Take the Milwaukee challenge: Calderone Club vs. Zaffiro's thin crust pizza
Pick: Calderone Club
For me, Calderone is the top choice. I enjoyed Zaffiro's "everything but fish" pie about the same as the Calderone special, which is to say not much. I'd never choose either because I don't like a ton of ingredients to mask the flavor of a good pizza. But I enjoyed the Margherita at Calderone much more than the plain cheese pie at Zaffiro's.
Partially because Calderone's fresh mozzarella, basil and sauce pizza -- augmented in this case with some prosciutto di Parma -- was great (and cut like a pie, which to a New York native like me is the proper method for American pizza). But also because the Zaffiro's version was so thin -- not just in crust but also in toppings -- that, after finishing, I was left wondering what I'd have for lunch.
Also, when I left Calderone I didn't smell of cigarette smoke. I couldn't say the same for Zaffiro's.
Pick: Calderone Club
Every time I sit down and try to make my pick, I change my mind, so I'll just go with Calderone Club and be done with it. Thing is, I found Zaffiro's "EBF" pizza to be near perfect, except the crust was a little too thin and fragile. Meanwhile, Calderone Club's cheese pizza (in reality, a Margherita with prosciutto di Parma that owner Gino upgraded us to, even though we didn't order it), was more zesty than Zaffiro's cheesy, which was a little lacking -- but was plenty salty (a good thing in my book). Of course, this means we weren't comparing pepperonis to pepperonis, as it were.
Thus, the remaining factors came down to this: the two pizzas at Calderone Club were $10 more expensive, but we all left full. We left Zaffiro's hungry for more. And, since this is all about the crust, I liked the consistency of Calderone Club's better. Finally, even though we sat in the non-smoking section of Zaffiro's, I still smelled a little smoky when I left (though, obviously, that won't be a factor after July).
So, while that EBF was the best of the four pies, the other factors narrowly pushed Calderone over the top -- though ask me tomorrow and I might change my mind ... again. As you can see, you won't go wrong with either place.
Pick: Calderone Club
Normally, I'm a thick-crust kind of guy but I've regularly enjoyed thin-crust options from Zaffiro's and other area pizzerias. This, though, was a difficult choice for me. All the pies I sampled had various pros and cons. For example, though I enjoyed the "thicker" thin crust at Calderone Club, I found the extra-thin crust at Zaffiro's to have a little more flavor and just enough "give" when I held tightly to take a bite.
The sauce at Zaffiro's had a little bit of added zest, but I found the toppings at Calderone to be much more flavorful and evenly distributed on every slice. Again, both had their pros and cons but in the end, I had to go with Calderone Club.
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ziffiros pizza is hands down THE WORST pizza in milwaukee. I TRIED IT ONCE YEARS AGO--NEVER AGAIN. might as well be eating tomato sause on a very thin cracker. people are getting little for their money. so, even though i have not tried caldoeromne clubs pizza my vote goes to them. it can not be worse than a zoffiro's pizza.
DT | April 7, 2010 at 3:29 p.m. (report)
Calderone Special is the best pizza in Milwaukee. Even better, oddly, as left overs the next day. Hands down, the champion!
An interesting comparison but pointless to crown a king of thin crust pizza without having Marias in the mix!
About 3 weeks ago I heard a radio ad for the Calderone Club. "Calderone" instantly reminded me of a name of a place I went to back in the 70's for great pizza and fun. I found out it is still around and located on around 67th and Greenfield Avenue - in a small take-out (and delivery) only place. No sit-down restaurant, however I understand they may be opening a sit-down around 52nd and Vliet soon. The Greenfield Avenue location will stay. The name of this place with the great pizza: The Caradaro Club! I know they had a place on 35th and Oklahoma for awhile, but I admit I lost track of them after the closed. And forgot about them until I heard the Calderone Club commercial. How many remember the Caradaro Club? Probably the same people who remember The Swinging Door, Grog Shop, Interns East, Oliver's and the Stone Toad - these were the great places (that I sincerely miss) which can never be matched by anything offered nowadays. The pizza at Caradaro is still great! The same recipe. As for Zaffiro's and Calderone - I haven't tried either of them, so I have no comment on their pizza offerings.
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