Does the Score score?
The best pizza that I’ve probably ever had was in Puglia, in the south of Italy. Everything about it was perfect, from the aromas of the fresh ingredients to the crispiness of the crust and the stringiness of the cheese. I ate it under a splendid olive tree on a warm August evening.
The pizza was prepared by an expert pizzaiolo in an authentic pizza oven. I even had limoncello afterwards. The fact that eating at the Score reminded me of this experience is an achievement in and of itself, making it worth the try for any hungry pizza lovers out there.
Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. The Score definitely doesn’t score any points when it comes to ambiance. It’s pretty standard chain restaurant fare. You won’t feel like you’re in some charmingly quaint Italian restaurant on the side of some small road in Tuscany. You’ll most likely feel like you’re in Kingston, in yet another family restaurant.
The only thing that really stood out in terms of atmosphere was the weird music selection that went from Pearl Jam (yay) to “Let It Go” (nay). But in a world where small street food shacks are getting Michelin stars, does ambiance even matter anymore?
What you really want from the Score is the pizza (ignore the dessert brownie, it’s just another brownie). The Score scores some major points when it comes to letting you customize and make your own pizza. There’s a fair amount of variety here that definitely makes multiple visits a necessity.
If figuring out whether you want to add some extra cheese on top of the pineapple-anchovies monstrosity you just created sounds like too daunting of a task, the Score also offers “Signature Pizzas” where all those decisions have already been made for you. From the classic “Margherita” to the appropriately named “K-Town,” you’ll surely find something that will fill that sudden need for pizza that appeared when you noticed that finals were only 8 weeks away.
All in all, the Score has scored a place in my heart. If you’re looking for a pizza that’s tastier than Pizza Pizza but not as expensive as Woodenheads, then look no further.
Special thanks to Natalie Antturi, whose vast experience in the field of pizza was indispensable during this journey.
Yann Grand-Clement (2L) is the co-Outreach manager and contributor for Juris Diction