In Indianapolis, the competition for the title “City’s Best Pizza” is fierce. On one hand, you have Bazbeaux Pizza known for its hip atmosphere and gourmet grub. On the other hand and on the other side of town, you have Jockamo’s, the brainchild of the former head chef of Bazbeaux. Jockomo’s menu mirrors its counterpart’s in many ways, boasting similar combinations of fresh ingredients. But does the new-er kid on the block stand a chance against the 25 year-old pizza empire that is Bazbeaux?
I say, though Jockamo’s certainly gives it a valiant effort, Bazbeaux has it beat. Bazbeaux was established in 1986 in Indianapolis’s trendy, north side neighborhood known as Broad Ripple. The former household of the local gravedigger, this location certainly has a lot of character and tends to attract a fairly hip, young crowd, looking to have a slice with friends while enjoying the beautiful view of the canal from the patio. In 1989, a second Bazbeaux opened downtown on Massachusetts Avenue, an area known for its unique shops and cultural hotspots. The hip yet rustic, trendy yet relaxing atmosphere is one of the best places in town to enjoy a local beer brewed at Sun King, Oaken Barrel or Flat 12, all local breweries. In 2006, Bazbeaux opened its third and final restaurant in Carmel, an upscale residential area north of the city.
Though you can expect to pay more, in some cases much more, than you would at your local Domino’s (pizzas range from $10-$25 depending on size and toppings), the investment is well worth the extra dough. Bazbeaux’s crust is thin and its sauce is sweet. My favorite pizza is the Senza Formaggio: eggplant, fresh basil, grilled onion, extra sauce and no cheese proves to be extremely flavorful and filling.