Manchester: Pizza 911

Pizza 911The skinny: One of the last times we got together with our friend Kyle, he mentioned this newer pizza place in Manchester’s North End and how much he liked it. When a menu for Pizza 911 showed up in our mailbox, we knew it was time to give it a try.

In the more than 10 years we’ve spent in the city, multiple pizza joints have occupied this spot. We loved Pizza 911 already for its tagline: “What’s your pizza emergency?” Because, really, any time we have a hankering for pizza, it’s an emergency.

Pizza 911 makes pies in four sizes: 12-inch small ($7.99), 14-inch medium ($9.49), 16-inch large ($10.99) and 18-inch extra large ($13.99). Toppings start at $1.09, $1.29, $1.59 and $1.79, respectively. And more than 20 choices line the menu, such as pepperoni, sausage and baby spinach, as well as the throw-all-cares-about-health-out-the-window topping, french fries.

Eighteen specialty pizzas are available here, and we were excited by some of the choices. While we can never seem to agree on some of the wilder options here, we’ll keep them in mind for a night when one of us is home and the other is working late. Future dinners include The Big Mic, which is covered in meatball, onions, lettuce and pickles over a Thousand Island base; the Five-Alarm Blaze, which packs plenty of heat with hot sausage, bacon, jalapenos and crushed red pepper flakes; and the Junior Cadet, which is covered in macaroni and cheese bites. All specialty pizzas cost the same: $11.99 for a small, $13.99 for a medium and $14.99 for a large.

You can also opt for calzones here: A small calzone is $9.99, a large, $14.99.

Review: On our recent pizza night, we ordered a large Chicken Parmesan pizza ($14.99). Pizza 911 is set up for takeout orders; luckily, we don’t live too far, and Andrew was able to swing by and bring dinner home during an errand run.

Breaded chicken pieces were perfectly scattered around the pie. Deidre was happy to see some charring on much of the poultry topping. The chicken was cut into bite-sized pieces for optimal feasting, and the breaded/fried combo provided the crunch Deidre craved. The meat was tender and not dried out at all. Andrew’s only complaint with the chicken was that it wasn’t especially flavorful, just so-so.

Deidre has taken issue with her last few Chicken Parm pizzas, observing that this is a pizza that definitely deserves more sauce. This pizza was no exception to that: Deidre, unfortunately, could hardly taste the sauce, which was spread on thinly, so much so that she wasn’t able to detect much besides the actual tomato.

The cheese lightly covered the entire pizza, all the way to the outer edge, which Deidre always enjoys. While there was obviously more cheese than sauce on this pizza, it didn’t mean that there was too much cheese for her liking. It didn’t carry too much grease with it, either. Andrew thought all of that that made the cheese – with the addition of the Parmesan – the standout on this pizza.

Andrew wasn’t very impressed by the crust, which didn’t have much of the crispiness that he loves. Deidre thought the dough was just slightly too chewy. For a pizza that wasn’t very thick, she wasn’t expecting as many chews with each bit as she had. It made her a tad impatient getting through her slices!

The cold pizza highlighted the parts of the pizza Andrew liked the least, unfortunately. The sauce was even harder to note, and making things worse, the cheese had lost some of its punch.

Rating: Deidre: 3.5 / Andrew: 3 = 6.5/10 slices

Pizza 911
108 Webster St., Manchester

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