Square One Pizza – BBQ Chicken
Square One Pizza
5789 Alton Pkwy · Irvine, CA 92618
The amount of pizza shops out there is almost without number. Today’s ultra-competitive pizza world is a boon for consumers looking for a tasty pie without breaking the bank. There are the ever popular Pizza Huts and Dominos, internationally recognized chains that win the greatest market share by pumping out popular pan pizzas promptly and consistently, delivered straight to your doorstep. Then there are the Blaze Pizza and PizzaRev – trendy, brick n mortar, fast-casual, regional places featuring customizable pizzas quickly fired up and finished in minutes. A local, small business pizza place, Square One Pizza fits in with the latter category, looking to fight for a share of the market, one pizza at a time.
As you may have guessed, Square One Pizza dishes out four-sided, artisan pizza pies, featuring a flat, super-thin crust. Made-to-order and employing fresh, local ingredients are the keys at this local, family owned establishment.
Their BBQ Chicken Pizza comes topped with chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, finely diced red onions, meaty strips of BBQ chicken breast, roughly diced Applewood bacon, a sprinkling of chopped green onions, and a blend of mozzarella and provolone cheese. Extra barbecue sauce dances back and forth on the surface.
When it comes to these types of pizzas, there is generally a tale of two experiences as the ultra-thin crust yields quite distinct textures – crisp, delicate ends and a chewy center. The crust edges are so brittle like a cracker and crunchy like a tortilla chip, while the middle part is gummy and squishy like a saturated piece of bread. Cheese is all melty and crisp towards the edges as well.
Instead of a doughy, bread-dominated pizza commonly found in commercial pan pizzas, the thin nature of the crust here allows the toppings to really shine and come to the forefront, much the same way the combination of meat, cheese and vegetables tastes atop chips in a plate of nachos. The toppings are not evenly distributed – some bites are dominated by the smoky saltiness of the pork; others are juiced up by the succulence of the poultry chunks. Some ingredients accrue in a spot, producing a veggie mouthful at times. The cheese tends to accumulate in the middle, building a thick, sizable layer of stringy, bubbly dairy. Probably the best piece to save for last!
The chopped tomatoes bring a vibrant acidity to the pizza. As opposed to a usually overwhelming tomato sauce that shrouds every bite, the fresh tomatoes stand on par equally with the other natural veggies. The squeeze bottle zig zag of barbecue sauce finishing the pizza infuses the squares with tanginess that binds greatly enhances the pizza. Not too sweet like other types of barbecue, it plays the integral role that any sauce does in a dish, bringing together the various elements.
Overall, the BBQ Chicken pizza is a good pizza. At 11.50 for a 10” square, it is a bit pricey considering the extent of protein. But the freshness and quality of ingredients makes up for that in a big way. Plus, it is always great to support the local family businesses in the area.