Pizza Scoring from 30 Days of Pizza
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Restaurant Score
Crust (3)Sauce (3)Cheese (3)Toppings (3)
Atmosphere (2)
Service (2)(Bathroom (2)Why?
Leona's Pizzeria
Garlic Chicken Alfredo Thin Crust
9 out of 124 out of 42.52.52222N/A
I had a tough time explaining this score. Leona’s crust is buttery with a good crunch. The cheese and toppings were balanced nicely. I didn’t have anything I could point to that was ‘wrong’ with it. I realized the reason I couldn’t give this pizza a higher score is because there was nothing special about it. It’s what I’d expect when I order a “Garlic Chicken Alfredo” pizza, but nothing more. To earn a 10 or higher a pizza has to wow me and as tasty as this pie was, it was a bit lackluster.
Roots Handmade Pizza
4/15/2019Cheese6 out of 9N/A321N/AN/AN/AN/A
There was a bit too much sauce and way too much cheese. I often have leftovers and it was the first time I’ve had trouble finding the crust under the cheese. It was disappointing that their delicious crust (my favorite part of their pizza!) was drowned in red sauce and cheese. It’s strange because last weekend I had their “American Breakfast” pizza and loved it. Looking back, I think it might have been heavy on the cheese then too, but it was less noticeable with all the other toppings.
Bake Homemade Pizza
Build Your Own: pistachio pesto, mozzarella, sausage, brussels sprouts, marinated artichokes, poblano peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts
12 out of 12N/A3333N/AN/AN/A
This was a true pizza love story! I'm frequently nervous about choosing flavors that clash and I had no reason to be today. The flavors were spread out perfectly and I was able to taste a touch of each one in nearly every bite. It helps that they're farm to table so the ingredients are as fresh as can be!
Little Red Hen4/16/2019
Pepperoni Pizza / Spinach & Mushroom Pizza
8 out of 12N/A2222N/AN/AN/A
This is the 3rd time that I’ve had pizza from Little Red Hen and whilst it is satiating, it is also ‘basic.’ Their menu includes tons of different food from hot dogs to fried chicken to fish. Since it’s sharing the stage with tons of other tasty food options, it makes sense that the pizza isn’t spectacular.
Knead Pizza4/3/2019
Alice in Wonderland: prosciutto, arugula, olive oil, shaved parmesan, and red sauce.
11 out of 126 out of 63332222
Alice in Wonderland is my favorite Disney movie so I had to try this and it did not disappoint. The flavors blended so well and the crust was the perfect combination of soft and doughy with a light crisp. They were celebrating their first anniversary at this location and I was glad to be a part of it with someone special.
Knead Pizza4/4/2019
Top of the Mornin' to Ya: bacon, roasted potatoes, shallots, olive oil garlic sauce, topped with fried egg
12 out of 126 out of 63333222
As a part of their anniversary celebration Knead had a special of buy one pizza get one for $4.03. I was full at the restaurant, but was able to take this pizza to go and my jaw dropped when I opened it the next morning. It was equally picturesque and delicious!
Blaze Pizza4/1/2019
Build Your Own pizza with classic crust, red sauce, mozzarella, sausage, spinach, mushrooms, red onion, roasted garlic, brussels sprouts, and balsamic glaze drizzle.
12 out of 126 out of 63333222
It tasted as good as it looked. I've had dozens of Blaze pizzas and this was the best one yet! Picturesque and perfectly balanced.
Jet's Pizza4/2/2019
Deep Dish Cheese Turbo Crust
12 out of 12N/A3333N/AN/AN/A
This has become one of my favorite pizzas. I love the thick, yet light and spongy crust with beautifully crisped edges. The sauce is slightly sweet and spread evenly. The amount of cheese on top is just the right amount of cheese for me. It's probably for the best that there isn't a location close enough to deliver... I would be tempted to eat this and only this for the rest of the challenge!
Zizi's Cafe4/3/2019
Lahmacun - Doule Size homemade fresh dough topped with seasoned ground beef, vegetables and parsley.
12 out of 126 out of 63333222
This was exactly what I needed. It was light and incredibly flavorful! The crust is thin and easy to fold, toppings were spread evenly over the pizza, and it was nice to add onion/parsley/lemon as desired.
