A pizza for every mood
November 16, 2009 —
Since the dawn of college, pizza has had its place as a staple in the average studentís diet. Itís affordable, easy to share, and most importantly, virtually impossible to mess up. But where should you go in the area for your particular pizza needs? Whether itís a need for deep dish, better crust or maximum value, this list can point you in the right direction.
When youíre short on cash:
Little Caesarsí Hot Ďní Ready
You probably wonít ever marvel at the taste of the crust, zest of the sauce, or quality of the pepperonis. Still, itís tough to beat a Hot Ďní Ready when you instantaneously decide you want pizza and must be eating it within the next four minutes. Itís also ideal for the average college studentís wallet, which usually contains no more than a few bucks and maxed out credit cards. Just donít have any expectations of dancing a jig as you leave the restaurant like all of those buffoons from the commercials. Itíll do in a pinch, but Iíve never felt like performing any sort of dance moves in unbridled anticipation of eating a Hot Ďní Ready.
When youíre in a New York
state of mind:
(Midland St. in Bay City)
New York style pizza is something of an acquired taste. Some canít get past thinking itís little more than some greasy cheese atop a floppy cracker. Others welcome the light texture of the pizza and its ability to make eating grease and cheese seem like reasonable dining. If youíre one of the latter, you need not hitch a ride to the Bronx to get your NY-style pizza fix. Brooklyn Boys boasts a menu full of such favorites. Best yet, the restaurantís interior makes you feel like youíre in an authentic New York pizzeria. Itís like eating in Salís Pizzeria from Do the Right Thing, except with a far lower possibility that Spike Lee is going to chuck a trash can through the window.
When you want to go deep:
(State St. in Saginaw)
Timbers has a lot to offer its patrons: a variety of dishes, quality drink specials, and the aura that youíre eating and drinking in a remote lodge up north (assuming that lodge seemingly has 182 big-screen TVs). The restaurant also has a selection of pizza that makes the offerings from chain restaurants wither with embarrassment. This includes the deep-dish pizza, which will fill you up without tacking on the guilt of eating the pie-like pizza that calls itself ďChicago style.Ē And while most people enjoy Chicago style pizza, itís not something you want to attempt to conquer in a public setting.
When you want more crust
for your buck:
Jetís 8 Corner Pizza
When most of us were children, the pizza crust was practically a deal-breaker. Only if it was stuffed with cheese did it become at all appealing. But as we aged, our palettes changed. And that meant a greater appreciation for the arts, social issues, and pizza crust. That is, assuming it wasnít the flavorless chunk of hardened dough (Iím looking at you, Little Caesars). So it was a great day for us suddenly refined pizza-crust-loving individuals when Jetís Pizza unveiled its 8 Corner Pizza. Boasting a flavorful deep-dish composition of zesty sauce and cheese, the 8 Corner Pizza really shines in that every piece is, you guessed it, a corner piece. This is definitely a pizza you want to share with others, though, unless youíre a glutton for spending your evenings on the ground in stomach-clutching agony.
When you want pizza from your freezer:
California Pizza Kitchen
Pizza is one of those foods that shouldnít ever have to come from the freezer, since itís one of the few edible things you can have delivered to your door. But if you donít feel like tipping anyone, yet still canít shake a craving for something resembling pizza, California Pizza Kitchenís line of frozen pizza is your best bet. Tombstone is the veteran of frozen pizza and Digiorno has the all the cute advertisements. But California Pizza Kitchen delivers a large assortment of choices, including a thin crust that isnít far from what youíd find at all the pizza establishments you avoided calling earlier in the night.