Pizza Madness is filled with huge bronzed wall and ceiling sculptures of undersea creatures — turtles, squid, a huge shark — devouring slices of pizza. They made us laugh the first time we saw them, and they still delight our inner children.
The exceptionally dark wooden paneling on the walls, the huge slabs of tables anchored to the walls, the long benches, the televisions, and the plate glass windows that let in plenty of light, make this a great place for large groups to eat. The bar and the many smaller tables for two and four make it acceptable for couples looking for a quick meal. While the art is perhaps the source of the “madness” in the name, the pizza is all East Coast middle-of-the-road ‘za.
If a junior high school student imagined the perfect pie, this would be close. The crust isn’t thick, or thin, there’s plenty of cheese (we ask them to lighten up), and the choice of toppings is exactly what you expect: sausage, meatballs, pepperoni, and plenty of veggies. (You can also get pineapple and jalapenos.) The sauce is made in-house and not spicy enough, but they’re not trying to make great pizza, they’re trying to make American pizza. It’s good, and we like the homemade sausage and the fact that we can get an individual size for less than $7.
Sandwiches are reasonably priced, and the homemade meatballs with green peppers on a grinder are a very good representation of this classic comfort food. Pasta is best eaten elsewhere. The salads are little more than iceberg lettuce with tomato wedges and cheese, but we’re not here for salad. On the other hand, the full bar sells pitchers of beer (unheard of on Maui) and pitchers of soda, too (another first). The servers are speedy and very friendly.
Pizza Madness serves that comforting middle ground that few other restaurants here do: decent food at decent prices with good service and a fun, clean, good atmosphere.
Address: 1455 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, South Maui
Location: Near Maui Dive Shop
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Hours: Daily 11am-10pm