My goal is to find “WOW!” pizza, not just “good” pizza. Today, I got pretty darned close at NY Gianni’s Bronx Style Pizza. This modest location is easy to overlook; several coworkers drive past it regularly and have never noticed it. The front door in this picture is actually on the side of the building. A coworker and I visited at lunch time today for a fresh pie.
There are numerous rave reviews online, and “Neel” posted a suggestion on my “Hearsay” page for Gianni’s. Syracuse food bloggers David and Lonnie Chu recently posted a great review, so I eagerly anticipated a good pizza experience.
As is my usual practice now, half had toppings (green peppers, onions, mushrooms), which came to about $12.50 plus tax for a 14″ medium (measuring about 15″+). The crust was thin, lightly browned, crispy, and not too chewy – baked directly on the oven floor. It had the well-developed texture and flavor of dough that was made the day before, and risen slowly.
I know some people feel that the crust is the most important part of a pizza, and certainly it matters a lot. But I contend that sauce is also very difficult to get exactly right. An ideal sauce has great fresh, bright tomato flavor, is not overcooked and/or too thick, carries a balanced spice load, and isn’t too salty. Gianni’s sauce wins on all counts, and it is the star of this pizza as far as I’m concerned. This is one of the best sauces I’ve ever had on a pizza, and in just the right amount.
The cheese was above average, but still a little oily, and somewhat stringy. It is the only thing I can gripe about on this pizza, and it is a very small gripe. Toppings tasted fresh, and had just a little crispiness remaining – perfect.
This is superb thin crust pizza. I loved every bite. It comes so close to being a perfect 5 on my rating scale, but I have to ding it a tiny amount because of the slightly oily cheese. Still, it exceeds all of the 4.5 slice rated pizzas I’ve tasted so far, so I’ll split the difference and call it 4.75 out of 5 slices. Gianni can be very proud of this pizza, and I highly recommend that you try it. Don’t just settle for a slice that may have been cooling off and drying out for a while; treat yourself to a fresh pie!
11/1/2010 EDIT: After several months and numerous return visits, and confirming opinions from various family members, friends, and blog readers, I can report with certainty that Gianni is consistently making the highest quality NY style pizza you will find in the Syracuse area. This is authentic NY style pizza, made by an authentic New Yorker. Highly recommended!
Summary – Pros: perfect thin crispy crust, robust sauce, excellent fresh toppings. Cons: slightly oily cheese.
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4.75 out of 5 slices
NY Gianni’s Bronx Style Pizza (web site) – 1428 Burnet Ave, Syracuse – 425-7770