Staying healthy is a hard task in college. Students are either eating too much junkfood or just not eating enough. Either way, the fact that pizza is so readily available on campuses (including this one) is both a blessing and a curse. Regardless of whether you’re healthy or not, pizza is essential to surviving the stress of college. Here are what I thought of the pies from three different venues in Athens.
BY THE SLICE
GoodFella’s is the only regularly by-the-slice pizza in Athens (unless you count the dining halls, and I don’t). And I don’t know who would want to compete with them. Pizza for lunch may not be ideal (though it’s easy to see the competitive advantage GoodFella’s has) and it’s a little expensive, but it is worth it here.
Crust: the pizza at Good Fella’s is made in a square pan-style and the crust is very thick. But it’s also soft and quite tasty. It’s actually a little sweet. It still tastes like pizza crust, though. And it’s good. A
Sauce: the tomato sauce is bright red and has a light, pure taste to it. The only problem is that there isn’t enough of it, possibly because of how much space the crust takes up. B
Cheese: The cheese is decent. It’s nothing special, but it’s not cardboard tasting stuff that many small pizzerias depend on. B
Toppings: There isn’t much offered here outside of pepperoni, but every day there is a different specialty pizza available which can be anything from bacon mac-and-cheese pizza to pesto style. Also, the pepperoni is pretty good. B
Overall: Good Fella’s is not a world class pizza joint. It is a place where you can get a simple slice of pizza for lunch. And that slice might not fill you up, but it will taste good. B
Courtside Pizza (which does offer pizza by-the-slice on designated nights) is a solid option for delivery if you’re bored with chains.
Crust: The crust is a little crunchy and not too dominating. It also tends to get really greasy. That definitely has its upside, though. B
Sauce: The sauce at Courtside Pizza is rich and red. There’s also plenty of it (which, in my opinion, results in a better pie). This can make a slice messy, but I think it’s worth it. A
Cheese: As with the sauce, there is no shortage of cheese on a pizza from Courtside pizza. But again, I think it’s justified. The cheese is messy, but it tastes great and complements the sauce perfectly. A
Toppings: Courtside Pizza has all the regular toppings, but is also willing to make pizzas with anything from buffalo chicken to potatoes. A
Overall: Courtside Pizza is a number of things. It is messy, greasy, and stuffed with ingredients. It is also delicious. A
Plus-1 Pizza is the closest you can get to a national chain in Athens without patronizing a national corporation.
Crust: The crust at Plus-1 is either thin or hand-tossed that is intriguingly close to pan-style. The hand-tossed is tasty, but it’s also greasy and a little hard to chew. It does deserve credit for creativity thanks to the “topper seasonings,” such as garlic herb, butter cheese, and ranch that are available, though. B
Sauce: The sauce at Plus-1 isn’t great and it’s not terrible. It’s just kind of there. It’s got some taste, but it’s really just filler between the cheese and the crust. If that doesn’t appeal to you, though, you might prefer to choose a different one from the seven others that are available. B
Cheese: The cheese was really impressive. Instead of just using mozzarella, Plus-1 uses a blend of both mozzarella and provolone. If that’s not enough, delicacies like smoked gouda and asiago are also available. The asiago was unique and that set it apart for me. A
Toppings: As far as toppings go, Plus-1 offers a number of interesting options, ranging from the normal with a twist (three different pepperoni types to choose from) to the bizarre (rib-eye steak). For me, though, it was enough to stick with regular pepperoni and it worked out well. After that, you can even choose to have sauce on top of the pizza such as garlic or ranch. B
Overall: Plus-1 was definitely the most interesting of the pizzas I tried. But interesting doesn’t always equal great. While it’s certainly doesn’t hurt to take risks, the ones Plus-1 took don’t help the pizza enough to ensure an A grade. B
Pizzas are served in multiple different tastes and shapes. Pizza is hard to screw up. Bad pizza isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s a good thing most of the pizza in Athens, a college town, is good. And Courtside Pizza is the best (at least, out of the three that I tried).