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May 30, 2016

Review - "A Nutty Idea" Pizza, from The Original Roma Pizza in Greeley Colorado

I've dined at all three of the Roma Pizza restaurants in Greeley Colorado for years, but their original location on 8th avenue in Greeley has got to be my favorite.  I'll get into the reasons why shortly, but first.. take a gander at this Roma pizza I dined on last week that I've been meaning to try for years.

“A Nutty Idea”
Pepperoni, tomatoes, cream cheese, mozzarella, and cashews

The Pizza Chap rating..
5 out of 5 slices!

There it is in all of its glory..  "A Nutty Idea".  I can honestly say I have never eaten a pizza with any kind of nut on it, and the cashews were the main reason I never gave this pizza a try for several years now.  However, after a lifetime of playing it on the safe side, I decided on this particular day, to start stepping out of my comfort zone a bit.

Upon my first bite, the cashews instantly filled my mouth with an incredible flavor I never knew they were capable of delivering.  Obviously the result of being cooked, the oils and essence of the cashew effortlessly engulfed my palate. I couldn't focus on anything else until the mozzarella and cream cheese kicked in, delivering a richness and creaminess that made me want to close my eyes and savor every bite.  This flavor combo was succulent to say the least, but just when you think it might be too much, the tangy pizza sauce and tomatoes bring everything into balance, while the pepperoni adds a bit of spiciness that rounds everything out perfectly.

The freshly made crust is the vessel that delivers this masterpiece from pan to mouth, and works perfectly to do so.  The thin crust is crispy, firm, and does not fight with the ingredients at all.  The hand twisted edge crust is also aesthetically pleasing, and is a Roma trademark so to speak, even being featured as part of The Roma logo on pizza boxes, the website, and promotional material.

So the pizza without a doubt was divine, but the dining experience at 'The Original Roma' was immensely enjoyable as well.  Even before entering the establishment, you see intriguing murals painted on the sides of the building, strings of light bulbs stretched above the patio, and an old neon sign that has obviously withstood the test of time.  You wonder if the eclectic vibe is going to carry on inside, and much to my liking, it indeed did.

Once inside, anyone that has even a remote interest in music will love the decor.  Music posters and pictures stretch from floor to ceiling, and the tables sport all manner of memorabilia like concert tickets, flyers, etc.   Smooth sounds are always piped into the restaurant, and make for a relaxing atmosphere which incline me to personally slow down, unwind, and truly enjoy my meal.

To me, dining at 'The Original Roma' is a very zen like experience.  Pizza and a few beers with good friends or family, would most likely insure that I would be blissfully spending a good couple of hours, basking in the laid back and mellow vibes this place lays down for its patrons.

While I enjoy eating at all of the Roma restaurants, The Original Roma provides an experience and vibe that none of Roma's sister restaurants, or any other local pizzeria in the vicinity for that matter can provide.  I highly recommend it, if for no other reason than their great pizza.

May 24, 2016

Review - Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom "Veggie 7" pizza

The Pizza Chap rating..
4 out of 5 slices!

I've been eating a lot healthier since the first of the year.  It may not look that way from my social media accounts and blog, but believe me I really am.  I exercise and eat pretty healthy all week long, and come the weekend, I let myself indulge (usually in the form of pizza).

However, there are just some days that I need to sink my teeth into a pie, but still want to stay under 2000 calories for the day.  Enter the "Veggie 7" personal pizza from Old Chicago.  We're talking a veggie pizza that's loaded with red onions, green bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, black olives, artichoke hearts and roma tomatoes.

I realize that's only six vegetables, and there's a reason for that.  It's a healthier take on Old Chicago's original "Chicago 7" which sports Pepperoni, Italian sausage, red onions, black olives, green peppers, and sliced mushrooms.  It was named after the trial of seven defendants in Chicago charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to anti-Vietnam sentiment, rather than the number of toppings added to the pie.

I order my Veggie 7 with Old Chicago's 'tavern thin crust' which is light and crispy.  Half of this pie delivers 485 calories, meaning.. a light breakfast and lunch allows me to eat the entire pie, while staying well within my calorie limit for the day.  Not to mention that I get a couple servings of vegetables!

