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Papa Jimmy's Pizzeria

In a word: Fatherly without being paternalistic.

The specs: #01004   
224 W. Cottage Grove Rd., Cottage Grove 53527
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JM and Nichole ate the 12" Hawaiian with BBQ on hand tossed crust, a side salad, and one soda.
The bill was $25, or $12ish/person, plus tip.
JM gave Papa Jimmy's Pizzeria a B; Nichole gave Papa Jimmy's Pizzeria a B+ (see our grading rubric).

Every little town needs its own pizzeria, and while Sun Prairie seems to have nailed down the best ones east of Madison's downtown, Papa Jimmy's in Cottage Grove is completely satisfactory. They even have a pizza drive-thru for pick-up orders, and it is nice to buy local rather than going down the street to Pizza Hut.

Our Hawaiian pizza was about average with an above-average crust. That said, Hawaiian pizza can always be quite wet, given how both Canadian bacon and pineapple are stored before use, and this pie was juicy.  Adding tomatoes to this did not make things any better. At least the cheese had some crispiness to its char, which was perfectly done.


Nichole had a run at the salad bar, which is one of those things that one either finds necessary or silly. She was in the mood for an iceberg salad with Italian dressing on a glass plate, and that's just what the buffet offered.


It would be nice to say that this pizza is worth a special trip, but we've been to Cottage Grove a lot lately and we've found some even larger diamonds in the rough, which, when coupled with Sun Prairie's pizza dominance makes a return to trip to Papa Jimmy's unlikely. But keep in mind, it was a good slice of pizza and one can do much worse.


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