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Review: Topolino, Wash DC

Topolino Italian Cuisine & Buffet, Oct 4, 2017

Location: 6320 Old Branch Ave, Camp Springs, MD - http://topolinorestaurant.com/

I recently had the chance to find myself in the greater DC area, near Andrews Air Force Base, so when it came time to eat I naturally searched for nearby pizza with good ratings and I was led to Topolino Italian Cuisine & Buffet. The website doesn't really make you believe that this place has good pizza - it seems more like an afterthought. The good news is that I've been to several Italian restaurants like this, and they've always had rather good pizza, and sometimes great pizza.

I went on Septe...(more)

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Review: Anthony's Pizza

Based on a visit from 2 Oct 17, Oct 18, 2017

Location: Andrews Air Force Base - Base Exchange food court

Anthony's Pizza is a place that anyone who has spent a decent amount of time on military bases is definitely familiar with. It is the AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) pizza chain, and once upon a time was located at just about every Army and Air Force base in the world. Due to many factors, including bad publicity, a rise in viable options, and a questionable product, Anthony's Pizza is a dying brand. Honestly, I don't understand the hate. Many people dismiss it as unappealing, but I find it to be a perfectly acceptable option. I think it beats the pants off of the chain that is currently replacing Anthony'...(more)

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Review: Langley AFB Bowling Alley

Does the stereotype hold?, Oct 25, 2017

Sure, there is not a lot of a point in reviewing pizza from a bowling alley, especially a bowling alley that isn't even open to the public. But hey, I had bowling league tonight, and I didn't have time to get food beforehand, and they served pizza. So, I tried it, and I'll review it. For starters, the price definitely seemed right. An individual pizza for $4.50 and $0.75 per topping? That means for just over $5 I can get a pepperoni pizza? Sold. Well, the reason it was so cheap soon became clear. I am not sure how well it comes across in the picture, but this thing was tiny. I'd guess it was maybe a 6" pizza. The crust was pretty poofy, making it reasonably filling, but it was not nearly en...(more)

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Review: Napoli's Pizza Chips

Trash or... uh... not trash?, Jan 16, 2018

This blog is for pizza and generally speaking that is what I will review, but occasionally I will sprinkle in assorted pizza-related products because why not? Today it is Napoli's Pizza Chips. I had never seen these before and saw them one day at BJ's, our local warehouse store. I figured since I love all things pizza I would give them a try. What sold it for me is that they went to the trouble of shaping the chips like slices of pizza. Those kinds of details matter! The bag was pretty big, as expected from a warehouse store and the price was reasonable - around $6. I don't buy or eat chips/crackers all that often, and to be honest, these were more like crackers than chips, but I figured wh...(more)

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Review: Anna's Italian Pizza

Old school mom and pop action, Mar 7, 2018

Location: 2845 N Armistead Ave # H, Hampton, VA

Not far from where I work, and a place I pass by often is Anna's Italian Pizza. I had been meaning to try it forever, but it still a year and a half until my wife and I finally did. Walking into Anna's is like walking back in time 20 years or more, and not in a completely bad way. Their website (https://www.annasitalianva.com/) says they have been in business since 1970 and in this location since 1992. The staff was really friendly and the entire place was no frills, but again, in a totally ok way. I ordered my usual pepperoni and my wife got a white sauce pepperoni and tomato. The po...(more)

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Review: MOD Pizza

Yet another quick fired type of place, Mar 21, 2018

Location: 12274 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA

I first went to one of these custom-made quick-fired style pizza places back in 2012 or 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina after a race. I thought it was cool, but I did not anticipate how the segment would explode. MOD Pizza marks the 4th or 5th place like this that I have tried, and it might just be the best so far. When you enter, you jump right in a line to have your pizza made to order, just like how Subway makes you a sub. Once done, they chuck it in a zillion degree over to cook super fast and then there you go. The pricing is really simple - pay for the size and type of crust you want and away you go. There is no real...(more)

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REVIEW: Lahaina Chicken Company

