So I have a joke with my friends, that I could eat pizza all day. I mean, who in their right mind wouldn’t do that, really?
Eating pizza has gotten easier, too. Do you remember where we were ten years ago, when you had to sit down with a group of people and AGREE on your pizza toppings? Feels like the dark ages.
Part of that is because nowadays you can build a personal version and have it sent for you in minutes. MOD Pizza has enjoyed dominance in the market, boosted by the popular desire to customize. As it has grown, it’s found a following with those folks who just want food done a certain way. Pick your toppings, and the pizza heads into an oven — three minutes, in and out. If you’re dying for inspiration, though, you can pick from one of a few pre-made options. Another Food Critic got a chance to come out and try a few.
What’s on the menu? Let’s take a look at some choices.
- The Tristan: Picture chicken pesto, but take away the protein. Instead it’s got mushrooms, red peppers and a bit of Asiago cheese on the top to give it kind of a kick. Just a bit of pesto goes a long way, but it’s the overall combo here that’s the charm — a slightly herbal flavor but the balance of the cheeses brings it home.
- Pizza Salad: You know those salads you get in Italian restaurants that feel like someone dumped a whole garden into a bowl? Imagine dumping it on a crust instead. Actually, though, there’s nuance to the recipe, the crust gives a bit of texture and crunch to the salad and you can pick the things you don’t like, leave out onions, olives, mushrooms or whatever suits you.
- Jasper: Mozzarella, mushrooms, spicy chicken sausage and red sauce. There’s always beauty in simplicity like this.
- Calexico: Mozzarella, gorgonzola, chicken, jalapenos, hot buffalo sauce, red sauce. Heat gets to you a few slices in, but you just want to keep going!
- Customized!: This is really what people come to do, right? This time I sort of went for a spicy sausage and cheese combo. Totally clashed, but that’s just fine, right?
The funny thing about a place like this is that it’s really an interesting experience to people-watch. I dropped in on Valentine’s Day no less (my usual other half is out of the country at the moment) and found really a very entertaining crowd; one clearly a new couple who didn’t weren’t ready to take that big step in choosing pizza toppings together, a family where everyone wanted something radically different, and a few stags like me, who just like pizza.
Fortunately the staff was laid back and helpful enough that the whole experience was just a really pleasant night.