Keene: Amicci’s Italian Style Pizza

Amicci's Italian Style Pizza Keene NH meatball pizzaThe skinny: Every great college town needs a bunch of great pizza places. Keene has its share, but we’d never been to a particular one right in the heart of downtown, Amicci’s.

We pulled in for lunch on a recent trip through Keene, and we were excited about the Italian-style pizzas.

Pizzas here come in the 8-inch personal size, the 12-inch small and 16-inch large. The 8-inch is $7 for plain cheese and $7.75 for 1 topping, but that’s as far as you can go with the personal size. Cheese pizzas start at $8 for the small and $10 for the large. Each topping adds $1 to a small and $1.25 to the large. And there are plenty of topping options, including the standard choices and other treats such as artichoke hearts.

Ammici’s also has several specialty pizza options, which come in small and large sizes. Options include the Breakfast Pizza ($10/$12.50), which includes bacon, egg and mozzarella, and the Californian ($12/$15), which includes fresh tomatoes, eggplant, onion and broccoli.

There are also calzone options, but what really caught our eye was the Pizza Sub (grilled pepperoni and sausage, pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese), which we may have to try on our next trip through town.

Review: We’ve been on a meatball kick lately, so we ordered a large meatball pizza ($11.25).

The amount of meatballs on our pizza was insane. Aside from noting the quantity, Deidre also was pleased with how the meatballs were cut up on the pie. (She’s become more aware of this recently; making the toppings not too big – and not too small – really does enhance the slice-eating process.) The smaller meatball pieces still packed quite a meaty punch, and we both loved the bit of zestiness in each bite.

The sauce was typical of an Italian-style pizza, layered on thin. Andrew thought the amount was just about right and loved the slightly sweet flavor, which worked well with the zesty meatball. Deidre appreciated that the flavor wasn’t hidden due to not enough sauce; in fact, she was glad to taste a little more than she thought she would with each bite.

The cheese also covered the entire pizza, meaning a bit of ooey-gooey mozzarella in each bite. It was slightly greasy, but that was to be expected with the topping quantity. (Besides, a little grease on a pizza isn’t a bad thing, right?)

We expected a thin crust – and we got it. As Deidre ate her first slice, she was delighted to get a crunch with each bite. But as she ate her next slice, the grease started to affect that crunchiness, causing the first part of the slice to be just a tiny bit soggy. The end crust, however, maintained its crunch throughout our lunch.

The cold pizza was a meatball extravaganza, making for a delicious meal out of the fridge. The crust stayed chewy enough to be enjoyable and the great coating of cheese was still nice and creamy.

Rating: Deidre: 4 / Andrew: 4.5 = 8.5/10 slices

Amicci’s Italian Style Pizza
90 Main St., Keene
355-3535, amiccisonline.com

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