PP: Chuck's Restaurant
Project: PIZZA! For the first official project pizza visit and review we went to Chuck’s Restaurant in Highland Park.
First things first, I’d never been to Chucks. We went on a Saturday night and when we got there it was packed. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a good sign. Starting from when we went in to when we left, the staff was friendly, helpful, and therefore the service was great.
What We Ordered
- Large Italian Sausage Pizza
- Large Capicola Pizza
- Large Margherita Pizza
All of these selections were very good. We especially liked the capicola. The combination of the spicy capicola, tangy sauce, cheese, and crispy crust formed a really perfect balance of all the things we love about pizza. So, this was definitely the highlight of our visit.
The Italian sausage was also very good. It’s worth nothing, though, that there is a lot of good sausage in Iowa. So, unimpressive sausage is kind of rare. While this was really nice, it’s almost just to be expected. At any rate, + 1.
The Margherita was interesting. Definitely not the traditional Margherita (fresh mozarella, fresh basil, loose tomatoey sauce) I’ve come to expect. It wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t amazing. It came with a lot of tomato sauce, standard mozarella cheese, and dried basil flakes. I probably wouldn’t get it again—nothing special.
Finally, a word on the service. As noted, the staff was all very kind and helpful. Unfortunately, our pizza did take over an hour (70 minutes give or take) to get to our table. It seemed as if they had a large party in the back room, but an hour is a long time to wait for a meal. This affected their service points, but the bulk of the grading for this project is based on the actual pizza. It doesn’t play into the overall score very significantly.
As noted in our rubric, we are reviewing and grading on 6 criteria:
The crust was thin and crispy. It was good, but did not have a lot flavor on it’s own. It didn’t make the pizza, but it didn’t break it either. For this, we give it 6.5 out of 10 points.
We liked the sauce. The sauce wasn’t really a show-stopper, but it carried it’s weight and contributed to a well-balanced flavor for the pizza. The sauce we give 7 out of 10 points.
The toppings were good. The sausage was homemade and was good. The capicola, however, was incredible. Toppings get 8 out of 10 points.
The overall experience for the pizza was good. The capicola especially had great balance and was really memorable. We give the total pizza experience a 7.5 out of 10 points.
As noted, staff was great; the wait was not. 3 of 5 points.
Not fancy, but comfortable and enjoyable. Old-timey kind of. 4 out of 5.