Cottage Inn, carryout special. Sausage.
OT: Favorite pizza in Ann Arbor
Do you live in Louisiana, or is your handle potty humor as well?
Lived in St. Louis and now don't want to change my handle, despite not being in St. Louis anymore. Should I have used more foresight? Probably. Did I? No.
For me past midnight (drunk), gotta go with Backroom
Carryout special as well - extra cheese + garlic break accompanied by Cherry Coke.
Most underrated pizza (and therefore deal) on campus.
I always enjoyed a Bell's pizza if for nothing else than to have a pizza and myself delivered to north campus late night after a night on the town.
is terrible, in my opinion. I really think backroom is the way to go, even when you're completely sober at 3pm. Bell's, though, too is really good.
I've got a particular soft spot for bells as I had the good fortune to run into Sam Sword after our 97 victory over OSU. the least I could do was treat him to a meatball sub and exchange several high fives and 'Woooos!'
highlight of my bell's career.
Wait you paid for a former Michigan player’s meal? We know what the what’s going to be the headline on the freep tomorrow. Anonymous source confirms at least 10 players were paid for all meals in the 1997 season.
*in master sergeant Schultz voice* "I know nothing–NOTHING!"
Pizza House Meat Lover's Deep Dish Pizza
Though I prefer an extra cheese and pepperoni. Still dissapointed that Pizza House is no longer in a house.
It's new, but South U pizza is the best cheap pizza on campus. For those who haven't tried it, I suggest you do. It blows NYPD and Backroom out of the water.
Good call jc, I was just about to post that myself!
Interesting....I was wondering if it was any good.
Faz is the man! At a church function, we ordered from him, and he came in and hung out with us for like half an hour. So friendly, that man.
no joke here...not sure if it's open past midnight but definitely delicious
Mon - Thur : 10am - 1am
Fri - Sat : 10am - 3am
Sun : 11am - Midnight
here to second the Faz.
Faz is awesome...his pizza is not.
Faz, who was just as great as everyone here says, passed away a number of years ago now.
Yeah, Faz passed away. If I recall correctly, there was a thread about Faz a couple of years ago, and his nephew posted on here confirming his passing and thanking everyone for the well-wishes.
Faz has passed, yes. It is sad. But he has left behind a legacy of great pizza and great photographs.
Cottage Inn Spicy Polynesian any time of day
Game. Set. Match.
Deep Dish. pepperoni and mushroom. Ham and pineapple is good too. Wash it down with a cool Hacker-Pschorr. Damn now I am hungry!
But the OP mirrors my tastes pretty well. I'll throw in as chain pizza goes, I like Marcos, when across town or office delivery.
In my first year and a half I have done a horrible job getting around to the local eateries...
I have, however, been to Pizza Bob's following a hockey game, and that was some pretty good pizza.
I've been to Pizza Bob's many times...their pizza is decent (they often burn the hell out of the bottom) but their shakes are the best on campus. My favorites are raspberry-vanilla or hot fudge.
I have been to Pizza Bob's 100's of times and have never once gotten the pizza. (I know you say "but it's half the name") Chipati, Chuck's Delight or the Sister Hazel on rotation but usually with a shake (try the chocolate chip/ peanut butter)
Yep. It's me, that annoying kid from out east that whines about the quality of pizza in the midwest. No pizza really compares to a legitimate NY slice, but when push comes to shove I will order from Pizza Pino. The buffalo chicken pizza is, to this day, the best I've had in this town. It's out of the way, though, so walking isn't an option unless you want to trek down Liberty past Main.
If we're talking inebriated eats, then it's Back Room. Unless I'm on the way back from Skeeps, as NYPD will fall directly in my path.
...and you put Buffalo Chicken on it? ;-)
Besides, we all know Chicago-style is better.
(Ducks from the ensuing back and forth projectiles).
+1 just for the buffalo chicken addition...I can't tell you how many times I've dropped $10 on late night specials just to add the buffalo chicken.
Did the NYPD near Skeeps shut down? There used to be one somewhere near where I lived -- in between Liberty and South U... but then again I haven't been back in AA in around 3 years.
The NYPD under UTowers closed. It's now a Japanese restaurant. The NYPD on East William is still open.
Thanks, the one on East William is the one I was thinking of.
You're from out east and you go to skeeps.
I'm just going to end it there.
I have to say, I lived in New York and Chicago and while Ann Arbor can't hold a candle to either (though that never stopped me from eating it), Chicago style is far superior to NYC in the pizza department. East coasters, neg away!
You are out of your mind. Not even comparable. They're barely even the same type of food.
You say you lived in NY...what are your credentials? (Credentials = pizzeria's you've eaten at.)
Lambardi's, Grimaldi's, Johns, as well as a number of other hole in the wall places I can't remember. I never got to DiFara's so maybe I missed the #1 joint in city. Like I said, those places were absolutely delicious and I have no complaints about them.
That being said I'd take a pie from Giordano's, Gino's and Lou's in Chicago over any of the places I went to in NYC. Even the next level down of Chicago's Pizza could stand toe to toe with many of the NYC places.
However, it is tough to compare since they're so different. To each his own.
