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Ah, yes…crossing the threshold of a favorite pizzeria, running forth into the sweet smell of a deck oven baking circularly shaped yeasty dough flats topped with some congealed dairy product and possibly a tomato-basil-garlic-pepper-flake-oregano-dash-of-thyme sauce. The mind, body, and soul of your dining self feels that familiar sense of comfort, of safety, afforded to the good little eater who has chosen wisely by their taste buds. Every resident of the North-Western hemisphere has likely encountered this situation at one time in their life, with the residents of our particular section of said Quadroshpere being the (mostly) lucky residents of this real-life dining dream more often than others.
With that said, pizza is a particularly universal solution in any large group of people eating out, and makes a great compromise betwixt Vegetarians and Omnivores when it comes down to the sometimes painful crunch of Dining Decision Time, or DDT. This realization bloomed during my own pizza experience, which happened to take place at CiCi’s Pizza in Urbandale. Ok, this is not a “local, sustainable, blah blah blah” spot the like which would be written about, but when dining with a group of people which includes a young hyper child, a young teen, and a mom that may have forgotten her wallet, you have to make compromises. Which is exactly what the last 200 words were trying to get through to you. (After reading the last paragraph, it would seem I would be an Editors Worst Nightmare. Luckily I feed mine quality wet food, which keeps him from biting the literal hand that feeds him. That might even work for you other writers looking to sneak some nonsense in under YOUR editors’ noses. Might I suggest Super Supper?)
The short of the long is this: if you are with a large (or small) group of people with varied dining tastes and restrictions (unless your group includes any wheat allergy types), consider pizza. Do you get that point or do I need to ramble on for another few paragraphs? Good. (i do) This post is NOT endorsing you vegetarians having pizza unwantedly thrust upon you as all of your friends are gnawing on steaks. This is all about Pizza Equality.
Sorry, my Vegan Friends…There is really no good Vegan Pizza in town. Anyone interested in changing this problem?
Here are a few places to consider during the course of DDT which serve pizza and may be a good place for the meats to meet the veggies:
Note: The places being listed are known by LG to not use non-vegetarian product in their sauce or crust (although some specialty sauces such as BBQ may contain hints of anchovy or other unwanted ingredients). As Always, when in doubt, ask your server whether a particular sauce/product is safe for you.
Fong’s Pizza – 223 4th Street. Des Moines, IA 50309-2205. (515) 323-3333. Fong’s not only has good pizza, awesome cheese sticks (I know, but they are good enough to be called that), and kitcsh, but they also employ known vegetarians and they will look out for you. They also serve slices for lunch, during happy hour (4pm to 6pm M-F) and from 10pm to 3am. I love Fong’s. I may go there for lunch today after completing this post.
Mullet’s – 1300 Southeast 1st St. Des Moines, IA 50315. (515)244-1443. Yes, Mullet’s has pizza. You should try it sometime.
CiCi’s Pizza Buffet – multiple locations. Yes, You can beat me up about this all you want, but I still believe in the power of a $4.99 pizza buffet. They even take requests aka will make you whatever you want. Not the best pizza, but if you have a large group or are on a budget this should be a consideration.
Red Rossa – 12695 University Avenue. Suite 100. Clive, Iowa 50325. (515)221-2529. Good Wood-fired pizza. Yes, it is a chain, but a chain of two locations (to my knowledge) Not bad for a small gathering or a casual date night.
Bagni Di Lucca – 404 East 5th St. Des Moines, IA 50309. Nice, small spot for pizza dining. Decent selection of vegetarian options (my favorite is the Potato Pesto Pizza. Great flavor, and I love alliteration). This is a mostly-lunch-only type deal, and good for any dining lunch sitch from a shopping break to business.
Big Tomato – 2613 Ingersoll Avenue. Des Moines, IA 50312-5237. (515) 288-7227I really don’t support this place because of the late night fights and the ominous/wholly true “crappy service” sign, but they do have a great ingredient list for vegetarians including midwestern-approved corn, peas, and potato along with a plethora of other veggies.
This is just a TINY list of pizza purveyors in town, please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments section!
There are also plenty of chains out there such as Pizza Hot, Gosh Father’s, Pappy John’s, Duhmino’s, Little Skeezers, and the like. You have probably already had some experience with one or more of these places and can eat their on your own accord. I will not endorse nor denounce these actions.
So, faithful readers, I hope this has helped you just enough to get through your DDT. If anything, when confronted with a particularly difficult DDT, you could always use this as leverage to coax friends towards your first choice restaurant. Pull out the classic “well, if no one can decide on a restaurant, we could always just go get PIZZA” line, and when any one of your dining partners let out a groan or grumble…guide them to your first choice…even if it IS pizza!
Oh, no Monday news today. It was a wild weekend, and I don’t really remember any of the conversations held about dining for some strange reason…
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