If you like the concept of places like Qdoba or Chipotle, but want pizza instead of tacos, go check out MOD Pizza when you get a chance. MOD Pizza is a Seattle-based chain that was started by husband and wife Scott and Aly Svenson. They call their product “individual artisan style pizzas” and the way it works is they build it right on front of you just like the burrito shops; the only difference is the pizza then goes in a wood-fire oven for a few minutes after it’s assembled.
Now branching far from Seattle, MOD recently moved into the shopping and dining area near I-35 and 151st St. in Olathe (20152 W 153rd St, Olathe, KS 66062) so it’s very accessible from some major roads. They also have locations in Missouri in Raymore, Liberty, and North KC.
I timed the process on my stop at MOD Pizza, and it was about 8 minutes after I paid before my pizza was ready. I had time on my hands, but it looked so good I couldn’t wait and got a good case of mouth roof peel from my piping hot pizza, but it was worth it. The pizza is very good. The crust is crisp, yet a bit chewy still and the toppings I had were very good quality and had great flavor. I had sausage, bacon, and Canadian bacon along with some mushrooms and black olives on my pizza.
The subject of toppings leads me to another cool thing about MOD Pizza. No matter how many toppings you choose, the price stays the same ($7.87 plus tax at the time of my visit). With over 30 toppings to choose from and a set price, the flavor combinations are practically endless and also wallet-friendly! I think the idea of a flat rate is pretty neat, because you can only fit so much stuff on a pizza, so if you want 12 different things on it, you just don’t get a lot of each one, but all the flavors are there and you don’t get gouged for 50 cents per topping like some other places.
All in all, MOD Pizza appears to be a great mixture of the speed and fun of the burrito places with the satisfaction of a nice wood-fire pizza as your meal. When affordability is considered, I see MOD Pizza as a strong player going forward in the new “artisan” fast food scene.
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Old Shawnee Pizza in downtown Shawnee (near 60th and Nieman) has been a staple in the area since 1969 when a struggling insurance salesman hoped to make a better living and started a pizza place. Only 48 years later, I managed to get around to trying it for the first time, and I can certainly see why it’s stuck around so long.
When you’re looking for interesting ways to eat pork and you’re at a pizza place and that place has on the menu a pizza called the “Pig and Pepper,” it certainly piques your interest. The “Pig and Pepper” pizza at OSP isn’t an ordinary pizza by any means. The description is “Chipotle pesto, pulled pork, smoked bacon, ghost pepper cheese & topped with bacon aioli sauce.” Yes, you read that right. Pulled pork and bacon with ghost pepper cheese on a pizza!
Now that I really have your attention I’ll tell you that this pizza was beyond excellent! The crust was thin and crispy and the toppings tasted exactly like you think they should. The ghost pepper cheese might scare a few people, but it really was only slightly hotter than regular old pepperjack cheese. The pulled pork was tender and smoky and the bacon was light and crisp, which is just how it should be on a pizza. I absolutely cannot wait to get back to this place and try some of the other pizzas!
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If you are in the mood for pizza, but possibly wanting something more unique such as Chicago deep dish pizza, then look no further than Rosati’s Pizza in Overland Park, KS. Around the KC metro, Rosati’s is known as one of the few places that Chicago transplants will trust to feed their deep dish cravings when they’re feeling a little homesick.
If “deep dish” isn’t your thing, you are in luck, as they have all other styles of pizza too. Hot sandwiches, calzones, pasta, and Chicago-style hot dogs are also on the menu if you’re not in the mood for pizza. On my latest stop I had a small “deep dish” pizza with Canadian bacon, sausage, and regular bacon on it. Carry-out deep dish pizza doesn’t photograph very well, but that thing was an incredible combo of pork, cheese, sauce, and buttery crust. Those pictures don’t even begin to describe how good that pizza was!
The one knock on Rosati’s is they are carry-out and delivery only because there is no seating inside. But being located at 9928 College Blvd. (just west of Hwy. 69), they are very close to Corporate Woods, the Overland Park Convention Center, and all the surrounding hotels. If you ever find yourself in the area and want something different and better than the usual delivery food to eat in your hotel room, consider Rosati’s!
Kansas City has lots of good choices when it comes to pizza. Dewey’s Pizza is one of the newbies on the block. According to their website, “Dewey’s is an upscale pizzeria offering gourmet pizzas and salads, with a commitment to providing exceptional hospitality. We are located in the Ranch Mart South shopping center in Overland Park, at the corner of 95th and Mission.”
Dewey’s is a small chain with other locations in St. Louis and scattered throughout Ohio. The Overland Park location offers a modern vibe and a good location. We went during suppertime on a Thursday, and the place was hopping!