When in Rome....Agree to disagree..
Haha, Cheers to that. Now I'm starving.
I have yet to find Chicago pizza that comes anywhere close to the pizza I had in Brooklyn years ago...of course, maybe my memories of that pizza are tainted by large amounts of alcohol, but...
And I really hate getting ribbed for asking pizza establishments in Chicago to pie-cut my pizza. Not a fan of square-shaped pieces of pizza.
here in Chicago. But the "real" deep dish pizzas are ALWAYS cut like a pie and are never square shaped.
Go to Giordano's or Lou Malnati's or Gino's East (they are all different I personally prefer Giordano's).
I liked Giordano's, and chicago style is good, but it's different, and for me, too much.
If you're ever in NY, go to Di Fara's (the owner makes every pizza, made to order.
There's obviously also Lombardi's (America's first Pizzeria)
Pizza so good, it'll make a guppy wanna smack a whale.
I think we're done here
I'm relieved somebody else pointed out the obvious. I was shocked when I started reading this thread that this wasn't the consensus.
If we're talking late night, stumbling drunk, grab a few slices to tide you over on the walk home, then I think Backroom is the hands-down winner. I'm prepared to believe it's also delicious when you're sober, but I've never tried it in that condition.
papa romanos all corners pizza is the best in town. i would like to take this time to say that pizza house is shitty because they charge so much for toppings to offset the amount they spent decorating the place. waaaaaaaaaaaay too expensive for just better than average pizza
But their Chipopeye is delicious.
I lived at Arbor Landings my senior year and used to get Little Porky's (on Dexter) barbecue chicken pizza all the time. Definitely the best I had in AA.
But their BBQ is good, so it's probably a good combination.
If you live just south of campus you can't go wrong with Bell's, although no Michigan experience is complete without stumbling drunkenly to Backroom at 3:30am and standing in a loooooong line in the middle of November in order to get two slices of okay, but not great, cheese pizza.
Anyway, that's probably the best part about living in UTowers. That and Panchero's.
+1 for Backroom (aka Backdoor)
$1 for a slice of pizza when you're having a good night is the right price. Dump some parmesan and red pepper on that and you're good to go.
...But we used to order cheesey breadsticks from Pizza House all the time and they were in fact awesome.
Overpriced, but tasty and a good amount, and in the summer you can sit outside and feed them to the birds while people watching and having a beer. Pizza House's are probably as good, but I liked them back when it was just basically a back of the house delivery place and they didn't cost more than a steak like they do now.
pints of Stucchi's. Evil, evil Pizza House.
Hello Faz with the misspelled celebrity advertisements.
This isn't quite pizza but their calzones are so good they might be delivered directly from heaven.
Cottage inn. Can't get the whole toppings baked into the cheese thing out East. MMMM
Cottage Inn Pizza for Four w/ a big ass greek salad for around $22. With Feta and black olives yum yum
But my dad makes the best pizza in Ann Arbor, dammit.
Best thing about living in U Towers was cock roach killing contest .
I am shocked no one has mentioned Jet's. 8-corner deep dish and cinnastix rock.
Thank you for finally posting! That 8 corner is AMAZING. I want one right now.
NYPD isn't very good, but their ziti pizza is great late night.
How many of you remember the Pizza Uno's on South U.?
I've only heard old people talk about it.
Were you a Lucitania survivor or something? Who taught you how to use the internet at the retirement home?
But the next guy thinks I'm a noob. :-P
And yes, it was a long swim back thank you very much...
n00bs. Soon after cheese was invented, there was Bimbo's.
Very good pizza and less-than-diligent about carding for beer.
Took my roommate there for his 20th birthday (I was 21), and told the waiter it was his 21st birthday. I showed my ID, the waiter said "Congratulations" to my roommate, and we had a great evening of pizza and pitchers of Stroh's.
And I'm not THAT old. Now, get off my lawn!!
I think it shut down when I was a sophomore and turned into an asian night club or something.
However, as a Chicagoan, Uno's is a BAD BAD BAD representation of Chicago style pizza. I even tell people to stay away from its flagship store in Chicago.
And while I am at it, NYPD and New York Style pizza generally sucks if you are sober. Even in New York, you can never get a fresh slice. They always have to throw it back into the oven for a minute to heat it up - totally ruins the freshness IMO.
Question for the board: Has anyone ever gotten a fresh slice of NY style pizza?
Awesome Pizza, and you can get it fresh. The issue you have is when you buy pizza by the slice and there is not a huge turnover you are going to get the reheating. I am sure you can wait until they take a fresh pie out of the oven.
I have lived on east coast and in Chicago and I prefer NY style Pizza - but it is a preference. My wife wont eat anything but Giardano's stuffed in Chicago.
Regarding A2 Pizza - my favorite was the cottage in sicilian. The sesame crust is the best I have had when I felt like splurging.
However the primary concern when I was at UM was cost. Dominoes had the two for one, and I never minded Dominoes pizza. Ceasers had the Pizza Pizza and Bells was just plain inexpensive.
Backroom used to be good before they changed from a NY style to more of a hand tossed (thicker crust style). Havent been there in a while so dont know if they changed back.
