Godfather’s Loses Politico Pizza Taste Test

This is not a surprise:

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed for too young in July 2021.


  1. pajarosucio says:

    Oddly enough, this is more substantive than most of the “real” stories on Politico.

  2. Tlaloc says:

    I don’t watch videos- what pizza won the taste test?

  3. The winner was Ledo’s Pizza which, as far as I know, is a D.C. area chain that hasn’t expanded to other parts of the country

  4. OBinMB says:

    So the nearest Godfather’s pizza to the Politico HQ is where? And Ledo’s is a local chain … the fix was in people!

  5. CB says:

    Lorenzo’s on south street in philly. heaven on earth.

  6. @OBinMB:

    The nearest Godfather’s to D.C. is at least 3 hours away. Nonetheless, this review is consistent with what I’ve heard about the current quality of their product

  7. @CB:

    John’s Pizzerra. West 44th Street, NYC

  8. bains says:

    Yep… not a surprise that Politico would run such a test… and not a surprise that you would post on it.

    …and yes, not a surprise that Godfather’s Pizza fared poorly. all franchised pizza joints have lousy products. Across the state of Colorado, there are only three places I recommend others go for pizza (there are others I’m sure), all are locally owned. But verses the $25 pizza – really good – I get here in NWColo, I can make my own at a quarter the cost.

  9. Ben Wolf says:

    Let it be known that Ron Beasely and myself beat Politico to this in comments we made a few days ago. How many more stories must they steal from the OTB community?

  10. Tlaloc says:

    I’m partial to Track Town down by the University of Oregon, in Eugene, OR. Sports decor I can leave but the pizza is quite tasty for a restaurant that caters to the college crowd.

  11. Eric says:

    But considering that Cain hasn’t been a part of Godfather’s Pizza in nearly 15 years, I don’t really see how this has any bearing on his fitness as a candidate for POTUS. Criticizing his economic and foreign policies stances are fine, but to judge him by a pizza company he no long works for is just juvenile and partisan hackery.

    To Tlaloc, I’ll agree with you on Track Town being pretty good. I’ve eaten there a few times and the pizza is good for a campus pizza joint.

  12. sam says:


    all franchised pizza joints have lousy products

    Maybe not. Anybody ever hear of Papa Murphy’s? They make the pizza for you, but you take it home and bake it yourself. Stuff’s pretty damn good and not expensive at all.

  13. Joel says:

    Marco’s is the best national chain, at least of the ones I’ve tried. But my pizza place of choice is a little hole-in-the-wall near my home. It’s a small Italian family place, delicious and authentic.

  14. Nikki says:

    The winner was Ledo’s Pizza which, as far as I know, is a D.C. area chain that hasn’t expanded to other parts of the country

    Just to let y’all know, Ledo’s Pizza is the bomb! The thin crust pepperoni is my favorite, gooey and greasy. It’s the one I would’ve chosen.

  15. CB says:

    @Doug Mataconis:

    whoa, sounds great. definitely going on my list, although i immediately distrust any ‘pizzeria’ with that kind of grand staircase!