…for anyone! Harris Teeter is one of those friends you shouldn’t take for granted. By me saying that I almost sound derogatory or patronizing. Well I do like patronizing their stores. I think you know what I mean. Well I hope so.
I only realized a few minutes ago that the first time I visited one of their stores was in North Carolina, which is where they’re originally based out of. Now they’re everywhere. And if you live in a city or a suburb chances are there’s more than one store right up the street and walking distance from you.
This isn’t going to be a history lesson or discussion of their groceries and free samples. Even though the latter is readily available and always appreciated. I knew in time I was going to be discussing their pizza.
I’ve saved a few pictures of slices over the past few months knowing I would be sharing my thoughts with the world.
The results were a mix bag. The prices are fantastic and they always have some exciting specials going on. Sometimes on a monthly basis.
I’m judging these pizzas on the premise that this a grocery store, and not a pizzeria. This is not meant as a slight or insult to their store. It’s more along the lines of how I rate pizza. I don’t ask for much. I just want it to taste good, be reasonable priced, and makes feel happy when its over.
Over 4 different stores (at least) I tried 4 different slices, and maybe a little more. Perhaps the title gave it away. I’ll get to the slices first.
First, the chicken pesto. This is one I thought I would be in love with. It was fine but within the context of good pizza and pesto this was only ok. The crust was fine but noting special. Fortunately with this slice, the crust didn’t dominate as you may see in another pizza shortly. I didn’t taste much chicken, onion, or pesto. I didn’t taste much of anything. The toppings all seem to get lost in the shuffle. And that’s never what you want.
Next, is two I’ll blend together. The Steak and Cheese, and then the Deluxe actually both tasted the same to me. And you can see with these two, the crust sort of envelops the actual pizza itself. I know the sign says the pizza is made fresh every two hours but these slices felt like they were out longer than that. And that’s fine. If they’re reheated they should taste adequate enough. Again, these were ok but I would’t go out of my way to try them over others. And speaking of which…
The Greek was a pleasant surprise. I love feta cheese, olives, onions, and tomatoes. And they do it all here perfectly. It looks like a lot and it is. But that’s the fun of this. The toppings seem to a bit more over-the-top than the previous three slices I mentioned. You can tell such a difference in this slice versus the others. And the visual is so different. They throw on a lot and it pays dividends. I absolutely adore this slice. And the crust was fantastic as well. This is a great slice.
But finally, the reason for this post, is the April Four Cheese pie special, at only $8. You can always tell how good a place really is based on the cheese. And the cheese was fabulous. This is along the lines of the Greek with loads of toppings but instead loads of cheese. And I mean loads of cheese. You can see how high they stack this thing.
To be fair, this was fresh out of the oven, placed in a charming to go box, and it felt so good on my hands. The difference in having it right out of the oven, after 15 minutes, going against slices being heated up is significant, but I didn’t know it would be this significant.
This is cheese that makes you feel like a kid. It reminds me of a cheese pie I shared with my family many times over, when I was a kid. The pizza sauce is tangy, yet it works perfectly with this pie. And the golden brown and slightly burnt ends of the crust makes this pizza worth going out of your way for. Actually wait. You don’t have to go out of your way for it. Wow I’m cheesy. Oops!
And at only $7.99 for the rest of the month of April, it’s a bargain. This is usually $12. I got four meals out of this. And it just kept tasting as awesome, if not better, every time. I’m craving some now as I write about this for you guys.
This pizza isn’t going to win any awards and I don’t think Harris Teeter is looking for any. But they do cheese pizza right. I will be back again. Maybe I’ll review some more slices or another to-go special. Any way you slice it, I look forward to sampling (not those free samples, but I love those too) more of their creative slices and pies in the near future.
There’s still a lot of April left so I highly recommend getting this pizza, at this price, while you can.
Thanks so much,