Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ramundo's Pizzeria

We finally got back in to the swing of pizza night in May with Nik choosing Ramundo's Pizzeria. In addition to the pepperoni pizza, Nik chose a pizza with meatballs (homemade) & green peppers.

Here are the scores for Ramundo's:

(1-5 scale, 1=worst, 5=best)

Appearance (overall): 3.92
Aroma (overall): 4.00
Taste (overall): 4.08
Crust - 4.00
Cheese - 3.42
Toppings - 3.92
Sauce - 4.33
Pepperoni Pizza (overall): 4.00
Specialty Pizza & Menu Options: 4.00
X-factor: 1.50

I should start off by noting that Nik went to Ramundo's and waited for his order after placing it in person. They said they would come get him once it was ready, so he sat out front while he waited. Well, after 45 minutes, he decided to go in and check to see if it was ready, and it had been sitting there for who knows how long. Needless to say, the pizza wasn't piping hot, the "X-factor" score is the lowest of the bunch, and Nik's only comment was "idiots."

I think we still did a pretty good job judging the pizza solely on the pizza itself, although Kevin noted that even though the scores didn't reflect it, he really enjoyed this pizza. I thought that the pizza was a little greasy, but the sauce had a nice little spiciness to it. I think pepperoni pizzas are more attractive when the pepperoni is on top, which wasn't the case here, but they did put some dried herbs on top which gave it a nice flavor and made it look a little better. I really liked their NY style pepperoni pizza which came truly in NY style with nice, large slices.

Be sure to check the back of your Kroger receipts, there are always Ramundo's coupons on there!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Newport Pizza Company

Newport Pizza Company is located on the other side of the river, in Newport, Kentucky. I work in Erlanger, so I swung by Newport Pizza Company to pick up pizzas for my next turn. Newport has had the most "Cincinnati-esque" pizza options of all of the pizzas joints thus far. Besides the pepperoni pizza, I also got 'The Zeus' and 'The Cincinnatus'. The Zeus had baby spinach, feta, roma tomatoes, roasted garlic, olive oil, and asiago cheese. Can you guess what The Cincinnatus has on it??

Yes, that is Cincinnati style chili and cheddar cheese on a pizza. There is also a cream cheese base under the chili. And if you think that's crazy, on the weekends they have a goetta pizza, with scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, and goetta! Newport Pizza Company itself is a really cool joint too - very laid back with a huge pizza topping selection and a good beer selection. If we lived closer, I could definitely see Nik and me spending more time and money there.

I somehow managed to lose my score sheet (along with my comments), which would have bumped up the averages because I really liked Newport Pizza Company. Here are the averages for Kevin and Nik's scores.

(1-5 scale, 1=worst, 5=best)

Appearance (overall): 3.50
Aroma (overall): 4.00
Taste (overall): 3.50
Crust - 3.25
Cheese - 3.50
Toppings - 4.00

Sauce - 3.50
Pepperoni Pizza (overall): 3.25
Specialty Pizza & Menu Options: 4.75
X-factor: 4.50

I don't remember what my comments were, but I do remember that The Zeus was by far my favorite. Kevin noted that the sauce on the pepperoni pizza wasn't spicy, like most of the places we have tried so far and Nik thought that the pizza was a little greasy. Overall, we all really liked the pizza and give Newport Pizza Company a lot of credit for their originality!

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