Guest Bwogger Margherita Firenze reviews the best Margherita pizzas—within walking distance to campus.
My name is Margherita like the pizza, and this spring I decided to set on a mission to try 10 Margherita pizzas within a walking distance from campus (defined as two-mile walk). My pizza-reviewing qualifications include being Italian, ordering only Margherita pizzas for almost two decades, and a passion for carbs. Check out my ranked list of pizzas (from worst to best) and their dorm equivalents.
Disclaimer: Pizza preferences are personal (e.g some strange people like crunchy pizzas).
10. Fumo – Hartley ($15)
Like Hartley, Fumo is a homey place. It’s famous for its $10 Sunday pasta special and proximity to campus. Like Hartley’s facilities, however, the mechanics of the pizza are just not there. The pizza was not doughy at all, more like a flatbread, and the sauce was too salty. But alas, maybe pizza is just not Fumo’s specialty.
9. Koronets – Carman ($5)
Carman, the so-called freshman party dorm, is shiny on the outside but sloppy and cold hearted on the inside. Unfortunately, similar things can be said about Koronets. The place is flashy and famous for its huge pizza slices and late night hours; however, the pizza itself is crunchy and unremarkable in its sauce and cheese. To make matters worse, I spotted a small piece of broccoli on my MARGHERITA pizza. A careful observer may identify said broccoli in the image above.
8. Famiglia – John Jay ($5)
Like John Jay, Famiglia is there for you at an optimal location with solid performance. The pizza is not burnt like Koronets and the tomato, while clearly not homemade, is juicy and enjoyable. Unfortunately, Famiglia messes up my name. The PRINTED menu lists MARGARITA pizza.
*so hungry forgot to get a picture
7. Pie Pie Pizzeria ($4) – Wallach
Pie Pie Pizzeria is Famiglia’s cuter younger sibling like Wallach to John Jay. Like Famiglia, Pie Pie shows poor spelling skills, sporting Margarita pizza on the menu. Pie Pie has an edge over Famiglia with less herby tomato sauce, breadier crust, and fresh basil. The cheese tastes slightly plasticky but it blends well with the sauce.
*cheese pizza pictured above—so hungry I took a picture of someone else’s pizza by accident
6. Mama’s Too – Furnald ($4)
Like Furnald Hall, Mama’s Too is a clean version of other freshman dorms. Just like Furnald has its quirks, Mama’s Too keeps it fresh by adding parmesan on its pizza (riskyyy), and a mountain of fresh basil (see for yourself). They went even more extra calling this the “house slice” instead of Margherita. Like Furnald, Mama’s Too is quite a mixed experience. On some bites all the ingredients come together beautifully while in others you just get a dry crunch of burnt dough. As they say about Furnald, I guess it’s what you make of it.
5. 314 – Schapiro ($12)
While this pizza had several flaws, burnt places and unsatisfying crust, something struck me as very homey like Schapiro. The large mozzarella pieces tasted especially milky fresh and the tomato sauce was on point. 314 is a nice option for pizza that’s only a short walk from Mudd.
4. Bettolona $14 – Wien
Like Wien, Bettolona is a fine option that just ranks below Ortomare. Ortomare and Bettolona have a similar crunchy feel and pleasing tomato sauce. The mozzarella had the right texture but tasted somewhat bland.
3. Ortomare – Woodbridge ($14)
Like Woodbridge, Ortomare is an enjoyable option at a reasonable distance. Ortomare had all the characteristics of a great pizza except for the fluffy edges. This pizza was definitely more crunchy than some others but it did not taste burnt.
2. Motorino – Carlton Arms ($19)
Like Carlton Arms, this pizza is a gourmet experience, worth the extra walk. The doughy edges and little fresh mozzarella make this a uniquely authentic pizza. Most incredibly, mozzarella juice sports the top of the pizza—a rare and mouthwatering occurrence.
1. Sottocasa – East Campus ($14)
Undeniably the best pizza on this list, Sottocasa is the EC of the Margherita’s near Columbia. What makes EC great is the combination of suites, views, and parties, and so too Sottocasa pizza is perfect in every angle. The sauce taste of fresh tomatoes off the vine, the mozzarella is chewy and light, and the crust is a two-piece masterpiece that goes as follows: the main body is very thin and soft and not crunchy, while the edges are thick and doughy like the inside of a roll of bread. The menu has an unapologetic note claiming the liquidness of the pizza is not a mistake, and it’s true! Sottocasa specializes in my favorite style of pizza made in Naples, Italy where the sauce is liquidy and the dough is bendy (not crunchy). Like EC, Sottocasa is a bit of a walk—but it’s 1000% worth it.
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