It's been a while since I've checked in with a review so I figured try a spot I've never had before. So here we go with Dillon's Pizza.
A couple of things I don't like about this joint from the get go is the fact that there is no dining room with carry out or drive thru only. The upside is you can order from the bar next door and eat in there. The Somewhere Else Lounge...nice place. Secondly, Dillon's is a cash only establishment. No checks, no plastic. Very inconvenient. The customers don't seem to mind much as this place does a good business.
Where they're located:
500 N. Dirksen Parkway
The Pizza: Half cheese/half bacon & shroom
The Crust: Thin
The Dish: One of the cleaner restaurants around the area with an extremely friendly staff, Dillon's is a no frills joint with a counter and a small waiting area. Very accommodating ordering process and up front prices with the tax built in for an even payment amount which is a plus since it is cash and carry.
How'd it eat: Right from the start let's just say that this pizza was absolutely PACKED with toppings. Since this was a half/half pie with one half just sporting cheese topping (for my 6 year old) this is really like two different pizzas. I must admit I was secretly looking for a little provel or other creamy cheese to go with the oodles of mozzarella on the cheese side. Well... not so fast. I did enjoy the mozzi because it did have a nice flavor, I just felt like something was missing. It may have been the lack of cheese mixture or maybe it was the fact that there was very little seasoning on the cheese side. The bacon and mushroom half was much more impressive. The hot, delicious, crispy bacon was everywhere and there plenty of firm mushrooms in both short and long cuts. The mozzi was just as tasty and well spread out on this half as it was on the other half and there was a slight flavor of sweet basil.
The sauce was a major disappointment though... mainly because I could barely taste any or see any. Come on Dillon's! Don't skimp on the sauce. That is a quarter of any pizza, and you just can't get away with going that light on the sauce. Period.
The crust on the other hand is probably the best aspect of this pizza. Crisp, crunchy with perfect "doneness". Although I like my crust a little thinner I don't really have anything critical to say about the Dillon's foundation. Just as stiff in the center as it is on the edges with no burn. Crusty yummy!
Let's face it, Dillon's makes a nice, traditional pie. Better than average in the Springfield area and a place that definitely has a niche on the northside pizza scene. I'll certainly recommend Dillon's because overall it is a nice pizza. Ask for extra sauce.
SPP Rating 7.4