Michaelangelo of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame once said, “Wise men say forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.” Well, he was a jerk, and we don’t do that kind of thing around here (and most of us are human beings). Why? We worship our local pizza, with both a clear mind and an open heart. The reason: pretty much all of it is really damn good.
DeMaggio’s New York Pizza, 102 NW 1st St.
DeMaggio’s New York Pizza tops their ‘za with a range of world flavors. Their specialty pizzas are worth the price, with the largest 18-inch pies ranging from $20 to $30. Try the Central Pie, a shepherd’s pie in pizza form, with roasted potatoes, ground lamb, and aged Irish cheddar. Pesto and salmon are paired on the Rockaway Beach Pizza, or try the Thai-inspired East Village Pie, peanut-topped with coconut sauce.
American Dream Pizza, 214 SW 2nd St. or 2525 NW Monroe Ave.
Campus American Dream and the HandleBar are a great place to grab a $5.95 slice and a pint from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Delivery is free most everywhere in Corvallis. Downtown’s slice-and-pint deal starts at 6:30 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays—and there may be rooftop-related opportunities. Paper plate art with a $6.50 single topping slice and salad is another American way to spend a lunch hour, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at either location.
1045 NW Kings Blvd.
Woodstock’s Pizza offers tasty pizza at tasty prices—less than $25 gets you a large pizza and breadsticks. Although delivery is free to most of Corvallis, the dining area is pleasant and spacious. The back room is perfect for pizza parties and, since they use solar energy to power the ovens, you can eat guilt-free. Drop on by and get the freshest pizza around.
Cibelli’s Pizza, 820 NW 9th St.
Cibelli’s Pizza might offer the closest thing to NYC pizza we have here in Corvallis, serving up the classic thin, flexible, New York pizza pie. It’s as good as any, and the atmosphere makes it the perfect place for a post-soccer-triumph meal, so grab one of their awesome deals off their website and try a slice and a soda for $4.
University Calzone,2047 NW Monroe Ave.
A pizza is really only as good as its crust, and University Calzone spins a dough with a satisfying crunch that’s neither too dense nor too chewy. There’s nothing unexpected here as far as toppings are concerned, but the menu is littered with over 20 college-themed combinations as well as a few craft brews to wash ‘em down with.
Cirello’s Pizza, 919 NW Circle Blvd. F
Owned and operated by the family that shares its name, Cirello’s Pizza has been a staple of Corvallis eating since 1982. The pies here really are delicious, and you can taste every single topping you order. The food is worth the price, but you can save a few bucks by making use of the daily specials and happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m.