Fallon and Gilman's Como Pizza Quest

Fallon and Gilman's Como Pizza Quest
Two handsome men searching for a handsome pizza

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Kostaki's Pizzeria

I know it has been two long weeks, but everyone can quit their complaining because we have finally eaten some pizza.  Like the first day of kindergarten, we were full of nervous excitement.  Also like the first day of kindergarten, our parents stood next to us while we waited for the bus and Dan wouldn’t stop crying, but that’s neither here nor there.  Based on the recommendation of our good friend Brian, the Quest had its inaugural taste at Kostaki’s Pizzeria, located near the intersection of Chapel Hill and Scott.  Fallon and Gilman were both present at the event as well as our new contributor/photographer, Jenni.  None of us had ever been to Kostaki’s before, but we all left agreeing it was better than the food served at kindergarten.

The Rating System:
We decided on an eight-category rating system: sauce, crust, cheese, toppings, ambience, presentation, service, and prices.  Each person gave a rating of 1 to 5 for each category and the scores were averaged.  Jenni is a vegetarian (yeah, I know) so she will not be providing a rating for the toppings category.  The individual averages will also be averaged together to calculate the Ultimate Pizza Rating (UPR).  Any pizza that earns less than a 1.5 UPR will be brandished with a Kansas City Royals logo and will forever live in shame with the likes of Ross Gload, Joey Gathright, and Jimmy Gobble.  Any pizza that earns a UPR of 4.5 or higher will be given the prestigious ranking of “Johnny-5” based on the Academy Award winning (?) films Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2.

The Order:
1 Large Pizza
-          ½ Cheese, ½ pepperoni and Italian sausage, pepperjack and mozzarella cheese
1 Large Cheese Bread
2 Boulevard Wheat, 1 Bud Select
Price – $25.20 ($8.40 / person)
Wait Time – 18 minutes

 Fallon’s Take:
Not quite a Johnny-5 pizzeria but certainly worth the greenbacks.  Kostaki's is streets-ahead as far as pizza in Como goes.  Great cheese, good prices.  The only knocks on this restaurant would be over-priced beer ($2.50 bottles) and poor weather control (It was raining).

Crust - 5
Cheese – 5
Toppings –4
Ambiance –3
Presentation –3
Service – 3
Prices – 5
Average - 4.0

Gilman’s Take:
This was one of the better pizzas I’ve had in Columbia.  The pepperjack cheese and sausage were spicy but delicious.  The crust was really soft and doughy which made it taste great, but it made for a flimsy pizza that was hard to eat.  The price was excellent and left me with enough money to rent Short Circuit 2 again.  Unfortunately, this was the closest Kostaki’s would get to the coveted “Johnny-5” ranking.  Bonus points for awesome cheese bread and paintings of ex-presidents enjoying a game of poker.

Sauce - 4
Crust - 4
Cheese – 5
Toppings – 5
Ambiance – 3
Presentation – 3
Service – 4
Prices – 4
Average – 4.0

Jenni’s Take:

Kostaki's?  More like Kos-tasty's...or Tast-aki's!!  You get the point.  Flimsiness aside, this pizza (or dego pie) delighted my tastebuds to the max!  "Kostaki's Pizza, eat it with your mouth!"
Sauce - 3
Crust - 2
Cheese – 5
Toppings – n/a
Ambiance – 4
Presentation – 3
Service – 4
Prices – 4
Average – 3.57

Ultimate Pizza Rating – 3.86

So that wraps it up for our first pizza tasting.  Although it didn’t quite make it to the Johnny-5 level, Kostaki’s receives a strong vote of approval from the members of the Quest.  Keep checking in with us, and we’ll continue to drop some serious pizza knowledge.  We've posted the spreadsheet of our UPRs, and we will update it after each visit.  For those of you who still haven’t done so, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  We want to get a wide audience, so tell your friends about us.  That’s all for now.  This is Fallon and Gilman’s Como Pizza Quest signing off.    

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Interview With HBO's Bryant Gumbel

So, a few days ago we asked the readers to send in some questions for a Q&A session.  Instantly, thousands of emails came pouring into our inbox.  We’re glad that everyone is so enthusiastic about the Quest, but we wouldn’t have been able to answer all of the emails. Therefore, we decided to let a professional ask us the questions, and after turning down many other interview requests, we sat down with Bryant Gumbel. 

