This blog’s been a little pizza-laden lately. But I like a pizza (or beer or queso)-laden life. So I’m not complaining. And in this case, I’m sure I’ll confirm what a lot of Derby-ites already know! I’ve heard about Pizza John’s for years. Many say they’re the only competition for my love of Gambino’s in Colwich. And love I do have for pizza. I’d say my top three before going to Pizza John’s was probably Gambino’s, Pacific Coast Pizza, and this random (and nameless because we don’t remember) pizza place in Vegas where Sarah and I ordered pizza after a day of watching the NCAA basketball tournament and having a coupon slipped under the door. Let’s not discuss how we learned later this is NOT a safe practice (calling the number of a random place slipped under your door). And I’d also like to give a Southeast Wichita salute to Po Boy Pizza for their pizza rolls (I’ve never had their pizza because I dream about the rolls). I should make eating the actual pizza a checklist item before moving, huh? But, like usual, I digress.
Do I already have people lining up to road trip to Derby?
I went to Pizza John’s a few weeks ago while I was working in Derby. And I have to say, it was great. And a good price. I loved their crust and sauce. Which, for me, is the biggest test. There’s not a particular crust or sauce I do or don’t like. But I know when I like and don’t like them. For example, I’m not a huge fan of lots of deep dish pizzas. Mostly because the greasy crust gives me a headache. No one wants a side of headache with pizza. Pizza’s supposed to bring peace on earth and goodwill toward men (and women!). Occasionally I’ll crave deep dish. But the thing is I don’t DISLIKE all deep dish, or all thick crusts. If they’re not too greasy, or don’t take over the pizza, bring it on!
The only slight complaint is they didn’t have any specialty pizza besides a supreme listed on the menu. I do realize you can create a specialty pizza by adding additional toppings, but that can get pricey. However, as far as pricing goes, the price was reasonable. So I can’t complain about price.
Bottom line: GO! If you live in Wichita, it would be a fun trip to make for pizza. Everyone at lunch seemed to know each other. I get a calm, “at home” feeling from that, even if no one knows me. Over the Friday lunch I went there was a short wait for a table. But things moved very quickly, and the wait staff was very, very friendly. As I was paying another couple brought their pizza up to get a box and the guy running the register said, “Is there something wrong?” And the guy said, “No it was so good, I need a box so we can eat it a second time.” And the guy at the register said, “If it was that damn good, you would have eaten all of it now!” Haha! That’s the small town attitude I love!
“I don’t feel that I need to explain my art to you, Warren.”
Mmmmmmm…. Pizza. I want more.