CHRONIC MNCHER: Just as the cupcake and frozen yogurt madness begins to subside, a new wave of trendy chains is on the up and up. The fast & casual pizza. It’s what chipotle did with the burrito. It’s what subway did with the sandwich.
Blaze pizza, Mod Pizza, 800s degrees… If one of these isn’t in your town yet, it will be soon.
I entrusted the kid behind the counter with full creative control over my pie. Mozzarella, gorgonzola, BBQ chicken, red onions, pineapple and pepperonis. It was too much. Balance is needed – Simplicity is essential. My esteemed colleague, the space taco, had a clearer vision than myself. She went with a minimalistic approach and came out victorious. After the smoke cleared, it was just pizza. Corporate pizza. Staff was nice. Place was clean. But overall, nothing special here.
SPACE TACO: When it comes to the holiest of holies, pizza, I like to consider myself a devoted and loving priest. Here I was, rope tied to ankle, about to embark on a new taste adventure at Mod Pizza. The venue itself gave off an industrial, yet hip atmosphere accented with a brick interior and hat-turned-backward employee who provided friendly and jovial conversation. They succeeded in creating a new wave, laid back feel. This place has all the good stuff. The price was just right, the toppings suitable for any craving, and the pizza was cooked in a timely matter. They even had an assortment of classic glass bottle sodas and crisp beers or wines on tap to pair nicely with your red brick delicacy. My pie was simple, extra red sauce, mozzarella, gorgonzola, italian sausage, and some chopped basil. Instantly, the pizza satisfied my usual insatiable pizza appetite because it had just the right level of quality. I was Goldy Locks and my pizza was just right. This place definitely exceeded my expectations as both visually and flavorfully appealing.
I give MOD an 8 out of 10.
Mod Pizza is located at 43965 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604
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