Monday, November 23, 2015

Pizza, Pizza Everywhere!


I moved from a town with about ten restaurants (most fast food) to an area with about 50. We have family-owned breakfast places… 


A couple of waterfront restaurants that make you feel like you’re on vacation… 



And, of course, numerous chain restaurants. 



In our old town, we’d listen for every announcement of a new restaurant opening, only to be disappointed when we heard it was yet another pizza place. By the time we moved, we had a Pie Five, Little Caesar’s, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, and a family-owned place.



Where we live now, we probably have 20 pizza places within a ten-mile radius. Four are within the same half mile of each other. 



So you can imagine my surprise when I heard Mellow Mushroom was occupying the space where a Mimi’s Restaurant once was. That makes five sit-down pizza places within a half mile: Pie Five, Mellow Mushroom, Brixx, NY Pie, and Windy City Pizza. 



We aren’t a college town, unless you count community colleges. This is a residential area with typical families. 



So what’s the deal? Do people eat anything but pizza?

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  1. I have to say that pizza is very popular here too. We have fast food pizza places as well as some very nice Italian restaurants and they all seem to do very well.

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    1. I think pizza is just an easy dinner. Especially if you have a large group. Just grab a bunch of pizzas and you can feed the masses for under $100!

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  2. Mellow Mushroom! Those are awesome. And they have way more than pizza. Get excited one is in your town.
    And pizza is one of the major food groups you know.

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    1. Apparently! We like the NY-style pizza place, so it would be tough to switch. I'll have to look into what else they have, though!

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  3. I'd love to sit on the veranda of a nice restaurant that overlooks a lake, pond, or ocean!!! Love it.

    Buffalo, so far, makes the best pizza. Oh wait~ I had a very good thick pizza in Chicago that was awesome!!!

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    1. Deep-dish pizza? The Chicago-style restaurant has that. We keep meaning to try it but it takes 45 minutes to bake, so you really have to plan ahead with that one! I always have deep-dish pizza when I visit Chicago. Part of the experience! My husband isn't a fan--says it's more casserole than pizza.

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  4. I know Mellow Mushroom is technically a pizza place, but it has a lot of other stuff on the menu and some really good salads. And their hummus is to die for.

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    1. I'll take a look at the rest of their menu!

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  5. Waterfront restaurants are fun. I love pizza, so I'd give a very biased opinion!

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    1. The waterfront restaurant we liked best closed for the winter. It was mostly outside!

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  6. Mmm, pizza. I'd eat it a lot more if I could! We have a ton of pizza places too being a college town. It is the number one loved food in America!

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    1. I'm guessing that's the case! I think it's just the perfect solution to so many dinner issues. Having a party? Pizza. Don't feel like cooking? Pizza!

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  7. I like Mellow Mushroom:) And I LOVE water front restaurants.

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    1. Me, too--although I'd prefer one that faces the beach! The closest beach to where I live is eight hours away, though.

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  8. We don't have pizza very often. Maybe twice a year so if they depended on us they would be out of business in no time. We tend to have a blend of different places here. Whatever the traffic will handle. Perhaps you live in the pizza capital.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Once a year? Once a week!!! I live in a very family-oriented area, and I'm guessing that all the working parents have just figured out pizza is a cheap way to feed kids!

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  9. I don't eat pizza often at all, and I don't digest pepperoni well, nor the crust, so when I do have pizza I prefer to make my own...I call it pita pizza, because I make it with the mini pita bread. I put a little tomato sauce on it and mushrooms, onion, green pepper and then add some grated mozzarella on the top and bake it just until the cheese melts. It is easy, tasty, delicious and healthy. :) My favourite foods are roast chicken with stuffing, filet of salmon and lamb. :)

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    1. Sounds yummy! Except for salmon...not a fish fan.

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  10. It does seem that way, although Mellow Mushroom has awesome meatballs. I wish there was more diversity in my area as well. Still there are a few spots we have found that we enjoy.

