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Foodsnobs: Pizza dive proves its worth
Overall rating: 3 out of 5
TJ’s Pizza, Wings & Things may look like a total dive, but that only adds to its charm. It has a humble exterior with nothing but smiling faces and tasty food behind its doors.
Though small, with no tables or chairs inside, the restaurant has an open layout. The kitchen is well-kept, as it’s not hidden behind closed doors. The staff treats guests as if they are friends and everyone can see their pizzas being made.
Taken from one of the clerks’ advice on a vegetarian pizza, the Tomato & Goat Cheese Pesto 8” pizza was an excellent choice, with TJ’s specialty basil pesto sauce, roma tomatoes, chevre goat cheese and topped with homemade fresh salsa on a thin crust.
It was their smallest pizza, a perfect size for one person, and was only $5.51 after getting the 15 percent off discount with a UNT student ID.
The most apparent flavors were the tomatoes and goat cheese, which is an unusual ingredient for pizza, but complimented the other flavors and was an appreciated, specialized touch. Having chosen the thin crust over the option to get their original dough crust, the crispiness alongside the fresh ingredients as opposed to a softer dough texture was welcomed.
The eight-piece garlic Parmesan chicken wings, with a water bottle and student discount, were $8.55. The wings tasted like the Italian dish, chicken parmigiana, only with the skin intact while keeping the crispy exterior and the juicy inside.
Look past its sketchy scene when heading out for pizza, as it’s worth the adventure to get premium quality pizza and wings.