Free pizza! For us….

Working in a big office like I do, and sitting right next to the lunch room, I feel like I am always getting hungry.

People warming up their food, popcorn, or organizing pot lucks in the next department over, bring so many smells that even if I just ate, I could snack a little on popcorn, or grab a hot dog from the pot luck if it’s offered me.

No it’s not good for any diet, but luckily I don’t believe in them. I believe in moderation, so I try to just eat small meals and snacks a few times throughout the day and use water to hold me over between meals.

Today, though, really tested my strength. First, because of a department meeting, we were being treated to lunch. But at the same time, a ‘roast’ pot luck was being held in the department next door as a ‘going awa’ for someone.

So while I waited until lunch time for the free pizza, (can’t pass that up!), the smell of hot dogs ‘roasting’ on a grill roller wafted through our section of the news room hours before our pizza would arrive.

Oh, but when it did – mm mm mm mm. It was worth it. I love pizza, but I can be picky at times. I don’t like really thick greasy crust, despise black olives, so over pepperoni, and absolutely love mushrooms!

I am more partial to the little family-owned pizza houses than the ‘fast-food’ type, but if they meet the above standards, they’ll do as well.

Rio’s pizza in Montebello is one of those family-owned places that I grew up with and is my absolute favorite pizza. Freshly made pizzas, no skimping on toppings and a good price, especially on Sundays.

But today, I must say I found a close second to Rio’s – Michelangelo’s Pizza in Covina.

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Thanks to a fellow reporter recommending this local eatery to our editor, we were treated to a fresh, warm, soft, cheesy pizza.

We had a cheese, a pepperoni, a sausage and a vegetarian pizza. Something for everyone.

I had the sausage and vegetarian pizzas, despite the vegetarian having black olives I had to pick off.

I have to start with the crust. It wasn’t a thin crust that’s for sure, but it was more airy than greasy. I usually don’t care to eat the leftover crust end, but i couldn’t help myself because it was just that tasty.

The sauce and cheese were just enough to cover each slice well and perfectly seasoned, not bland and not too much. The sausage was not too salty either, too much salt just kills every other flavor.

The vegetarian had the usual suspects – mushroom (yay!), green bell pepper, onion, black olives (yuck!) – but it also had slices of tomato that I thought were perfect, they weren’t soggy and added more flavor. There was plenty of mushroom, too, that more than made up for the black olives.

I am curious to see what the rest of their menu offerings taste like.

Michelangelo’s has two locations – on Citrus in Covina and Arrow Hwy. in San Dimas – and offer sandwiches, salad and pasta as well as pizzas, of course.

You can order online as well as by phone.