Our server indicated that we could get any pizzas on the menu in whole or half and half combinations or any custom combination we wanted. Of course, my half had to have the pork….and lots of it! I ordered the Don Corleone, featuring red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, Genoa salami, capicola ham, and oregano. This pizza was good. The refrigerated slice I ate cold for a midnight snack was even better! I’ve been told that another “can’t miss” is the Porky Fig which has fig jam, mozzarella, fontina, prosciutto, caramelized red onions, and Gorgonzola. I’ll have to try this one on my next visit!
As I mentioned, if you are a pizza lover in Kansas City, you have lots of choices. Why not give this Dewey’s Pizza a try?!
Artego Pizza, located at 900 W.39th Street in Kansas City, (in the same strip as Q39) is a phenomenal joint. According to their website, they are “not your average pizza joint and not your average crust.” They then go on to explain something about fermentation and spice blends…. I’m not a food scientist, but whatever they are doing certainly works great. The crust is delicious and the pizza is as beautiful as it is tasty. The drink menu includes an extensive list of beer and wine to wash down all the deliciousness of the pizza.
Be prepared for loud rock music, which is fitting given the huge paintings of the rock and roll legends adorning the walls. The artwork is for sale, if you like it as much as you’ll undoubtedly like the pizza. For the pork lover, I recommend the Stockyard, which includes pepperoni, salami, Scimeca’s Italian sausage and bacon. If that’s not enough pork, they also offer Canadian bacon. If you like cold drinks, rock and roll and great pizza, you’ll love Artego Pizza.
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A town the size of LeRoy wouldn’t normally have many food options, but as isolated as it is, you get some unique options. One such option is The Pizza Parlor in downtown LeRoy. It is a nice little store front on Main Street that packs a nice selection of pizza and Italian foods. The place was clean and the service was good, so you can’t ask for much more except good food, and they seem to have that covered as well.
In order to get as much pork on my pizza as possible I tried a small one with ham, bacon, and pork sausage and it did not disappoint. The meats tasted great, the sauce was good, and the crust was just the right combination of crispy and doughy. Paired with a salad it was a very good lunch. They sell pizza by the slice and have many other Italian options on the menu besides pizza so I don’t see how you can go wrong with this place if you happen to be going through LeRoy!
Pizzabella, one of Kansas City’s very best locally owned pizzerias have two locations in the area serving up some serious pizza pork. The original location is in the hip Crossroads district just south of downtown Kansas City, and the newest location, opened in 2013, is located in the Mission Farms area of Overland Park, Kansas. The name is French for beautiful pizza.
The story, as it was relayed to me, is that the owner, a small-town Kansas guy, always wanted to be in the restaurant business. He was able to buy the Crossroads location from his former employer and has been fortunate enough to expand to a second location. Whatever the story, the wood fired pizza is excellent; but then again, I’m yet to find a wood fired pizza that isn’t! I shared a delicious chorizo pizza with my cousin Sterling, a Kansas City pizza aficionado. We ate at the original location which features garage door design that allows nearly the entire front end restaurant to open up during favorable weather.
Our pizza included fresh tomato, basil pesto, pork chorizo, roasted red peppers, ricotta cheese and parsley. Some of the other pork menu options include a charcuterie plate, a sausage pizza and a Prosciutto pizza.
The name of the restaurant was certainly reflected in our beautiful and delicious pizza. For more information on other great Kansas City area pizzerias’ check out our blog entries for Spin Neapolitan Pizza and Grinder’s Pizza.
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Grinders Pizza located at 417 E. 18th St near downtown Kansas City is a local favorite. According to their website, they are “located in the heart of Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, serves up great food and drinks seven days a week. Check out our specialty New York-style pizzas, authentic Philly cheese steaks, homemade burgers, deli sandwiches, fresh salads, house-smoked specials and world famous Death Wings. Wash it all down with a selection from the most eclectic beer list in Kansas City.”
They have another restaurant, Grinders West, located immediately next door. Directly behind Grinders is the famous Crossroads, an outdoor music venue featuring some of the music industry’s most famous acts. This place is a one stop shop for cool. What is even cooler? They have a pizza on the menu called the Le Hog.
This pizza is described as;
“A serious flesh feast! Creamy white sauce, 100% real crispy bacon bits, canadian bacon, ham, and meatballs.”
It would be pretty hard to pack more pork onto a pizza than you can get with the Le Hog. They also have burgers, wings salads, and an extensive drink menu. Additionally, Grinders has been featured the Food Network television show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and the Destination America television show Barbecue Pitmasters, where they proudly represented Kansas City Style barbecue.
The Le Hog is delicious, the beer is cold and the concerts rock. This is a place in Kansas City you can’t miss.
Until next time,