Roots Handmade Pizza
American breakfast pizza with bacon, sausage, green peppers, breakfast potatoes, alfredo sauce, mozzarella, and baked eggs.
12 out of 124 out of 4333322N/A
I was a little worried this would be too heavy of a meal for breakfast. It wasn't, all of the flavors were balanced well and the toppings weren't overloaded. The breakfast potatoes and alfredo sauce were my favorite part. It was messy, but a real delight!
Coalfire Southport
4/11/2019Bacon Jam12 out of 126 out of 63333222
Coalfire Southport
White pizza with mozzarella, garlic, evoo, oregano, basil,
whipped ricotta
12 out of 126 out of 63333222
Pizzeria Serio4/17/2019Sweet Heat11 out of 126 out of 63332222
This is the first pizza I’ve ever tried with honey drizzle and I loved it! I really enjoyed the flavor combinations of the sweet honey drizzle, seasoned sausage and hot yet sweet peppers. I did pick most of the hot peppers off because I find them overpowering in general, but I liked the touch of heat from the leftover juice still on the pizza.
Lou Malnati's4/18/2019
Deep Dish Malnati Chicago Classic
12 out of 126 out of 63333222
This meal was perfect from start to finish. The restaurant is beautiful and well let. The environment alone is relaxing, a key feature when you're waiting for deep dish to cook. Our server, Dulce, was amazing! I didn't expect to encounter such a kindred soul on this visit, but it must have been kismet because there she was. When she had a moment between tables she would stop by and talk about local pizzas, how she spent her day off eating pizza at Piece (she gave me a recommendation for some sort of broccoli and mashed potato pizza and I'm all the more excited for my visit there now!), and the pizza tattoo she has commemorating her commitment to 'za. We went with Dulce’s recommendation for pizza and it was unbelievably good. I’m obsessed with their crust! I always thought it used cornmeal since it had a similar texture, crunchier and grittier than the traditional flour crust, but the manager, Cassandra Van Alstin, let me know it’s a common misconception, it’s actually a flour-based crust. It was a surprising discovery that made their pizza all the more impressive to me!
Whole Foods4/19/2019Slice of Cheese12 out of 125 out of 63333221
Great light pizza! I was stocking up on Table5 frozen pizza and hadn’t planned on getting a slice, but Whole Foods has a pizza bar and I wanted to get an idea of what they had available for next time. They had a ton of options and I couldn’t resist temptation. I went with cheese because I’m a big fan of those little bubbles and wanted something plain after such a heavy night. Their dining room is clean, sunny, and overlooks the 6 corners by Ashland/Lincoln/Belmont. The crust was nice and doughy, the sauce was the right amount of sweet and the cheese tasted so good!
Blaze Pizza4/19/2019
Build Your Own with gluten free crust, pesto sauce, spinach, green peppers, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, garlic and balsamic drizzle.
12 out of 12N/A333322N/A
I needed a break from cheese after Lou’s last night, but I was hesitant to order this because my previous experience with gluten free/vegan pizza a decade ago was disastrous. GF/vegan pizzas have come a long way since then. I didn’t miss the cheese and this meal was the light, veggie loaded pizza I needed to get some balance. (Blaze does have vegan meat/cheese but I needed a brief break from both so I made a note to try that next time!)
Lunchables4/19/2019Cheese Pizza9 out of 9N/A333N/AN/AN/AN/A
I've been eating these since I was a kid. It's been a few years since the last time I had one and it's just like I always remembered. At first I think there's too much sauce, but once it's spread and topped with cheese it's just right. It's a simple, light meal that feels so nostalgic! Who doesn't love a Capri-Sun?
Homemade Dessert Pizza
4/19/2019Tiramisu Pizza12 out of 12N/A3333N/AN/AN/A
I have such a sweet tooth and it’s the one thing I’ve been missing during 30 days of pizza…. until now! This recipe is incredibly quick, easy and so, so tasty. The best part is that it’s a simple base that can be used to explore tons of different varieties. I’ve topped it with Cinnamon Toast Crunch before and I’m going to top it with Oreo cookies in my next iteration. ❤️
Udi's Gluten Free
4/20/2019Cheese8 out of 9N/A233N/AN/AN/AN/A
This is a great frozen pizza. It's light, crispy and the cheese is just the right about of cheesy. The only thing keeping it from a perfect score is that the crust is a bit too greasy for a pizza pretending to be 'healthy.'