They obviously also had pizza, Apr 18, 2018

Location: Honolulu Airport

Airport pizza is risky. It is always overpriced as is all food at an airport, and has a better than even chance that the pizza will not be very good. When stuck at an airport, choices are limited and one must often settle. Luckily, in this case, I was able to find a place that made personal pizzas to order and it wasn't that busy to boot. It was also rather close to where my gate was, so I could easily carry it back to where my party was hanging out. It did take far too long to prepare, but then again, this place wasn't billed as one of those "fast-fired" joints so I guess it was fast enough. When I got the pizza, sat down and opened the box, this is...(more)

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REVIEW: Harris Teeter

Grocery store chain makes fresh pizza to order, May 28, 2018

Location: 12404 Warwick Blvd Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA

Last month I reviewed airport pizza and in a similar vein, grocery store pizza has a significant chance to be especially not great. This grocery store is near where we live and we went to check it out and buy some groceries and while doing so, saw that they make fresh to order pizza there as well as by the slice. It looked a like a pretty good set up and the pizza looked appetizing so I decided I would try it sometime in the future (it was not near a meal time at that moment). Also, on Mondays they had a special for entire pizzas for like eight dollars or something. So I did what anyone would do and went back on...(more)

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REVIEW: Capitol City Brewing Company

Halloween pizza? Don't mind if I do, Oct 31, 2017

Location: 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC - https://capcitybrew.com/

What does a reasonable person do when they are out of town for a silly conference and they need dinner? Do they eat at the super overpriced and likely mediocre in-hotel restaurant? No way! You look around for local pizza places nearby! Luckily, in this case, there was one right across the street, and as a bonus, it was highly rated as well. So, without any qualms, once I settled into my room I walked on over there and despite it being packed, got a table quickly because I was alone. The amazing thing about this place is that they give you complimentary warm pretzels...(more)

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REVIEW: Ella's Wood Fired Pizza

Rando nearby DC place to the rescue?, Nov 2, 2017

Location: 610 9th St NW, Washington, DC - https://ellaspizza.com/

So, last night I went to Capitol City Brewing Company right across the street from my hotel, but tonight I had to hoof it a little ways to get some pizza. It was around 4 blocks or so, not too far to walk and I wasn't about to take out my rental car from the garage if I could help it. I found this place through Google Maps, just searching nearby places with good reviews. When I got there, it was pretty full, but there was a place at the bar that I could sit at right away and so I did. The atmosphere as nice and the bartender was friendly enough, though was probably not thril...(more)

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REVIEW: Manhattan Pizza

Regional chain in the greater DC area and thereabouts, Dec 6, 2017

Location: 8365 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA - https://www.manhattanpizza.com/

Spent another week in the DC area and thus was on the lookout for more new pizza places. Driving around in DC and even the suburbs sucks, so the priority was on places that could be walked to. That would also give exercise, to boot, so that is a bonus! There was a highway between me and this place, but luckily there was a mass transit station above it that had entrances on either side so I could use it as a bridge. I love places like this that offer a wide variety of recently made slices for lunch so you don't have to order a whole pizza. I got the two slice...(more)

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REVIEW: Cheesecake Factory

The cheesecake is good, but how about the pizza?, Dec 15, 2017

Location: 1796 International Dr, McLean, VA - https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com//

The last night in DC the wife and I went to the Cheesecake Factory that was really close to our hotel in a nearby mall are that was really nice. This place has a huge menu and I don't always get pizza there, but like most places that offer pizza and other things - I usually get the pizza. The restaurant, as always, is fairly fancy and nice. It seems like the place should be more like an Applebee's, but it goes the fancier route and that works out for it, I guess. The service was good and timely and before long I was presented with the followi...(more)

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REVIEW: Mellow Mushroom

Very mellow, but hold the mushrooms, please, Nov 22, 2018

Location: 12090 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA

For the longest time, I had no idea that Mellow Mushroom was even a thing. It wasn't where I grew up nor anywhere I visited. Then we moved to Georgia and after a long day of looking at houses, we did a search for pizza places and up comes Mellow Mushroom. Turns out that the place is legit and we ended up going there relatively often while in Georgia. Years later, we move to Virginia and there is also a MM here fairly close to where we live. This particular visit is not from our first time there, but after we had already been in town a couple of years. MM is fairly divisive it seems - some many people really like it, but a vocal ...(more)

