Past a window with a New Belgium beer sign and two customers peering out as they munch their food, a glass door opens into the front of Krazy Karlâ€™s Pizza. A shelf stacked with green and white pizza boxes stands behind it the grooved metal counter. To the left of the pizza boxes, wearing a gray short bill baseball cap over blond hair, Manager Jeremy Dill is at work.
When asked about how it feels to win best pizza place in 2011â€™s Best of CSU awards, Dill said it was â€œabout time,â€ adding that he thinks itâ€™s Krazy Karlâ€™s toppings that have led to the restaurantâ€™s success over other shops like Pizza Casbah and Celestinoâ€™s Pizza.
â€œTheyâ€™re all great pizza places,â€ Dill said. â€œBut ours is a little crazier, in a good way.â€
Krazy Karl employee Paul Trozan said he attributes the restaurantâ€™s success to the foodâ€™s taste.
â€œThe pizzaâ€™s delicious, really,â€ Trozan said.
Krazy Karlâ€™s menu features a variety of specialty pizzas, including the â€œBBQ chickenâ€ and the pepperoni, cream cheese and green chili-based â€œNorth of the Border.â€ Other dishes include a variety of salads and specialty items, such as cheese bread and loaded waffle fries with cheese and bacon.
Krazy Karlâ€™s also has many deals, like the â€œBeat the Clockâ€ special. This 5 to 8 p.m. event allows customers to choose the price of their pizza by phone ordering at a certain time. â€œWhacky Wednesdayâ€ also offers $3.99 grinders and $7 pitchers.
After sitting down his half eaten meal Monday afternoon, Krazy Karlâ€™s customer Chase Houghton talks about the restaurantâ€™s grinders as true stand outs. He also mentioned how much he liked the â€œChicken Clubâ€ grinder, due to its good price and flavor.
According to Houghton, Krazy Karlâ€™s obtaining a place among the Best of CSU is due to two things: great food and good customer service.
â€œTheyâ€™re really fast on their orders too,â€ he added.
Kristin Mastreâ€™s feastingfortcollins.com review summarizes the feeling surrounding the nearly two-year-old Fort Collins eatery.
â€œIs [cheap pizza] an oxymoron? Not in Fort Collins! Not when we have Krazy Karlâ€™s Pizza,â€ Mastre wrote.
Collegian writer Devin Oâ€™Brien can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krazy Karlâ€™s Pizza
1124 W. Elizabeth St.
Best of CSU winner for Best Pizza