BREAKFAST: Whole Foods slice of “Cheese”
SCORE: 17 out of 18*
WHY: Great light pizza! I was stocking up on Table5 frozen pizza and hadn’t planned on getting a slice, but Whole Foods has a pizza bar and I wanted to get an idea of what they had available for next time. They had a ton of options and I couldn’t resist temptation. I went with cheese because I’m a big fan of those little bubbles and wanted something plain after such a heavy night. Their dining room is clean, sunny, and overlooks the 6 corners by Ashland/Lincoln/Belmont. The crust was nice and doughy, the sauce was the right amount of sweet and the cheese tasted so good!
LUNCH: Blaze 1/2 “Build Your Own” pizza with gluten free crust, pesto sauce, spinach, green peppers, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, garlic and balsamic drizzle.
SCORE: 16 out of 16*
WHY: I needed a break from cheese after Lou’s last night, but I was hesitant to order this because my previous experience with gluten free/vegan pizza a decade ago was disastrous. GF/vegan pizzas have come a long way since then. I didn’t miss the cheese and this meal was the light, veggie loaded pizza I needed to get some balance. (Blaze does have vegan meat/cheese but I needed a brief break from both so I made a note to try that next time!)
DINNER: Lunchables “cheese”
SCORE: 12 out of 12*
WHY: I’ve been eating these since I was a kid. It’s been a few years since the last time I had one and it’s just like I always remembered. At first I think there’s too much sauce, but once it’s spread and topped with cheese it’s just right. It’s a simple, light meal that feels so nostalgic! Who doesn’t love a Capri-Sun?
DESSERT: Delish “Tiramisu” Pizza
SCORE: 12 out of 12*
WHY: I have such a sweet tooth and it’s the one thing I’ve been missing during 30 days of pizza…. until now! This recipe is incredibly quick, easy and so, so tasty. The best part is that it’s a simple base that can be used to explore tons of different varieties. I’ve topped it with Cinnamon Toast Crunch before and I’m going to top it with Oreo cookies in my next iteration. ❤️
BREAKFAST & LUNCH: Udi’s Gluten Free “Cheese Pizza”
SCORE: 8 out of 9*
WHY: This is a great frozen pizza. It’s light, crispy and the cheese is just the right about of cheesy. The only thing keeping it from a perfect score is that the crust is a bit too greasy for a pizza pretending to be ‘healthy.’
DINNER: Dimo’s slice of “Chicken and Waffles”
SCORE: 16 out of 18*
WHY: I’m a big fan of sweet and savory flavor combinations like chicken and waffles. A lot of people recommended Dimo’s as a spot for interesting pizza and I’m glad I finally went. This slice of chicken and waffles was nearly perfect. I wanted a tad more waffle bits and syrup, but it was still plenty delicious without it. The dining room of their Wrigleyville location needed some attention, but with a Cubs game and it being 4/20 it was understandable. I wish I grabbed some pictures of their various pizza murals…. guess I have to go back soon!
DESSERT: Dimo’s 12-inch “S’more’s” Pizza
SCORE: 17 out of 18*
WHY: My friend laughed at me for being overwhelmed with emotion when this order came up. I didn’t cry… but I came close! The sweet smell was overpowering and so reminiscent of memories of girl scouts and camping in our backyards. It’s a nice neutral crust with chocolate sauce, teddy grahams, marshmallow fluff and chocolate drizzle. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!
HOW DO YOU FEEL?
I’m full… of greatness! I don’t feel amazing, but I don’t feel bad so I guess I feel how I do on my regular diet. I might make the argument that my pizza diet is actually better than my regular diet for three reasons:
- I am eating vegetables far more frequently.
- I am eating sweets much less (aside from dessert pizzas of course).
- I’ve struggled with binge eating and having such structured eating has helped curb that unhealthy behavior.
*HOW SCORING WORKS
Pizza is scored out of 12 points: 3 for crust, 3 for sauce, 3 for cheese and 3 for toppings. If a pizza is missing an element, for example the Roots pizza in this post, it is scored without the points for that element (Roots got 6 points out of 9 possible points).
If I visit a restaurant in person, there’s an additional 6 points: 2 for atmosphere, 2 for service and 2 for bathrooms. Why on earth am I rating bathrooms? When I was a kid my family joked I would grow up to rate bathrooms at restaurants because I always had strong opinions, so of course I had to include points for bathrooms 😂).
It’s a work in process and if scoring rules change I’ll post an update!