Before our first pizza review, I thought I would offer a quick explanation on the name of the blog. I asked my good friend Sean for some naming suggestions, he offered some interesting suggestions such as: “The Apple of my Pie” and “When the Moon Hits Your Eye”. While I’m not entirely sure why his obsessions with referencing eyes, we decided that his final suggestion was the best, and that is why our blog is named “Stuffed Crush”.
It is fitting that the first pizza review post we make is also from the first pizza restaurant we visited on a date! Just like our first visit to Glass Nickel, this trip was about more than just enjoying pizza – we were at Glass Nickel to attend an improv comedy show, put on by Monkey Business Institute (for the record – we loved the pizza and the show on our first visit).
The Glass Nickel pizza we visited is a quaint location with a nice bar. For the improv show we were sitting in a basement room where the tables are decorated with old sports photographs, trading cards, and old trivial pursuit question cards. It was described by Annette as being “a cozy twist on a traditional bar and grill.”
In previous experiences with Glass Nickel we have tried their Chicky Chicky Parm Parm (Chicken Parmesean) pizza and the Bacon Cheeseburger pizza. Both were supremely tasty and ones we would eat again, but this blog is dedicated to trying new pizzas so that is what did.
Now on to the Good Part!! Pizza Review Time!!
Before going we had decided on trying the Boaris Karloff which consisted of; Three boar’s head® brand meats: genoa salami, pepperoni, capicola ham, with banana peppers, tomatoes, five blend cheese, herbs and spices on a base of garlic and olive oil. For crust we went with the house brand hand-tossed crust.
To accompany our pizza we enjoyed the classic Wisconsin drink, a Brandy-Old Fashioned.
Presentation: Visually the pizza was striking. We were both delighted by how many of the toppings we received, and their visibility above the cheese-line. The toppings were fairly evenly spaced so that almost every slice contained some of each topping.
🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕/5 on Presentation (5/5 on Presentation)
Crust: For our pizza we went classic, with Glass Nickel’s hand tossed crust (and let’s get real for a minute – hand tossed is the only good choice for pizza crust… thin crust just waaaaaay to crispy and flavorless [Annette described it as, “like eating cardboard”] and thick crust, which makes me feel like I’m eating bread with toppings). The hand tossed crust was delicious – firm and crisp on the outside, while the inside was nice and soft.
🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕/5 on Crust (5/5 on Crust)
Sauce: This was a unique pizza eating experience sauce-wise. Instead of a traditional tomato-based sauce, the Boaris Karloff uses a olive-oil and garlic base on the pizza. When we were eating it took Annette (and myself) a few bites to realize that there wasn’t tomato sauce on the pizza (we both forgot what was all on the pizza… )
After remembering that the pizza was an oil based sauce we both agreed just how much it complimented the flavors of the toppings, and actually served to enhance the flavors.
🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕/5 on Sauce (5/5 on sauce) while Gryffindor loses 10 points for our failure to remember what was on the pizza we ordered.
Cheese: This was the most disappointing aspect of the pizza. While it was not overly cheesy (and something we both agreed was beneficial to the pizza) as it allowed the flavors of the pizza to stand out, we also felt the cheese did nothing to stand out either and served merely to bind the toppings together.
🍕🍕🍕/5 on Cheese (3/5 on Cheese)
Our feelings on the cheese can perhaps best be summed up by saying “not the worst, not the best, just what we’re stuck with.”
Taste: The trio of salami, pepperoni and capicola were much more enjoyable then just pepperoni alone. While I find pepperoni to sometimes have subtly sweet flavor, this meat trio was more savory than anything else. I enjoyed how each meat combined to increase the overall layers of flavor on the pizza. The chopped tomatoes and banana peppers added some nice sweetness and occasional spark of heat. After eating a few slices Annette commented on just how surprised she was at her enjoyment of the pizza (also for some strange reason she thought pickles would be an excellent addition to the pizza…)
The one thing Annette (and myself) were a little apprehensive about with the pizza were the Banana peppers, but those proved to be a very enjoyable part of this pizza’s flavor.
🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕/5 on Taste (5/5 on Taste)
The Glass Nickel is a super enjoyable pizzeria which falls on many Madison Best of Pizza lists, so clearly it is top notch. We highly enjoyed the Boaris Karloff (probably more than both expected) and would definitely order it again in the future. Beyond just the Boaris Karloff and Glass Nickel as a whole, I highly recommend attending the improv show put on by Monkey Business Institute. More information on their shows can be found at http://monkeybusinessinstitute.com/
🍕🍕🍕🍕.5/5 (4.5/5 on overall Glass Nickel pizza experience)
We can’t recommend highly enough the worthwhile Glass Nickel Pizza and a Monkey Business Institute Improv show.
Thanks everyone for reading about our trip to Glass Nickel. If you know of any good pizza places to visit in the Madison area please let us know either in the comments section or by using the contact form. Stay tuned to find out where our pizza lovin stomachs take us next,
Annette and Craig