For the last four months I have been on following a healthier eating plan and overall I am very pleased with the results. I look better and feel better, and I want the trend to continue.
I have no intention of undoing my hard work by returning to my old habits, but I still have to find ways to work in my favorite foods and stay inside my calorie-stingy limits. And one of those favorite foods is pizza.
I love all kinds of pizza: Deep dish, thin crust, flatbread, French bread, meat lovers, veggie lovers, Brooklyn, Hawaiian, hot, cold, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all points in between.
As long as it’s tasty crust topped with tomato sauce and gooey cheese, I am so there.
I know many people are passionate about pizza, and the debate rages between Chicago-style and New York-style. I remain a fan of both, although being from the Midwest I must admit that a good, Windy City-style deep-dish pie is like comfort food.
Growing up in Indianapolis, my favorite pizza was from a chain called Noble Roman’s. They served what they called deep dish, Sicilian-style pizza. It was not authentic Sicilian, which is more like bread with ingredients baked inside it, not on top of it.
But when you are a kid, authenticity matters less than taste, and this stuff was awesome.
The crust was thick, baked in a small, square pan. The best pieces were the corners, where you got the most of the tender, buttery, golden brown crust. Circles of tomato sauce were baked on top of the cheese and other meats and veggies.
With a side of thick, chewy breadsticks and fiery jalapeno cheese dip, it was heaven on a plate.
Another favorite is from a little place in Speedway, Ind., called Mug and Bun. This more of the New York-style thin crust, but it’s oh-so-good and a must-have when tailgating near the race track. The crust is crisp but not cracker-like, the toppings are fresh and cheese is gooey and plentiful. I can almost taste it now.
My typical pizza stops here in the Valley area are Bellacino’s in Daleville (the number is saved in my cell phone) Grace’s in Grandin Village and Goodfellaz on Brambleton.
Pizza for me now is like cookies for the Cookie Monster: It’s a sometimes food. The way I look at it, when I want to indulge myself, I want the best. So I am open for suggestions of other places to try.
What is your favorite style of pizza and where do you go for it here?