By Kevin Williams
Nothing is better than homemade pizza. Well, actually, I’ll eat any pizza, homemade or store-bought….I’ve never really met a pizza I didn’t like. Probably my least favorite is “Dayton style” pizza, which is a type of pizza found here in Ohio that instead of cutting it into pie wedges, it is cut into little squares. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still eat it. That’s just the kind I like least. But even then there is an exception, a tiny little market in my hometown called Shaddock’s. Mmmmmm, their Dayton style pizza is buried in so much sauce and thick cheese…..In fact, that might be my absolute favorite of all pizzas (and I’ve tried a ton so that is saying something)…of course sometimes it just depends on my mood….sometimes I’m just in the mood for the factory food of a Papa John’s slice dipped in garlic butter. I feel like I’ve been on a lifelong quest for the perfect pizza and I’ve still not found it…but Shaddock’s comes close….and I am a huge fan of a Cincinnati area chain called LaRosa’s…..
Okay, all of this pizza pontificating leads me to stumbling upon an “Amish pizza kitchen” when I was visiting Gloria last week. Her friend Marie Mast works in the kitchen of Villa’s Country Store, an Amish owned bulk food store in the area, and once a week they make some homemade pizzas and put them in the store’s freezer so customers can grab one at their convenience through the week. A large “deluxe” pizza with all the toppings is $14.99, which is not bad for a handmade, homemade pizza. And they will do other pizzas upon request, like cheese pizzas or “hold the banana” peppers.