Mega Pepperoni @ Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port

Price: $7.99

When: January 10, 2018, 1:45 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

I’m back at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port, and in the mood for a slice.

Redd’s doesn’t have a great culinary reputation (they’re not likely to land a Michelin Star, if you know what I mean), but the last pizza we tried from Redd’s, the Venus Vegetarian, was surprisingly good. As I said: “I would certainly eat this again, and would do so happily.”

Let’s see if the Mega Pepperoni measures up.

Redd’s is a busy, high-traffic, counter-service arrangement: you look for large hanging signs that proclaim what a given station is selling. I find the pizza station, grab a slice of Mega Pepperoni from under the heat lamp, slide it on to my tray, wade through the crowds, pay, and grab a table.

OK. So … this is one slice of pizza. And it’s $8. And while it may be called “Mega Pepperoni”, it’s not really bringing any “Mega” swagger. Instead, it feels like a standard slice of pepperoni pizza, sitting in a small triangle of cardboard. For, as I said, $8.

I pick it up, and get to work.

Bah. It’s mostly dough. The red sauce is a non-factor. The cheese (of which there is plenty) is just texture. The three (three!) slices of pepperoni are fine, but they’re lost in a sea of mediocre flavor.

Unlike, say, the Cheese Pizza at Daisy’s Diner, where there are a few good bites of pizza before you run into a wall of dough, the Mega Pepperoni is terrible all the way through. It’s not even good enough to be called “mediocre” – and as a guy who attended college, I know my mediocre pizza.

This isn’t just “not recommended” – it’s “actively avoid.” Eat something else.