Pizzini’z Pizza: a trip back to yesterday’s pizza parlor
Pizza in Oklahoma City is a pretty mundane affair. If someone says they’re ordering, it’s almost always Pizza Hut, Mazzio’s, Little Caesar’s, or Domino’s. If it’s a special occasion, you might find them calling Hideaway or the Wedge Pizzeria, but what about that Mom n’ Pop pizza joint we all remember?
I found one at Pizzini’z Pizza in Bethany. Owner Tarsha Armstrong and her husband operate a deliver / carryout only location at 12101 N. MacArthur as well, but I haven’t been there yet. At the Bethany location, it’s like stepping back in time.
The decor in Pizzini’z is sparse. There are a few pictures on the wall, but nothing like the overly plastered walls and shelves of some chains. The tables are covered in thick plastic tablecloths and every one of them has the essentials — metal napkin dispenser, powdered parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. The things that took me back to the days of Godfather’s Pizza, however, were the pinball machines and the Ms. Pacman stand-up video game in the corner. If my wife wouldn’t have given me a dirty look, I would have begged for a quarter.
The food is a pretty standard menu with pizzas ranging from medium to extra-large. You might ask, “Why not just call the medium a small, etc., etc.?” Well, because the medium, which I split with the missus, was almost big enough to be a large. At $11.99, that seemed like a pretty good deal — then Tarsha told me that it was buy one and get one free. Outstanding.
We got a half-and-half pizza. My wife is a purist, so she got cheese only and I got the super-supreme with anchovies. I’m not a huge anchovy fan, but I felt like trying something different and, honestly, I was just impressed to see anchovies on the menu. Around here, they aren’t that easy to find. Maybe Tarsha’s Las Vegas background inspires her to bring out the fancy toppings.
Anyway, the pizza was good, solid stuff. I wouldn’t compare it to the high-end specialty places, but I’d rather have it than the same-old from Pizza Hut, Mazzio’s and the rest. They don’t skimp on the toppings, either. My super-supreme was weighted down from all the sausage, pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, olives, onions, green peppers and anchovies. It was filling.
The big seller, Tarsha said, is the calzone. I couldn’t, in good conscience, order one knowing that I wouldn’t eat it all, but she assured me it is just as packed with toppings as the pizza. An extra-large calzone from Pizzini’z feeds a family, she said.
I opted to try the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich as well, and it was different from many I’ve had. While the cheesesteaks at Hobby’s Hoagies in Edmond are juicier, Pizzini’z was crispy and thick with steak. I would have liked the onions and green peppers cooked down a little more, but it was still a treat at $5.99.
Although they’re pre-made, I really liked both the cheese sticks and the fried zucchini. They both come with homemade ranch dressing. Not the healthiest options, but they were delicious. The cheese sticks especially were cooked just right with the cheese a bit gooey but not difficult to eat.
Located in what used to be Payless Pizza in Bethany, Pizzini’z Pizza made me a fan with solid food, friendly service and very competitive prices. For those looking to break away from the chains, Pizzini’z is a good, local option that’s extremely affordable.