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Old 03-12-2024, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Boilermaker Territory
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It probably has to do with where you live, which I see is Texas. I can't imagine family-owned pizza shops being prevalent down there, so you may be right.

I am from New Jersey, which has very good small independent pizzerias, but I spent some time in Ontario, which most certainly does not. After trying a few independent pizza shops up there, I concluded that the best pizza was the chain called Pizza Pizza.

There was one exception, a small pizza place in Toronto near the areas where all the hospitals are (I was staying at hotel because someone was in one of the hospitals and grabbed some one night after visiting hours) had excellent pizza of quality on a par with what you'd find in my state.
The closest I could ever find to a good Jersey pie in the Midwest is Salavatore's Tomato Pies in Madison, WI:

It's very good as the owner is from Trenton:

https://www.salvatorestomatopies.com/menu/menu-1/
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Old 03-12-2024, 09:35 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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The only chain restaurant pizza I am familiar with is Dominos, it's not too bad. There used to be a place called Shakey's Pizza near me next to a drive-in theatre that played old Laurel & Hardy movies inside where people would have birthday parties for their kids. Their pizza wasn't too bad either.
Most of the pizza I get are the cheapest frozen ones in the grocery store, none are worth rating. It must not be easy to make a good tasting pizza.

I worked as a dish washer in an Italian restaurant when I was a teenager and one day the cook offered me a slice of pizza that he just made. I declined, just the look of it turned my stomach.

One night they had me sweeping out front and a couple of girls came out of the restaurant and one of them puked in the parking lot. Her friend yelled to me, " Tell your boss his pizza sucks."
I replied, " I know, but the dishes were clean, weren't they ? "
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Old 03-13-2024, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Originally Posted by Mightyqueen801 View Post
It probably has to do with where you live, which I see is Texas. I can't imagine family-owned pizza shops being prevalent down there, so you may be right.

I am from New Jersey, which has very good small independent pizzerias, but I spent some time in Ontario, which most certainly does not. After trying a few independent pizza shops up there, I concluded that the best pizza was the chain called Pizza Pizza.

There was one exception, a small pizza place in Toronto near the areas where all the hospitals are (I was staying at hotel because someone was in one of the hospitals and grabbed some one night after visiting hours) had excellent pizza of quality on a par with what you'd find in my state.
I would love to live in NJ because I'm sure my opinion would change. I've had good NY style pizza.
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Old 03-17-2024, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Well, out of the 4 you listed, I'd say in the order of best at the top...

1) Papa John's
2) Pizza Hut & Domino's about the same so tied for 2nd place
3) Little Caesar's - I try to avoid eating them if I can help it


Round Table is great! That chicken & garlic gourmet is fantastic IMO!

The restaurant BJ's has great pizza.

I just found out that my favorite pizza place & nearest Round Table Pizza closed permanently! That's the pizza place I've gone to the most throughout the years! The next closest location isn't too far, but won't be getting it as often. They are opening a Mountain Mike's right down my street, which was never as good, but I guess good enough since they're going to be so close.

Guess I'll be getting Papa John's or Pizza Hut more often, but there's also 2 other newer pizza places in my area (Marco's & The Pizza Guys). My experience w/ Domino's has been kind of a hit or miss. Sometimes they make it really good, but other times, it's like it's old & been sitting there for 2 days.

In my area, there's also Graziano's, but guess I'll check Yelp & see what other pizza places are around here that I never really go to.
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Old 03-17-2024, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Dessert
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I've never had any of those pizzas, or at least not to my knowledge. Sometimes I'll have a slice at a potluck, it's almost always tasty but not worth actually pursuing. The TV ads all look like thick greasy bread.

2-3 times a year, we go out for thin crust wood fire pizza like Mod Pizza, with a big Caesar salad. That's enough for me.
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