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2011 Jun 15
I know I called them chintzy in an earlier post.

Although I still think they're chintzy on their very cheap deals, ie. sparse cheese and topping coverage on their $4.99 mediums, I should revise that generalization.

Yesterday, I decided to forgo the specials, and ordered online from the Aylmer store. I have to start taking pictures of my meals cause the pie that resulted from my order looked like something that wouldn't be too out of place in a US pizza menu (and for me, that's a very good thing!). And it tasted pretty damn good, too.

My order: medium pizza (base price $8.99), NY pepperoni, extra cheese, extra sauce on top, well done, Italian blend seasoning. Pretty sure I ordered regular crust, and pretty sure I got thick crust, which turned out to be a good thing cause the pizza had a lot of heft.

When I opened the box, pleased to see a sheet of wax paper shielding the ample sauce from contact with the box top. Rich, deep red, tasty homestyle tomato sauce (oh yeah, another part of my eccentric order).

All in all, very good pie, for $14.80 taxes inc. I am convinced if I ordered this same thing at the counter with their $4.99 base medium deal, the toppings would not have been as generously ladeled on, nor would there have been as much care to the preparation and cooking. I will try it, though next time, to test my theory.

In conclusion, this was probably the best chain pizza I've had in Ottawa, and one of the best overall. My only complaint: the pepperoni. Hard, chewy consistency, sliced thick, kinda reminiscent of frozen supermarket issue. I might try the regular pepperoni next time, or sausage. Bacon is not an option, since they do the crumbled variety as opposed to fried strips.

One other thing I always liked about Pizza Pizza (versus almost every other place in town): you tell them extra sauce, they put extra sauce. No messing around.

Will be back! (But only after I devour the second half of last night's pie).

2011 Jun 15
"it's not a good re-heatable pizza."

True. It is, however, an excellent morning after pizza consumed cold.

It's also absurdly good when you can walk in and get a large pepperoni za for like $6.99.

2011 Jun 14
Haha the truth comes out... i'll say it too, i like ordering from pizza pizza. It's cheap (especially walk-in), fast, and pretty good tasting. I like their online-ordering website because of how customizable you can make your pizza. Half this, half that, extra sauce, sauce on bottom, sauce on top, well done, thin/thick crust, etc etc... What i don't like about PP pizza is that the crust becomes stale fast... it's not a good re-heatable pizza.

2011 Jun 14
Some little part of my soul is screaming in denial as i type this, but the chain of posts below prompts me to chime in that Pizza Pizza isn't bad.

Ignoring the fact that i am bleeding from my fingernails just for typing this, the ingredients are generally fresh, the crusts are decent and there's a nice variety, and overall, well, i've had worse za from places that pretend to be better.

Reluctantly (and only slightly bleeding from my nose), i also have to acknowledge that their chicken bits are pretty good, in a deep fried evil sort of way, their garlic bread is somewhat addictive, and the garlic dipping sauce is just OH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I CONFESS I CONFESS I LIKE PIZZA PIZZA IT IS GOOD OKAY ARE YOU HAPPY NOW DAMMIT CAN WE JUST MOVE ON?!?!?!?

Sorry... scuze me but i need to go eat at Tennesey Williams or the Grand to get my brain over the trauma...

2011 Jun 14
I love the "classic" chicken wings with franks red hot sauce on the side - there wings are really really superb and not greasy at all. Delicious!

I have had both Completly terrible and Outstanding experiences with pizza pizza. You have to be very specific when ordering a pizza as others have said.

2011 Jun 14
And the pepperoni is good also. Not that that bologna stuff used in most Mid East style pies.

2011 Jun 14
And you have to give it to Pizza Pizza for using kalamata olives instead of fake-ripened offensive kerosene-tasting black olives like most pizza shops.

2011 Jun 13
There is not much to say about Pizza Pizza. I usually have a very poor opinion of Pizza Pizza, but tonight - when forced to order - I was pleasantly surprised.

Like Ken below said, it's all how you order it. My friends let me order it, and I am really happy with the end result.

I ordered a "Thin Crust", large pizza with homestyle italian sauce, easy on the cheese, well done pizza with, red onion, broccoli, hot peppers, salami and 'goat cheese' (which was really feta - I guess they ran out, and didn't tell me). no biggie.

The pizza was at my door in 35 minutes, it was very tasty, the pie held it's integrity, it wasn't cardboard-like, nor was it a thick greasy mess. Let me tell you, this is a far better pizza than colonnade serves. So much for Ottawa's for-most pizza joint (ei: colonnade)

Look, I'm not saying pizza pizza is great - but when you are left with few other options, you can order a nice pizza.

Thin crust and 'well done' are a must!

This pie was 23 bucks including taxes and tip.... not bad.

2010 Dec 9
We were pleasantly surprised at the pies we got tonight. We ordered up the special,two medium three toppings for $19.99. One was N.Y peperoni,green olive and bacon strips with home style tomato other was N.Y pepperoni with sausage and green olives. The N.Y pepperoni was really spicy not sure why but it made the pies. I could see people complaining due to the heat since the pepperoni is not advertised as hot. Both were ordered thick crust since regular crust here tend to come out a little cardboardy. It's all in how you order it. The picture is half of each left over for lunch tomorrow. Pizza Pizza seems to get a bad rep from people but tonight's pies were really good. Must have been the pepperoni.

2010 Oct 30
A longish while ago, say 10-12 years, the Pizza Pizza spots I used to frequent sometimes had a jug of hot sauce on their 'spice table' .. it was large and transparent, and held a dark red sauce inside that to this day is one of the best hot sauces I've had on my pizza.

It squirted out like ketchup-- this was no Tabasco or Frank's. If I remember right, I might have once noticed a label on it saying it was wing sauce.