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REVIEW: Domino's

Way better than they used to be, Jul 27, 2019

Location: 12538 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA

I've always been a Domino's Pizza apologist. Even before they revamped their pizza in 2009, I thought it was pretty good. Good enough to have when I had a coupon or they had some sort of deal at least. Back in the mid-90s, they had breadsticks they called twisty bread and they were amazing. After the pizza revamp, Domino's went from pretty decent to really great. I love everything about this pizza. The crust is seasoned and zesty and makes it into a great breadstick once that is all that is left. The pizza tracker app is genius and I love knowing almost exactly when the driver is going to arrive. The pizza only took around 22 minu...(more)

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REVIEW: Dough Boys Pizza

Casual Virginia Beach venue, Jun 22, 2019

Location: 2410 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA - https://doughboyspizza.com/

We drove down to Virginia Beach for our anniversary since we had not had a chance to really experience it yet. We were near there for a wedding on the beach, but it was a residential area, so it didn't really count. A couple of blocks from where we parked, Google Maps showed this place and with it, pretty good reviews, so off we went. The venue was a typical beach place, with indoor and outdoor seating and a bar straddling both areas. We sat outside and were pleasantly surprised by the availability of pizza by the slice any way you want it. I went with two sl...(more)

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REVIEW: Stout Pizza Company

Happy birthday to me!, Nov 6, 2019

Location: 7915 W Loop 1604 N #114, San Antonio, TX - stoutspizza.com

We moved from Virginia to San Antonio recently and one thing I always do is ask people for pizza recommendations. One that was strongly recommended was Stout Pizza Company. This was easily accomplished considering it is only around 10-15 minutes from my house. So I decided to head over there for my birthday treat. I got there right as it opened on a weekday and the weather was horrible, so it was unsurprisingly dead. They had a lunch deal for a one topper personal pizza and a soda for like 9 bucks. I ordered my usual pepperoni and grabbed a booth. The location was nice, n...(more)

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REVIEW: Sheetz

We were told we had to try it, Oct 16, 2019

Location: Somewhere on the road from Virginia to San Antonio - sheetz.com

There are no Sheetz locations either where I lived in Virginia or where I just moved to in San Antonio, but a Radio show we listen to constantly raves it. Thus, when we saw them on our moving road trip, we decided to stop at one for gas and lunch. They have a wide variety of food like burgers, wraps, chicken, salads and the like, but of course, they also have pizza and you know that is what I got. The ordering process was a little weird - you order at a kiosk and then your order shows up at the window. There also is a register, but that is for buying other stuff in the g...(more)

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REVIEW: Matchbox

DC area restaurant chain that has pizza, Sep 18, 2019

Location: 1100 S Hayes st, Pentagon City, VA - www.matchboxrestaurants.com/

We took a three-day trip to Washington, DC, and our firth thing to do was a Pentagon tour. However, we had to get some lunch first and due to timing, it had to someplace close by. Luckily, at the mall just south of the Pentagon there was this place called Matchbox that was highly rated. When we walked in, it was fancier than I expected and it was also really busy, so we thought we might have to audible and go to a nearby burger joint. We were able to score some counter seating right away, though, so it worked out. A waiter took our order pretty quickly...(more)

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REVIEW: Donato's Pizza

So much better than it used to be, Sep 8, 2019

Location: 12515 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA - www.donatos.com

Back in 1997 or 1998, I got a second job working at a pizza place that was walking distance from my house in Dayton, Ohio. During my interview, the manager gave me an individual pizza and I thought it was ok at best. I worked there for a while, probably between 6 and 12 months, and each shift I got a free individual pizza. No matter how I made it, I thought it was just ok. Once I stopped working there, I did not try it again for quite a while. Then, sometime later when I finally did go back, they had changed things up to include different crusts. The hand-tossed, in parti...(more)

