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May 29, 2007 06:45 AM

Pizza, Columbia, SC

Anyone beent to Pauline's Pizza on Forest Dr.? I had a pizza with fresh tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella or maybe it was goat cheese. (it was so unmemorable that I can't remember the puddle of cheese). When you'd pick up a piece it would flop on your wrist - that soggy. Where oh where can I get a good pizza, other than driving to Flat Rock?

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  1. who has good pizza in Flat Fock????

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    1. re: Spreadhead

      FlatRock Village Bakery. Fabulous pizza. Fabulous everything.

    2. Have you tried The Pizza Man on Rosewood? I like very much. Also, check out the Thai chicken pizza at Goatfeathers.

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      1. re: Ellen of SC

        Thanks Ellen, I am going to be right around the corner from Pizza Man tomorrow evening. But I was really thinking about a little place just off Rosewood on Howard St. called Utopia.

        1. re: Ellen of SC

          re: Pizza Man. This recommendation and the accolades I've seen for this place elsewhere puzzle me. I recently had a pie from Pizza Man, and while it was just one pie, I do not understand the appeal of this place. The toppings are adequate but the crust is awful. In fact, I've never seen anything like it in a pizza: it manages to be crispy and oil-soaked at the same time, as well as bereft of any flavor. I can appreciate how thin the crust is (I like a thin crust), but this was a greasy yet petrified tasteless cracker. Am I missing something?

          1. re: north2south

            You hit the nail on the head with your review of Pizza Man. I tried this place also based on the word of mouth buzz I heard around Columbia. It was awful and so was the staff and service. I sat at the bar and the chubby female beer tapper was rude, sloppy, and acted like she was doing me a big favor by allowing me to have some of their god-awful greasy crusted pizza. I've had better pizza at the chain places. There seems to be a problem in general with Columbia being up to par when it comes to restaurants and I mean big time.

        2. I had one of the speciality pizzas from Paulie's Pizza and it was really good. It was folded more like a calzone and had fresh rosemary, very different and good. But I would also check out Pizza Man and Za's on Devine. Za's has a good white pizza. And the greek pizza at Zorba's was pretty good, I think, although its been ages since I have eaten there. I miss the Parthenon that had fab pizza and salads, but sadly went out business last year!

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          1. re: AzraelK

            Oh yeah, Za's! I forgot about them - they do have good pizza. You should try their crab cakes. I'll give Paulies another chance. I ended up with Zorba's last night because I was too tired to wait 30 minutes at Pizza man for a to go pizza and then another 30 minute drive home. Zorba's was pretty good.

            1. re: SweetPea

              Ohhhh boy...when I lived in Columbia, I used to LOVE Zorba's greek pizza. That was some good stuff!!!

          2. I'm a big fan of Dano's on Rosewood. Their regular round pizzas are pretty good but not necessarily remarkable, but their Sicilian style crust is fantastic! I'm glad I live close by and can get it delivered. I ate inside one time - hated the bright lights and cheap couple of tables. Now I just get them to deliver one Sicilian which is so huge that it last me days...

            Can anybody tell me whatever happened to good old fashioned pizza joints? I mean the dank smoky pizzerias with dark, dark wood paneling, tiffany lamps, dim lighting, maybe a couple of arcade games in the corner, and surly employees? Pizza Man is hit or miss as far as the pizza goes, but the environment is the only place that comes anywhere near that, and I know for a fact that they do make their own mozzarella and sauce. I think I am just nostalgic for those days - I bet the pizza totally sucked...

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            1. re: deibu

              "...I mean the dank smoky pizzerias with dark, dark wood paneling, tiffany lamps, dim lighting,.." Try LaBrasca's! Don't expect surly wait staff though.

              1. re: Ellen of SC

                LaBrasca's! For crying out loud how did I forget that place? Oh, because I live across the river. I went to Dano's once but was unimpressed with a slice. I'll try the sicillian crust.

                1. re: Ellen of SC

                  That's right - I always forget about Labrasca's. It's awful for pizza, but as long as you think of it as an entirely different taste, it's good for a change. And I always have to get that "cheese salad" which is basically a bowl of cheese, a little iceberg lettuce, and tons of oil and vinegar... It's got those great 60's "textured" walls, covered in burns and smoke stains... Haven't been in over 2 years and I will definitely remember it next time!

              2. have you tried the pizza at Al Amir (next door to Za's)? really quite good

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                1. re: sardis

                  No, I haven't. I didn't realize they had pizza. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a try.

                  1. re: sardis

                    Didn't love it. I want to "LOVE" the pizza.