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Urban Pizza

June 25, 2011

  • 950 Wealthy Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • (616) 929-8723
  • Website
  • Menu

I wasn’t planning on eating out tonight.  I usually bring my lunch to work during the week, but I’ve been bad the last couple of days.  I’ve been tired.  Really, really tired.  J actually called me at 6:45 this morning and asked if I wanted to me for breakfast.  I really wanted to, but I couldn’t get out of bed.  I was so tired.

When I did finally get out of bed, I headed straight for the couch.  J and her mom were actually heading to Chicago today, but before she left, she made me a couple sandwiches to bring for lunch.

At this point, my plan was to stop at McDonalds on my way to work.  Well, on my way to work, I got called to turn around and head back to Kalamazoo.  I had an appointment that was going to be really hard to make.  I had gotten to Plainwell before being turned around.  It was 2:10 and I needed to be downtown by 2:30.  I knew it was going to be tight.

Because of the change in plans, I didn’t have time to grab lunch, so on the way back to Grand Rapids after my 2:30 appointment, I pulled out the lunch J had made me and ate it on the way.

Around 8:00, I got sent out of the office to pick something up.  While out, I decided to grab something for dinner.  I wasn’t super hungry at that point, but I was thinking about pizza for later and there is a take-n-bake that I’ve been wanting to try.

Urban Pizza is near the corner of Wealthy and Diamond in the East Town neighborhood in Grand Rapids.  It’s in a fairly new mixed use building.  The shop is fairly small, but there are a few tables.  While the place is a take-n-bake, they do actually cook pizzas if you want them to plus they have do slices so you can actually dine in if that’s what you’re looking to do.

The place is a lot like a Papa Murphy’s.  They have paper menus on the counter.  One side is in English.  The other is in Spanish.  I was a little lost at first when I picked the menu up and didn’t understand a word on it.  The pizza maker told me to flip it over to the English side.

The signature pizza’s all have the name of a West Michigan town on them.  I went with a medium Portage Pepperoni.  The pizza is pretty basic with a three-blend mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.  The pizza is assembled on a paper tray right in front of you then wrapped up in two layers of saran wrap.

The price of the medium pizza was just barely under $11.  I paid with a credit card then grabbed my pizza looking forward to getting home so I could actually eat it.

It was actually a few hours later before I was able to pop it in the oven.  It cooks on the paper tray that the pizza is built on at 425 for about fifteen minutes.  When I pulled the pizza out of the oven, the crust had crisped up nicely and there was a nice golden brown layer of cheese.

I let it cool for a few minutes before trying to bite in to it.  The crust had a crunchy bottom crust with a soft, chewy interior.  There was lot of cheese on top of a sweet tomato sauce.  There wasn’t quite an “abundance” of of pepperoni on the pizza, but there were at least a couple on every slice.

Urban Pizza puts out a pretty good pizza.  I don’t do take-n-bake’s often, so I’m not really an expert.  I do like that I can get a freshly made pizza that I can cook when I’m ready.  The pizza from Urban Pizza is a much better option than the traditional delivery.

Medium Portage Pepperoni

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