We took a break from the Missourian BBQ and ventured on to some pizza. Going to college in the North East has spoiled me a bit with pizza (especially in New York. The water really does make a difference). However, Professor Littau and all of this friends that we met at the conference were so excited to bring us to a place called Shakespeare’s Pizza. I figured I should trust their judgement.
We ordered four pizzas for us all to share: cheese, pepperoni, gluten-free vegetablenarian and gluten-free onions and mushrooms. The gluten-free pizzas were mostly for two of the people in our group, and the vegetablenarian contained double cheese, red onions, mushrooms, black olives and green peppers. I’m a cheese pizza lover, so I knew I would stick to that and try a gluten-free one.
Gluten-free vegetablenarian pizza.
I tried the cheese pizza and it was good, but in a way that’s different from New York style pizza. The crust was thin, but not so thin that it became hard. I normally don’t like thin crusts because then why not just get a flat bread, but this was the right amount of thinness. I added some bell pepper flakes and parmesan on top, and it was scrumptious. The cheese-to-tomato sauce ration was perfect, and the pizza was perfectly gooey.
Cheese pizza, of course.
I decided to be adventurous and try the gluten-free onions and mushrooms. The crust was good and much better than I expected. There was also a good amount of cheese on there, and it overall didn’t taste much different than the regular pizzas. I liked having a slice with some vegetables on them because I try to incorporate vegetables into everything I eat. What I also enjoyed about all of these pizzas were that they were cut smaller. The slices weren’t as large as normal, which made it easier to eat.
Gluten-free onions and mushrooms pizza.
I have to say, the pizza in Missouri was better than I expected. It was different from the kind of pizza I normally love, but it was different in a good way. Shakespeare’s makes their own dough, and there’s an area where you can watch them make the pizzas. I thought that was fun, and the atmosphere in general was amusing. When your pizza is ready, somebody announces it on the speaker and says ridiculous things like, “it’s pizza time!” This made us chuckle and it was nice to go someplace where they aren’t afraid to be silly. The place was packed, which shows how great it is. The interior was a lot of wood and pretty bland, and you aren’t waited on because you order at a counter, get your food when it’s called and refill anything you need by yourself. The pizza was average price, but very delicious. I can see why my professor and all his buddies were so excited to go back there.
225 S 9th St, Columbia, MO
Sun-Thur 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fri-Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm