In a word: The flip side of Rossario's.
JM ate the pineapple and Canadian bacon half of a ten-inch thin crust pizza.
Nichole ate the anchovy and red onion half.
The bill was $10, or $5/person, plus tip.
JM gave Rossi's an A-; Nichole gave Rossi's an A (see our grading rubric).
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If Rossario's is a stuffy captain's mess, Rossi's is a party in steerage. Practically a hole in the wall of its predecessor's basement, and run by the same good folks, Rossi's makes the best thin-crust American-style pizza we've had yet in Madison.
We decided to pick up a small pizza to go and placed our order at Rossi's before we went upstairs to dinner. The spirit of do-what-you-love permeates the place, from the tchotchkes - including a vintage Brewers bleacher pad and a red plastic View-Master - to the Blues Brothers soundtrack on the record player to the eclectic menu and fortune cookies (!).
What started as our cheater-headed move to save some time ended up saving the day. Our ten-inch pizza, which we intended to sample but save for breakfast, was half gone before we got home. Remember, this was mere moments after getting up from a complete Italian dinner (though we did pack a to-go box), which speaks volumes to the appetite-inducing qualities of this pizza, especially the olfactory sensations it gives off.
Granted, we got the pizza mere moments after it emerged from the oven. Yet there's no denying that the crust was super, the sauce was thick and rich, the cheese was smoky and stretchy, the toppings had been chosen and assembled with care, and a sprinkle of dried parsley showed the love, all of which would be true even of a delivered pie. Do yourself a favor sometime and order in person. If you get anchovies, Ross might even wink at you.