By William Kristoph
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint (Tallahassee, FL) Review
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.