You can have your ice bucket challenge, I choose not to participate. But I'm all for the Pizza Challenge.
Several weeks ago Veronica and I walked the 2.5 miles to FLIP FLOPS in Holden Ma. It's a casual and fun place with solid food and we'd been several times. On this occasion we ordered a small cheese pizza and we were surprised when it arrived.
As a brief aside I have to set the stage for this; I like pizza, like it, okay Dottie? I like it. I don't love pizza. I've had amazing pizza (Dacosta's, Uxlocale, a place in Tokyo that put egg on it), pretty good pizza (Pizza Works), strange pizza (Spaghetti Pizza from Tony's in Sutton, pizza that comes in what is closer to a pie shell in Chicago) and downright bad pizza (pretty much any standard pizza shop in the Woo and the record for bad pizza was a Hawaiian pizza I got in Chicago with #2 son Joe).
I'm by no means either a pizza newbie or an expert-- but if there's one thing I know it's Papa Gino's has a very unique pizza. It's crust, sauce and cheese are all their own. I like Papa Gino's Pizza very much, I don't get it very often but that's more my only casual like of Pizza than a slight towards the chain.
The pizza from Flip Flops came and we both looked at it and said "Papa Ginos." It looked, smelled and tasted exactly how I remembered Papa Ginos pizza to taste. To top it off, I also ordered some boneless buffalo wings and THOSE were almost exactly like Papa Ginos too.
There was a case recently of a restaurant having Chicken on their menu, high end menu I might add, and it turned out the chicken was coming from a local Popeyes! Could this be similar? It seemed extremely unlikely because Flip Flops is very inexpensive so there wouldn't be room to flip someone else's pie.
But the question was there so it was on Halloween night that we decided to order a small cheese pizza and an order of buffalo wings from both Flip Flops and the nearby Papa Ginos and then compare the two.
Apparently Halloween is a big night for pizza because both places had a bit of a wait for pick up, but once we got the two together there were substantial similarities and a few differences.
The group decided the pizza from Flip Flops had slightly more sauce and we gave them the edge. It was close-- an 8.5 for Flip Flops and a 7.6 for Papa Ginos. What wasn't close was the size. Flip Flops small cheese pizza was a good 1/3 LARGER than Papa GInos small cheese pizza and they were virtually the same price.
The chicken wings (and I don't like calling them wings when they're boneless) were completely different. Flip Flops were flat and pressed out, Papa Ginos were like little chicken balls. Neither one of them was a standout and I'd rate Papa Ginos boneless buffalo chicken as mediocre at best, and Flip Flops SLIGHTLY higher.
The bills for both places were pretty close-- we think it was $17 at Flip Flops and $16 at Papa Ginos but then again you got a bigger pizza at FF so I give them the edge.