Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!

A while ago I had some really yummy pizza from a pizza place right around the corner from my house called Maldonado's Pizzeria. Greg and I were on a walk, we saw it, so we went in and ordered a pizza. We just got a pepperoni pizza because that is Greg's favorite. I normally like to get pizza with a bit more on it than pepperoni, but let me tell ya, I was NOT disappointed! It was GOOD. The crust was just right. It wasn't too thin, or overcooked, nor was it too thick. I normally prefer thicker pizzas, but this crust was just right. The sauce must be the secret ingredient to this was sweet, but not sugar sweet, tomato sweet. mmm.....I'll definitely be going back there again.

A few weeks ago a friend of ours invited us out to dinner to celebrate his birthday at Toto's Pizzeria and Restaurant in Millbrae. It was that night that I said to Greg, "Greg, we should find the best pizza in the Bay Area, I'll write a blog about it." So here I am, writing about what I know so far. So about Toto' was a busy place, we kinda had to fight for a table, but it was worth it. They only offer a small selection of toppings, so we chose a pizza with sausage, mushrooms, and olives (olives always make a pizza extra yummy in my opinion). As I ate this pizza I thought, "This pizza is good, what is it that makes THIS pizza good?" I ate more, then more, then more, finally I knew what it was...garlic! There was nothing out of the ordinary about the crust, the sauce, or the other ingredients, but this pizza had chopped up garlic all over it...mmmm...if you like garlic, which I do. I think I like Maldonado's better, but Toto's is really good.

To cover many of the other places I've tried so far, but without the intention of noting what is so good, I'll start with Frankie, Johnnie, and Luigi's (I think that is the name of the restaurant on El Camino Real in Mountain View). This place was recommended to us, and we've had it a few times. We've never ordered it with extra sauce and/or cheese, but that is suppose to be really good. I personally thought this pizza (we got the cheese pizza) was ok. Better than anything I'd ever make, but not the best. I'd probably order the calzone or some other dish at this restaurant instead of pizza.

Next, I have to admit that we really love Round Table Pizza. We almost always get the Maui Zaui, and it is the best! This pizza is a comfort food for me. I'm not really sure how I would rank this pizza because I can't really separate my good memories spent at Round Table from the taste of the pizza.

Like I mentioned I like thick crusted pizza, so Pizza Chicago (also on El Camino Real I think in Palo Alto) was calling my name every time I drove by it, then I went there. There crust is thick, but not very yummy. The sauce and toppings aren't anything very great either. I think this is my least favorite pizza.

As I try more pizza in the area I'll try to remember to write what I like or don't like about it. Signing off.