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Mod Pizza • 3980 Airport Blvd., Suite A2, Mobile, AL 36608 • 251-380-6365
I say it every time: I don’t really like pizza. I say it, but I feel like I’m lying a little. True, I probably don’t like pizza as much as you do, but deep down inside I like it. I don’t eat a lot of bread, so maybe I just prefer a good thin-crust pizza.
I actually do like a specialty pizza here and there, it just isn’t my go-to when the MacDonalds are headed out for dinner. I really don’t get excited about the big chains, so if I’m at your house for a football party and you want delivery, I’m likely to pitch in for a salad and some of those despicable wings that no corporate restaurant seems to get right.
Last week I found myself scurrying around the Pinebrook Shopping Center looking for lunch in all the wrong places. I have given China Doll more of my paycheck than I care to admit; I wasn’t quite in the mood for delicious Poke Luau; and it has to be payday to get me into Whole Foods. So, I tried Mod Pizza. I figured a couple or three pizzas to take home would get me in good graces with the family, so I loaded up on just about every menu category and was on the road in maybe 10 minutes tops.
Back at the house, we sampled away the better part of Katie’s lunch hour, beginning with the Italian Chop Salad ($8.97). This price is for the “MOD” size, essentially what is considered an entree portion these days, but was plenty enough for two. The Romaine-heavy mix had red onions, black olives, chickpeas and bell peppers, with salami and a touch of mozzarella and Parmesan.
I love chickpeas and salami, so this salad is right up my alley. However, Katie and I both found the “zesty” Roma dressing to be too sweet. Sweet, as in it was practically a turnoff. I barely touched it. I think the salad was good, but maybe next time I should order it dry and add my own dressing. Katie ate a little more than I did, but again, it would have been better with another additive.
Then came the pies. I wasn’t being shy in this arena. If I’m going to break my pizza fast, I’m going to break it hard … so, so hard. I took home three pizzas, and in order of taste, we began with the third. The Calexico ($8.97, 11-inch MOD size) was a red-sauce pizza with mozzarella over chicken, jalapenos and Gorgonzola, topped with hot Buffalo sauce. Basically, this is a Buffalo chicken pizza.
The Gorgonzola shines through with the Buffalo sauce providing a little bit of spice. The jalapenos spiked it up a bit, and I’ll admit, the pizza made me reach for a nonalcoholic drink. If I would have had the day to myself, I would have definitely enjoyed this pizza with a decent beer, maybe a Modelo Especial or something comparable, but my day was already planned.
If you like a little heat, this one will provide. It’s not crazy hot, but it’s hot enough to put you on alert. Tread happily. It’s a good pizza.
I knew which pizza had my name on it. So what pizza bore the name of Katie? At this place, it’s called the Tristan ($8.97, MOD size). I know her to favor a little different pizza than I do, but I’m not saying I didn’t like it. This one starts with zero bases and is layered with mozzarella, Asiago, roasted red peppers and mushrooms. They then power on a pesto-sauce drizzle for a non-red masterpiece fit for a sorority gal.
“It tasted green and fresh,” she said. “I love roasted peppers on anything.”
It wasn’t too sweet, nor was it overpowering, according to her. She will be sending me back for another one of these when I have an off day. I had my share and, with a little bias against white pizzas, I’ll say it would be an easy purchase.
Next up was the big daddy. If you want to name a thin-crust pizza for me, Mad Dog ($8.97, MOD size) is the perfect way to go. It’s about as normal a pizza as you could ask for if you’re a meat lover. My favorite pizza is pepperoni and meatball with onions, so when faced with the absence of meatballs, you settle for sausage and ground beef and you’re in the ballpark.
My college friend Kevin Taylor and I could tear up some pepperoni and meatball. The sausage would have made it that much easier. Here I was with a thin-crust pizza, at lunchtime, ready to destroy it, and I realized this red-sauced powerhouse was very close to our early ’90s heart-stealer.
When I say “thin crust” about all of these pizzas, I want you to understand it is a cracker-thin pie, thin enough for one person to take down an entire 11-inch pizza from the ladies’ tee. I love that. Eat a pizza and still have room for dessert. That’s what I did and that’s what I had.
They have seasonal desserts along with their mainstays. A Cherry Soda Cake ($2.47) was pink as can be, sweet and ready for the main stage, but the regular No Name Cake ($2.47) was the better dessert. These are essentially Ding Dongs or Ho Hos — I forget which one — but I let young Henry have the former while I polished off the latter.
So, we have a pizza I like, very much so, a dessert I like, very much so, and a salad I could modify to my liking. I’d say this place is pretty good for a thin-pie lover like myself. It’s quick and easy, a meat lover’s dream. Grab one on your way home, but bank on one pie per family member. Whether you like pizza or not, it’s a good meal. Run, don’t walk.
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