Bryant Gumbel:  Hello, gentlemen, and thanks for letting me talk to you today.

Fallon and Gilman’s Como Pizza Quest:  No problem, Bryant.

BG:  First off, why is the blog called “Fallon and Gilman’s Como Pizza Quest?”

FAGCPQ:  Well, a lot of people have told Dan he looks like Jimmy Fallon and Pat looked like Billy Gilman when he was younger, so it was a natural choice.

BG:  Those are two handsome men.

FAGCPQ:  Thanks, Bryant.

BG:  I’m a huge fan of some of Gilman’s earlier work, but moving on…Why do you consider yourselves pizza experts?

FAGCQP:  I don’t know where you heard that, Gumbel, but we have never made that claim.  We wouldn’t consider ourselves pizza experts any more than we would consider Maury Povich a relationship expert.  We’re just two guys that enjoy a good pizza.

BG:  So fans shouldn’t expect wordy, lengthy reviews of each pizza you’ve tasted, noting the unique intricacies and flavors that each pie possesses?

FAGCPQ:  Absolutely not.  We will give ratings and offer opinions about the pizzas we eat, but we won’t bore our readers with contrived descriptions of the tastes.

BG:  Fair enough.  What else do you plan on including on the blog?

FAGCPQ:  Well, we’re thinking of keeping an ultimate pizza ranking chart that updates after each restaurant we’ve tested, and we’re hoping to include a lot of pictures and videos if we can get some money for a camera.  (Editor’s note:  Camera donations are welcome.  And so are money donations.)
 Also, we’ll probably have some non-pizza content for our lactose intolerant readers, such as Youtube videos and other things we enjoy.

BG:  Sounds intriguing.  Are there any ways that your readers can join the quest?

FAGCPQ:  First, I have to mention something.  Even though we are speaking, I can tell that you spelled Quest with a lowercase “q.”  The Quest should always be capitalized.  But anyway, to answer your question, there are a lot of ways to participate in the Quest.  You can follow us on Twitter(@FAGCPizzaQuest) or on our Facebook fan page.  We will post when and where we will be eating on these pages, so anyone can join us if they wish to.  Also, we encourage everyone to send us pictures and fan art, and some of the more creative submissions could get posted on the blog.  Restaurant suggestions can be posted on our Facebook and/or Twitter pages or emailed at fallonandgilmanscomopizzaquest@gmail.com.

BG:  Okay, let’s switch gears here.  Here are some quick hits.  Favorite topping?

Pat:  Pepperoni
Dan: Milk Steak

BG:  Favorite college mascot?

Pat:  Minnesota Golden Gopher
Dan: Minnesota State Formal Gopher

BG:  Deep dish or thin crust?

Pat:  Thin crust
Dan: Thin crust

BG:  Bagel Bites or Pizza Rolls?

Pat:  Bagel Bites
Dan: Pizza Rolls

BG:  Favorite Gumbel?

Dan:  Gumballs

BG:   And finally the question everyone’s been asking:  Are you single?

Pat:  Yes

BG:  Thanks for your time.

So there you have it.  I hope that answers some of the questions you’ve had about our blog.  We might not be updating too frequently until school ends but look for the first restaurant visit to come sometime next weekend.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

...And the Quest Begins

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Fallon and Gilman's Como Pizza Quest.  This summer, we (Dan and Pat) will embark on a delicious journey attempting to find some of the best places to find a pizza in all of Columbia.  If you join us on this Quest you'll learn a little, laugh a little, and maybe even cry a little.  I won't cry, though, because I'm tough.  We won't just be going to Shakespeare's and Imo's and calling it a day.  We will go anywhere that serves pizza in hopes to find some hidden gems.  We will also try to talk about some things other than pizza and include our millions of readers in the discussion.  Speaking of inclusion, we want to start the blog off with a little Q&A session.  The questions can be about anything, pizza or not.  Also, we want to know if there are any places you want the Quest to visit.  All questions and suggestions can be sent to our email: