   Frownie Face.

 

 

 

 

JFC MOBILE SERIES – Episode 204

13 May

TGIF, hello??   Ricky takes center stage again today and puts his own spin on a classic DFW pizza war.  Pizza Inn vs. Pizza Hut.  Which classic pizzeria will he choose?   Which would you choose?  And what are you thoughts on Honey Mustard?  Find out below!

BLAZE PIZZA – ARLINGTON

20 Apr

UntitledBlaze Pizza is one of those build-your-own-assembly-line-pizza places.   The staff at the Arlington location were all super-friendly and helpful with new customers.  The pies were larger than I expected and I think it was around nine bucks which I thought was pretty reasonable considering I had nine toppings.

I have to say that while we (well mostly them…they…) assembled my pie I could not be happier with how all the ingredients looked. Top drawer.  Super-fresh.   I was getting pretty hyped because this would be my new go-to if they tasted half as good as they looked.

In minutes I paid and was given this masterpiece of my own creation.   I could not wait to tear into this like that Ralph from Rampage.* (it’s a classic video game reference…google it…and keep up kids)

Lordy….Lordy….these toppings…the cheese…the sauce…it’s all so very good. But there is something amiss.   The crust is clearly the weakest link here.  It has a texture of a premade crust and it didn’t rise or change at all during the cooking process.   I was there 45 minutes before they were to close so maybe I just got an older crust or something?    It was just slightly off and torpedoed an otherwise perfect pie.

OLD CHICAGO PIZZA AND TAP ROOM

25 Nov

Old Chicago Pizza and Tap RoomThis still-kinda-new pizza and beer joint is located in Dallas at the Mockingbird Station shopping area.   It’s design is simple and the staff seemed friendly enough on my recent visit.   I got a small pie to go and what you see is what I got.   It took 20 minutes or so despite the place being pretty empty.

So I was kinda surprised to learn that the “Chicago Thick” style crust on their menu does NOT mean Chicago-style-deep-dish.   Which is what I was expecting.  What I got was the same kind of deep-dish you would expect from say…a Pizza Hut or something.

That doesn’t mean it wasn’t good.   It was a great pan pizza.  One of the best ones I have had in a long time, in fact.  I would totally get it again and eat at this place if I am nearby and craving pizza.    It’s just sort of a head-fake that a place that has “Chicago” in the name..and offers a “Chicago-thick” style pizza….turns out to NOT be deep-dish in that Chicago tradition you might be expecting…so know that going in…and then enjoy some good pizza while you are there.