Before watching Cloverfield this weekend, my boyfriend went to grab a sub from Quiznos. Seeing this pizza joint next door sparked my craving for ooey gooey cheesy goodness.
I looked to see what they had to offer. At $2/slice, why not?
I pointed out what looked to me like a chicken pizza. I said to the guy, "I'll have a chicken please." I should have rethunk it (now in hind-sight) when he looked at me a little weird.
He handed over the hot slice and I bit into the crust first, then the wedge end. The crust was dry and hard - not doughy, which is what I prefer in a crust. No biggie - I just won't eat the crust. Then I bit into the wedge end. Mushy is the best way I can describe it.
No real flavor - just mushy.
Then to my horror, I realized that this was no chicken pizza. As I examined more closely, it turned out that the "white meat lookalike" was bacon! Not normal bacon though - it was ALL bacon fat!!! It was disgusting and I had to throw it out.
Since the guy didn't look like someone that would handle critism well, I just cut my loss and headed for food court butter chicken.
Pizza Town gets my thumbs up for food, service and value. I'm not too happy about the ambiance, since you can't enjoy five minutes of peaceful munching in the premises because of all the beggars that appear out of nowhere to ask you for money, smokes or miscellaneous. Let's tackle the food first. If the Flying Wedge, Pizza Hut and Boston Pizza were to adopt a kid, they would name it pizzatown. I found the slices to be gigantic, the dough freshly baked and the sauce outstanding. There was only one guy working that night, but he was running the show quite smoothly all while handling the register, cleaning the eating area, constantly using disposable gloves, cooking pizza and serving annoying customers such as myself with smiles and all. He got my thumbs up for service too. As for value, I would need 2 to 3 slices at any other pizza shop, here I could solve my craving for $2 and one slice was more than enough for me. I'm happy with my new find.
Once you get over the 'toasted' pizza's that make their way through-the-chain ovens of downtown core, you crave real pizza taste, the way it used to be; Deep dish, semi hard fluffy dough and stretchy cheese is what I'm talking about. It's called New York or Chicago style pizza and I think I found it at Tinseltown in a small but charming and unassuming little pizza shop. The dough is made on site daily with a hint of rosemary and basil. When cooked, it is sometimes hard and sometimes soft (the place uses an old school gas powered oven, making it impossible to be 100% consistent on dough firmness) but always pretty good. The sauce is fresh and it actually tastes like pizza sauce, not spaghetti or ravioli mix sauce. The meat toppings are standard, since all pizza by the slice shops order from the same suppliers, the veggies are cut daily at the shop. At other shops, you need at least two to three slices to be filled, that'll set you back $1.50 x 2 or 3. Herein lays the value, at $2 you've had your fix, at $4 you're satisfied. I'd give this place a thumbs up.
I've eaten here a few times since 2006, usually on my way to a canucks game. As with any other pizza-by-the-slice joint, you've got to get your slice as it makes its way from the oven to the warmer. Not 20 minutes later. Also, you've got to ask which pizza is the freshest. I've had the tastiest and the driest slice here. Given the foot traffic challenges at their location, I guess they can't spit a fresh pizza out of the oven every two minutes. Some goods and some bads: Their pizza is made the old fashion way, the deep dish way, so for weight watchers is not that good. Their dough is made daily and the toppings taste pretty fresh...kind of like a home-made, blunt pizza. That's good. I'm also happy about the $2 (tax included) for a pretty big slice. That's good too. Overall, I think they're getting there.
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