So after a great run with the Ultimate KC BBQ Tournament I thought I’d focus a few articles over the next month on my equally favorite food topic of pizza. I honestly could eat pizza for a week straight and not mind. While pizza really isn’t an American invention like BBQ we definitely have improved and expanded upon the original invention. So let’s head to the mattresses with our new Kansas City Pizza Wars shootouts.
Recently I made a visit to both Pizza Bella at 4000 Indian Creek Parkway and d’Bronx at 7070 W 105th both in Overland Park, KS. Both have something to offer the pizza connoisseur. Both focus in on a thin crusted pizza served fresh. Pizza Bella is definitely more of trendy upscale pizzeria while d’Bronx is more of your old school deli and pizzeria. Both have good pizza although if you’re just looking for a slice or two then d’Bronx will be your choice as Pizza Bella is focused on the whole pie solution.
If your after your standard Americanized pizza then you will also want to stick with d’Bronx, but if you’re wanting to expand your pizza horizons and try something new and different then you’ll need to head trendy with Pizza Bella. When it comes to Calzones your only choice between the two is d’Bronx. Calzones aren’t on the Pizza Bella menu. Same goes for sub sandwiches. When it comes to salads this carnivore usually passes on them for the main dish but both have salad options although only d’Bronx carries it both as a small side option and entrée.
If you’re headed to d’Bronx I’d recommend a slice or a calzone. On my visit the 3 meat calzone I ordered was awesome. I’m also a fan of the small d’Bronx pasta salad served with rigatoni. If you’re going to Pizza Bella, I’d recommend the sausage pizza, but felt the margherita pizza lacking, one dollop of mozzarella on a margherita pie is not sufficient for this pizza adict. When at Pizza Bella make sure you save room for desert and do yourself a favor and order the Tiramisu, which is served in a little different style than most tiramisu. The gelato is average but the Pizza Bella tiramisu is one of my new dessert favorites in town. I put the kibosh on that dish, my apologies to the silverware. Honestly it is worth a visit just for the tiramisu.
When it comes to service Pizza Bella definitely won out on my visits. d’Bronx should require their staff to smile, this ain’t Brooklyn. I feel both places serve good but not great pizza and should definitely be in your lunch rotation if you’re near one. I tend to stick with more traditional places and feel there is more value for your lunch dollar at d’Bronx, so if I could only go back to one of the two I’d choose d’Bronx again, but don’t worry Pizza Bella I’ll be back for that tiramisu.