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Pizza Pizza

Pizza Pizza

Pizza Pizza
October 03
13:57 2013

Christina Ulsh / Senior Staff Writer

All the business pitfalls of Si’z Pizzeria are absolved by its majestic, heaven-sent pizza.

The pizzeria is regrettably located south of I-35E in a questionable strip mall at 1776 Teasley Lane #103. Customers may feel wary when approaching the shop, with its fluorescent lights illuminating nothing but four tables with paper towels on them.

The workers are friendly and helpful, though.

With 14 innovative specialty pizza options, it was hard to choose one to order.

The man who bakes the pizza made suggestions based on his experience with the food and the ingredient preferences of previous customers. During this visit, he switched out the standard diced tomatoes for chicken without charging an additional fee.

The pizza was not cheap, but customers certainly get value for what they pay for. The hand-stretched, homemade dough is made with local honey and the produce is purchased weekly from the community market.

The smallest size cheese pizza is 12 inches and costs $9. The largest size, which is called a Ludicrous, is 22 inches and costs $21.

One piece of art, a galactic painting of an astronaut riding a Sriracha bottle toward a pizza planet, adorns the wall. Apparently, this painting is for sale for the right price.

Next to it surrounded by innumerable pinholes is a dartboard without the darts. On the floor a few feet away, a duct tape line marks where players stand. The darts have apparently been broken, though.

The employees crack jokes with and show no disdain or apathy toward customers while they wait. Roughly 10 minutes after ordering the pizza, it was ready to be marveled at and then devoured.

The Midwest Harvest had a blanket of gooey mozzarella covering all but the fluffy crust. Roasted corn, seasoned artichoke hearts, chicken and spinach embellished the otherwise virginal cheese blanket. No marinara sauce on this one.

There are no dishes for those dining in. At the time, Si’z was also out of the canned sodas it would usually sell to customers to drink. They did, however, have bottled water to buy.

Picking up a full slice was difficult. The cheese weighed down the weak tips of each slice, in turn breaking them off. It was difficult to sincerely be upset at this slight inconvenience caused by an excess of cheese.

It tasted as beautiful as it looked. It wasn’t insufferably greasy nor was it in need of marinara. The combination of savory flavors was complemented by a hint of sweetness from the corn.

The crust was amazing, especially in comparison to the already-made, cardboard-like crust of the lazier Denton pizza places that only bother with the complexities of their toppings.

The restaurant has been open for four months, and business is not exactly booming. The employee at the register said most of the clientele are redditors–registered users on Reddit. The owner of Si’z (pronounced size) advertises the pizzeria solely on this website.

Hopefully, this hidden pizza treasure will be uncovered by greater Denton before it’s too late.

Si’z is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Pizza lovers can also call (940) 808-1670 for pick up or delivery.

William Darnell / Arts & Life Editor

Luigi’s Pizza is not ideally located. Its pizza is extremely greasy. The owners, managers and staff are not rude, but they are very terse. The dining area is rarely packed, but always loud. International soccer games are constantly on the giant flat screen near the back of the restaurant next to bottles of wine which appear to have been there forever.

All of this sounds like Luigi’s pizza should be awful. It isn’t.

It’s the best pizza in Denton. It’s cheap, the toppings are delicious, they make the pies fast and the crust is thin with crunchy ends. A 16-inch pizza with two meat toppings is $14.07 with tax, which is basically robbery.  The restaurant also has pasta, supposedly amazing white sauce and dessert, as well as Italian freeze pops, beer and wine.

So, if Luigi’s is the best pizza place in Denton, why does no one know about it?

It’s smack dab in the middle of no man’s land on University Drive and Bonnie Brae Street. It’s flanked by Albertson’s–your grandma’s favorite grocery store–the Girl Scouts of America office and Chinatown Café–the worst Asian restaurant in Denton and maybe America.

In stark juxtaposition to Luigi’s, Last Drop Tavern is brand new, nicely decorated, features a wood fire oven and has more than 70 beers, including 22 on tap.

Last Drop is on Elm Street, just past Ravelin Bakery, in a developing area of Denton. The restaurant has “custom Neapolitan pizza,” sandwiches, salads and mozzarella wraps.

Guests can order premade personal specialty pizzas ranging from $8.50 to $9.75 or start from scratch with a $7 pie with $1 toppings.

Last Drop probably has the most impressive toppings menu in Denton, with prosciutto, pancetta, spicy Italian sausage, mortadella, anchovies, egg, portabello mushrooms and many others.

Unfortunately for the taste buds of pizza-lovers, what comes out of the wood fire-burning oven is not necessarily what they ordered.

I ordered a pizza with pancetta, spicy Italian sausage and meatballs. I received a lukewarm and burnt pizza with beef sausage, ham and pork sausage. Compounding the pizza’s incorrect toppings was the service and presentation.

The one bartender was also serving as the waitress. She was rude and uninformed. The pizza was presented on the pan it was cooked, with plastic to-go boxes as plates, paper napkins and cheap, plastic utensils.

The worst part about Last Drop though, is the pizza. Frozen DiGornio pizza has a better flavor and better design than the outdated and out-of-touch tavern.

Carina Aquino / Staff Writer

Denton’s oldest independent pizzeria has been providing quality pizza to students and locals for more than 20 years, and it’s easy to see why this small-town restaurant has done so well.

Roman’s Pizza, located at 3001 N. Elm St., is a family-owned restaurant that offers fresh ingredients and a specialty in-house sauce on all of its pizzas. Dine-in, carryout and delivery are available, and outdoor seating is also provided.

The small tables covered in green and white cloth cater to the “Mean Green” pride of UNT students. Jerseys and flags from both UNT and Texas Women’s University show how supportive the business is to both local universities.

Though it’s not easily accessible from campus, Roman’s does offer delivery for a small fee. However, students who order from the pick-up menu get a free drink with their purchase.

Known for their quality in prices for large orders, students can purchase two large, two-topping pizzas for only $14.99, which is giving other big-name competitors some competition. The same deal is available for medium- and small-sized pizzas for a few bucks cheaper.

The pizza itself has its pros and cons, much like any other local pizzeria in the area.

Roman’s specialty sauce was piled on the pizza, which is usually a bad thing, but not in this case. The thick and hearty sauce is loaded with garlic and spices that cater to every palate. Some customers say it has a hint of spiciness while others say it is a bit on the sweet side.

The toppings were lacking in some cases. I noticed meats like pepperoni and sausage were piled on, while the veggies like olives and mushrooms were scarce, which is weird, considering it’s usually the other way around.

The typical pizza crust is offered for all pies, though thin crust is available upon request.

Overall, Roman’s is definitely the go-to pizza joint for anyone planning on catering to a large study group or any late night hangs.

A freshly-mad meat lover’s pie from Roman’s Pizza. Feature photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer

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