Let me just first say that I used to love coming to this restaurant. I use to come weekly, sometimes multiple times a week, either on my own, treating a friend, getting carry-out or going on a date. I was a single girl at the time and I had every guy take me here I loved it so much (let me tell you, I went on a lot of dates!) I always ordered the same thing and the staff was getting to know me and i always felt appreciated as a customer. Once when I had a problem, they over compensated to take care of that, and I appreciated it very much. That being said, I went here last Valentines Day with my now Fiancee. We made reservations for 7, which was a smart idea because the place was packed at 7:30 and people with reservations for later were left waiting at the front for quite a while. I was told that they were not allowed to go off menu for that night because of how busy it would be, but the waitress asked for permission from the manager since I was a regular. (I always order off the menu). However, the rest of the night did not go well. Usually you are allowed to have as much bread and delicious balsamic reduction as your heart desires, but this time we were only allowed one plate :( Even though we got there before the rush, we waited over an hour for our food. As a consolation we were offered a small antipasti plate, but it left a lot to be desired. It had ritz crackers on it with the cheese and olives which I found off putting because I come to this restaurant for unconventional and fresh prepared items that aren't prepackaged or laden with preservatives. When we finally did get our food, the underneath of the crust of my fiancees pizza was burnt and my steak was cooked so far over medium that it was like leather. This is not the norm for this restaurant but because it took so long to get the food, we just accepted it for fear it would take even longer to get replacements. At the end of the night we were given a card for a free pizza with purchase of another meal on a future visit, but it was something they had already planned to do for all the customers, and not something that seemed special to make up for the slow service or poor quality of the food. I haven't been back there since. Even though I have eaten there many times before without incident, this time just put me off and left a bad taste in my mouth, pun intended. I know it sounds like they just had a bad night and I am a whiner who does things like order complicated items off the menu, but I'm really not. It's just items from their kids menu as I have had bariatric surgery followed by additional weight loss from working out, and can only fit a small portion of food in my stomach - and goat cheese over steak and their 91 mac is usually to-die-for. Even though I do continue to sometimes go to their other restaurants (like Table 6) I don't know if I can muster up the courage to give them another shot. It was supposed to be a special night for me and my fiancee, and was actually our first date out since the birth of my then two-month old child, but it wasn't special at all.
I have never written a review on a restaurant til now, and that calzone I just ate was worth 10 more reviews. People who say pizza pan is the best in canton must eat out of the dumpster normally, because ianazones is miraculous. Hands down the best calzone I've ever had. I burnt my lips and the roof of my mouth to the extreme, and that tasted so good I still don't care. I doubt I'll care tomorrow. And I bet when I go back I'll burn my mouth again and not care. The garlic sauce they put on the crust is to die for, it makes other crusts taste like toilet paper. All the ingredients for that matter made every other pizza place seem like vomit. I would trade organs for this pizza.
Although I wasn't able to get through for the 23 cent pizza deal, I think it was a great way to show support for the fans with the offer. Pappa Johns hands down has the best pizza anywhere. They use the freshest ingredients. I just love the garlic butter they give you, it's really great for dipping their great crust. I've had pizzas from other places, but Pappa Johns is simply the best! I've always had the best service from Pappa Johns, and their delivery is the fastest