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REVIEW: Venture Kitchen & Bar

Awesome hole in the wall place, May 24, 2019

Location: 9 E Queens Way, Hampton, VA - www.venturekitchenandbar.com/

I cannot remember how we found this place. This review is for our final visit there before we moved away. During our three year stay in Virginia, we went to venture probably around 5 times. It is just a hole in the wall bar and grill style place with a brick oven and an old school vibe. It is in Hampton's old town and the location is great. It is a one-size pizza kind of place, but the pizzas were just about the perfect size for a single serving for me so no complaints here. Seating can be an issue because of the small size of the place, but it is worth the...(more)

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REVIEW: Little Caesar's

A combo of two different visits, Apr 10, 2019

Location: 10119 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA- www.littlecaesars.com/

I will freely admit upfront that I like Little Caesar's way more than the average person. They have been very successful and continue to grow, but it seems more because of their value than because of the taste. I, however, love the pizza. For whatever reason, I find it delicious and the cheapness of it just makes it that much better. I get three meals out of a large and an order of Crazy Bread for around $9. That cannot be beaten. This review covers two visits, the first was getting the pretzel crust pizza that has a cheese sauce for the base (which we also get a s...(more)

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REVIEW: Mi Pi

Pizza and a movie? Yes!, Apr 20, 2019

Location: 11810 Fountain Way, Newport News, VA - mypipizza.com

One thing I am seeing more often and I love is the connection of legitimate restaurants and food establishments to movie theaters. This place was connected to a Cinemark Theater and we got to order the pizza and take it into the movie. The price was slightly higher than a standalone place (except the drinks, those were still movie theater pricing), but not terrible, and we got to have a legit meal while watching the movie. Mi Pi is yet another one of those tell us what you want on a pizza and we'll make it front of you and then run it through a really hot oven that cooks it fast....(more)

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REVIEW: Dough Pizzeria

High end authentic style place, Jan 19, 2020

Location: 6989 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX - www.doughpizzeria.com/

A coworker of mine made some pizza place suggestions after I mentioned that pizza is my thing and Dough was one of those places. We were already planning a trip there and then my wife's brother got a gift card to the place for Christmas. How convenient! What wasn't convenient was the location - there are two in town and neither are particularly close to us, so we had to work it out for a time when we would be in that area anyway. We got there not long after it opened and yet there were still a decent amount of people there. It is a nice place, not too fancy, with a n...(more)

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REVIEW: Chanello's Pizza

Local chain in Virginia doing good work, Mar 26, 2019

Location: 2 Hidenwood Shopping Center #15 - chanellospizza.com

Chanello's Pizza was one of those local chains that we noticed pretty much right away upon moving to Virginia but it took us a little while to give it a chance. The first time we tried it was a nice summer day where we picked it up and took it to the beach. It was certainly pretty good then, but that was not a fair time to review because getting out to the beach took a bit of time and the pizza was not fresh as a result. So, many months later, I took advantage of a Tuesday deal where I got a large one-topping for five or six bucks. A good deal certainly, and it was right ar...(more)

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REVIEW: Chicago Fire

One man's awesome is another man's meh, Sep 26, 2018

Location: 2416 J St, Sacramento, CA - chicagofire.com

A business trip took me to northern California and I flew into Sacramento. My boss told me about a place that I absolutely had to try, one that he frequented when he lived in that area. He raved about the place so much that I made it my top priority, so right after leaving the airport, a coworker and I went there for lunch. If I recall correctly, we got in a little past lunch so the rush was over and the place was relatively light on customers. That fact made it surprising just how long it took for our order to be taken. Food delivery took a good bit of time also, but to be expected w...(more)

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Ever since a fateful day in the mid to late 80s when my dad said, "Whatever you want" and I got my first pepperoni pizza, pizza has been my favorite food. And that is exactly how I think pizza is best - pepperoni and cheese. Sure, some other toppings are fine from time to time, but for my money, I'll take extra pepperoni.