After enduring a long Sunday listening to wind gusts of over 70 mph from the remains of Hurricane Ike trying to tear the house apart — no damage here, but a large oak tree came down at the front of our subdivision (see photos here) — Lynda and I decided we wanted pizza. Lynda had been fighting a very bad cold since the middle of the previous week, so it was up to me to go out in search of victuals. Fortunately, Tony BoomBozz opened their newest eatery in the Tyler Center barely half a mile away. Unfortunately, the winds had knocked power out to 237,000 customers in Jefferson County, so most of the restaurants in the East End were closed and a huge number of residents had no power to cook dinner, so BoomBozz was swamped.
Even though there was an hour wait for tables, I was able to get in the door and place my order, and while I was waiting, I spent my time observing how the restaurant was handling the situation. The staff was certainly far more rushed — for obvious reasons — than I have usually seen them, but they were getting orders taken, serving them and moving parties in and out of the restaurant with a smooth efficiency that I was thinking at the time was akin to a breakneck ballet. Interesting to watch in my detachment, but I knew I wouldn’t want to be involved with it. A few minutes after I had placed my order though, I heard the staff discussing the fact that they would have to stop taking carry-out orders, so I was very lucky in that regard. For all that, I still had our custom ordered — yes, they got it right — pizza in my hands in 25 minutes and headed home to share with Lynda.
Still, I couldn’t help but wonder: did they make it through the night without running out of food?
Our order for the evening was a Half & Half pizza on thin crust with a Basil Pesto sauce and double Italian Sausage on Lynda’s half and Pepperonis and Kalamata Olives on my half. We normally order a similar pizza when we dine in at BoomBozz, but Lynda nixed the Garlic Cream sauce as she didn’t want it overpowering the sausage, but I don’t know why she dropped her usual Mushrooms on her half. As it was, she said the sauce was too strong for her taste, but I found it interesting and may try it again on one of their Personal Size pizzas in the future.
BoomBozz serves probably one of the best pizzas in Louisville, with its stiffest competition probably coming from Impellizzeri’s on Bardstown Road, but they serve a more tradition style pie, whereas BoomBozz’s specialty is what is now more commonly called a California Pizza and they have won numerous awards, including a Best of Louisville with their gourmet pies.
Our local BoomBozz here in Jeffersontown is a smallish restaurant in the back strip of stores in the Tyler Center. It has a glass in steel-frame façade and vestibule that leads you to a hosting counter that is backed by a small bar. The dining area to the left is lined on three walls with booths surrounding a moderately crowded collection of tables. The place is a bit of a sports bar, so there are the obligatory HiDef monitors scattered high up on the walls. Now, I really don’t much care the sports bar feel in the place and the high noise level that impedes casual conversation, but some people like that sort of thing and I only endure it if the food is of the highest caliber.
The first pizza we got when they first opened the store here in Jeffersontown was one of their Neapolitan Pizzas called the Piera. There Neapolitan Pizzas only come as a medium pizza on Italian-style crust — hence, the Neapolitan moniker — and the Piera comes with Kalamata Olives, Garlic, Fresh Mozzarella, Asiago and Romano cheeses with Pomodoro Sauce and Fresh Basil. It was quite delicious and filling for $9.99. We also had a couple of Field Green Salads for $2.99 ($5.99 for meal-sized, but the entrée side one is fairly large) that consisted of mixed field greens with tomatoes, red onions, mozzarella cheese and a very flavorful Balsamic Vinaigrette. One can also get a Caesar Salad with an entrée for $2.99. On subsequent visits, we usually get a variation of our carry-out order discussed above along with a salad.
We have also on occasion ordered some of their sandwiches. They serve a variety of Panino Sandwiches which are served on what they call Italian Flat Bread — though I think it is really small rounds of their pizza crust (and Lynda doesn’t care much for it) — and grilling them in a panini press and served with a side of kettle potato chips for $6.99. I always get the Meatball Parm, which in my opinion is the best meatball sandwich in town; it has sliced meatballs on it, with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and roasted garlic aioli and after it comes out of the panini press, it is dusted with grated parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of fresh herbs. Lynda has had Tony’s Muffuletta, a sandwich I associate with New Orleans that has prosciutto, smoked ham, pepperoni and layered with asiago and mozzarella cheeses and topped with an olive tapenade, but she says that though it was good she has had better elsewhere. She has also tried the Metro Steak & Cheese (a Philly cheesesteak sandwich without the Cheese Whiz), but wasn’t impressed with it. Personally, I think ditching the hoagie bun for flatbread and grilling in a panini press is sacrilege for a Philly, but I have not yet tried BoomBozz take on it, so I won’t judge them on it.
In the future, we will have to try some of BoomBozz’s signature Famous Creations artisan pizzas. These are the gourmet California-style pizzas that have garnered all those awards for them. They are available on traditional, thin or for a dollar more, wheat crusts for $15.99 (medium) or $18.99 (large). As for myself, I am leaning toward their Pesto Roma pie, which has Pesto sauce with Romano, Feta, Asiago and Mozzarella cheeses and topped with Roma Tomatoes. It will probably be pretty stout tasting, but that then I like that in a pizza.
For the pizza, BoomBozz is hard to beat, not just in Louisville, but possibly anywhere. They certainly beat that pretentious purveyor of California pizza up at Oxmoor Mall in the taste department, and it has been years since I have dined at CPK, so I don’t know what their prices are like, but BoomBozz is probably a better value.
9 out of 10 stars.Tyler Center
12613 Taylorsville Road