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Maestro’s Pizza

June 5, 2011

  • 4824 W. Milham Avenue
  • Portage, MI 49024
  • (269) 372-2222
  • No Known Website
  • Menu

My last night eating on my own and I was hungry for pizza.   There’s a convenience store that I frequent quite often when I do freelance work because it’s on the way my employer’s home.  It’s usually a pretty early morning so I really need a Pepsi.

About a month ago, I stopped in and saw some construction starting to happen inside the store.  I asked the clerk what was going on and she told me they were building a pizza place.  A month later, J and I were driving to the mall and we use that route to avoid Westnedge.  I saw a sign that the pizza joint had opened.  This morning, I stopped in to get my Pepsi and grabbed a menu so I could call in my order once my workday was over.

Maestro’s Pizza is inside the Sunny Mart on the corner of Milham and 12th Street in Portage.  It’s a very small part of the store that is taken up by the pizza joint.  In fact, it can’t be much more than a 6′ x 9′ box.  I think there may be prison cells larger than the kitchen they are working in.  It’s nothing fancy.  The walls are plywood that are not finished.  There is an opening in the front where there is also a warming oven where they keep pizzas warm for pizza-by-the-slice service during lunch time Monday through Saturday. 

The menu includes pizzas, calzones (which I hear are really good), sandwiches, and salads.  I’m really glad I stopped to get a menu.  When I don’t have a menu in front of me, I default to a large pizza.   Since I had the actual sizes that they have in front of me, I went with the 14″ which is probably considered a large, but not the largest they do.  I went with pepperoni and bacon for toppings.  I was given an estimated time of twenty five minutes, so I finished up with my work and headed over to the Sunny Mart to get a pop and hang out in the parking lot until the pizza was done.

When the 25 minute mark hit, I went back inside and went to the pizza window.  The cook was taking a pizza out of the bottom area of the pizza oven and moving it to the top to brown up the cheese.  He told me it would be just a couple minutes.  While he was boxing up the pizza, a man I believe to be the owner came back into the pizza place and grabbed my ticket so he could ring me up.  The 14″ two topping pizza ran me just a bit over $12.

I had yet to eat anything at all before I got home at almost 6:30, so I was really looking forward to this pizza.  I was happy to see a nice golden brown topping when I opened the box and enjoyed hearing a crunch when I picked up the crust and snapped it in the middle.  Before I ever took a bite, I was already feeling good about this pizza.

It seems like as soon as I sat down to eat, my phone wouldn’t stop ringing so it took a little while to actually get to the pizza.  The wait was pretty worth it.  The crust is a hand tossed dough that comes out fairly thin and does a good job of holding on to the toppings.  There was a ton of bacon on the pizza which added a really good salty taste to contrast with the sweet sauce which I believe was heavy on dried oregano.

I don’t have a problem saying this is one of the better pizzas I’ve had in Kalamazoo and it came from a space smaller than most walk-in closets.

14" Bacon and Pepperoni Pizza

14" Bacon and Pepperoni Pizza

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Deanna Watson permalink
    June 9, 2011 7:05 pm

    Wow, thanks to the person who wrote this for your incredibly kind words!!! Matt Watson, my husband is the proud owner and will be pleased to read this. Please come in and let us know who you are, we sure appreciate you writing this and would love to meet you, if we already haven’t.

  2. June 18, 2011 4:27 am

    Maestro’s is a small pizza place that deserves more praise than it’s square footage allows. The staff is genuinely concerned that you have the best possible experience possible – that coupled with the quality of the food speaks volumes. As a patron of Sunny Mart, I’m happy to have Maestro’s so close by – order a pie, I promise you will not be disappointed.

  3. Tom Wuori permalink
    August 10, 2011 2:44 pm

    Excellent pizza from wonderful people. Matt cares about the product he produces. It is great to see someone passionate about what he does and the joy he brings to each order. Matt has made a few spectacular Italian sandwiches as well (big enough to split for two).

    • Clayton B. permalink
      August 22, 2011 7:14 pm

      Boy I wish I had that much time on my hands to write a long bubble gum review about a restaurant, while also taking a picture of the pizza.

      • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
        August 22, 2011 7:26 pm

        yeah, hobbies are a waste of time.

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