I know that title is cheesy. You don’t have to tell me. And speaking of cheesy, that pie has pictured above has some pretty good looking mozzarella and asiago cheese on it. I got the wittiness down to a science folks.
Looks can be deceiving. This is a creation of our own doing from this weeks choice, MOD Pizza. This is a chain that since it’s debut in 2008, has been rapidly growing and shows no signs of slowing down.
In a way I’m happy my first discovery of this franchise was their Columbia, MD location, the mecca of chain restaurants and box stores.
I’ve always had a sentimental feeling towards Columbia, dating back to when I was a kid. I was a stalwart (and in many ways I still am) of the mall located in the heart of town, which is there MOD is adjacent to in its newly created strategic location.
Maybe it was the safe feeling, the folksiness of the locals, or just a sense of peace and calm. I can’t exactly put my finger on it but even to this day when I pass through I get the warm and fuzzies.
As I’ve gotten older, the pleasures change and many remain constant. I like what it has to offer in terms of restaurants, shops, parks, and entertainment. I just wish there were more independent and family owned businesses. There’s a few, you might have to work to find those.
What does any of this have to do with pizza? Well in a way, it’s a sign of the times. We still want things safe but we’re also in a rush. The fast-food and hyper drive way we want our meals, our stimulation, our instant gratification has exponentially grown. We want quick results with as little work done as possible. Technology is a main reason these in-and-out pizza joints have become phenomenons within the past five years and change.
The menu has some funky names and I dig it. I went with the Tristan, for the simple fact I saw pesto and a great complement of veggies to go with it. For a twist, I requested grilled chicken to go with it. But as you can see, they never piled that on top.
It was lunch hour and extremely busy. I understand people make mistakes and forget. I took this as a sign that this is how it was meant to be eaten. The chicken wouldn’t have made much of a difference.
With that being said, the pie was ok. It didn’t wow me in any fashion. The dough was cooked fine and the mushrooms, peppers, and onions all tasted fresh. The pesto seemed like it was out of a can. It just didn’t do anything inspiring. Nor did I expect it to.
I understand the type of place I’m at, so in a way I’m grading this on a curve. It just tasted like a decent pie you could find anywhere.
Why did I not say anything about the missing topping on my pizza? It may be passive-aggressive of me, but the staff was very friendly and overwhelmingly busy. It just didn’t seem right. They were working hard and the line was growing. I had no problem waiting a few extra minutes for my pie. In a way, I found that refreshing.
Refreshing because, pizza is meant to be heated at the right temperature. A lot of time and care needs to be put into it. I’m not sure how I feel about these blistering pace pizza joints. But they’re here to stay. And I frequent them from time-to-time, so I’m supporting the cause whether I care to admit it or not.
And one mediocre experience will not discourage me from coming back. Because if I feel I’m in a rush too, I know I can get a pizza swiftly and at an accelerated pace. But the rush I talk about is all my own doing. It’s likely all our own doing.
For a similar experience I had, with uplifting results, click here.
Taking a minute to breathe and relax is very necessary. It will make everything better. It will make the pizza better. And yes, pizza makes everything better.
Thank you kindly,