Well, it's been so long that I feel like a first timer.
Thought I'd mention a new place I tried this past Saturday. The Stone Oven Pizzeria in Hebron, just off of I-275. http://www.stoneovenpizza.net/
My wife had a dinner for the girls she went to high school with, so I talked my parents into giving this place a try with me. It's an unassuming little place in a strip mall, but I was impressed enough to give it another try. I knew what I wanted to try as soon as I looked at the menu; the Reuben pizza.
Dad and I were going to split one, but they were out of one of the ingredients. I had the Mashed Potato pizza as a backup, but Dad had to scramble and got sacked. The Mashed Potato pizza was very good. The crust was the highlight and showed all of the signs of being baked a true stone oven. Very light inside and nicely crisp on the outside. The Mashed Potato pizza was topped with cheddar cheese, green onions (chives), and bacon bits. I'd have been more impressed with actual green onions instead of dry chives, but it was tasty anyway. Served with a side of sour cream.
Dad's panic choice was a Cajun Chicken pizza. I'm not that big a Cajun fan and I really don't care for green pepper and onion on my pizza, but this wasn't too bad. The chicken was nice and spicy, not too much so for me, but Dad was sweating it a little.
Mom went with a sundried tomato, roasted garlic clove, onion and goat cheese pizza that was really excellent. She went with the pizza sauce instead of the olive oil, but I don't think she realized what they were going to do with the oil. (She was imagining things swimming in it, not just having it brushed on.)
The only problem was the size of the pizzas. A small is a 12", which is fine for a trencher like myself, but a little overboard for the average appetite. Fairly pricey, but this was offset by the fact that everything, iced tea included, tasted fresh. We'll definitely give them a second shot, possibly after a call to find out if they have the makings for the Reuben pizza.
Sad to report that the previous weekend we went to the new Uno's in Beechmont for an early dinner and found it nothing like the Uno's of old. No Sea Delico on the menu anymore, so I went with my standby Chicago Classic. (Sausage, cheese and tomato.) Mine was pretty decent, but the crust had a pre-made taste. My wife had a Spinocoli and said that it tasted like frozen veggies on a pre-made crust. Both kids had pepperoni, one a deep dish and the other thin crust. Both were almost tasteless. Based on the marginal food, the high price, and the fact that the place now resembles a TGI Fridays, I don't see us returning. Thankfully we still have Mio's.