Concord: Constantly Pizza

The skinny: Constantly Pizza is definitely a downtown Concord hotspot. On a recent weekday lunch visit, there was a steady stream of a variety of people stopping in for a quick bite.

Pizzas here come in 12-inch medium ($7.95), 16-inch large ($12.25) and the 24-inch Big John ($19.79), as well as New York style thin crust at 14 inches ($9.95) andConstantly Pizza Concord NH chicken 18inches ($13.79). Twelve-inch calzones are also an option here, starting at $7.95.

Depending on the size of your pie, topping prices range from $1.35-$2.75 each. Constantly has a great variety, listing 37 toppings on its menu. Topping selections include eight cheeses: cheddar, feta, mozzarella, Parmesan, provolone, ricotta, Romano and Swiss. You can also get thick crust for an extra $1.

With that selection of toppings, it’s no surprise that there are more than 20 specialty pizzas listed. You could try El Toro the Bull ($12.59-$19.79), which has taco meat, nacho chips, refried pinto beans, onions, jalapenos, cheese and sauce. There’s the Pastrami Bomb ($12.59-$19.79), with pastrami, grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, Swiss cheese and yellow mustard. And then there’s The Capone ($19.99), a 5-pound Big John pie that’s covered in onions, peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, Canadian ham, Italian sausage and homemade meatballs.

And that heavy line of traffic? They’re mainly coming in for the lunch specials. There’s a pizza/salad bar off to the end of the counter, with specials of three slices starting at $3.99.

Constantly Pizza was recommended to us by Twitter follower @chrisgetman; it also has locations in Tilton and Penacook.

Review: We just wanted a simple pizza with chicken on it, and we opted for it in its tastiest form: fried. We also ordered it on an 18-inch New York style pizza ($15.59).

The chicken came from standard chicken fingers. However, the chicken had an anything-but-standard taste. Deidre thought the chicken’s coating was quite crispy and definitely one of the best versions of this topping she’s had. Andrew mostly agreed, but thought it was a bit on the dry side. The amount of it was fair: We only made it halfway through the pizza, but we found ourselves grabbing at a couple extra pieces of chicken before boxing up the leftovers.

The cheese was just the way we like it — pure mozzarella, not too much, not too little. And because it was pure mozzarella, it wasn’t greasy at all. And really, who wants a big, greasy slice of pizza on a hot summer day?

The sauce was a classic no-fuss sauce. If you like thin sauces, this is right up your alley. Deidre didn’t think it was the standout part of the pizza, but that it created a great base for other, more flavorful toppings to stick out.

The crust was quite impressive. We were very happy with our choice of New York style. The end crust was nice and doughy — the type you look forward to reaching once you’ve chowed down on the rest of the slice. But don’t worry, because you don’t need to look forward to it: Even though the pie was on the thin side, you still get that doughy bite with the crust on the bottom.

Andrew liked that it was still pretty light (as in, not greasy) and the dough was soft and chewy after some time in the fridge. Andrew thought the chicken tenders were a highlight on the cold pizza — they didn’t seem as dry as they did before. Somewhat surprisingly, cold chicken fingers are not that bad, and on a pizza, they’re downright delicious.

Rating: Deidre: 4.5 / Andrew: 4.5 = 9/10 slices

Constantly Pizza
39 S. Main St., Concord
224-9336, www.constantlypizza.net

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