By Dave Begel Contributing Writer Published Oct 25, 2011 at 7:18 PM

For the fifth straight year, October is Dining Month on, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2011."

Every now and then, if you are lucky, a pleasant and unexpected surprise comes along that makes you smile and pat yourself on the back.

That's the way it was with a weekend pizza.

I'm a pizza traditionalist. When I want some, it's Zaffiro's or Calderone Club or maybe Classic Slice on North Avenue.

But Saturday night brought babysitting for my granddaughter Molly and new grandson Casey. We were on the south side and their parents suggested a pizza place just three blocks away, Pulo's Pizza at 16th and Oklahoma.

Long story short, the pizza was fantastic. Thin crisp crust, fresh ingredients and a nice price. Rarely have I had a pizza to go that was as good as this one.

Pulo's began in 1959 to feed the GI's who had experienced "pinsa" in Italy and who had brought that desire to have more back with them. They've moved a couple of times but seem to have found a comfortable home and it's well worth a try if you are in the neighborhood.

Dave Begel Contributing Writer

With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.

He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.

This whole Internet thing continues to baffle him, but he's willing to play the game as long as keeps lending him a helping hand. He is constantly amazed that just a few dedicated people can provide so much news and information to a hungry public.

Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.