I've asked around at a couple locations, and they tell me they don't have it, and say that if they did it would come in the dippers that they sell rather than be offered for free. I'd love to find it again-- it was delicious.
Might anyone else remember what I'm talking about? Or know where/how I can find it?

Thanks

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2011 Dec 31
They have a special on right now 8 bucks for a large Pepperoni - pretty good deal if you ask me

2010 Sep 5
I'll chime in and defend Pizza Pizza as well.

Whenever I think of ordering pizza, I always check here first.

The pizza is just about right. Tastes good (crust could be better though), nice thickness, and a good amount of toppings/cheese.

Their garlic dipping sauce is my favorite.

The online ordering is really good, fast, seamless, can customize the hell out of everything.

And Pizza Pizza has great deals constantly.

They're also really close by, only takes between 15-20 minutes usually for delivery.

Only thing I hate is they charge $3.50 for delivery. I think it was $3 before? So they raised it.

But fast, cheap, tasty, fits the bill a lot of the time.

2007 Sep 13
MelodySoul, you hit all 5 points that make Pizza Pizza one of my favourites:

* Excellent choice of toppings
* Online ordering
* Garlic dipping sauce
* Bruschetta topping (instead of tomato sauce)
* It isn't sloppy and gooey

I agree with the nay-sayers that there are tastier cheeses and better breads available out there if you know where to look. But Pizza Pizza is very decent for such a ubiquitous chain.

The crust isn't great (hence the garlic dipping sauce), but I think it's way better than any frozen pizza.

2007 Sep 13
I know most pizza connoisseurs regard Pizza Pizza as the worst out there but I like it. I'm not into the greasy, sloppy, really cheesy pizza that most small shops deliver. I like the huge list of toppings and options available, I love the online ordering and let's not forget the garlic dipping sauce...gotta have it! My favorite is the bruschetta chicken parm, comes on a thin crust and it's garlicky and delish!

2007 Jul 31
The appeal of the place, for me, is its simplicity. They make a servicable pizza.

If I wanted a pizza that was six kinds of awesome (roasted asparagus, proscuitto and marinated mushrooms or the like), I'd make it myself. But every few months or so I get the craving for the fast food equivalent (i.e. the classic super) and it just works.


2007 Jul 30
I too do not understand the love affair with this establishment. YUCK!

A crust that I would label frozen supermarket crust, low quality ingredients and even lower quality cheese, makes me wish for a rubber biscuit.

2007 Jun 7
I've had a run of consistently good pizzas from the Rideau Street location after falling in love with their online ordering system. The level of detail, as FF points out, is tremendous.

I actually think the crust is a selling point because it's so unlike the thick, doughy crust that is prevalent in Ottawa. The sauce has a nice, basic tomato taste which can be augmented by the variety of free options available.

I've found that ordering extra cheese is key to getting the same amount that most places dole out by default. My current favourite is the classic Canadian: pepperoni, mushrooms, extra cheese.



2007 Mar 30
I actually like their pizza. Others seem to complain about not enough cheese but actually I really hate how greasy pizza gets with too much which is a key reason why I like this one. The Classic Super with Pepperoni, Green Pepper and Mushroom is yummy and dependable. It's not as flavourful as some but it's pretty non-offensive at the same time. The whole wheat crust option is actually really nice.

2007 Feb 26
The pizza from Pizza Pizza is passable. The crust is vegan (yay!), and they have no problems leaving the cheese off. I agree that the white crust isn't great, so I've taken to ordering the whole wheat. I like that their toppings are very fresh. My one complaint is that the cost really adds up even for just four toppings.

2007 Jan 6
More dodgy-quality food porn.

Two pies: a thin-crust with the 'four-cheese blend,' onions, mushrooms, and green peppers, and a regular crust (note somewhat trivial difference) with Mr Kmennie's strange but usual topping pick: double cheese, green olives, and pineapples.

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2010 Aug 24
Ordered the 10 crispy wings + fries special they had for $10.

The wings were not that good, the meat on the drums were too tough but the flats were okay.

My sister ended up eating the drums and she liked it.

The breading was good, but the mild sauce wasn't good. Not sure how to explain it, just wasn't good, not flavorful enough?

The fries were decent. Not as good as the ones you'll get from say Gabriel's.

I may try classic wings next time, maybe the breading had something to do with the wings being too tough.

2008 Jun 11
I love the breaded wings, with honey garlic sauce. But you have to get the sauce on the side and, for best results, pick them up.

2007 Jan 9
That's nasty! Which location did you all order from?

2007 Jan 9
The week before Christmas I ordered wings and a small pizza from PP. Then I got stomach poisoning...mmmm Happy Holidays.

Incidentally my roomate and her b/f ordered separate pizzas and they too came down with stomach problems. :S

2006 Nov 2
I tried these on a whim along with an order of pizza and was impressed. They have some different styles, but I got the "lightly breaded" kind that were coated with something similar to KFC batter. Tossed in the "spicy" sauce (not mild but not suicide) they were quite yummy!





2018 May 2
I happened to notice the Metro on Beechwood sold Panzerotti, they have a dedicated fresh made pizza area, and the Panzerotti they made looked very good.

2018 Apr 27
Sort of sad that I'm still looking to Pizza Pizza for an occasional large Panzerotti fix, for lack of almost any other option, but here we are. The garlic dip should be bolognese for starters. But overall it was decent. Big, freshly made (unlike Pavarazzi premade), fresh oil, proper crispiness and good bread/fillings ratio, only $9 including dip and tax for a pepperoni and olive. Easy ordering on mobile web without app or account. Still if anyone knows other local vendors of this treat please inform!