One bite: everybody knows the rules

Kyler Vernon, Writer ; Photographer

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Rules: Within the series of food reviews we travel the Central Coast hitting up the best sushi and pizza spots. We take one bite of our meal and score it one to ten. The price score is based on ‘cheaper the better’ no exceptions. Availability is scored on a 2 mpg car ride from high school to restaurant.

Willow Market, a place that took years to come to fruition, has finally emerged as a contender in the specialty pizza game. The market/restaurant is a local hangout for Black Lake retirees. This restaurant is conveniently located on the north west side of town on the corner of Willow and Pomeroy.

Inside is a large wine and beer bar stocked with thirsty locals who just finished work or a round of golf. It’s a space plastered with large TV broadcasting the most recent golf tournament. Let’s cut to the chase, the pizza is out of bounds when it comes to taste and quality. Plus truth is pizza die hards make exceptions to unappealing things like atmosphere.

The specialty pizzas are also one to think about, therefore here is the specialty pizza menu.

The Grinder: Red Sauce, Red Onion, Pepperoni, Salami, Mozzarella

Spicy Hawaiian: Red Sauce, House Canadian Bacon & Bacon, Pineapple, Red Onion, Jalapeños, Mozzarella

ABC: Garlic Cream Sauce, Artichokes, House Bacon, Chicken, Mozzarella

Bacon & Blue: Olive Oil, Our Bacon, Roasted Apples, Caramelized Onions, Spinach, Blue Cheese & Mozzarella

Chorizo: Chipotle Cream, House Chorizo, Red Onion, Tomato, Avocado, Jack-Mozzarella Blend

Now that you are all sufficiently hungry, here is how the food stacks up. The 12 inch pie came to the table a little tardy to the party, but it was certainly hot and fresh. One bite, straight goodness. A classic thinner crust pizza with loads of powerful flavor. Sadly it’s priced high for students.

Willow seems to be proud in the quality of their pizzas. Scores:
Taste 9.2
Availability 7.2
Price is 4.8