Some reviews are planned, some just “happen” when I spot a place and pull over to check it out. This review, at Dully’s Express Market (also known as “Le Pizzeria Pizza and Wings”), just “happened.” This location on Wolf St. is just a couple of blocks south of Alliance Bank Stadium. If I recall correctly, this used to be Wilson Farms, and before that, Andy’s Big M. Inside, it’s a very large, clean and spacious convenience store, with several tables, and varioius hot & cold food available in the “restaurant” area.
This was a first, though. I pulled up to the building, looked at the front window, and next to a beer sign was another sign that said, “Human hair, buy one get one half price.” A halloween thing maybe? I walked in, looked to my right, and the entire wall that faces the parking lot was covered with…human hair. Hundreds of packages of human hair. I don’t know much about these things, but I guess they are for weaves. Maybe there are even some complete wigs there. Like I said, it was a first. Another first: A YouTube commercial for this location.
I decided to pass on the hair, and moved along to the pizza counter. “Giant slices” the sign promised. Indeed, they were 18″ pies cut in sixths, a bit larger than the average slice. A cheese slice was $2.25 plus tax. I did a double take when I looked in the case holding the slices – they all looked rather…yellow. Could it be something with the lighting? Judge for yourself in the picture, it is an accurate representation of the color of the slice. I know, I took a couple of bites before the picture…sorry about that.
In a word, this pizza was awful. The relatively thin crust was on the low end of average – browned well, slightly crispy, with no particularly glaring flaws – but at the same time bland and unexciting. Sauce was difficult to find, and what I did find had very slight flavor. Cheese was very brown, which means it was baked too long. When you do that to cheese, it morphs from soft, yummy mozzarella into dried out, congealed “stuff” that can be peeled back like a blanket. Also, the sauce boils up through the cheese and turns it orange, or yellow in this case.
I realize this slice was not particularly fresh, but it seemed obvious to me that it didn’t have much going for it in the first place. I did not eat any more than the two bites you see in the picture, and that was two bites too many. The Pizza Geek fed the rest to a garbage can, and rates it 1.5 out of 5 slices.
Summary – Pros: nothing. Cons: everything.
UPDATE (2/9/2011): I recently visited Dully’s again, to see if anything was different. Fortunately, things improved a little. The crust was still rather yellow, making me wonder if cornmeal was used in the crust. There was a little sweetness in the crust also.
Surprisingly, this slice worked much better than the one described above. In spite of the oil, I thought it was edible in an average sort of way, and the Pizza Geek rating improves to 3 out of 5 slices.
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Dully’s Express Market, 700 Wolf St., Syracuse – 214-4666