June 25, 2009

The Pizza Peel

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

A new pizza joint has taken the small town of Lacon by storm.
Eric Shangraw tries the Mediterranean Chicken at The Pizza Peel in this week's You Gotta Eat.

The Pizza Peel is on 5th Street, the main drag, in downtown Lacon.
It's in the basement of the old American Legion building, which has been remodeled.
Owner Travis Guthman spent the last 13–years running pizza places in Colorado. He seized the opportunity to move back home and open his own pizza parlor.
Guthman talks about the elements of making a pizza crust like a scientist reviewing a periodic table.

"When we throw the dough, it spreads out the gluten–molecules, and makes it a little flatter. It makes it more even and consistent. When it hits the oven and it springs right, we have a consistent baked–all–the–way through pizza," said Travis Guthman.

The Laconites are just glad they don't have to go out of town to mine a good "zaa."

I asked, before this place, when you wanted pizza, where did you go? "We went all the way to Washburn or Chillicothe," said Jordan Prather.

"It is nice to have a new pizza place here in town," said customer Kimberly Kelly.

"It is a nice addition to the community," said customer Diana Longman .

We started with cheese bread. It is more like a mini pizza and dangerously filling. Then came our reason for the road trip to Lacon; A half–Mediterranean Chicken and half veggie pizza. 14–inches of pizza glory. The Mediterranean comes with extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, chicken breast, red onions, fresh garlic and feta cheese. Photographer and sports guy Josh Simon and I both had them hold the olives. With a dash of fresh oregano, it's a perfect piece of pizza pie. The Pizza Peel keeps honey on the table. Josh added a touch of sweet to the last few bites of crust and explained its' what they do in Colorado. The veggie half of the pie was fine, but completely outclassed by its Mediterranean twin. Next time, we're going all Mediterranean. Our bill with drinks, 25–dollars plus tip. A drive to Lacon is worth the trip for a meal at the Pizza Peel.

The Pizza Peel in open six days a week starting at eleven a–m.
They are closed on Sundays.
(309)246-7400

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