DINING: Maria's and Greek's pizzerias stake out new territory

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Dining - A&E
Context can have nearly as much to do with a pizza's success as dough, tomato sauce, and cheese. As evidence, let's consider two established pizza purveyors staking out new territory.

For over half a century, southsiders—including the designer of this page—have been fans of Maria's. But a new audience has been exposed thanks to the business's move to Fountain Square (1106 Prospect St., 786-9283).

The trappings are a treat. Imagine a branch of the Abbey Coffeehouse devoted to pizza and you'll already have some sense of the interior. Tastefully casual, the roomy space features mismatched chairs, a fireplace, a tabletop checker set, and a magazine rack (why don't more luncheries have a magazine rack? Just asking.), all combining with other quirky characteristics to make for a homey, decidedly non-traditional parlor.

While full pies are available during midday hours, a co-worker and I opted for the $5 slice/salad/drink lunch specials. A quartet of slices were offered and, wanting to sample more than two, we opted to add additional slabs for $2.50 each. (A choice we'd recommend for anyone with more than a 1950s appetite.)

We quickly discovered that Maria's doesn't offer the sort of tomato pie that immediately wins you over. Subtle in flavor—and on the small-ish side—this isn't a "Wow" experience. Even the topping on the signature sauerkraut slice (yes, sauerkraut) seemed restrained. Still, for atmosphere, importance to the neighborhood, free parking, and friendly table service by the proprietors, attention should be paid.

Another instance of location having a significant impact is Greek's (834 E. 64th St., 465-9111), a recent addition to the Broad Ripple pizza world. Greek's homey locations have proven popular in Fishers and Muncie, but the competition in Broad Ripple is, if not tougher, at least denser. Bazbeaux, Union Jack, Hot Box and others are already anchored in the pizza-saturated area. Any newcomer would be advised to focus on quality control from pie 1.

We opted for take out, since a Colts-game-best-forgotten was about to begin. An unintentionally blackened Meatball Shell ($5.74-linguistic note: they call a Stromboli a "Shell" here), an undercooked cheese pizza ($6.56-13.31), and a Greek salad ($4.96) sans dressing diminished our enthusiasm when we unpacked at home.

The Gourmet Wings Pizza ($8.90-$21.56) was dominated by its sweet, watery BBQ sauce rather than the chicken and spices. White Pizza ($7.25-$16.52)—a delicious blend of cheeses on hearth-baked dough—was the highlight of the meal.

All Greek's pizzas offer wheat crust as an option at no extra charge. A nice touch.

Had we dined on-site, the red checkered-tablecloth, license-plate-bedecked dinning room would have been a comfortable suburban-basement-like place to partake. Plus, it would have been easier to register our kitchen disappointments.

Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Hello Dear Are you tired of Seeking Loans and Mortgages,have you Been Turned down constantly By your banks and Other Financial Institutions or Micro Finance scheme. This is let you know with 100% guarantee that we Offer loans ranging from $1,000 Minimum to $1,000,000.00 Maximum at 3% interest rate per Month. We give out LOANS for developing business. a competitive edge/business expansion. email address: michealscottloan124@gmail.com We offer the following kinds of loans and many more; * Personal Loans ( Unsecured Loan) * Business Loans ( Unsecured Loan) * Consolidation Loan * Combination Loan * Home Improvement * Xmas Loans for contact to seek for loan email this email address: michealscottloan124@gmail.com Thanks

  2. My name is Mr Henry Josh and i live in the USA California and life is worth living right now for me and my family and all this is because of one man sent by GOD to help me and my family, i once had a life filled with sorrow because my first SON needed a kidney transplant and all our savings were going towards his medications and this normally leaves us with no money to pay our bills or even put enough food on our table and our rent was due and no funds to pay these bills and life felt so unfair to me and every night my wife will cry herself to sleep every night until one day, i was browsing through yahoo answers and i saw a striking advert of a man that gives out personal loans and that the offer is opened to all and i have heard so many things about internet scams but at this point of my life, i was very desperate and ready to take any risk and at the end of the day, i applied for this loan and from one step to another, i got my loan within 12 hours through bank transfer and you know, it was all like a dream and i called Mr Daniel Jones A Man who is the GOD sent lender i found and said, i have received my loan and he smiled stating that to GOD be the glory and i was so shocked as i have never ever seen anyone with such a GOD fearing and kind heart and today, i am the happiest man on earth because by GOD’S grace, my SON kidney transplant was successful and today he is healthy, i and my family are living very comfortable and happy and if you are in my former situation or in serious and legitimate need of a loan, you can reach this GOD sent lender via fidelityloanfirm@outlook.com

  3. Greetings to everyone reading this comment!!! I am Greg William by name. I am out here to recommend the effort of Mark Oscar,I was in need of a consolidation loan amount of 50,000 and as soon as I got in contact with Mark Oscar Loan Firm on Wednesday last week and on Friday last week as well I receive an alert from my bank(Royal Bank of Scotland Group) that the fund was transferred,I want everybody on this site to contact Mark Oscar now via email on how to get a loan because I got my loan from them and I am very happy,so contact them now. Oscarloanfinance@hotmail.com Thanks!!!!!!

  4. Elected officials, like Mourdock, get vested in 8 years. It takes 10 years for all other public employees, most of whom make a lot less money. So much for the promise to finish out his term.

  5. Great state treasurer and a good man!! Just curious if the folks who didn't quite understand his quote would like to tell my daughter-in-law that God didn't intend her! Mourdock's comment was correct but twisted and the article didn't mention that his opponent and the press let the impression stand that Mourdock meant that the rape was intended. Stupid people!!