Tuesday, April 13, 2010
After last week’s look at Pizza Land in Caledonia, today we’ll head just a few doors down the street and stop in at Caledonia’s other pizza place, Daffies.
As I did at Pizza Land, I got a slice at midday. It had a medium thick crust, with a thick, rigid edge, making it not easily foldable. The screen-baked underside was a medium brown, fairly dry, and firm but not particularly crisp.
I couldn’t help comparing (or is it contrasting?) this with Pizza Land. It was definitely not as saucy, and had a more pronounced, tangier cheese flavor than my Pizza Land slice. The pepperoni was of the cup & char variety, and was spicier than Pizza Land’s. All in all, this slice had a more assertive flavor than the Pizza Land slice, but less sauce, and a thicker crust.
The edge was thick, had a slightly floury surface, and some decent breadiness. It had a chewy texture.
I don’t know what it is with these places in Caledonia, but like Pizza Land, Daffies didn’t have any to-go menus when I stopped in. The menu is mostly of the basic pizza/wings/subs variety, though as you can see in the exterior photo, they also serve tacos, pasta, and wraps, and fresh deli meat as well. There is some seating, and the atmosphere is strictly deli/pizza-joint.
Between Daffies and Pizza Land, I might go for the latter, just because I’m more generally partial to thin crusts, but trying to be objective, I’d rate them about equally. They’re different from each other, and each one is OK, if not exceptional, in its own right. If you like a saucy slice that’s easy to slide down the gullet, go for Pizza Land. If you like a cheesier slice with more of a crust presence, Daffies is the right call. I’m calling this a draw, then, and giving Daffies, like Pizza Land, a B-.
Daffies Pizza, 3178 State Street, Caledonia 538-4360
Mon. - Thu. 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.