It was a first and last visit to the Pizza Ranch. Hitting the Sycamore Mall establishment at about 7 p.m. on a Saturday night for a casual birthday meal was not a good idea.
The buffet was a disappointment, the choices were few and sparsely stocked. A couple slices of pizza and some cheesy bread, chicken that looked like it had been out too long, near empty soup containers, a couple scoops of mashed potatoes w/gravy, and the salad bar was pretty much all that was available when plating up. Perhaps our timing was bad and we had arrived after a rush had come through, but it really didn't seem very busy.
To the Ranch's credit, you can request a desired pizza style and they will plate it up for you - fresh out of the oven - at your table before they set it out on the buffet.
"How many slices would you like?"
The Buffalo Chicken pizza wasn't bad, not as hot as Buffalo Chicken should be, but not bad nonetheless.
With tables set too close to each other, messy floors despite the lack of a big crowd, and so-so food, the Pizza Ranch does not deserve a repeat visit. There are better places to drop $35.
The Pizza Ranch gets two stars out of a possible five.
The Pizza Ranch is located at:
1610 Sycamore Street
Iowa City, IA, 52240