What Should Tallahassee Eat? – Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint

By William Kristoph

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint (Tallahassee, FL) Review

Pepperoni, Cheddar and Mozzarella Pizza from Uncle Maddio's
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza – Pepperoni, Cheddar and Mozzarella.
Photo by William Kristoph using iPhone 4.

Last week I tried Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint over on Mahan Drive. Uncle Maddio’s claims to be, “The Original Create Your Own Pizza Joint.” So it was at Uncle Maddio’s that I sought out a couple of pizzas to see what this “joint” was about. I entered without any big expectations. I left with some hope that I was about to eat some great pizza. What was the final result? Read on.

Portabella Pesto Pizza

My wife wanted to try one of their signature pizzas and decided on the Portabella Pesto Pizza. Per the Uncle Maddio’s website, the PPP has “herb pesto sauce, mozzarella , portabella and white mushrooms, feta cheese, roma tomatoes and fresh basil.” I went with a 12″ pie and had them use plain old dough. My biggest concern after looking at the ingredients behind the case were the marinated portabella mushrooms, which I did not expect. The description simply stated portabella and white mushrooms. The pizza makers assembled the PPP in front of me, and then it took a ride through the conveyor belt oven while I ordered the next pizza.

Pepperoni, Mozzarella and Cheddar Pizza

When I try a new pizza place I like to order something basic that I can use as a reference against other pizza places that I like. I went with a Pepperoni, Mozzarella and Cheddar 12″ Pizza to take home with the Portabella Pesto. Again, Uncle Maddio’s crew assembled the pizza in front of me and set it of on a voyage through the conveyor belt oven. I then moved through the queue line to pay ($27 for two 12″ pizzas was steep, but potentially worth it) and wait for a few minutes while the pizzas finished cooking.

The Pizza Results

After a quick wait and a short trip home, my wife and I dug in to our dinner. After a couple of bites, the results were in. The pizza sorely disappointed me. The crust was chewy (a positive) but had no crispness to it on either pizza. The crust was also overly salty in both pies. The marinade on the Portabella Pesto was too much of a superstar and salt plauged the pepperoni on my custom pizza. For the amount of money I spent on two relatively small pizzas, I expected something better than average chain pizza. I didn’t get it. Uncle Maddio’s isn’t terrible, but it’s not great in my opinion. I voted Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint as, “I don’t like it” on Urbanspoon.

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint on Urbanspoon

10 thoughts on “What Should Tallahassee Eat? – Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint”

      1. I’m late to the game but I’m back up Bill. I do love some (all) pizza.
        I really did like Uncle Maddios though. I have been thinking about it since I left… dreaming about my pizza. Told you mine was crispy though. I wonder if the personal size makes a difference. I also ate mine there and not after it had time to sit. I’ll go again soon and follow up. No marinated mushrooms for me though!

        1. Hi sorry that I’m just now commenting but I just saw your post. Just want to let you know that I work at uncle Maddios ( not in Tallahassee though- but they all prepare and serve food the same way) and so glad that you like our pizza but I wanted to let you know that the Portabella mushrooms are not marinated it is simply the juice that comes out of them after they are sliced.

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