I want to find the best old fashioned thin crust pizza in the Des Moines area. I'm tired of fancy pizza. I am tired of easy bake oven pizza. I am tired of chain pizza. I am tired of standardized pizza. I want a pizza made in an old fashioned pizza oven with simple ingredients. We decided this weekend that we need to get something specific. In this case one pepperoni pizza, one sausage pizza. More on that as I go.
Lizzie and I went to Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge. The pizza was exceptional. Great crust, tasty ingredients. We got sausage, green pepper and garlic. I do want to go back and do a more exact test with the new rules. Of the two so far this was Lizzie's favorite.
Rightness Scale - 7
Tastiness Scale - 8
Rightness - 8
Tastiness - 9
But mine … Chuck’s Italian-American Restaurant. This is going to be hard to beat. First of all they are not regular. They are not perfect circles. They are odd, oblong. The crust is crispy on the edges, with a bit of burned cheese here and there (a big plus for me). The ingredients are tasty. They use the milder Grazianos sausage, once again a plus. Graziano's sausage is the best I have ever had … period. I prefer the spicier, but for this pizza it was perfect. The pepperoni was wonderfully spicy, too much for WSPA-3, but the sausage was just to her liking.
Rightness Scale - 10
Tastiness Scale - 10
Rightness - 9
Tastiness - 10
The difference between the two I think is the difference between analog and digital. Noah's was almost too perfect. Chuck's was better for it's imperfections. You wouldn't see that much burned cheese on the edges at Noah's, something that I think is essential for perfect pizza. The crust had a little flour char to it here and there, another important thing.
A quick aside for a moment of traveling. Lizzie and I went through Dubuque last weekend and had lunch at Mario's Italian Restaurant. Very tasty, but not quite sort of thing that I am searching for. A good, hearty slightly bready crust (which is what takes them out of the area of search), they had great sausage and mushrooms and green peppers out of a can. Oddly enough that last detail worked for me, because the sort of pizza I remember from my childhood and teenage years always had the veggies out of a can.
Rightness Scale - 2
Tastiness Scale - 7
Rightness - 5
Tastiness - 8
Places that have been mentioned so far ... Bordenaro’s, Scornovacca’s, Pagliai's, Paesano's Pizzeria, Orlandos, Limey's, Hilltop Lounge & Restaurant, Fia's, Bianchi Boys Pizza & Pasta, Mama Laconas, Angelos Pizza.