In these situations, I have always wondered how one could have a strong opinion about which pizza is the best when they are not comparing the two side-by-side. Perhaps it's the fact that while I enjoy good food and drinks, I'm not much of a gourmet. The nuances of food and food memories don't stick with me, and I couldn't honestly declare a pizza (Or beer, coffee, burger or anything) the best unless I tasted them in one sitting. Thus the idea for the Best of Bozeman Pizza Tasting Party was born.
Mike and I assembled 24 members of the A-List for the tasting last evening. The thoughtful and enthusiastic crowd sampled pies from five of Bozeman's pizza establishments and had this to report...
The pies selected were: 1) Pizza Campania; 2) Blackbird; 3) Bridger Brewing; 4) Tarintino's; and 5) Red Tractor. (These were the number each was given in the blind taste test.) To keep consistency among the pizzas tasted and assure the statistical validity of the test, Margarita pizzas were purchased at all locations.
In addition to picking the best pizza, the tasting garnered insight to the operation and management of each of the establishments. Mike ordered the pizzas beforehand and gave specific instructions for timing of pickup or delivery. Blackbird, Red Tractor, and Tarantimos all failed to follow directions with Red Tractor and Tarintino's promptly baking and delivering the pizza, rather than waiting as we had requested. It was obvious that the pizza from Blackbird had been sitting around for a while when Mike picked it up. Both Pizza Campania and Bridger Brewing get an A for the ability to follow directions.
As for the best tasting pizza in Bozeman, Blackbird came out on top with a weighted score of 27. Tasters raved about the sauce and the overall flavor of the pie but a few found the crust to be soggy. If you're a fan of thin-crust, artisan pizza, you'll love the pizza at Blackbird.
|Just like they do it in the Old World|
In fourth place with 19 points was Bridger Brewing. With all of the pizza joints to pick from, we knew we had to get Bridger Brewing as it was recently voted best pizza in the Bozone magazine reader's poll (Tarantino's was second in the same poll) and we were curious to see if they could retain the title. Tasters liked it and found it flavorful but the crust, while good, was not great and ultimately prevented Bridger Brewing from placing higher in the rankings.
One of the newer pizza places in Bozeman, Red Tractor, rounded out the list with ten points. It faced
|Red Tractor's box rocked!|
Before trying the pizzas, we had tasters write down their favorite pizza place in Bozeman. Cosmic Pizza came out on top, followed by a three-way tie between Pizza Campania, Tarantino's, and Blackbird, with Colombo's, The Emerson Grille, Third Floor Pizza, and MacKenzie River each earning a vote.
So there you have it, the best pizza in Bozeman according to the A-List. We by no means tasted all of the pizzas in town and new pizza joints seem to open up on a regular basis so the big question of "Who has the best pizza?" will continue to be debated. Please add your thoughts to the comments section of this blog. Mangiare!
|Pizza Cake topped with gummy candy & fruit leathers|