We had delivery pizza for dinnera new nights ago. Unfortunately, they screwed up the order. Instead of Italian sausage and onion, which is my pizza of choice, they delivered a pizza with sausage and banana peppers. What a choke! Is there any lamer pizza topping than banana peppers? Even when you peel them off, they leave a kind of flourescent residue and a lingering aftertaste.
I don’t mind pepperoni pizza or even plain cheese pizza, but I think some of the new pizza contrivances are just messing with a timeless classic. Dessert pizza? Please! Pizza with no sauce, or no cheese? Heresy! Pizza with mozzarella cheese injected into every open space in the crust? A sacrilegious desecration of the crust, which as any pizza lover knows is one of the most important parts of the pizza! Breakfast pizza? Who needs it! Any college student will tell you that one of the best breakfasts you can have is cold sausage pizza with a glass of cold milk.
For my money, the best sausage and onion pizza is Columbus is made by Tommy’s Pizza on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington. I understand that others hold out for Rotolo’s Pizza in Grandview, or Rubino’s in Bexley, but I relish Tommy’s combination of thin, crispy crust, sharply seasoned, almost crunchy Italian sausage, and excellent sauce and cheese, all served piping hot. We live on the other side of town so I don’t get over to Tommy’s as often as I would like, but when I do it never disappoints.