Hello Wicked Glitch readers! My name is Laura, and I live with Wesley, one of the blogs main two contributors. I know Wicked Glitch normally covers such hard hitting topics as technological advances, social issues, and hilarious animal videos, but there’s one issue I know we all care about—pizza! A local pizza place in town called Austin’s Pizza started a contest for people to submit new pizza recipes. There are now five pizzas on the menu through the month of March, and the one that receives the most votes will become a permanent menu option! When I first learned about the new pizzas last week, I was frustrated that I couldn’t order them till this week because they looked so delicious! I’ll be sharing one of those pizzas with Wesley every Friday night for the next month, and I’ll review it for you here. For those of you in Austin, I hope you find the information helpful when deciding what to try and how to vote. For those of you outside of Austin, you may want to make a pizza of your own to try out some of these pizza innovations.
Tonight we ordered the Haole, submitted by Adam B. We loved it! As someone very familiar with all the options of Austin’s Pizza, I believe it is on par with their other offerings that earn them consistent recognition in the Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll, the authority on dining in Austin.
Pineapple without Canadian bacon. Pineapple is one of my favorite pizza toppings, but regrettably, the delightful fruit is invariably paired with Canadian bacon on specialty pizzas. Canadian bacon is too chewy, too salty, too thick, and covers up all other flavors on a pizza. Bravo to Adam B. for choosing breakfast bacon over Candian bacon.
The combination of flavors is excellent. Rather than go off completely into left field, the pizza starts with your basic favorites: tomato sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni but improves on that basic pie with tasty extras of cilantro, breakfast bacon, pineapple, and red onions. This pizza is a great combination of sweet, spicy, and salty.
The sauce. Though the sauce was billed as “tomato sauce,” the usual pizza sauce is not what we found. Mildly reminiscent of BBQ sauce with its subtle sweetness, you’ll also taste a touch of spicy. I’m not a fan of very spicy foods, but this was well within my comfort zone. Wesley, who puts cayenne pepper on his spaghetti, insisted he did not taste any spice whatsoever. The flavor of the sauce is a great compliment to the red onions.
Cilantro. Although there is no cilantro visible on the image of the pizza that was advertised, our order actually featured large, fresh pieces of cilantro topping the pie, not just little dried bits mixed into the sauce. Fans of cilantro will be pleased!
The name. I have no idea how to pronounce Haole. Given the cilantro, I was trying for a Spanish pronunciation with “ah-oh-lay.” The person I placed my order with said something that sounded like “halloway,” like the surname, but she admitted she didn’t know how to pronounce it either.
It’s only on the menu temporarily. I’ve had this pizza once, and already I’d be sad if they took it away. I’m tempted to order it for the rest of the month, lest it disappear with my having only enjoyed it once, but I have to try the others, even the one that sounds bland.
I give this pizza two thumbs up, and the other pizzas will have stiff competition to try and win my vote!