On Salvatore’s Tomato Pies…’s website, they claim “There is Pizza. And then there is Sal’s.”
They also claim “Now it is easy and simple to book your reservation at Salvatore’s in Sun Prairie Online!”
So, I guess we will find out if they are full of bull honkey not just by claiming that their pizza is “and then there is”, but also whether it is in fact easy and simple to book your reservation at Salvatore’s in Sun Prairie Online. Wait, why is online capitalized? Is it actually a chat room or something? Hang on, I need to call Al Gore to figure this out.
Anyways, hey guys! Wow, what a great audience. Now as many of you probably know, I enjoy a good pizza pie as much and often more than the next guy. I have even reviewed a few, which you can read about here. Oh, and here. And what about here? Ha, that last one was a trick! It’s actually here. Jeff Daniels is one hell of an actor though, am I right?
Well today we’re going to try one of the newer kids on the block, Salvatore’s Tomato Pies, from the east Madison location at 912 E. Johnson St. Don’t get thrown off by the name though, folks – you’re not about to get a dessert style pie, like a pastry crust blueberry pie with some sort of weird, gross tomato compote filling. No. That will not be what you’re getting. You will be getting something like this:
Err no sorry, you won’t be getting that. That was from Chili Cook Off. That’s Zandi there just brushing that guys pony tail which is sticking out the hole in the back of his 1980’s jogging hat. I actually didn’t find out that it wasn’t the dude’s real hair until like 10 minutes before we left. I don’t wanna brag, but I’m pretty perceptive.
Nope, this is actually what you’ll be getting:
Well, that piece really doesn’t look all that impressive from this picture. Certainly not nearly as impressive as the fact that over an average human’s lifetime, they will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools. Now I’m sure that makes a lot of you wonder, much like the ol’ “people eat 8 spiders a year in their sleep” tale, whether it’s actually not so bad because of people who throw off the curve. Like people who produce massive amounts of saliva – not like you, who I’m sure is super normal and produces far less than the 28,000 gallons or so that this fun fact suggests. No, there’s no way you, you totally adequate-looking and not gross at all person, could produce about 3/4 of a gallon of saliva, on average, a day.
Just kidding. You produce 3/4 of a gallon of saliva each day. That’s probably what your tombstone will say: “Here lies Bob. Bob produced the average amount of saliva over his lifetime, the totally normal and not disgusting amount: .75 gallons per day.”
See? Even… whatever that thing is knows it.
Another fun fact: everyone knows texting is a great way to continue a conversation with someone while you’re taking a dump or in an important meeting, but did you know that 95% of people text things they could never say in person? It’s true. Don’t believe me? I just texted “EJNFIJENBFUWBGRWUNINLWING*&(Y#@#^%&(#@IUH$#(_U(*)890473598245983u4″. Go ahead, say it. I’m waiting.
Back to the aforementioned Salvatore’s Tomato Pie, and whether it is in fact “and then there is”. Turns out, it actually is “and then there is”, and in a big way. When I am sampling a new pizza joint, I typically go for something relatively classic, sausage and pepperoni in this case – you gotta walk before you can crawl, though penguins will often instead slide on their bellies for high-speed, long-distance travel. Well what I mean is, if you’re not good at the basics, your flashy specialty pizza pies are typically not up to snuff.
Salvatore’s really nails it all around though. It’s a New York style pie, with crust very reminiscent of Ian’s – chewy but crisp. Nice and bready. Classic. The toppings are a little unusual though – first on the bread is the cheese, then meats (including large slices of sausage instead of chunks, which is excellent), then a bit of basil and a swirl of sauce. By no means am I opposed to a delicious tomato sauce, but the meager amount that’s used really allows the other ingredients to stand out, whereas sometimes you’ll have a really saucy pizza and that’s about all you taste. <think of saucy tart joke, insert here>
All in all – and I don’t say this lightly – Sal’s truly is, “and then there is”. But, is it more “and then there is” than Ian’s or Glass Nickel?
I don’t know. I don’t care. Can’t we like more than one pizza establishment the best? I thought this was America.
4.5/5 will eat again; have been dreaming about on a regular basis.
P.S. if anyone knows about taxidermy can you leave a comment on how I can contact you? I… have a friend who has questions about whether you can stuff something inside out. It’s for a friend.