Thanks to this Reader's Pick winner, I brought my party of ten people (Welcome to Western Montana, where a virtual revolving door of out-of-town guests is the norm.) to Biga Pizza this past Saturday night. As much as I expected nothing less than great pizza, or at least good pizza, I was stunned at how bad it was. Even Pizza Hut is better, and that's not a compliment by any means, as Pizza Hut is the very "bottom of the barrel" in my opinion. Biga Pizza's crust is doughy and flavorless, more like white bread. The sauce is bland with absolutely no "zing" and the toppings were just not appetizing. Missoulians know a lot about of lot of things, but with all due respect, are completely cluess when it comes to good pizza.
In all fairness, it's no secret that the Indy's Reader's Poll is highly skewed, with most votes quite obviously coming from students. I'd bet that the only voles from anyone over 40 years old are probably from University professors. Just look at almost any category and you will see that the winners are predominently located downtown or in the University district, even though entrants in the category may be scattered all across town. Obviously, the best of each category is not necessarily to be found downtown or near the University. This category -- Best Pizza -- is a perfect example, with all three of the top choices located in or near downtown.
Back to pizza in Missoula, I challenge any one of you voters to venture out of the downtown area and try Howard's Pizza (2010 South Ave W) or Tower Pizza (3000 Brooks St). At either one of these locations, you'll treat your taste buds to true "pizzaria pizza", with a thin, crispy crust that's just exactly perfect, a zesty, flavorful tomato sauce, just the right blend of cheese exactly as you'd want it on a pizza, and ingredients and toppings exploding with flavor. All of this combines to provide the unmistakable flavor of authentic pizzaria pizza, just as you'd find in New York City or Chicago, two cities that set the pizza standard by which all others are measured.
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