Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Balboa's Grill and Pizzeria

Balboa's Grill and Pizzeria is conveniently on the drive home from University of Cincinnati to our place in Oakley, so Nik picked up a couple of pizzas on his way home. The pizzas at Balboa's are big, New York style pizzas, so two was plenty. Nik chose the pepperoni and the barbeque chicken pizzas. Balboa's focuses on east-coast style food and even imports their hoagies from Philadelphia for their Philly sandwiches.

Balboa's was a hit for all of us, here's how they scored:

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

Appearance (overall): 4.17
Aroma (overall): 4.50
Taste (overall): 4.42
Crust - 4.67
Cheese - 4.00
Toppings - 4.25
Sauce - 3.75
Pepperoni Pizza (overall): 4.50
Specialty Pizza & Menu Options: 3.92
X-factor: 4.08

So far, Balboa's has the highest scoring pepperoni pizza, outscoring Pomodori's! The crust was cooked perfectly and the pepperoni pizza had a nice spiciness thanks to the spices and herbs on top. The tomato sauce was too "tomato paste-y" and needed more spices/flavor, but the bbq sauce on the barbeque chicken pizza was really good. And although I try to only eat locally raised meat (besides the exception of pepperoni for pizza night), I'm really tempted to try their philly cheese steak on their Philadelphia-imported hoagie.

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  1. Hello! I found your blog on Urban Spoon while looking for the Balboa's website. I grew up in Philly, but have lived in Cinci for the last 7 years. I can honestly say that Balboa's has the best cheesesteak that I have found outside Philly. You really should try it!

  2. Awesome, thanks! I think I will!

  3. You are missing out if you don't try out the silver dollar sized pepperonis on an MVP pepperoni pizza, in Mason near Kings Island. Another recommendation in Mason is The Flying Pizza. Great quest - I'm now hungry and looking for Balboa's to order. :)

  4. Best Pizza in Mason is Aponte's Pizza on Reading road although Pitrelli's right across the street also makes a mean pie