By The Campus Hobos
In what turned out to be one of the best partnerships in investigative journalism/pizza reviewing in Cadre history, Famous Peppers came to the Campus Hobos’ rescue on Thursday with some complimentary pizzas.
The Hobos, hungry and sleepy after a week on campus, are forever grateful.
Famous Peppers has been the King of gourmet pizza in Charlottetown since they moved into Kent St. roughly a year ago. Peppers offers around 15 signature pizzas on their menu, and also come up with ridiculous(ly delicious) “Pizza of the Moment” creations. Their creativity, combined with the use of local ingredients and a high standard of quality has rocketed them to the top of Charlottetown’s diverse pizza scene.
Last night, Peppers sent the Campus Hobos six half-pizzas, as seen in the pictures, and we reviewed the shit out of them. Enjoy, we did.
The Cardigan (left-hand side of image)
This pizza is the standard bearer of Famous Peppers’ pizzas. It is essentially a deluxe deluxe pizza. It has more veggies and meats than your standard pizza of this variety, but it won’t get old fast. Hobo Bob says he would “be able to eat [The Cardigan] for a month without getting sick of it”.
Hobo Rating: 8 Tires Fires out of 10.
The Doctor (right-hand side of image)
Similar to the Cardigan, The Doctor is a deluxe veggie pizza. It’s colourful as all hell, has gratuitous cheeses (feta, mozzarella, parmesan sprinkles) and fresh veggies (tomatos, olives, onions, peppers, mushrooms), and gives the illusion of being healthy. Hobo josh, who had this as his sixth slice, claimed it “breathed life back into him”.
Hobo Rating: 8 Roasted Pigeon Wings out of 10.
The Pathfinder (bottom half of image)
The pathfinder is kind of a spicy variant of a standard meat pizza. It has sausage, pepperoni, green peppers, and most importantly a bunch of feta cheese. The feta often finds itself marinating within the fine contours of the curled up pepperoni slices. This leaves a curious effect; each feta chunk becomes dyed orange by the succulent orange grease that we’ve all come to know and love when it comes to pepperoni pizza.
Hobo Rating: 8.5 Bindle Sticks out of 10.
The Hero (right-hand side of image)
The Hero is arguably the most unique pizza currently sold in PEI. It has ham, a spicy mustard sauce, onions, and big long chunks of dill pickle. Most of the hobos related it to home-cooked ham and mustard pickles dinners, but with a tangy twist. The Hobos were amenable to consuming this Easter dinnerish pizza; however, those who aren’t fans of pickles won’t be able to fully enjoy the distinct flavours of the pizza. It might not find its place as a pizza staple, but if you’re feeling adventurous it is absolutely worth of your time.
Hobo Rating: 9.5 Boxcars out of 10 on the first try (though that score declines slightly with every additional slice)
The Maple Chicken (bottom right side of image)
Another unique pizza, this one had a delicious maple cream base and was garnished with spinach, red onion, grilled chicken, and bacon. The spinach was a nice touch, adding the appearance and texture of the pizza. The chicken was cooked to perfection, but the big story is the sauce. Rather than a tomato-based sauce, this pizza was made with creamy maple base, giving the whole thing a predominantly sweet taste. Like the hero, it’s very different and refreshing, but some hobos found the sauce somewhat overpowering.
Hobo Rating: 8.75 Fingerless Gloves out of 10.
The Spud Islander (right-hand side of image)
Also one of Famous Peppers’ signature pizzas, the Spud Islander is a sweet/savoury pizza with sliced potatoes, crispy onion ringlets and a sprinkling of crispy bacon. This is the unique pizza that could be eaten week after week. It’s just so damn good. The onions add flavour and the potatoes’ texture is perfect. This one takes the hobo cake.
Hobo Rating: 9.5 Sharp-Ass Hobo Knives out of 10.
Famous Peppers is in the running for the Pizza Hall of Fame “Best Private Pizzaria” award. They get $10,000 worth of chesse if they win. You can vote for them online at pizzahalloffame.ca. If they win they will give three of the people who voted free pizza for a year! Voting opens October 22nd.