RIPON

Pizza Plus made mov­ing day to Ripon great

Riverbank News - - LIVING - By MON­ICA CANE 209 Cor­re­spon­dent

I’ve al­ways heard that mov­ing across town is much harder work than mov­ing across coun­try. I thought it was a strange say­ing un­til last week­end when we moved less than 10 miles away from our old home. We had been pack­ing box­ing for weeks and felt as pre­pared as could be for our short move from Man­teca to the city of Ripon.

On the mov­ing day we picked up a 20- foot U-Haul truck at 7 a.m. and with the help of a dear friend willing to help us move, we were ready to go.

Less than 10 miles, it should be a breeze, so I thought. Be­tween the U-Haul and our per- sonal ve­hi­cles, we went back and forth a good dozen times in be­tween break­ing down fur­ni­ture, gym equip­ment, ap­pli­ances, TV stands and even dis­man­tling a hard plas­tic shed that had no busi­ness be­ing so huge to be­gin with and let alone filled with so much junk. We shuf­fled item af­ter item from one house to an­other with the roof to that darn shed, be­ing the last item to move 14 hours later.

We were deliri­ous, ex­hausted and even a lit­tle dis­gusted with it all by the time our heads hit the pil­low that night. The next morn­ing, still ex­hausted, we re­flected on all of the work that had taken place the day be­fore and with­out ques­tion, it would have been eas- ier to move across coun­try. There was one won­der­ful high­light dur­ing our treach­er­ous mov­ing day how­ever — pizza from Pizza Plus.

I had been hear­ing about this pizze­ria in Ripon for a while from the friend that helped us moved. More than once he had de­scribed it as “The best pizza ever.” I thought maybe he was just a wee bi­ased be­ing that he grew up in Ripon nev­er­the­less, he was help­ing us move so I was willing to give it a try.

Dur­ing what I thought would be the half way mark of our mov­ing day, I took a break and found my way over to Main Street where I spot­ted the quaint piz-

ze­ria. Be­fore even step­ping in­side, I could see it was packed and not just with Lit­tle League base­ball play­ers af­ter a long game on a Satur­day af­ter­noon which is typ­i­cal for pizza joints. In­stead, it was packed with fam­i­lies, friends, in­di­vid­u­als, the younger crowd, the older crowd and all sorts of peo­ple just hang­ing out, smil­ing, laugh­ing and chat­ting it up at Pizza Plus.

Once I opened the doors to the pizze­ria the aroma of fresh gar­lic, onions, ba­con, and pep­per­oni bak­ing in the oven hit me, it was won­der­ful. Since I was a Pizza Plus new­bie, I wasn’t sure what to or­der and there was so much to choose from. Spe­cialty pizza items such as:

•All Meat: cheese, salami, pep­per­oni, ham, lin­guica, ba­con and sausage.

•Moe’s BBQ Chicken: cheese, Sweet Baby Ray’s Bar­beque Sauce, red onions, chicken, pineap­ple and ba­con.

•Veg­e­tar­ian: cheese, yel­low onion, mushroom, black olives, green pep­pers, ar­ti­choke hearts and toma­toes.

There were also ap­pe­tiz­ers and sides such as, The Rip­town Gar­den Salad, bread sticks, spaghetti and meat­balls and ravi­o­lis with gar­lic bread along with a va­ri­ety of oven toasted or cold sand­wiches served on a French Roll with chips to choose from.

Drool­ing over the menu and tak­ing in the aroma made me want a sam­pler plat­ter of ev­ery­thing but I even­tu­ally set­tled on the Su­per Plus Pizza which I dis­cov­ered was gen­er­ously cov­ered with cheese, pep­per­oni, ham, yel­low onion, mushroom, green pep­per, and ba­con.

When the server handed me the pizza box, I lifted the lid and im­me­di­ately caught the fla­vor­ful scent as I took in how the fresh top­pings were baked per­fectly into the crust. It looked good and smelled good but the true test would be the first bite. I brought the Su­per Plus Pizza to our new home, doled out slices and then took a bite.

Was it as good as my friend had said? Well let me put it this way, I could eas­ily have cried happy tears right when I bit into the crust, a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of soft baked dough with crisped edges and tasted the mound of de­lec­ta­ble top­pings, it truly was mouth wa­ter­ingly de­li­cious.

Al­though we had seven more hours of mov­ing to do, it didn’t mat­ter be­cause we had just moved to the town that has the best pizza ever. En­joy­ing ev­ery last bit of our Su­per Plus Pizza from Pizza Plus gave us the mo­ti­va­tion and en­ergy for the rest of the days mov­ing tasks and was a de­lec­ta­ble way to be in­tro­duce to our new home town of Ripon.

Pizza Plus is at 110 W. Main St. in Ripon. Call (209) 599-6161.

Photo contributed

A half pep­per­oni and half combo pizza.

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