Jay’s Pizza in the River Market Falls Flat


The dish…on just one dish!

Let me get straight to the point—I didn’t like my slice of cheese pizza at Jay’s Pizza in the River Market food court. I won’t get fancy with an introductory paragraph or a joke or a quick back story.

I just didn’t like this pizza. I wanted to like it.

And this isn’t even about a pizza style preference. I love all kinds—thin crust, deep dish, coal-fire, etc…you name it.

Heck, even the people running the business seemed quite affable and I’ve always been a sucker for the mom and pop spots. This little order-up shop certainly qualifies as such.

This had everything to do with taste (or lack thereof). While the flavors of the blended cheeses and sauce were adequate, the thin, crispy crust was quite bland. Sadly, my dining partner and I foresaw a bleak outcome when the man slid our lukewarm slices from the oven to the counter. Our visions of a fresh, bubbly New York-style pizza quickly vanished and were replaced by a more Pizza Hut-style representation.

It got worse—a fairly small slice of cheese pizza ran $3.25. My buddy’s slice of Italian sausage hit the $3.50 mark and fared no better in the taste department.

Fortunately, citizens of Little Rock have some pretty darn good pizza options—ZAZA’s and Vino’s come to mind. Here’s hoping that Jay’s Pizza can make some adjustments and produce a better product.

  1. #1 by Stephanie on March 4, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    Bad pizza just hurts my heart, and this looks about like what my elementary school cafeteria used to serve. I’m not as big of a fan of ZAZA’s pizza as most, though I enjoy their sandwiches and gelato. The pizza toppings are so unevenly distributed that it is like a whole different pizza depending on what slice you get. That’s not cool when I’m on the opposite side of the table from the lone piece of prosciutto. I usually hit up Pizza Cafe in the Riverdale area, especially in porch weather.

  2. #2 by Jay Baxter on March 5, 2013 - 7:24 am

    Thanks for your comment.. What is it you do for a living?? I might like to judge you. Seeing this shit just gives me power!! Tell all of your followers, or I guess you already have, I suck.
    Thanks for your input! Show your face, and I’ll gladly refund your 7.00! Until then, fuck off

    • #3 by The Mighty Rib on March 5, 2013 - 8:02 am

      Currently, I am a substitute teacher here in LR. I was a 10-year high school teacher in Houston before my family moved here about 10 months ago. I will probably get back into permanent teaching next year. I’ve been writing this food blog for about 3 years and take the content very seriously. If you’d like to contact me, my email is wcshalin@hotmail.com. I’ll gladly come down to your establishment and show my face and dine on some pizza in your presence. No refund necessary for the previous visit…that is certainly something I’d never ask for.

      I was hoping this post would be viewed as constructive criticism, but unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case.

  3. #4 by MR on March 5, 2013 - 9:28 am

    Looks like Jay’s PR is even worse than his pizza.

    • #5 by The Mighty Rib on March 5, 2013 - 10:49 am

      Whatever gave you that impression, MR?

      • #6 by MR on March 5, 2013 - 11:20 am

        Well, honestly, I haven’t had the pizza. So it might, in fact, be worse than his PR skills. But it would have to be some really crappy pizza. I remember when we announced this place over on Eat Arkansas, the picture used back then was not wry appetizing. Sounds like looks weren’t deceiving in this case.

  4. #7 by Christie on March 5, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    Mercy sakes. Way to handle criticism with taste and tact, huh? Your response was classy, BTW.

  5. #8 by MM on March 5, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    Wow. What a jackass.

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