OM NOM NOM PIZZA TIME
Several issues ago, the Dining Bros brought you a look at Flagstaff burger joints, sorting out who’s who and the meat between the buns. This week, the duo tackles yet another extremely popular dish: pizza. Many places claim to be or have been voted “Best of Flagstaff,” but the Bros take to the tables to find who’s really the best and who’s lying. It’s a battle of wits, tomato paste and colleagues to truly find the best pizza in Flagstaff.
The Good: Roma’s makes a good, hearty pizza. It’s something that looks filling and leaves nothing behind. The pies are nothing short of mouthwatering, and it doesn’t take long to reach a good, full feeling. Roma’s uses only the best ingredients, and they have a wide assortment of toppings, allowing you to decorate the pizzas with anything you want. Roma’s Pizza lives up to the “Best in Flagstaff” title.
The Bad: There aren’t many bad things to say about Roma’s. If you like thin crust, Roma’s main courses tend to be thicker. Prices can get costly, but only if you begin to buy everything that looks good, going crazy with specialty pizzas and overloading with toppings.
The Verdict: Great prices for even greater pizzas. The two locations in Flagstaff easily make Roma’s a recommended place to go.
The Good: Fratelli has great prices — impressively great prices — for good pizza. Their package deals, especially anything with Breadstix (a paper bag full of Fratelli’s signature breadsticks), are the sure way to go if you want pizza. Take, for example, the Lumberjack Special: a 14-inch one-topping pizza, breadsticks, and two cans of soda or fountain drinks for $14.50. It almost feels like you’re stealing food.
The Bad: Fratelli was also voted “Best in Flagstaff” a few times, but in recent years, the quality of food has made them lose this title. The pies taste above average, but the breadsticks and great bundles are what help Fratelli’s pizza taste better.
The Verdict: Fratelli is a simple and easy answer if you want a quick bite. It’s better than fast-food-chain pizza places, but it’s not high-quality pizza.
The Good: NiMarco’s is your classic college pizza joint. It has that “hang out” feel and a welcoming atmosphere. The pizza is great, with a crispy crust and good homestyle quality. They have a wide variety of choices and great prices, usually between 10 and 14 bucks for a pie that feeds three to four people. The location is perfect — right between campus and downtown — making it a fairly easy walk from campus. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by a wonderful staff, some yummy pizza, and a desire to hang out and relax. This is the way a pizza place should be.
The Bad: Aside from the fact they don’t deliver until after 5 p.m., there aren’t many things wrong with NiMarco’s.
The Verdict: NiMarco’s is the perfect place to go to if you want to hang out with your friends, relax, or enjoy the atmosphere while getting some work done and enjoying really good pizza.
NEW JERSEY PIZZA DELIVERY
The Good: New Jersey Pizza Delivery has the best pizza in Flagstaff. Period. The ingredients are fresh and all provided locally, so you know the quality is high. They even hand-make their own mozzarella in the back. It’s hard to find good pizza sauce nowadays, but New Jersey hits it spot-on. You simply aren’t going to find this quality anywhere else.
The Bad: These pizzas are very expensive when compared to some of the other places we’ve reviewed, and while not ridiculously expensive (a pizza costs $15-20), it’s still enough to make college students wary for their wallets. Even though New Jersey Pizza Delivery delivers, it’s located in east Flagstaff, which is a long walk.
The Verdict: Despite the higher prices, the quality of this place is too good to pass up.