In a word: Far out, man.
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JM and Nichole ate the Papino's special (sausage, ham, bacon, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, oregano) on hand-tossed crust.
The bill was $28, or $14/person, plus tip.
JM gave Papino's a B+; Nichole gave Papino's a B (see our grading rubric).
First of all, Windsor is a good distance from the city. Our trip to Papino's felt like a series of jokes being played on us city slickers by our GPS. On the way home, we discovered it had indeed gotten us a couple of times. If getting to Papino's has the feel of a snipe hunt, the good news is that their pizza is solid. And their connections to other esteemed northside eateries - Pat O'Malley's Jet Room and Café la Bellitalia, specifically - only add to the charm.
Papino's Northwoodsy dining room was a little crowded, and was also doing a brisk carry-out trade. It was a Saturday night, after all. In addition to the pizza, pasta and sandwiches were on offer. We were in a touch of a hurry and decided to split a Papino's special, which came to our table reasonably quickly. The staff, it should be said, was very warm and high energy, and were very accommodating to our request for a box right after the pizza arrived. The 'za was in the standard American pizza family - very crowd-pleasing, which explains the crowd. The only variation we saw from standard pizza fare was a Nutella pizza that we'd have gotten had we had enough time.
Every small town needs its own pizzeria. JM grew up with Jocko's on Hwy 10 in Osseo - which he recalls for Hogan's Alley, and their sponsorship of his dad's softball team, as often as he remembers it for the pizza. If this is Windsor's hometown pizzeria, then Windsor is doing fine. And if you feel like getting lost in northern Dane County and you'd like to know a decent slice lies at the end of the road but you can't let go, Papino's is a natural.