I agree. I thought their throw in raw veggies crust so hard and dry it tasted stale where's the cheese? pizzas weren't that great.
Anthony's was much better, and back then Pizza House was dealing out of a house, not a palace of bricks.
Loved it. Miss it.
For me its Silvio's.
Happy's is a must stop for me.
3 Large Pizzas and a case of Busch Light for like 38 dollars. Glorious
Bella Italia has the best NY style in town:
Transplanted New Yorker, and I agree re: Bella Italia. NYPD is occasionally excellent - something happened to their quality control a few years back, and their consistency is not so good. On the other hand, Bella Italia is really small, with a really consistent presence in the kitchen.
When he was in the old Taco Bell location on East U. He used to supply us with pizzas after close at TD's too. Owner has a little Soup Nazi in him. Or a little Blimpy's.
Pizza House. Usually got a Calzone.
Most Consumed? Bell's. Three words - Take Out Special
Best Late Night? Back Room. Is there any other choice? (for those of us who were around in it's heyday)
Guilty Pleasure? Gumby's. I think the Ann Arbor branch folded after my freshman year, but I still have fond memories of it's existence.
...for like the first week. Giant 24" pizzas for cheap, with the freshest toppings I've ever had. But everything was so good for so cheap, they had to be losing money like a mofo, cut back on quality, then it got pretty sucky.
I also probably ate more Bell's than anything else, because of those coupon booklet specials (and their misprints, which I have related elsewhere here...).
before 2 AM or sober. It is quite possible that it tasted horrible and that my fond memories have more to do with the situation than the 'za.
I had Bell's once a week easy my senior year. I miss the days where I could put away 4000 calories a day and not gain a pound.
if theirs was still supreme-o, since it's been almost a decade--then fan out. Thanks for all the tips.
After Scorekeepers, NYPD. After Ricks, Backroom.
To the OP, Anthony's Gourmet is awesome, didn't realize they had a new location since the one on Packard closed.
My favorite has got to be Bells, they have flavored crusts now and garlic crust just increases the awesome. Backroom is disgusting and tastes like bad microwave pizza.
Cottage Inn is also really good, late night special is awesome.
Pizza House has gone down hill a little bit lately imo.
Does anyone remember Wolverine Pizza? Never really tried their pizza, but their chicken wings were amazing.
NYPD is the best. Although when people make the rookie mistake and order something not fresh that needs reheating, you run into trouble.
Cottage inn is amazing for a restaurant-style pie. That deep dish is really unique.
And I'm not sure but I think you have to fail a breathalyzer in order to enjoy backroom pizza.
I was a huge fan of NYPD when they opened, and was one of the expatriate New Yorkers out there who was thrilled to finally have something we recognized as pizza here in A2. (My wife, who favors Pizza Hut - ouch - was forbidden to eat any pizza other than NYPD during her two pregnancies, so as not to ruin our children)
However, over the past fwe years NYPD's consistency has been off. I don't know if it was the experiment with the second location, or the franchising they have been trying, but their quality control is down. Sometimes the pizza is great, but sometimes the crust is too chewy, or the cheese is too gloppy.
BTW, I favor my slices crisp, and un-hampered by toppings, so a quick re-heat is a good thing!
The rest are a long way off.
I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS get Mr. Pizza. The 5$ (I think it's 6$ now) carry-out special is amazing. I love me some Mr. Pizza and it's the best value on campus.
My favorite pizza was probably Pizza House's deep dish. That was so filling and delicious. Cottage Inn was also very tasty, as is Jet's Pizza.
For a great deal tho, you can't beat Hungry Howie's. 2 large pizzas for less than 10 bucks when ordering online. Not the greatest pizza but with flavored crust definitely worth the price.
I never got caught up in the whole bell's phenomena. I lived south of campus for 3 years and always found Bell's to be overpriced (for a full pizza) and only ok.
A couple relatively new places: Happy's, and Pizza Pino.
Has anyone tried either one? Just curious.
I've had other stuff from Happy's (ribs, chicken, etc... all pretty decent)... but not their pizza.
Best Pizza - no cost considerations: Pizza House
Best relatively cheap - Cottage Inn
Best family run by awesome people with good NY pizza - NYPD
if NY Pizza can be considered "good" (native Chicagoan... and when in Chicago I recommend Lou Malnati's)
but Pizza House is the king.
Ashley's chicken and pesto pizza, especially when it's free because you've drank the requisite number of beers.
I love Diag Party Store pizza. Nobody ever seems to mention it, most likely because it's not a pizza place but just a party store. But the pizza is so cheap, delicious, and they also deliver alcohol. Perfect.
Bells is solid. Also love to dine-in at Cottage Inn, because I end up eating the entire bowl of Parmesan. A Buddy's near campus would be an excellent addition as well. The Detroiter is rad.
But if you lived on the Hill, a nod has to go to Omega Pizza and their breadsticks.
Omega did bread sticks before anyone . People ordered every night . Bimbo's was A2 institution . Uno's slices at the Art Fair were the reason to walk down South U , plus the party on Church St .