There is always that one pizza place that seems to set the standard by which others are measured. It’s the pizza place you feel compelled to offer as a rebuttal to any example of pizza excellence your friends might offer.
Chronically slow service aside, I would say Bazbeaux Pizza is such a place. In fact, I’m going to just cut to the chase and just say that Bazbeaux is perhaps the best pizza I’ve ever had. And I’ve had some pizza in my time. I went there recently and was joined by my dinner companion, Carla.
Photo of the Bazbeaux Pizza Sign in Broad Ripple
The “Fresh Mozzarella Plate”
We started with appetizers. She chose the “Fresh Mozzarella Plate,” which consisted of mozzarella, house roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and bread for dipping. She was gracious enough share. The mozzarella was great, the basil was fresh, but it was the house roasted tomatoes really made this dish. They were roasted to perfection. Plus, it was a good looking dish in terms of presentation. The only knock was on the bread, which was nothing special and almost seemed like an afterthought.
The House Salad
I went with the house salad, which consisted of romaine lettuce, shaved Parmesan, carrots, red cabbage, kalamata olives and tomato, with a balsamic vinegar dressing. The lettuce was fresh and not wilted, which is always a good start. The freshly shaved Parmesan was a nice touch, and worked well as a counterbalance to the tangy balsamic vinegar dressing and kalamata olives. It too had a nice presentation, and was an all around good salad. No complaints.
The Main Course
For the main course, we opted to personalize our own individual pizzas rather than try to reach a consensus on a shared pizza.
The 10-inch “Colossus,” with a Few Extras
For my own, I chose the 10-inch “Colossus,” which comes with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, mushroom, red onion, green pepper and black olives. To this I added green olives—an acquired taste, I know—feta, artichoke hearts and fresh garlic. Wow. This was probably the best pizza I’ve ever had, and filling too. In the end, I was able to finish just half.
The “Bazbeaux Special”
Carla went with the 10-inch “Bazbeaux Special,” which comes with pepperoni, mushrooms and fresh garlic. She too, was only able to finish half.
What I liked…
One thing I really liked about Bazbeaux’ Pizza was the thin crust, or more specifically, the crust-to-topping ratio. This actually touches upon my number-1 complaint with pizza in general, which it too little ingredients versus the amount of crust. Bazbeaux’ standard, thin crust is good, yet unobtrusive enough as to not overwhelm the ingredients.
And then there are the ingredients themselves. It’s not just the quality I like but the diversity. They offer all the traditional toppings you would expect, like pepperoni, ham, sausage, etc. But where it really gets interesting is the “exotic” and “premium” toppings; things like house made chorizo, albacore tuna, avocado, fresh basil, snow pods, feta, fontina, Smoking Goose Capicolla and BBQ shrimp to name just a few.
What I Didn’t Like…
Despite being only moderately busy on a Monday evening, the service was slow. Granted, the servers did seem bit rushed, so it is possible they were understaffed. Also, there was a bussing station located in our small dining area. Because of this we heard constant, loud plate clanging as servers attempted to cram dishes into the already cram-packed tubs. And because our table was situated within just a few feet of it, we caught odors that seemed to be a mix of discarded table scraps and cleaning solution. Shame on you Bazbeaux.
I would recommend Bazbeaux Pizza to any true pizza lover. Chicago versus New York comparisons just don’t apply when pizza this good. And while their base prices are reasonable, it is easy to rack up a small fortune in additional ingredients. In this regard, it’s not your typical Saturday night pizza. But then again, Bazbeaux is anything but typical.
Other Bazbeaux Pizza Photos
A Bar Area at Bazbeaux Pizza
Patio Eating Area at Bazbeaux Pizza
A Dining Room at Bazbeaux Pizza
A 2nd Dining Room at Bazbeaux Pizza
The Patio as Seen through a A Large Picture Window
Decorative Wall Art at Bazbeaux Pizza
A Stairway Leads to the Upper Dining Area
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