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    1. Looks like ours has hoagies, calzones, and pizza...the NY pizza place we go to has all of that, too. We have an Italian place close to us that has really good hoagies that I prefer. Plus it's locally owned!

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  11. Give me al fresco any time. That waterfront eatery looks wonderful.

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    1. I've never been to that particular one. We need to try it.

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  12. We have two family owned Italian restaurants called Rubino's and Ciao's and this is the best pizza around. It's worth it to spend extra dollars for a quality pizza.

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    1. I agree. The local places are always better than those big chains that crank pizzas out by the hundreds!

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  13. It does sound like the national food! Toronto is very cosmopolitan you can get any kind of food in the world here, we are spoiled.

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    1. We're not too far from Nashville...further than we used to be. But at least with all these restaurants and shops, we have no need to go all the way to Nashville anymore.

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  14. I never go to restaurants, like seriously never... can't remember when's the last time I ate pizza... I must make some this week, but without cheese since cheese is terribly expensive.

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    1. Yes, we take for granted that things like that are so easily available here.

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  15. I was thinking you must live in a college town, until you said you don't. I ate at Mellow Mushroom last night with my daughter and her friend after I "chaperoned" them at the Bernie Sanders rally

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    1. The Mellow Mushrooms I know of in Nashville aren't in college areas...well, one is near Vanderbilt, I guess. The other is in downtown Franklin on the square. Teens love to hang out on that square, though! It's all about finding the teenagers and young adults, I guess.

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  16. Mellow Mushroom is a wonderful name. A hint of times past about it...

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    1. Their name is written in "groovy" 60s-style font, too!

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  17. In NY and NJ we only buy pizza from place called Mario's or Nino's. The chain restaurants can not compare.

    I never ate a pizza until I was 19 and in college. After that first slice, I had pizza every night for a week!

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    1. Ours comes from NY Pie...but my favorite in Nashville is a place called Manny's House of Pizza. They're from NY, so it's the real thing. They even give you grouchy attitude while you're in there! Just like being up North!

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  18. In my hometown (Hollister, California), there are numerous pizza places! Mostly chain ones. And at one gas station, you can pizza slices, alone or as a combo with a soda.

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    1. We had a gas station near where we used to live that had great fried chicken and pizza. We would get our pizzas from there about once a week...it was the closest pizza place.

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  19. I like a good pizza now and again, but not every night. I guess I'm spoiled by the breadth of choice we have around here.

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    1. Oh no, not every night! We usually have pizza about once a week. Only one or two pizza places will deliver where we are, so we just go pick it up.

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  20. LMFAO!
    I used to have some great old times at Mellow Mushroom. That was RIGHT by my state college. Omgosh....the nights! The days! They have a shot in there called the Dirty Alligator. Drink at your own risk...hahahaha

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    1. Hmm...I'll have to give that one a try!

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  21. I have some wonderful memories of seaside breakfasts...We do have a ton of pizza places here, but we've a pretty good mix of fast food, fine dining, and Mexican fare (which can fit into either category - ha!).

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    1. I can't even count the number of Mexican restaurants. They're more common than Starbucks in this town! My old town didn't have a Starbucks. Not ONE. Not even a Dunkin' Donuts. You had to go to the mall to get a Starbucks cup of coffee! Park, walk in, the whole nine yards. Like anyone's going to do that.

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  22. We only care about East of Chicago pizza. You are missing out!

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    1. We have Windy City Pizza...looks similar. We need to try it sometime. My husband doesn't like deep dish, but they have other types of pizza.

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  23. I tried Mellow Mushroom not that long ago for the first time. Not nearly as good as I heard it was.

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    1. It was okay. I always like pizza...but I seem to recall the best thing about it was the variety of toppings? I did like the atmosphere.

