Tom Bruchmann, the owner of Fat Boy’s Pizza in Davenport, will be the first to tell you that his pizzas aren’t that different from some other specialty pizzas sold in the Quad-Cities. What Bruchmann does say he offers is a price that can’t be beat.
Fat Boy’s specialty pizzas include the garden, which is like a supreme at some other places, a taco pizza and a health pizza, which is named for the warm feeling the ingredients give the customer inside, not the physical benefits one receives from eating it. The health pizza is made with a choice of spaghetti or barbeque sauce, and it’s topped with sausage, jalapenos, onions, hot peppers and mozzarella cheese.
Each of the specialty pizzas, which measure 16 inches in diameter and can feed a family of four, is $17.50. Large one-topping pizzas are $13.50.
“I’m happy with the niche that I have, so I think when you’re paying $25 on a large pizza, that’s a little bit on the pricey side,” Bruchmann said.
Fat Boy’s also offers medium 12-inch pizzas for $8.25 for a one-topping and $11.50 for a specialty, plus a personal 9-inch pizza for $5.25 for a one-topping or $7 for a specialty.
“If you have it (the personal pizza) for lunch, it would usually feed two people because you don’t want to go back and pass out at your desk,” Bruchmann said.
Fat Boy’s pizzas are made with all-natural ingredients. The dough and sauce are made from scratch, and the sausage is spiced in-house. Bruchmann describes the crust as thicker than a thin crust that’s chewy, with a taste similar to Italian bread.
Most customers pick up their pizza or call to order delivery, but some bring the pizza next door to the Meat Market bar, which Bruchmann also owns, to eat it there. He doesn’t get the same feedback that eat-in pizza places receive, but he has heard from some of his customers.
“I think it’s a good pie for the price,” he said. “The ones who really like it say, ‘You’ve got the best pizza in town.’ ”