Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lucy Blue Pizza

....and we're back! After 4 weeks, we were finally all back in town for pizza night last Thursday. Kevin was up and chose a Pepperoni pizza and a Greek pizza (without the olives since Kevin and I aren't fans) from Lucy Blue Pizza (is it just me, or is the kid on their home page a little creepy looking?!). Lucy Blue Pizza has a few locations, but Kevin went to the Mt. Lookout location since it is the closest to all of us.

Here's what the pizzas looked like and how they scored:

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

Appearance (overall): 3.92
Aroma (overall): 3.88
Taste (overall): 3.33
Crust - 3.25
Cheese - 3.58
Toppings - 3.33
Sauce - 3.00
Pepperoni Pizza (overall): 3.33
Specialty Pizza & Menu Options: 3.42
X-factor: 3.25

Lucy Blue Pizza didn't fare quite as well as our other pizza ventures for a few reasons: the crust was bland and became "tough;" the Pepperoni pizza was too oregano-y; they had run out of spinach for the Greek pizza; thet have a very small, limited menu; and, overall it was just ok, not great. We did like that the sauce was a bit on the spicy side and the pizza boxes had cool art work.

I actually really like the Greek pizza, but was bummed about the no spinach thing. And I gave them a little higher score for the "Specialty Pizza & Menu Options" category than I would have if they didn't have as many veggie options (mainly, the mushroom and goat cheese pizza sounds good. Ofcourse, maybe we weren't eating this late enough. Nik's only comment was: "good thing whiskey Thursday was today, because I heard you have to eat this when you're drunk." So, maybe not the best sober pizza, but it might be your best post-drinking option at 2am.

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Top 10!

An anonymous commenter recommended we add a sidebar with our Top 10, which I thought was a great idea. But then I realized that we need to somehow come up with an "overall" score for each pizza place we've tried. In order to do so, we had to figure out how we would weight each category, and decided on:

Appearance - 10%
Aroma - 10%
Overall Taste - 30%
Pepperoni Pizza - 20%
Specialty Pizza Options/Menu - 15%
X-factor - 15%

Obviously changing the percentages could effect the overall score for each place, but I think this should accurately reflect our favorites as a group (Jean-Paul's Paradiso is in my personal top 10). I'll be sure to keep this updated with each new post too! And if you're wondering why there's a repeated number, it's because there was a tie.

Happy eating!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Roc-A-Fellas Pizza

Well, it looks like pizza night is on hold one more week. But, I'll tell you about Roc-a-fella's Pizza, the last pizza night we had before this brief hiatus. Nik headed out to Sharonville to pick us up a Pepperoni pizza and a Sausage, Spinach, and Ricotta pizza. Unfortunately, they burnt one of the pizzas. They offered the burnt one for free, or Nik could wait for them to make another. Nik chose to wait for another, but that meant that the one pizza that was already done and not burnt sat there while they re-did the burnt pizza. Apparently the people working there were nice about the situation, but it still made it a little difficult to judge fairly since the pizza(s) was not very warm. In any case, here's how they scored:

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

Appearance (overall): 3.83
Aroma (overall): 3.75
Taste (overall): 3.92
Crust - 4.00
Cheese - 3.83
Toppings - 3.83
Sauce - 3.33
Pepperoni Pizza (overall): 3.83
Specialty Pizza & Menu Options: 3.50
X-factor: 3.50

And here's what they looked like:

Kevin and I both noted how good the crust was since they brush a garlic butter sauce on the edge, so Kevin liked the wide edge to the crust. However, the really sweet sauce is holding the pizza back. I usually like a sweet sauce, but this was way too sweet. I was also disappointed in the spinach because it seemed to be frozen, not fresh. Roc-A-Fellas Pizza is a solid NY style pizza, but I'd have to say that I've had better NY style pizza in the Cincinnati area.

Roc-a-Fellas on Urbanspoon