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  24. I have to laugh at the Disney witch holding the pizza-hahahaaa. Oh gosh, back when I still looked at phone books, there were pages 3 to 4 pages of just Pizza places. Pizza is still popular. When I ask my clients about eating out/take out, they say they don't do that but when i mention Pizza night or Mcdonalds, then they say "Oh yeah, we do pizza once or twice a week."

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    1. Twice a week...wow! I think people don't think of bringing a pizza home as eating out or fast food. It's something in between.

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  25. Everyone loves pizza including me. We have lots of Pizza places in our city too. We used to go for Pizza and beer at Pizza Delight for year for a dinner date. Now I make my own Pizzas. So much for romance, hehe... They are so easy to make and a lot cheaper.

    I'm craving Pizza now.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I was thinking I might make a few people crave pizza today!

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  26. I'd die for a GOOD pizza, like we got when we were kids! Before corporate greed ruined it with trolley ovens, weighed toppings, and crappy flat crusts. Give me the old time ovens that took skill to bake a decent pie! Toppings applied by eye, and crusts that bubbled and needed to be popped with a fork and didn't need flavorings!!!

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    1. I know, right? We used to go get Little Caesar's Pizza back in the 80s. That stuff was awesome. Now it's pure crap. Even in college, I remember Domino's being very flavorful. Now it's so bland. I don't even think Papa John's is trying with its crust anymore. It's lost something.

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  27. I've never been a big fan of pizza. I know, I know, what planet am I from?
    Maybe I've just never eaten a good one. :)

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  28. Wow, that's strange. Pizza is all right, but why would so many pizza places want to open in such close proximity?

    My city is renowned for its amazing cuisine. We have absolutely everything, from Ethiopian cuisine to Thai, Laotian, Filipino, Indian, French Canadian, dim sum, and Argentinian, just to name a few. You should come visit - I'll take you out for dinner!

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  29. Pizza places are everywhere I look. I've stopped eating pizza because it gives me heartburn. I must be getting old if I complain about heartburn. We are fortunate to have a locally owned diner in our neighborhood. I like to support local businesses rather than chain restaurants.

    Love,
    Janie

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  30. I'll never forget years ago how I moved to a busy area and I went restaurant hopping every night. I loved the variety. I adore pizza, especially from small restaurants that make "real" pizza.

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  31. Hi Stephanie, I do like pizza but not all the time eating pizzas only. Have a wonderful day!

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  32. We have a ton of pizza places by me too. I guess this is the case for most areas.

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  33. Gosh, I don't know. I guess because its fast and cheap, but i lost my taste for the stuff a long time ago.

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  34. Food, glorious food. Thanks for a delightful post. Love from a gluten free for fifty years author having fun.

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  35. Where I live we have all burger places. I swear, it's either that or bbq. Now, I like a good burger as much as the next gal, but what I wouldn't give for more variety!

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  36. You're breaking my heart. I went the other way and eight of the restaurants suck big time. :-(

    I'm going to have to live through you.

    Anna from Elements of Writing

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  37. gah I have that too...we have a TON of pizza places (some in the same shopping center) and I'm not that into pizza at all. I wish we had a vegetarian restaurant like they have in Cali!

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  38. LOL! I eat almost anything, however, pizza is ironically NOT one of them. I may eat a slice once a year if there's not a cheeseburger around. (lol) Hugs...Ro

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  39. It's no wonder America is 75% obese!! Fast food, pizza, fried everything!! Now let's go out and see how many pubs we have...beer and fried foods, again.

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  40. What's funny is I have a friend who will eat nothing but pizza if you let her. For me? I can eat pizza a lot. But that does not mean that's all that I want. I love diversity and I only have two go-to pizza places. One a sit-down, and one a fast food Little Ceasars for parties.

    But I'm also not a restaurant person and don't go to restaurants very often. But when I do, I like diversity. Chinese, Mexican, Subs, Sit-Down dinner, even a pancake place like IHOP.

    Diversity, it's the spice of life.

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  41. It is fast and easy and I think it is something most families will agree upon!

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