Week 35 of 2014’s tour is also Stop 2 of Tour de Pizzannati, the tour-within-a-tour as brought to you by myself, Swarles Barkley, and various guests who will join us throughout to determine which place in Cincinnati serves the best cheese pizza. Despite the crap I get for loving and ordering plain pizza the way I do, Swarles and I wholeheartedly agree that, if a restaurant cannot master the basics, how can it be considered quality?
A group of five of us met for pizza (and salad and breadsticks with cheese and Goat’s BLTs) and, upon walking in, we found seats at the front of the restaurant near the window. I loved the interior, the service was great (even if a little slow), and there was even a parking lot in the rear, which made for a much less stressful event than worrying about street parking.
The food was also really good. The breadsticks were interesting because they weren’t fluffy like you’d think they would be. Instead, they were flat like pizza, which was fine. The ranch was pretty good, I generally liked the Goat’s BLT (86 the T), and the pizza was also very good. There was plenty of cheese on top, it was cooked perfectly (hardly any brown in the cheese), the crust was crunchy, and I decided that, next time (and there will be a next time) I will get light sauce.
Ranking of cheese pizza from Tour de Pizzannati places thus far:
1) Red Rose
[Editor's Note: I decided to make a more concrete way of scoring every cheese pizza based on consistent criteria for each place. Out of 5.]
Cheese (How much and how delicious?) – 4/5
Very good, but not quite enough. There were “bare” spots on the pizza that exposed the sauce.
Sauce (How much and how did it taste) – 3.5/5
There was more than I’d like, but it was good. Next time I’ll get light sauce.
Crust (Style of crust and texture) – 4.5/5
Hand-tossed style and very crunchy and delicious.
Overall Flavor (How did it all come together?) – 4.2/5
Very good. I was very happy with the cheese pizza at Red Rose.
Temperature (How was the pizza cooked?) – 4.8/5
I love my pizza just cooked enough; cheese with little to no brown. Red Rose did this well (but not well, if you know what I mean.)
Ranch (This won’t break a place, but it could very well make one.)
I thought it was pretty good. Not amazing, but a nice addition to the pizza.
Other (Notes go here.)
Service was pretty good. Our server was awesome. The food took a little longer than we were hoping.