Chalk this guy up as my hero.
He successfully ate at every pizza place in New York City. When you take out all the chains, that means an astonishing 362 slices in a bit over two years.
28-year-old Colin Hagendorf has been profiled by the New York Daily News, Washington Post and the Huffington Post, among others. He chronicled his sauce-filled quest at his blog, Slice Harvester.
Here’s a sample from an 8 out of 8 rating at a place called Pizza Suprema.
“The ratios on this slice were superb, there was ample grease, and the whole thing was moist without being sloppy. The sauce, which [Big Brother Chris] thought might be the best part (though none of us could consense on a BEST part of this delectable slice), was integrated very nicely with the cheese, (which was absolutely delish), so that they were slightly discernible from one and other in flavor, but still totally enmeshed, creating a wonderful texture atop the crispness of the crust. And the crust’s flavor, it was unstoppable!”
Now, I doubt I’d be able to finish anything like this. It would be fun to try, though.
As for pizza places in Grand Forks, you can do no better than Rhombus Guys on Kittson. As I’ve said before, it’s the best in town, possibly the tri-state area that I’ve had at least. Pizza Ranch is open for the buffet lovers, but I find most times you plop down multiple pies under a heat lamp (or any food for that matter), it’s not good. There are definitely Ranch fans out there, though, and they’re quite vocal.
Opening soon in south Grand Forks is a Marco’s Pizza location. I hadn’t heard about this place until it was announced. First one in ND, too. What looks good to me is their White Cheesy: four types of cheese, bacon, onions, tomatoes and a garlic butter sauce.
They also offer a meatball and sausage platter. Just for good measure: a meatball and sausage platter. I will probably order one all to myself, grab a spoon and dig in. You can also get a meatball pizza.
A guilty pleasure pie for me has to be a pepperoni stuffed crust from Pizza Hut. I’m ashamed. It’s a monstrosity, but a delicious one.
What’s really exciting for any pizza lover is the soon-to-open Old Chicago. As far as I know, they’re still looking for a location south of Columbia Mall. I thought they would try to get in the former Grizzly’s location, but no.
If you don’t know, real, Chicago-style pizza is a huge, thick pie that’s almost made in reverse. You’ve got the crust which is pretty big too. Take slices of mozzarella cheese and put them on the crust, and then layer on pepperoni, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, black olives and sausage. Ladel in the sauce and top it with Parmesan cheese. So I’ll be sampling that (finally) in Grand Forks soon.
I’ve had it a few times in Chicago and it’s been good every time. But the best I’ve had is at Lou Malnati’s. It’s a local chain with quite a few locations in and out of Chicago. Amazing. And filling.
If you’re up at 2:30 and have a hankering, call up Deek’s on N. Washington. Get the extra extra large and they throw in breadsticks and a soda.
There’s my favorites for pizza in Grand Forks. What’s yours?