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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  1. I can almost taste the pepperjack! I'm not a fan of pepperjack, but you make it sound delicious. I am glad you are in search of the perfect "Johnny 5" and not a "Jackson Five" or "5 for Fighting". I like "Five for Fighting" but it sounds like a gang of ruffians. And ruffians are no good.
    Fallon and Gilman are all about GOOD. Good pizza and good times. Keep up the GOOD work!

    Aunt E

  2. Gentlemen,
    Enough of the Ross Gload and/or KC Royal references. Please stick to your expertise....pizza and Billy Gilman CD reviews. Thanks for the nice pie blog though.

    Ross Gload
    H.O.F '08

  3. Dear Handsome and Dan,
    As a lover of all things pizza, I have to say I'm slightly conflicted with this blog. While the name makes the blog stand out, the fact that Dan is just so hideous bothers me and turns the other readers off. I recommend no more pictures of Dan or at least replace his head with some sort of mammal that digs holes in the ground. It could be anything from a prairie dog, mole, fox, or i guess gofer. Everybody likes gofers, so maybe that's the best choice.

    Good luck and maybe get a bag for your face Dan.

    Forever yours,

  4. I don't appreciate those comments toward my friend dan. But i respect your right to make them.

  5. That dog is just so happy.


  6. Dear Handsome,
    Did you mean to write "golfer"? Or maybe "gopher"? Quit your sassing. I don't come to your blog and sass you like a regular Ross Gload.

  7. Even if Ross Gload didn't play for the Royals, he would still receive a ranking of 'Kansas City Royals baseball logo.'

  8. Nice review - can't wait to check out Kostaki's for myself!

  9. Why is everyone giving Ross Gload such a hard time?

  10. have you met Ross Gload? I mean what douche

  11. You know I'm too handsome to spell.