American Flatbread, Ionian Awakening: Pizza?

American FlatbreadThe box proclaims, “Handmade Thin & Crispy Pizza Baked in a Wood-Fired Oven”. I would really like to know what person is making frozen pizzas by hand, or how far the legal description can be stretched to fit the marketing copy.

In any case, I fell for the delightful looking box. I’m ashamed to say I paid $8.99 for what was closer to bruschetta than pizza. I think it was the photo of nice olives that drew me in. In reality what I got was maybe one olive shredded into 20 pieces dispersed across the flatbread, with minimal cheese and onion. The box also says there is “homemade tomato sauce” which I totally missed. Whose home did it come from?

Ionian AwakeningLooking at the photo, it doesn’t seem half bad. And it did taste good! But just not much substance.

Ionian awakening? I was sure awakened, but not by any uhm, Ions? Ionites? I was awakened by my own gullibility. At least the bread was good.

Last Day Pizza: Riki’s of Stamford

Today was a co-worker’s last day and I heard pizza would be ordered for the staff. I was excited. I knew that people in my office actually have good taste, as opposed to when I lived in Denver and this usually meant Domino’s or something else equally horrifying.

I don’t know Stamford pizza at all, but I’ve been told that Colony is the best. We didn’t get Colony, but Riki’s, which is some sort of officially sanctioned copy of Colony. Stamford is an odd town. I can’t imagine this situation working out at all anywhere else.

The shape seems a little cookie-cutter
The shape seems a little cookie-cutter

At first glance I found the pizza underwhelming. The cheese looked nice but as a whole the shape seemed too perfect, and it was so thin it seemed to lack substance. The taste was above average, although I found the sauce a little bland and what little crust there was had become a little soggy during transit. The star of the pie was really the cheese, and it was definitely good cheese. I wish it had been a little less greasy, but with this sauce/cheese/crust ratio, that’s really not possible.

My co-workers rated it “good”, lacking the proper pizza terminology to adequately describe the details. (Go ahead, give me sh*t for that.)

I would like to try the real Colony pizza and eat it at the location. Then I will be able to evaluate the full experience in all its glory.