A few months ago I visited Waveland Golf Course for pizza. Yes, pizza.
Joe Chiodo, Des Moines' public golf course food and beverage manager, started offering Fat Joe's Pizza whole and by the slice to hungry golfers. Its popularity has expanded its availability to the city's other public courses, A.H. Blank and Bright-Grandview. And its also available for carryout.
At the clubhouse counter I requested one of Fat Joe's signature builds: The Cuz, with Italian sausage, capicola, pepperoni, meatballs, and banana peppers. The tables at the clubhouse are more suited for groups than loners such as myself. I sat down at one of the big tables, and nursed a can of beer while awaiting my pizza.
The crust is delightfully thin, soft under the middle but cracker crisp on the rind. The inner squares are so appealingly foldable its a shame its cut tavern style.
Consistently meaty, cheesy but not overwhelming. Pieces of meatball are beefy and tender, tasty sausage is more toothsome. Pepperoni and capicola may seem like bit players at first glance, but tucked under the cheese they release their zest into the red sauce.
Fat Joe's also offers appetizers, sausage and meatball sandwiches, and best of all, a pizza and pitcher of beer dine-in special on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Fat Joe's discontinued carryout and dinner hours for the remainder of the golf season, but you can still dine-in during the lunch hours in the meantime.