MOD Pizza is spreading their 'MOD-ness'
I checked out the Urban GLOB map to see how many different pizza shops were in our reading area. I counted 19 different pizza lunch stops serving their own special brand of flat crusted, tomato sauce, with more toppings than you can shake grated cheese on.
A good reason why I am the perfect GLOB Master is one of my favorite expressions is "The best pizza in Gainesville is the pizza sitting right in front of me." I love pizza. My bad pizza experiences can be counted on one hand.
19 pizza locations and the idea of parking for lunch in the Standard building on the corner of University Ave. and 13th St. creates a certain amount of trepidation regarding my first time MOD Pizza lunch adventure.
Across the street from the University of Florida Campus and next door to the Miami Sub shop this new corner of fast food heaven has a mandatory, needing walking to lunch, hour written all over it. That said there is parking available inside the Standard building near the hotel.
For the eating healthy, environmentally correct, do-the-right-thing smart lunch outer there is a Gainesville Regional Transit bus stop directly in front of the MOD Pizza stand for RTS routes #8, #10 and #29.
Hmmm . . . That is a good list of reasons to give this new lunch stop a try GLOBers. In addition to those statements I am sold on this pizza chains philosophy:
FROM THE MOD PIZZA WEBSITE:
"Artisan-style pizzas and salads are individually sized, made on demand, and ready in just minutes. Choose from over 30 toppings – the price stays the same no matter what you pick. At its heart, however, MOD is a platform for doing good. The idea? If we take care of our employees, they'll take care of you, and our business will take care of itself. We call it Spreading MODness, and after opening stores across the U.S. and U.K., we think it's working."
The MODness starts with the pizza stand squeezed into a long, narrow edifice with the pizza counter on one wall, and a good number of tables and seating on the other wall.
As the weather changes the windows in the front of the building will open for a fresh air, new take on the happenings of one of the busiest street corners in N. Florida.
No big surprises on the MOD menu that is split between pizzas and salads. There are 10 pizza selections available including the veggie and interesting sounding Lucy Sunshine mozzarella pizza with parmesan, artichokes, garlic, dollops of red sauce. The Caspian is a BBQ chicken pizza with mozzarella, gorgonzola, barbecue sauce, sliced red onions. Mod pizza will also make you a 'salad pizza' of your own salad toppings on a warm asiago pizza crust.
Finally there are 'Hot Off The Menu' original pizzas created daily by the pizza chefs mixing up seasonal ingredients, brand-new flavors for a daily lunch special pizza surprise..
It's all pizza pies at Mod Pizza with three sizes; The 11" MOD Pizza ($7.97), the 6" inch Mini Pizza ($5.97), and the Mega Dough 11'' thick crust pizza ($9.97), for the create your lunch crowd. According to the MOD Pizza website, "Enjoy your Classic pizza as-is or change out toppings until it's just right – the price never changes."
Mod Pizza serves a Deluxe, Caesar, and Simple salad from the menu. However the 'create your own' salad option with romaine or mixed greens and customizing your lunch from there with over 30 toppings is a spectacular way to eat a smart, green healthy lunch.
Mod Pizza has two unique side items they call Garlic and Cinnamon Strips. These 'naked' piecrusts come grilled with your choice of dipping sauce: Savory - red sauce, pesto, ranch or sri-rancha. Sweet - chocolate, strawberry or cinnamon glaze.
There is a complete menu at the MOD Pizza restaurant web link at the bottom of this page.
The MOD pizza making team is customer friendly as they build your lunch from a plethora of ingredients in what has become a typical lunch line process. I was nicely surprised with six different 'sauce options' including red sauce, pesto, and white sauce.
The MOD mini pizza had the size and appearance of the standard pizza slice size in Gainesville. That was my logic in choosing the create your own MINI Pizza and a MINI side salad for my lunch.
All the toppings are cut into nice bite size pieces. The variety of choices can be over whelming for the GLOB Master. Next time I will peruse the menu before lunch to alleviate my decision making anxiety.
With a giant smile, and ready-to-please attitude Mod Pizza Maker Liv was ready to guide me through pizza topping decision making world.
My red a sauce pizza with pepperoni, spicy sausage, and broccoli, image at top of this review, was really good. There was a distinct spicy taste in the red sauce that was a nice surprise and the crunch of the broccoli along with the really good thin crust. Made for a special lunch surprise. I always forget GLOBers, one lunch hour I am going to remember to ask for an extra-crispy pizza crust. Kudos to the pizza chef this crust was close to being perfect.
My Mini lunch salad was very good with the addition of some very tasty marinated peppers. I was somewhat carried away with the multiple mozzarella, parmesan, and feta cheese selections. The Balsamic vinegar dressing was tart and a perfect 'oiling' of my salad.
The pizza and salad lunch is becoming my go-to lunch option. There are cheaper P&S lunch options in town. That said I like my Daughter's, and former NYC resident, logic regarding $$ dollars and lunch. "There are very few $10 lunches left in the Big Apple Dad . . ."
The Pluses and Minuses of MOD Pizza
MOD Pizza + indicators: Excellent, maybe thinnest, pizza crust in town. So many choices, a zillion toppings. Fast fired, DYI quick pizza. I'm going back!
MOD Pizza - indicators: Parking... really? Ask for extra crispy crust.
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- Phone Number: (352) 318-7400
- Address: 50 NW 13th St, Suite 30
- Urban GLOB Location: Midtown
- Web Site: MOD Pizza
- Latitude: 29.6526184
- Longitude: -82.33950140000002