The toppings are always fresh and tasty, and the crispy crust works perfectly with the abundance of veggies piled on top.  The only reason I gave it four out of five slices on my review, was strictly from a health standpoint and personal taste.  A little less cheese and a little more sauce, would drop your calorie count, while better balancing the crispiness of the crust.

All in all, the "Veggie 7" is a great tasting and healthier option for pizza addicts like myself, that are trying to eat better, and I highly recommend it.

Visit Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom Online

May 18, 2016

Review - Pizza Casbah in Fort Collins Colorado

Pizza Casbah
126 West Laurel Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Pizza Chap rating..
5 out of 5 slices!

I love all sorts of pizza, but New York Style tends to be the type of pie I eat most.  That being said, my absolute favorite New York style pizzeria in Northern Colorado is Pizza Casbah in Fort Collins.

I've yet to find a better New York Style pizzeria in Colorado, and try to visit as often as I can.  The restaurant is located directly across from the Colorado State University campus on Laurel Street. The menu pricing is incredibly affordable, no doubt with the town's college students in mind.  If you happen to visit between 2-5 pm on Tuesdays, you can even get $1.00 cheese slices with no limit!

When you first walk into Pizza Casbah, you immediately feel the vibe of a New York style pizzeria.  From the black and white checkered floor, to the bustling atmosphere, you almost forget you're in a Northern Colorado eatery.


The restaurant's prized centerpiece is a mural of New York's most famous celebrities, which run the gamut from Lucille Ball to the Beastie Boys, all hanging out in a New York pizzeria.  My kids were pretty darn impressed that I could name every celebrity featured in the mural!

Something that always gets me perturbed, is when pizzerias skimp on their pizza.  Particularly, when they sell less than generous portions, and pass them off as standard sizes.  Let me tell you that Pizza Casbah definitely kicks it up several notches above the competition in this regard.  Behold..

Don't have a table?  No worries!
Pizza Casbah's extra large pizza box, easily has seating for four!

While many pizzerias consider a 16" pizza to be an extra large pie, Pizza Casbah's "Extra Large" is a whopping 24 inches!  It really is a sight to behold, especially when the box covers your entire table. I usually order one extra large pizza for my family of five, along with an order of garlic knots, and we always end up taking leftovers home of both items. We always need to push two tables together, so everyone has a place to eat.  If the restaurant happens to be particularly busy, don't fret.  The pizza box has ample room so that four or five people can place their drinks and slices right on top of it. 

As for the quality of the pie, I can't overstate that it is absolutely superb!  Stone ovens give it that perfect char and just the right amount of pull, that any self respecting New York style pie must have.   

Incredible high butter fat mozzarella is balanced in perfect proportion to the simple yet tasty sauce, and toppings of the utmost quality.

 Individual slices are cut from 24" pies!

I've never had a bad meal at Pizza Casbah, and I'm one of their biggest fans.  I'm also one of their biggest cheerleaders, turning dozens of friends and acquaintances onto this gem of Northern Colorado.  I practically grab people and shake them when I hear they have yet to dine there! Not one person I've recommended Pizza Casbah to, has walked away disappointed or hungry.

Pizza Casbah was featured on Food Network not only for their larger than average pies, but for their 30 inch pizza eating challenge.  Watch the four minute TV spot here.

Pizza Casbah is the perfect place to have an exquisite slice of New York pie on a first date, a night out with family and friends, or even by yourself for a personal "Pizza-Zen" moment (something everyone needs from time to time).  Make sure to check out their website for some great coupons, and other menu options such as their killer hot wings and Chicken Parm sandwiches.  I also hear they have a great Gluten-Free version of their pie as well, and it warms my heart that folks with allergies don't have to be deprived of the wonder that is Pizza Casbah Pizza.

If you dig New York style pizza, I highly recommend giving them a try. Not too many places around these parts get it as close as Pizza Casbah does.

Visit Pizza Casbah Online

May 3, 2016

Mickey Mouse Pizza

I'm going to have the pleasure of attending the Food and Wine Festival at Disney World later this year, so Disney has been on my mind a lot lately.  Therefore, this had to happen on pizza night last weekend..

Bacon, mozzarella, and two sizes of pepperoni, topped this hand tossed pie I made with a homemade Honey Brown Beer Crust.

It was a fun and tasty pie to eat, and it was almost a shame to cut it up into slices.