I decided to bump this thread rather than start a new one in order to keep Dayton, Ohio pizza lore consolidated in one spot.
We ate at Marion's Pizza in Centerville this week. The crust was, quite frankly, appalling and was not
the Marion's of my youth.
The crust that I have always enjoyed there was a unique, very thin, chewy, classic Cassano's style, with a wood fired like taste and a bit of bottom charring. The pizza we got this week was thicker, almost like a supermarket thin crust frozen pizza, and had no charring, it was just "baked" and white on the bottom. And the crust had a slightly bready and spongy feel. Still fairly thin, but WAY out of the parameters of classic Dayton thin crust pizza.
I suspect that stupid MBAs must be calling the shots at that chain now, sacrificing quality for margins. I bet it's some cheap premade crust (and perhaps the crusts in the past were premade also, but they were better stuff.)
$13 for a plain cheese 13 inch pizza, and no discounts or combinations and rarely a coupon deal, is A LOT in this economy. Add to that a mediocre crust, plain tomato sauce for the pizza sauce, and a cafeteria ambience, and Marion's ranks as not quite so special. Even the photos of the Kenley Players on the walls won't bring us back soon.
I can make a lot better at home, and I buy about the same or a bit better for half the price. There's absolutely no need for me to pay $13 for a mediocre pizza out unless there is something special about the place.
Sad to see quality sacrificed like this in a local institution.
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