Coming from Chicago to Madison, Wisconsin can cause some culinary intimidation, especially when realizing that the world-renowned pizza from the ‘Windy City’ is not readily available in ‘Madtown.’ In fact, upon coming to the city the only recognizable pizzas may be the big chains that have dotted themselves throughout the city’s landscape.
Fortunately, with only a little searching, you can discover Roman Candle Pizzeria, a neighborhood restaurant that prides itself on using fresh, natural, and for the most part local ingredients. Their thin crust, hand-tossed pizza is reminiscent of the famous pizzas in Chicago. While their dough was only slightly above average it is easily overlooked because of their rich tomato sauce and robust, but smooth house blend of three different Wisconsin cheeses. It is a bit surprising because it is not very often that a premium three-cheese blend comes standard on a pizza.
The Roman Candle also offers variety and upgrades on almost every part of their pizza. You can find a number of different sauces that range from traditional, to spicy, to inventive, or for a little extra money you can satisfy yourself with one of their “Premo” sauces. The same goes for their ingredients and cheeses as you can add anything from a long list of different toppings and specialties. Their menu goes the extra mile to provide you with information as to which ingredients and pizzas are local. It also denotes that all their sauces, crust, soup, and even most of their salad dressings are made from scratch on a daily basis. Even their appetizers are a step above the rest in assortment and quality. For instance, their take on a local favorite, the cheese breadstick, tastes less greasy and more authentic than some of the other pizzerias around the city. They also offer an extensive list of specialty pizzas that all bring their own unique flavor to the menu.
Usually all of this variety and outstanding quality comes at a price, but not at Roman Candle, which is moderately priced and delivers quality you can only dream of from the chain pizzerias. Their slogan is accurate when it claims that they do not deliver in under thirty minutes, but the extra time means extra taste. Out of their three different locations; one in Madison, one in Middleton, and one in Fitchburg they are able to offer free delivery to almost anywhere in the Madison area, which is explained in detail by their delivery map. They subsidize their price further by providing their customers with a bountiful array of great coupons in local advertisements as well as online. Not only do the coupons save you money, but Roman Candle also offers pizza-by-the-slice, which is a very cheap alternative when you do not need a whole pie.
Their outstanding quality, variety of choices, and competitive pricing makes The Roman Candle Pizzeria a little slice of Chicago right here in Madison. They are a must-try for any pizza lover and a clear-cut favorite among pizzerias in Wisconsin’s capital city.