Pizza Challenge Update: Who has the best pizza in the Wichita Metro area? Is it Electric Pizzeria in Wichita?
By Mike Thayer
Pizza is my favorite food. Burgers, steaks, lasagna, anything grilled and an assortment of other dishes are high on the list of favorites, but there's nothing quite like a good slice of pizza pie.... That slice of pie has that perfectly baked crust that's flaky/crispy on the outside, but tender and fluffy on the inside. Then there's the marriage of toppings, the subtle spices of pepperoni and sausage, assorted veggies that are tender-crisp like onion and bell pepper. The sauce, it's got to be a zesty sauce, providing those notes of garlic and oregano with each bite. And bringing everything together is a generous portion of melted cheeses, mozzarella, Parmesan, perhaps some cheddar or provolone that bubbles up in the oven to golden, brown, deliciousness!
No national chains will be included in this challenge. Only the local, regional pizza joints qualify. Besides, Domino's sucks, Little Caesar's really sucks (sucking SO bad they don't even deserve a link) and Papa John's and Pizza Hut are average tasting pizzas at best. The fact is, the local/regional joints run circles around the national chains in dishing up high quality, great tasting pizza.
During the course of this challenge I'll consider customer service, time to order, price, appearance and of course, the most important thing, TASTE.
Today's review is on Electric Pizzeria in Wichita.
Electric Pizzeria is the 14th pizza joint I've tried in my quest of finding the best pizza in the metro. I arrived a bit after 11am on a Friday and ordered a medium classic 'Supremo' which is Pepperoni, Beef, Sausage, Mushroom, Red Onion and Green Pepper, covered in a three cheese blend. Ordering it to-go, I found a seat to wait for my order.
My wait wasn't long at all, perhaps 10 minutes, while the place was also busy prepping their buffet table. There were only two other patrons in the joint, but it was just after 11am....
And this is where I usually 'complain' about the long drive home, about the great pizza aromas filling the cab of my truck, the pie teasing me to pull a slice and eat some on the way home...... Sadly, I didn't have that problem today...... And even though it's only about 11:20am..... the hunger is there, I had a light breakfast..... Hmmmmm... Not a good sign, the aromas weren't really wafting.......
You always hope that the local joint can crank out better food than the chain places, but that's not the case here. I might as well have ordered a Domino's pizza, because that's about how NOT good this pizza is. It was really disappointing. Starting with the crust, it was nicely baked and in sampling the outer edge, it had a nice light crunch on the outside, was fluffy on the inside, but it was bland, it lacked flavor and sadly the sauce and toppings did not make up for that lack of flavor. And then there's the grease factor which I'll get to in a bit.... The sauce was unremarkable, missing that garlic/oregano zest, the sausage and beef were both under-seasoned and the pepperoni Electric Pizzeria uses is not of high quality, it's quite greasy. That grease diminishes the light crunch/fluffy on the inside of the crust, the underside of the crust was shiny, almost soggy with the low quality pepperoni grease permeating what was otherwise a nicely baked crust. And while the greasy pepperoni portion was OK, the remaining topping portions weren't exactly generous. The only redeeming quality of this pie was the cheese.
A truly good pizza does not need any doctoring, but that's what I had to do here to make it palatable, shaking on some black pepper, red pepper flake and Parmesan cheese.
Costing me $12.99 for a medium carry-out, I'm giving Electric Pizzeria just 2 out of 5 stars. Their classic 'Supremo' is less-than-stellar and is NOT worthy of a repeat buy. I wasted gas driving half-way across town to sample this pizza. This is one of those kinds of pizza, where you pull a slice and all the toppings fall off leaving you with just soggy/greasy crust and sauce, the toppings and cheese remaining in the box..... That slice of pie didn't do that because it's over-loaded with toppings, but because it's just not a well-crafted pizza.
Electric Pizzeria is located at:
240 S West St #70 (facing Maple Street)
Wichita, KS. 67213
$pend Wisely My Friends...
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