Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub
13190 Hazel Dell Parkway
Carmel, IN 46033
For you out of town readers, Pizzology is Neal Brown’s heavily anticipated pizzeria. Neal’s last restaurant, L’explorateur was the food equivalent to the scene in Back to the Future where Marty plays Johnny B Goode. Neal of course playing the part of Marty McFly and Indianapolis diners playing the part of teenagers at the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance. Okay, I know I am generalizing, but you get the drift, right?
I can ramble for a while, but understand that a crazy talented individual has a new home. Let’s skip to the food. Warning…pics are lame; I needed more light! Also, if you are looking for a Pizzology menu, hours, phone number or website online…well, I can’t find them either.
Salad heavy starters will begin the menu. I was with family so I had the chance to try a little of this and that.
Daily Zuppa $3. White Bean Stew.
It was described as vegetarian friendly and it tasted like it. Flavors were clean and well balanced. The white beans, celery and carrots fit the season well and I enjoyed it.
Chop Salad $4 - Romaine, Prosciutto, Gorgonzola, Tomato, Citronette.
Again, very clean though it was dressed a little light and I missed the acidity. I didn’t dislike this salad, but would order the Grilled Romaine before I revisited the Chop Salad.
Tony’s Fritters $8 - Two Zucchini Fritters with Parmesan Reggiano and Truffle Oil.
The clear winner out of all the starters. Crab cake sized fritters that left me wanting more. I specifically enjoyed the contrast in textures, between the soft and hard cheeses and the meaty zucchini. It was perfect in a lot of ways and so outside of what I would expect to eat before a pizza…but it just worked.
Simple formula: $13 for 13″ pizza. Eight Pizza Rossa and five Pizza Bianca to choose from. I love a white pizza, but we opted for red sauce. You could build your own as well.
Homemade Sausage - Fennel, Onion, Fennel Sausage, Roasted Sweet Pepper
Sausage is my favorite pizza topping and this didn’t disappoint. They have a good command over red sauce, no doubt about it. The pizza was served with shaved fennel in the middle and it made a pretty striking presentation (for pizza that is).
My only recommendation would be to have bigger pieces of sausage. There was good coverage on the pizza, but it was difficult to isolate the taste of the sausage. I would like to try a spicy option with this as well. Overall, this pizza was top shelf.
Pepperoni – Pepperoni, Mozzarella
Executing and perfecting basics is so important in my book. Continued emphasis on quality and freshness. The sauce was a little sweet, but my wife loved this pizza. Pepperoni pizza can quickly become a salty/greasy mess, but that was not the case here.
Pappardelle & Bolognese $15.00 (there is a $7.00 portion as well)
Wow!! Truly one of the best pastas that I have had at a restaurant. So simple, yet so good. It was good enough to call the joint Pastaology. Instead of a ground beef, think pulled pork-esque meat sauce. My favorite item of the meal. It was scarfed down before we thought about taking a pic!
Would I Buy It Again? Yes, easily and frequently. Strong emphasis on quality, seasonal, local ingredients and even beer selections leaned towards local brews. There is a lot to be said with that sentence alone.
I thought the prices were in line with what I received…a lot more value than I would’ve guessed going into a “gourmet” pizza place. The interior was comfortable and I thought the renovation from prior Goodfellas was very tasteful and it made a lot of sense to open the room.
Long story short, the pizza met expectations and they are as good as the hype. The Zucchini Fritter reminded me that there are more choices than bread sticks and the pasta came out of nowhere to steal the show.
Done rambling…I have leftovers in the fridge to tend to.