NOTE: Nathan is a member of our "Columbus By The Slice" pizza group. He recently traveled to Somaliland (a country in East Africa). While Nathan was there, he wrote this pizza review for us. - Vince
I've missed many things while in East Africa for a few weeks. Chief among them: pizza. I love pizza. The crunch of the crust, the spice of the pepperoni, the toppings piled high like a fat man's plate at Thanksgiving. So, I was delighted to learn that a nearby hotel served pizza. I had low expectations, as I can't imagine pizza could be at all enjoyable in a third-world Muslim country where pork is just as much illegal as alcohol and bikinis.
So I tried it. The atmosphere was pleasant...an all-outdoor restaurant in a region where it hardly ever rains and the post-sunset temp is a cool 65 degrees. (And the 'call to prayer ' from the nearby mosques provided some interesting background music). Not too many choices for toppings: cheese, tomatoes, fish, chicken, or "meat." I decided to go adventurous and try the meat, hoping it would be beef.
It arrived on a steamy plate; a Somali pizza generously covered with cheese and meat. The crust was a bit spongy... very chewy (think a heavy pancake). The sauce, well... it was missing altogether. But the cheese and meat was surprisingly good. And the mystery meat: goat.
Seriously. It's a bit greasy and chewy... and bland. In fact, the pizza was so bland it needed to be topped with the house-made chili sauce. That made it work much better.
Service, his name was and he Adbi was great - very attentive. But he didn't speak any English, so our conversations were a bit limited.
Atmosphere: 4.0/5 - Hargesia's finest.
Price: 5/5 - About 3 9,000 Somaliland Schillings... a bargain... or about $6.
Location: 0/5 - From Columbus, it's rather inconvenient.
Service: 4.0/5 - Mahadsanid, Abdi!
Taste: 6.5/10 - I've actually had worse frozen pizzas. And it gets bonus adventure points for having an entirely new topping for me.
Bottom Line: 19.5/30 for the goat pizza in Somaliland!
Each week, the guys and I visit a local pizza joint. Our mission: to find the best pie in Columbus. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!
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Here are our rankings so far:
Harvest Pizzeria in Columbus: 26.5/30.
Pasquale's in Westerville: 25.5/30.
Mama Linda's in Pataskala: 25.5/30.
Little Sicily's in Brice: 25.0/30.
Lido's in Columbus: 25.0/30.
Bridge Street in Dublin: 25.0/30.
Late Night Slice in Clintonville: 25.0/30.
Anthony's in Bexley: 25.0/30.
Casa Di Pizza in Grandview: 25.0/30.
Todd's in West Jeff: 24.5/30.
Vick's Pizza in Reynoldsburg: 24.0/30.
Capuano's in Pataskala: 24.0/30.
Meisters' in Grandview: 24.0/30.
Pizza Cottage in Buckeye Lake: 23.5/30.
Adriatico's in Columbus (OSU): 23.5/30.
Dewey's in Grandview: 23.5/30.
Villa Nova in Worthington: 23.5/30.
Carsonie's in Upper Arlington: 23.5/30.
Bruno's in Columbus: 23.5/30.
Tristano's in Grove City: 23.0/30.
Grandad's Pizza in Grandview: 23.0/30.
Taranto's in Pickerington: 23/0/30.
Joseppi's in Columbus (West Broad): 23.0/30.
Little Italy's in Groveport: 22.5/30.
Big Cheese Pizzeria in Blacklick: 22.5/30.
Bexley Pizza Plus: 22.5/30.
Iacono's in Hilliard: 22.0/30.
Renaldi's in Canal Winchester: 22.0/30.
Yellow Brick in Columbus: 21.5/30.
Tammy's in Grove City: 21.5/30.
Payne's in Delaware: 21.5/30.
Pizzeria NY in Pickerington: 21.5/30.
Plank's on Parsons Ave: 21.5/30.
Romeo's in Reynoldsburg: 21.0/30.
Bellacino's in New Albany: 21.0/30.
Tommy's in Upper Arlington: 20.5/30.
Antonio's in Westerville: 20.5/30.
Pizza House in Worthington: 20.5/30.
Enrico's in Dublin: 20.5/30.
Brooklyn Pizza in Powell: 20.5/30.
Kingy's Pizza in Canal Winchester: 20.0/30.
Eagle's in New Albany: 20.0/30.
Flyer's Pizza in Groveport: 20.0/30.
Possum Holler in Obetz: 19.5/30.
Emelio's Pizza in Columbus: 16.5/30.
Houndogs in Clintonville: 15.5/30.
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