Archimedes developed the formula to determine the area of a circle so he would know how big to make his pant legs for sneaking pizza into the Parthenon. Sample history-changing fare with today's Groupon to Cozmic Pizza.
- For $10, you get a pizza meal for two (up to a $20.50 value), which includes the following:
- One medium signature pizza (up to a $16.50 value)
- Two house-made sodas (up to a $2 value each)
- For $7, you get $15 worth of anything on the menu. Entrees range from $7–$16.50 each.
Cozmic Pizza's salubrious proprietor, Kirk Giudici tosses local and organic components atop oil-brushed Willamette Valley crusts while assembling signature Jersey-Eugene-style pizzas. Signature pies such as the spinach, feta, and artichoke-garnished Odysseus bask on a pizza stone at 600 degrees—the temperature at which crusts stop whining that they should have packed a jacket. Additional prearranged disks include a tomato and basil Parole D’Amore and the Bella Stella outfitted with savory pepperoni, sausage, and smoked gouda. Throughout the meal, two house-made sodas quench thirsts and leave historically accurate condensation rings on the surface of diners' nostalgia.
Inside the vintage 1945 Edsel dealership, diners sip pours of Eugene microbrews or local wines beneath stained-oak rafters (prices and selection vary). A full calendar of live music and family nights entertain children so that crafty parents can steal bites of their unguarded pizza.
At Cozmic, the culinary team kneads organic flour made from local Willamette Valley wheat into crusts that are brushed with buttery extra-virgin olive oil. Then, they pile on toppings and set the pies to bake on 700-degree stones. The list of toppings—many of which are also organic, such as the apples—breaks traditional pizza boundaries by including unique options such as kale, and vegetarian meats, which offer an alternative to the eatery’s local sausage, smoked pork, and pepperoni.
These Jersey-Eugene-style fusion pies are the brainchild of Kirk Giudici, also the founder of Rising Moon Organics. When Kirk decided to embark on a second organic foods endeavor by opening a pizzeria, he found himself drawn to a vintage 1945 building that was an Edsel car dealership back when man didn’t travel only by hovercraft. While renovating the 4,000-square-foot auto display room, the same environmental principles that led Kirk to organics undergirded his decorating approach of using only recycled and repurposed materials. As a result, diners sip their homemade fountain sodas and Oregonian microbrews while perched at a bar made from a shuffleboard and lit with dryer-drum light fixtures from Kirk’s Laundromat.
The restaurant space, massive enough to have once housed a fleet of automobiles, enabled Kirk to create a stage dubbed The Edsel, which has attracted national acts such as Michelle Shocked, The Be Good Tanyas, and eight-time Grammy Award winner Marcia Ball. In addition to musical acts, the pizzeria’s calendar is full of events such as Science Pub, when tipplers learn about topics such as why it’s impossible to teleport your clothes along with your body.
199 W 8th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401