Slice of Chicken and Waffles
11 out of 125 out of 63332122
I'm a big fan of sweet and savory flavor combinations like chicken and waffles. A lot of people recommended Dimo's as a spot for interesting pizza and I'm glad I finally went. This slice of chicken and waffles was nearly perfect. I wanted a tad more waffle bits and syrup, but it was still plenty delicious without it. The dining room of their Wrigleyville location needed some attention, but with a Cubs game and it being 4/20 it was understandable. I wish I grabbed some pictures of their various pizza murals.... guess I have to go back soon!
Dimo's4/20/2019S'mores12 out of 125 out of 63333122
My friend laughed at me for being overwhelmed with emotion when this order came up. I didn’t cry… but I came close! The sweet smell was overpowering and so reminiscent of memories of girl scouts and camping in our backyards. It’s a nice neutral crust with chocolate sauce, teddy grahams, marshmallow fluff and chocolate drizzle. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!
Breakfast pizza with cheddar, bacon, eggs and chives.
5 out of 12N/A1.5021.5N/AN/AN/A
Pepper gravy was listed as an ingredient, but it wasn’t on this pizza. As a result, the pizza was bland and dry. It was a spongy crust with a layer of plain hash browns topped with eggs, bacon, and cheese that formed some sort of a patty on the way home. To be fair, this pizza was ordered to-go so maybe it would have been better if I ordered in restaurant where they would have been able to correct the mistake. It’s also worth nothing that pizza is not Hutch’s specialty. They’re more of an American fare restaurant. I was planning on order from Roots Handmade Pizza, but they don’t offer their brunch menu for takeout and I was craving breakfast and was happy to find this alternative.
Fat Chris's Pizza and Stuff
Detroit Style Cheese
7.5 out of 9N/A31.53N/AN/AN/AN/A
I was craving Jet's so I searched for 'Detroit-style pizza' on a food app because there isn't a Jet's near my home. I was delighted that Fat Chris's Pizza and Stuff came up right away. They have a ton of options and the pizza was a bit pricey, but not outrageous. Fat Chris's is true Detroit-style pizza so it has the sauce in a line on top in the middle of each slice. I didn't think it looked especially appetizing and didn't like that it was all in one spot. Instead of spreading it out, I scooped the sauce off altogether. The cheese was tasty, but the crust was definitely my favorite part, I love those crispy edges!
Pete's Pizzeria4/21/2019
Slice of stuffed spinach
8 out of 12N/A2222N/AN/AN/A
It’s tough for me to rate Pete’s because it’s not pizza I’d normally go for. It’s not good or bad, but it’s okay. The crust is a basic flour base, and by now you know I much prefer cornmeal crust. The sauce is just a touch too sweet for me. I’d say the best part was the cheese for me, it was the perfect thing to disguise the fact that I was eating spinach. 😂
Bake Homemade Pizza
Slice of popeye with garlic puree, shredded mozzarella, spinach, sun-dried tomato, pine nuts and garlic oil (normally includes feta cheese, but I asked them not to add it).
11 out of 12N/A3332N/AN/AN/A
This slice was a great way to switch it up. I'm not the biggest fan of spinach so I tired of it and started to pick it off halfway through, but otherwise it was delightful. The crust has the perfect balance of bouncy and crispy and the combination of pine nuts, garlic and sun dried tomatoes was excellent!
Bella Bacino's4/24/2019
Bambino (personal sized) deep dish Bacino Special with sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and onions
10 out of 124 out of 4233222N/A
Bella Bacino's is an incredibly reasonably priced pizzeria located in a hotel on Wacker right by the Chicago River. The pizza was delicious. The crust was buttery with the right amount of crunch, though it was lacking the cornmeal texture I love so much. The cheese was perfect and there was just the right amount of sauce. The veggies, particularly the onions, were still rather crunchy despite spending 25-35 minutes in the oven. It's something I found to be a bit odd and I'm curious if they slice there veggies thicker than others do. Overall a great experience, I'll be back someday!
Pepperoni Pizza
12 out of 12N/A3333N/AN/AN/A