By Mike Thayer
Pizza is my favorite food. Burgers, steaks, lasagna, anything grilled and an assortment of other dishes are high on the list of favorites, but there's nothing quite like a good slice of pizza pie.... That slice of pie has that perfectly baked crust that's flaky/crispy on the outside, but tender and fluffy on the inside. Then there's the marriage of toppings, the subtle spices of pepperoni and sausage, assorted veggies that are tender-crisp like onion and bell pepper. The sauce, it's got to be a zesty sauce, providing those notes of garlic and oregano with each bite. And bringing everything together is a generous portion of melted cheeses, mozzarella, Parmesan, perhaps some cheddar or provolone that bubbles up in the oven to golden, brown, deliciousness!
No national chains will be included in this challenge. Only the local, regional pizza joints qualify. Besides, Domino's sucks, Little Caesar's really sucks and Papa John's and Pizza Hut are average tasting pizzas at best. The fact is, the local/regional joints run circles around the national chains in dishing up high quality, great tasting pizza.
During the course of this challenge I'll consider customer service, time to order, price, appearance and of course, the most important thing, TASTE.
Today's taste test: Picasso's
This particular review is going to be a bit different. Normally, I order a large supreme style of pizza - meat and veggie toppings. But here's the thing with Picasso's, they specialize in HUGE slices of pizza, not the traditional small, medium or large pizza size offerings. Sure, you can order a GINORMOUS pie, 26" of pizza goodness, but those cost $54.95 and I don't care how good the pizza is, when eating for one, I'm NOT shelling out $50+ for a pizza. So the slice option is what I went with for this review.
I walked into the joint a bit after 1pm on a Friday. Members of the staff greeted me warmly as I found a seat at the bar. Courtney asked me what I wanted to drink to start things off, but since I had already reviewed their menu online before arriving, I ordered the "Kitchen Sink".... Pepperoni, Sausage, Black Olive, White Onion, Mushroom and Green Pepper..... and a Miller Lite to wash it down with.
Scrolling through my phone checking emails, taking a few swigs on the Miller Lite and looking at Facebook posts, my pizza was delivered in what seems just minutes, piping hot and smelling fantastic!
Look at how HUGE that slice is and LOADED with toppings! Delivered on a parchment paper lined lunch tray and draping over the sides, I think three maybe four of these giant slices would measure up to a traditional large pizza. Just look at those toppings, the melted cheese, if your computer/device had "smellivision" you would be drooling from the mouthwatering aroma....... The guy from the kitchen delivering my pizza asked me if I wanted it sliced, that's how big their slice serving is, and sliced up for easier eating it was.
This pizza does NOT need Parmesan, red pepper flakes or anything else added! The flavors of the "Kitchen Sink" sing! The sausage is top notch, seasoned well with just the right amount of spice. The pepperoni is good quality pepperoni, not too greasy. The onions and green pepper are mandolin sliced thin, a perfect compliment to the meats, and the mushrooms are fresh, not the canned stuff. The sauce is spot on, the cheese was melted golden, brown, delicious and what puts this pizza over the top is the crust. This is ROCK STAR crust! It's the perfect foundation, light, crispy yet tender, a base that doesn't just hold, but PROMOTES awesome pizza topping flavor! It's as I like to say when I'm eating excellent food, "Another dose of YUM!" I got layers and layers of flavor in this giant Picasso slice of pizza. It was awesome.
Costing me $7.95 for the slice of pizza heaven along with $3.18 for the beer, I left Picasso's extremely satisfied. Of the pizza joints I've sampled so far in Wichita, this one is currently, THE best pizza I've tried, hands down. Picasso's gets 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars and is MOST DEFINITELY a repeat buy!
Thanks Courtney and Picasso's!
The Picasso's location visited on this occasion is located at 5900 E. Central, Wichita. The service was friendly, fast, professional and the pizza was, I can't say this enough, "Awesome!" If you haven't tried Picasso's yet, you MUST!