A lot of pizza and a little bit of finance

Just a quick blog post before my Thursday 8:30 AM class (BUSFIN 6221: Industry, Risk & Pricing with Prof. Brandl… I’ll probably write a post about him at some point… he’s a lot of fun in the classroom)…

Most of you may not know that I got my BS in Electrical (& Computer) Engineering from tOSU in 2002 (I put the “& Computer” in parentheses because that was a name change implemented AFTER I chose Electrical Engineering as a major… I assure you that I am not qualified to program a computer, build a computer, or fix a computer). During my time at tOSU from 1997-2002, I probably ate Adriatico’s pizza half a dozen times and never really thought it was great (though it was the favorite pizza of many of my friends at the time). Then I went about 10-12 years without having it, until last Friday, when the Fisher Graduate Finance Association (FGFA) provided Adriatico’s pizza for free at their Info Session. (Aside: If you want “college kids” to attend anything, provide food. If you feed them, they will come.) Though I love pizza, and especially free pizza, I didn’t truly appreciate Adriatico’s until recently. It was AWESOME!!!

Yesterday after class, a number of my SMF classmates and I couldn’t help but notice some tables set up out in the “quad” (I actually don’t know what the open area in the middle of all the buildings is called). There were large open boxes of pizza (again, Adriatico’s) on the tables. It was free; provided by the good folks at Ernst & Young. They also gave out free t-shirts (“I <3 EY”).

In light of all the free-food opportunities at tOSU, my classmates and I have decided to found the Fisher Finance Food Association. Do you like Finance? Yes. Do you like Food? Yes. Welcome!!!

On to class… Prof. Brandl doesn’t like technology out while he lectures. Computers and phones in their cases, or incur his wrath.

You saw Captain at 1 year. Here he is at about 9 weeks.

Best Place in Town, Pt. II

Last week, I wrote a blog about eating at one of the best places in town – Tai’s Asian Bistro.  As for this week’s blog entry, I wasn’t really planning on blogging about “another” best place in town to eat, but I couldn’t pass it up.  I felt the need to get the word out about this great dining place in Columbus, OH.

On any given Monday, if you find yourself craving pizza between the hours of 5pm – 11pm, then it’s time for you to hit up Classic’s Pizza & Sports Bar at Tuttle Mall Crossing.  Classic’s has your typical sports bar feel, complete with all the flat screen sports-watching you can handle.  If you aren’t into watching sports, you can still enjoy some billiards or casual conversation with some friends.  At times the music can be a bit loud (and annoying), but if you read on, the food is definitely worth it.

Now, let’s get to the good part:  the pizza.  One of my favorite foods of all time happens to be pizza.  And, like anyone, we have all had our fair share of “good and bad” pizza.  At least I know I have.  Classic’s pizza comes in four different ordering sizes:  7-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch and 14-inch.  You can’t go wrong with “Classics Pizza”, which is any one-topping plus cheese.  There are several specialty pizzas too, including supreme, Hawaiian, major meat, veggie, chicken veggie, barbecue chicken and dimo’s margarita.  I have tried all, but the chicken veggie and barbecue chicken.  Personally, I don’t think you can go wrong with any kind.  The pizza is ALWAYS served HOT and within 15 minutes of ordering.  The crust is just right – not too thick and not too thin and the toppings are more than generous.  Take a look at the 14-inch pepperoni pizza I ordered last Monday night (see below) – every square inch of the pizza is covered with pepperonis.  Classic’s definitely doesn’t skimp when it comes to toppings.  Classic’s pizza is comparable to Donato’s, except that I think it tastes better, is fresher and (if you go on Monday Nights) is WAY cheaper!

All in all, Classic’s is a great place to check out if you want to get outside of the OSU campus area and try to some great pizza.  The good thing about Monday nights from 5pm-11pm is this:  PIZZA is HALF-OFF.  So you cannot go wrong with ordering a 14-inch pizza because it will only cost you $6.00.  And I don’t think any college student would argue with that price.  Plus, as you can see below, my 2nd favorite food is cold leftover pizza.  It certainly complements my reading assignments from MHR 854 Economics.

Go Bucks!

Dewey’s: CPK on P-90X! (because steroids are just bad)

Okay, so I have to give a major shout out to my friend Katie who is studying staging and costume design (or something like that) here at The Ohio State University. When she found out I was searching for the best pizza in Columbus, Katie asked in a matter-of-fact tone whether I had tried Dewey’s. Dewey’s Pizza is a family owned chain that operates in select cities. Like most places in Columbus, Dewey’s uses style and atmosphere to distinguish itself. Some of the particulars include a large window wall between the dining area and the kitchen (situated right next to the entrance so you can’t miss the flying pizza dough), a bar with plenty of TV angles (I don’t drink but I hear the selection is particularly good for a pizza joint), and a very patterned amidst dimly lit tables feel. Enough of that, how was the pizza? Take a look!

Double the flavors, double the fun.

Dewey’s has a good variety of specialty pizzas that remind me of California Pizza Kitchen but even better. If you have a hard time choosing which pizza to try, don’t be afraid to double up the specialties (like I did with mine). They are used to it. In case you are a salad person, they also serve some mean greens and good dressings. Outside of the neat atmosphere and better than CPK pizza style, everything else is what you’d expect. The pricing is about right for a pizza dining experience (a little more than delivery) and the servers are really helpful.

So far, I have blogged about Hound Dogs and now Dewey’s. My next pizza blog will be about a place called Fabian’s. I will be going back (I forgot my camera the first time I went) to try out a new pie and maybe a side. If you have any suggestions on what I should try please let me know!

Best pizza in the land?

Hey everyone, today I will begin the first of many reviews of pizza joints. Whenever I spend considerable time in any particular city, I make it a habit to figure out what pizza restaurant is most deserving of my dining dollars. While I could go off in to euphoric memory about real New York pizza (not that Famous Rays stuff), I must live in the moment. How does pizza here fare?

Well, if Hound Dogs is any sort of signal of whats to come, I think I’ll be enjoying my occasional pizza outing. I was skeptical walking in my first time. I take pizza seriously and this place seemed to not take anything seriously. But that is exactly what makes the atmosphere so amazing! It didn’t take long to let the neon flavored lights and chalk inspired wall art to sink in. People were attracted from all walks of life. I saw a father and son stopping on their way home from a peewee league football game, a group of students having a girls’ night out, some Columbus natives, and even a few people who insisted on wearing sunglasses at night.

My group of friends were good sports and let me choose one of the pizzas to try. All I can say is try the cheeseburger pizza and go for garlic crust. This pizza is your fanfare favorite sort. It’s heavy and doesn’t sacrifice taste for health. The best part? It’s open 24 hours a day! If you’re a pizza lover, check back from time to time for my impressions of other local flavors.

Semi-homemade Pizza

One of my more cooking-inclined friends gave me the idea to make a pizza at home. It turned out to be highly customizable, fast (under 20 minutes for the entire process), tasty (even more so when I remember to cook the crust a little before adding the toppings) and quite cheap:

pizza dough: $1.67
pesto sauce: ≈ $2.00
cheese: $2.00
pepperoni: ≈ $1.00

All I need now is a pantry full of olives and anchovies, and I’ll be set for a while.

Maybe someday this will take first place on the “Pizza Power Rankings” list…