As a kid growing up, pizza was something that you got as take out from some national chain kind of joint. It wasn’t something that people went and sat down and enjoyed as a meal. Maybe a buffet but even that was a stretch. I think maybe it’s a southern thing for pizza to be seen as strictly a takeout thing because up north there are non-chain pizza joints on every corner that have been owned by families for generations and are seen community hubs of activity.
Down here, it was pretty much a grab an go affair, and it’s only been in the last few years that I can remember noticing places that were real actual sit down restaurants. One such restaurant that I had heard of is Damgoode Pies. There are a few locations in Little Rock and one in Fayetteville, so it’s not a chain the Domino’s sense of the word. It’s the kind of place that looks a little sketchy on the outside to be honest. From outside appearances honestly it has kind of a dive sort of feeling. Inside is slightly better.
Now aside from being funky and ultra casual, this place has a very friendly atmosphere. It’s the kind of place where you see young hipsters eating in one booth, and older men with pitchers of beer enjoying a baseball game in the next. It’s very casual and laid back overall, but better than the ambiance………………….is the pizza. I like pizza in general, but I LOVE pizza from Damgoode pies. They have a variety of toppings, crusts, sauces, and cheeses that can either be made into your own combination, or you can have one of their delicious pizzas of their own creation. My personal favorite is “The Hog” which is a creation of pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and canadian bacon. We order it stuffy style, which means they put down a crust, add your toppings, add a top crust, bake it and then when it comes out of the oven they top it with your sauce. This is genius because the pizza doesn’t get soggy in the least because rather than inside the dough, the sauce is on top. I have been here a few times now, and I can’t get past this pizza. Everyone I talk to says that every pizza they try is delicious, and one day I will get past The Hog and move on, but it’s just SO GOOD I can’t! One thing I have tried are the cheese bread sticks which are garlicky and delicious, and when dipped in ranch dressing are nothing short of heavenly.
Check out their website at www.damgoodepies.com and if you are in Little Rock or Fayetteville, stop in and taste the deliciousness.