Thursday April 9th marked our 4th outing for the Pizza Snob Social Club. We visited Pies & Pints in Worthington Square Mall. We started the event with 7-10 members attending but quickly dwindled down to just 4 due to scheduling, working late and the weather. We started with the original wings with were coated in a dry rub. I am normally not a wing fan, as in they tend to be more work than they are worth, but these wings were calling to me. They smelled like summer and tasted like they were fresh of the grill. The rub had a kick but not overwhelming, the chicken was juicy and flavorful through and through. So far, our experience was great. The serve New Age wine, which is one of my favorite Spring/Summer wines, I shared with my new friend Mike. We ordered 3 large pizzas and split different specialty types between the halves upon the suggestion of Emily, our server. The group ordered Sriracha Shrimp and Hot Mama, the Classic (a PSSC stand by) and Chicken Gouda-“Wendy Style” and the plain styles of Pesto and Margherita. The pizzas took a little longer than we thought and by the time we started wondering where they were a couple managers made a table visit to let us know they should be right out. I had a feeling they knew we were the Pizza Snobs, hence the special attention. When the pies got to the table they looked delicious and tasted just the same. The crust was warm and doughy, fresh and buttery. The chese melted perfectly and the the toppings genrous. I tried them all except the shrimp, considering I am allergic – eek – but my fellow Snobs enjoyed it. The pesto was my favorite and trust me I love pesto! Its hard to do right and Pies & Pints has the right combination. We were all pleased with the Pies and so far it is the highest ranking in our total of 4 other locations. The service was great, the dinning room was a little loud but typical of a pub stuyle restaurant. We left happy and stufed and probably shared a litle too much information about our single person habits, haha. Overall we ranked it a 4.1.
For our second meeting, we became somewhat official with scorecards and progress on the member t-shirts. Of course Teresa and I were adamant to CD about getting women’s fit t-shirts, poor guy. The weather was super cold, again, so I started with wine to warm me up and for no other reason, I promise. We met in Old Town East at the corner shop named Yellow Brick Pizza. The feel of the place was very hip with a heavy side of neighborhood vibes. There were couples, families, singles, and us the Pizza Snobs. We welcomed a few new members that hadn’t attended Natalie’s, Dawn & Shannon. We ordered drinks and secretly begged for quicker service. Once they got to our table the staff was very attentive and friendly. With our half orders along with all our “hold, that’s” and “add those” they accommodated very well. I ordered my normal simple pizza but did half greek something or other. The cheese pizza had a terrific sauce with fat slices of mozzarella. The crust was fresh and doughy. Teresa and CD got their standard meaty pizza and seemed very happy. Monique & Curt joined us a little later and ordered Classico which looked very yummy. As a group, we rated Yellow Brick an overall score of 4 using the new scorecards.
For my first meeting with the Pizza Snob Social Club, we went to Natalie’s in Worthington. I joined Cd and his IPA at the bar for a glass of wine since it was so cold out. The staff impressed me right away with their inviting nature. The bartender had a cute fur, I assume faux, vest on that I made sure to compliment. She suggested a wine and I, of course, love recommendations so I ordered a glass, I believe it was $2 of for Happy Hour. Monique and Curt showed up shortly after I ordered my wine. They were so cute and I loved Monique’s personality. As the remaining members arrived we began to order pizza’s. Teresa and CD seemed to have a definite plan, which I loved! Whenever I go to a new restaurant I like to order something simple first before venturing off deep into the menu. I ordered a cheese pizza and the other members ordered a variety. All the pies were tasty. The ambience was family oriented with an opportunity for live music after 9pm. The service was consistent with he bar staff as he recommended his favourites. As a group, we rated Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza an overall score of 4. I was the perfect way to start the club. Looking forward to the next meeting -Yellow Brick Pizza – Old Town East.