Wednesday, December 15, 2010

N.Y.P.D. Pizza

"Cincinnati's First Call for Great Tasting Pizza Since 1987," or N.Y.P.D. Pizza, was next up for pizza night. Kevin ventured to the Northside location for last week's pizza night and took advantage of a coupon for 3 large, 2 topping pizzas for only $19.99 (what a great deal!). Kevin got us a Pepperoni pizza, a Hawaiian pizza, and a Chicken & Banana Peppers pizza.

(Pepperoni pizza)

(Hawaiian pizza)

(Chicken and Banana Pepper pizza)

When he got there, he also found out about their holiday can food drive - but a large or extra large pizza and bring in a can food item and you receive a free hoagie. Not only a great deal, but a great community/charity event! Both of these helped factor in to the "X-factor" rating, as you will see below.

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

Appearance (overall): 4.17
Aroma (overall): 3.88
Taste (overall): 4.00
Crust - 4.08
Cheese - 3.67

Toppings - 3.83
Sauce - 3.83

Pepperoni Pizza (overall): 4.08
Specialty Pizza & Menu Options: 3.58
X-factor: 4.00

In my opinion, the pizza didn't look like what I know to be NY style pizza (but maybe it's not supposed to be, I just assumed it based on the name). Despite that, I still really liked the pizza, especially the crust and sauce. Kevin thought that the sauce was a spicier sauce without being very spicy, which I really liked. I thought it was a little sweet (in a good way) and nicely spiced/flavored. My only complaint was that there was a LOT of grease pooled in the pepperoni (and they weren't even the little "pepperoni grease boats"), but they may have been because the pizzas were in the oven for at least 15 minutes before we sat down to eat. And despite being in the oven for that long, they were still very good (which hasn't been the case for some of the other pizza places in our quest). I don't like ham, so I didn't try the Hawaiian pizza, but the Chicken & Banana Peppers was good - the chicken wasn't as flavorful as Jean Paul's Paradiso's, but it was still good and at least in bite-size pieces.

Along with the previously mentioned X-factor contributors, they also include garlic butter dipping sauce with their pizzas! While I appreciate a really good crust/pizza, you can never go wrong with adding garlic butter dipping sauce to it :) So head over to N.Y.P.D. Pizza this holiday season with your non-perishable can food item in tow and enjoy!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Krimmer's Italianette Pizza

Sorry it's been 3 weeks since the last post! We actually had Italianette Pizza way back on November 11, but I obviously have been slow to get this post up. We haven't had pizza night the last 2 weeks though due to Thanksgiving last week and Nik being gone the week before at a conference. Alas, we are back for the next few weeks, before Christmas travels cause another brief break.

A few weeks ago, Nik ventured out to Silverton to pick us up a Pepperoni pizza and a Bacon & Pineapple pizza (he wanted a Hawaiian pizza, but I really don't like ham....who can really complain about bacon instead though?).

Here's how they scored:

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

Appearance (overall): 3.75
Aroma (overall): 3.75
Taste (overall): 3.75
Crust - 3.83
Cheese - 3.83
Toppings - 3.67
Sauce - 3.17
Pepperoni Pizza (overall): 3.33
Specialty Pizza & Menu Options: 3.50
X-factor: 3.33

(Pepperoni pizza)

(Pineapple and Bacon pizza)

One of the toppings at Italianette Pizza is "Real Bacon," and as you can see from the picture above, they aren't lying. And the bacon is good too. But, the slices are a little too large - it would be a lot easier to eat if they cut each slice in half one more time. Everyone agreed that the Bacon & Pineapple pizza was the better of the too, with Nik going as far to say "good bacon, but not much else going for it." On top of the Pepperoni pizza not having much flavor, it was really greasy. Kevin thought that the crust was really doughy and deceptively thick. He thought that the crust was soft and chewy, and slightly undercooked in a good way. We both agreed that there was a LOT of cheese on this pizza too (more than the average pizza). I thought that the spots where the cheese was carmelized was especially good.

While we probably wouldn't go out of our way to get Italianette Pizza again due to the distance and Nik's difficulty in finding a parking lot, I'm sure we would stop in for a good (albeit not fantastic) piece of pizza.

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