Chris’s Review: The first thing that you notice when looking at the Marco’s garden pizza is that those tomatoes are sliced really pretty. Then you notice that the crust is extremely wide, with the toppings hunkering close to the center of the pizza. You really can't discuss the Marco’s pizza without discussion about that crust.
While removing a slice, the bottom side of the crust has an overwhelmingly generous amount of cornmeal providing a lot of grit. The crust is very wide—and super bland! This crust cries out for a garlic dipping sauce or a small dish of marinara to turn it into breadsticks. As breadsticks, the crust isn’t so bad, but overall on the pizza, it’s just way too chewy, all the way from the edge through the center. When I say chewy, it’s not because it’s uncooked, but rather that it's like a big fluffy pillow on top of which they have placed the toppings.
The “original” sauce tasted very good, and I really liked the “signature three cheeses” which Internet research indicates may be mozzarella, Parmesan and Romano. It doesn’t taste like three distinct cheese flavors since they all harmonize rather well and make a good pizza cheese choice.
The sliced tomatoes are attractive and taste good, along with the black olives, mushrooms and onions. But the real star of the Garden pizza is the feta. The tiny pieces of feta cheese dropped lovingly over the other pizza toppings and browned ever so slightly. The feta gives this pizza the fabulous taste that caused it to outshine the competition.
Overall, the pizza was very good, although I’d still like to see the toppings spread just a little big farther toward the edge of the crust. The crust was bland, but it does look like they offer several dipping options: a pizza sauce dipping cup, ranch dipping sauce, tangy BBQ dipping cup, garlic butter dipping cup, blue cheese dipping cup and a hot sauce dipping cup. So maybe that’s why the crust is that way: to drive sales of their dipping cups. Next time I will go prepared so that I can cherish those crusts and give them the dipping that they deserve.
The cost of this pizza fell between the one from Grammas and the one from LaRosa’s, and seemed about the going price for a specialty pizza at $14.99. There was a $4-off one-time use coupon on their website that I was able to apply, so this one actually cost the least for me to bring home for our tasting night. I’d probably rank this #1 overall out of the 3 pizzas we tried.