Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza

As if there aren't enough great places to get awesome pizza in this city, we have been shown yet, another! Jockamo, tucked in the East side oasis of Irvington, proved to be well worth the trip. Not only was the atmosphere loud and crowd friendly, but you could even sit at the bar! The servers had a roller-derby girl feel...a little nostalgic and made us think of our college days. We went with quite a large group, over twenty, and they had little difficulty accommodating.

Like so many star-studded pizza joints, there was a great variety of toppings, several specialty pizzas to choose from and a decent beer selection. First order of business was to decide. Fred had to lubricate with the Barley Island Dirty Helen. Ozzy, with his odd dislike of pizza(what up with dis kid?), went with bread sticks.

They not only had the marinara and nacho cheese options, but creamy parmesan, alfredo and a wonderful hummus as well! Good sticks.

Finally, we decided on a half and half of their Pomodoro(grilled eggplant, tomato, basil, garlic, and extra sauce) and Philly Jack(Italian beef, green peppers, peppadew peppers, and pepperjack cheese).

Woah, nice pie! Not only were the stellar ingredients all that we'd hoped for, but the mega-thin crust was extremely tasty and actually stood up to the pile of generous toppings! The Italian beef had a crispy, flavorful texture and the eggplant tasted fresh. All the toppings were delicious as they should be.

These fun folks even offer brunch pizza's on the weekends! It's amazing how many mouth-pleasing pizza varieties there are in this city!

Due to the generosity of ingredient portion, don't overdo it. It's easy to order with your eyes. Both Fred and Libby's ample belly's couldn't finish the 12-inch masterpiece before us. That is surprising, believe us. Although the leftovers were pretty darned good too.

Was it the best pizza of our lives? No. But was it good enough to recommend and make a few future appearances, definitely Yes! The Slaughterhouse Five(pepperoni, ham, sausage, bacon, and Italian beef) was demanding some future FLO attention! If they were on our side of town, it would become a problem, fo sho!


Wrap Up
Price-$-$$, 12-inch cheese starts at $8.50 with additional regular toppings at $1 and specialty toppings at $1.55...definitely not dirt cheap, but a good deal for the real deal.
Atmosphere-***, Large variety of clientele, kids welcome, plenty of seating and a little bar for those who want to get away from the crowd and watch the game.
Service-***, Attentive waitress who was nice enough to split up checks with over 20 people! Gotta love that!

Fred - A-, Location is the only thing keeping me from returning on a bi-monthly basis.
Libby -A-, Really good pie. Something a little different, and doesn't skimp on quality or service.
Ozzy - B, Ate his sticks, said they were good, then spent the remainder of dinner flirting with a little 4-year old darling named, Kylie. He is such the ladies' man.

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S S said...

I LOVE this place. And I just found your blog...and LOVE it. My family is coming to visit me from KY and I'm trying to find some place different to take them. I have been here...and LOVE it. The spinach salad is amazing. I know...who goes to a pizza place to get a salad...but it's fantastic. I actually stumbled on your site because I was looking for a good soul food restaurant and saw Maxine's Chicken and Waffles. That sounds delightful. I can't wait to see where else you've been!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your positive review and comments. I wanted to let you know, though, that we don't have a garlic butter dipping sauce for our bread sticks. Also, we have a peanut butter and jelly pizza (actually served on a 6-inch pita) for those kids who have not yet developed their inevitable love of pizza. Again, thank you very much for your reveiw.
Mick McGrath
Jockamo Pizza

Fred, Libby and Ozzy said...

Thank you so much! It really was a great experience! Sorry about the garlic butter mistake...I noticed it later and hadn't gotten around to fixing it. We had only gotten the hummus and marinara. Just awesome. We'll definitely remember the pb&j pizza for next time!

Libby of FLO

Kyla said...

Hey Lib (and Fred)- aka...Frebby..

This place sounds good. Lib, we'll have to try this sometime on one of our lunch days.. They do serve at lunchtime, right? It's pretty cool the owner posted a comment here too!! Keep it coming. Love the blog.. :)