Tuesday, May 18, 2010
It would be easy to say upon walking into Conans that it's all about the decor. There's wood paneling everywhere, an arcade of sorts, and tons of pictures on the walls of beast warriors (both the warriors riding on beasts and the warriors that are beast variety), scantily clad women (whose clothes surely must have been ripped during an epic rescue by previously mentioned beastly warriors), and battles between ax and sword wielding muscle-men.
You would be wrong if you said it was about the decor, because the pizza is fantastic. They say they make "a unique Chicago-style deep pan pizza" and it's true. We decided to go for "The Savage", which is essentially everything on a pizza. When I say everything, I mean it; Sausage, Hamburger, Pepperoni, Black Olives, Mushrooms, Green Peppers, Onions, Jalapenos, and Anchovies. The counter dude asked us if we wanted the jalapenos and anchovies on it (they're listed on the menu as part of the specialty though mysteriously the online menu lists them as optional) and we were almost insulted at the thought of taking them off. Taking off the jalapenos and anchovies would be like taking one of those muscle-man warriors, confiscating his ax and cutting his hair; he'd just be another pretty but dumb dude, in other words, not savage. Apparently it's the hobby of many Austinite to neuter warrior pizzas because Counter-Dude said almost everyone does.
Speaking of the pizza, it was pretty damn awesome. The crust was thick enough and sturdy enough to eat the pizza without a fork but wasn't as bready as I've found some pan pizzas to be (this is a good thing). The toppings were abundant and delicious. The advantage of The Savage is that just when you've taken two or three bites full of olives and sausage and mushroom you'll get a jalapeno or a salty bite of anchovy. It was so good that there was nothing left.