MODESTO

Two good rea­sons to opt for pizza for din­ner

Riverbank News - - LIVING - By JA­SON CAMP­BELL

Ev­ery­body has had the con­ver­sa­tion be­fore. “What do you want for din­ner tonight? I don’t re­ally feel like cook­ing.”

“Do you want to or­der a pizza?” It’s the time­less easy an­swer to one of the most com­pli­cated ques­tions that ex­ists – what are we hav­ing for din­ner? – but it also opens an en­tirely dif­fer­ent can of worms when some­body makes the mere sug­ges­tion of go­ing the Ital­ian pie route when it comes to of­fer­ing up a so- lu­tion.

The ques­tion then be­comes – where are we go­ing to or­der from? Who has the best pizza?

And therein lies the com­pli­cated and even con­tentious prob­lem – what makes a truly good pizza?

If you ask Lisa Munoz, it’s all about the com­bi­na­tion of the sauce and the cheese.

“The thing about pizza is it’s a fairly easy thing to make – that’s why there are so many dif­fer­ent pizza places,” Munoz said. “And there are a mil­lion dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions and ways to make a pizza. But when you try and cut corners with the sauce and the cheese – two of the most im­por­tant pieces of the puz­zle – then you’re re­ally start cutting into what makes a good pizza. “You just can’t do that.” If you ask 10 peo­ple what the best pizza around is you’re li­able to get 10 dif­fer­ent an­swers. But if you’re in Stanis­laus County, here are a few of the places that may defy the odds of per­sonal taste and end up be­ing re­peated back to you be­cause they

re­ally are do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent:

• Michael’s Pizza Bar and Grill – Iron­i­cally, one of the best pizza restau­rants in Stock­ton also hap­pens to have the same name. But this Modesto sta­ple of­fers ev­ery­thing to val­i­date it’s four-anda-half star rat­ing on Yelp that you’d ex­pect from a restau­rant serv­ing up one of Amer­ica’s fa­vorite meals – qual­ity, con­ve­nience, cus­tomer ser­vice and a price that won’t empty your wal­let. Located at 500 N. Car­pen­ter Road, Michael’s Pizza Bar and Grill is per­fect re­gard­less of whether it’s a spot to grab a pie and some beers with some bud­dies to watch the game or to stop in with your fam­ily and treat the kids to some­thing spe­cial. And ac­cord­ing to com­menters that swear by this place, they’re pay­ing at­ten­tion to Munoz’ rules – the sauce and the cheese are the cor­ner­stones of the ex­pe­ri­ence.

• Bobs Take-n-Bake Pizza – Man­teca has many great pizza restau­rants, and each of them have their strengths. But ask any­body who has lived here for any length of time what his or her fa­vorite pizza is, and Guido’s Take-n-Bake is likely to end up in the run­ning. Bobs at 805 W. Rose­berg is no dif­fer­ent – it’s long been a fa­vorite for Modesto res­i­dents who don’t mind the ex­tra time that it takes to throw the pizza in their oven as long as they’re get­ting the amaz­ing fin­ished prod­uct that has a ded­i­cated and loyal fol­low­ing. Some of the most pop­u­lar San Fran­cisco pizza eater­ies have been fol­low­ing this for­mat for years – of­fer­ing bake-your­self piz­zas through a de­liv­ery ser­vice, and even half-baked s you can get the fresh­est pizza ex­pe­ri­ence avail­able know­ing that it lit­er­ally just came out of the oven.

Photo contributed

Whether you’re un­wind­ing af­ter the game, or just look­ing for a night out with your fam­ily, Michael’s Pizza Bar and Grill on Car­pen­ter Road in Modesto fits the bill for just about ev­ery oc­ca­sion.

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