There are dozens of Pizza places in Albuquerque, so how do you pick which place to go? Come on over to Food Tasted and I’ll let you know which places deserve your well earned cash! Today we start with Pizza 9, a local franchise that specializes in “Chicago Style Pizza.”
I’ve never been to Chicago so I can’t claim to be an expert. I have, however, ordered pizza from Lou Malnati’s before and Pizza 9 is no Lou Malnati’s. There are several places that serve this kind of “deep dish” pizza, which is just to say a special thick crust cooked in a heavy layer of oil, including Pizza the Hut. That may not sound the most appetizing, but it’s actually quite good and makes a very crispy bottom, fluffy bready interior. Don’t go there thinking Chicago Deep Dish, just go thinking, pretty damn good pizza and you won’t be disappointed.
My mom loves the sausage, which, having been to Chicago before, I have to take her word that the sausage keeps up the tradition of a true Chicago native. Today, I didn’t get a pizza, I got a pizza roll. 9” of their finest deep dish dough, covered in toppings, in my case pepperoni, and then rolled up like a burrito. Coated in a sprinkle black sesame seed topping, and baked until GBD (Gold Brown and Delicious). Flavor flavor flavor. From the bread to the pepperoni, you damn near can taste the sound of the crunch.
The roll comes with a side of ranch and even if you don’t dip your pizza in ranch normally (I’m a dipper), it really makes a huge difference. The cheese is melty and hot, even after the drive home and round of pictures to make sure I get just the right image for you, my loyal readers.
The pizza roll is loaded with tons of flavor, even it it’s not entirely a traditional pizza flavor. The tomato sauce is simple and tasty. The last time I ordered a pizza from this place, I ate half the thing on the way home, while driving. It helps that I was STARVING, but it’s a pretty damn good pizza.
Not in the mood for a rolled up pizza? Not in the mood for “Chicago-Style” deep dish pizza? Fear not my friends, you are in luck! They have thin crust, calzones, gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, spaghetti and more. One offering which I was advised to try, but have yet to head is the Combo, a Beef and Sausage pizza with Au Jus, maybe next time. The desserts are pretty standard for a pizza place, chocolate cake is usually on the menu as is Tiramisu and Cheesecake. It’s a nice soft style cheesecake, but certainly not made in store, still good though.
All in all, I am happy to have this local Pizza place nearby. This is not your high end pizza, but especially for the price, the pizza roll hits the craving every single time. Though it may not be the best pizza in Albuquerque, but a great takeout option that beats most of the chain stores any day. (this location has no seating, other than the picnic tables outside, shown above).