PIZZA WARS: STAMFORD PIZZA TOUR DROPS BOMB ON CULT OF COLONY

ABOVE: A sausage and cherry pepper pie at Colony Grill.

5/17/2009

The guys at the Stamford Pizza Tour blog seem to take pizza pretty seriously, so I was shocked [shocked, I tell you!] to find out that after they reviewed twenty-odd pizzerias in Stamford, Colony Grill was not among those chosen.

I assumed this transgression was intentional, but couldn’t figure out why. The Pizza Tour guys admit to being berated by The Colony’s “rabid, obnoxious fans,” so it’s not like they didn’t know the place existed. My best guess was that after reviewing the crispy, wafer-thin, hot-oil dripping Colony pie, the contest would be over. The fat lady sings. End of story.

Suffice it to say, I’d been eagerly awaiting their verdict, but when it dropped last week, I was stunned.

Not only – according to these anonymous posters – is Colony not the best in town, it doesn’t even break the top ten. There must be some mistake. An error in the math. A judge with anemic taste buds.

Something is off.

Granted, their review isn’t all that bad, they did actually like the pizza. And yeah, the place is a dive. Yeah, service is not their selling point. Yeah, every time I eat a hot-oil pie, I wake up at 5 a.m. with raging heart-burn.

I’ll be the first to admit, Colony is not my absolute favorite pizzeria in the country. But we are talking Stamford here and for their top pick thus far, Remo’s Brick Oven Pizza*, to be rated the highest in Stamford seems odd.

I guess what I’m saying is, this really must be put into greater context.

Colony serves a highly unique pie and there is something to be said for that. Remo’s, on the other hand, is fine except it portrays itself at New Haven-style pizza and if you are going to make that claim and be within 40 miles of Wooster Square, your pie better be spectacular. Remo’s pizza is very good, but it rates nowhere near its New Haven brethren. [The same could be said about a lot of other places in town that serve up a New York style pie]

Whatever the outcome, I appreciate a healthy Stamford pizza debate. Keep it up guys.

–CP

POST SCRIPT: The LBC on Colony [10/16/2008]

*I’m basing this off of the numerical value given to the pie itself, ignoring the other scores.

Chris Preovolos