Does washing laundry make you hungry? Maybe it doesn’t matter. If you’re like me, you don’t have to be hungry to eat pizza. But, I’m sure you’ve noticed that there are many locations where a pizza shop is paired with a laundromat. Usually there is an inside door between the two. One such example is The Pies Guys (menu), 3333 Milton Ave. in Fairmount. This shop is rather small, with just enough space for 6 stools along small counters, but I suppose it can be classified as an eat-in establishment. By the way, why is one phone number on the sign, and another on the windows?
I selected a cheese slice (1/8th of an 18″ pie, $1.99 plus tax), and when I say cheese, I mean CHEESE. A sign on the wall identified this as a shop which uses Grande cheese, and apparently LOTS of it. It was oily, slightly salty, and it made for a moist and very chewy texture. Cheese lovers will love it, I thought it was a bit much. Their Urbanspoon ranking is pretty high, so a lot of people must like it.
A crust like this puzzles me a little. Usually you get a little additional rise in the rim of a crust, even when sauce and cheese are spread close to the edge. I think it has to do with the toppings keeping the temperature lower longer, so any part of the edge which isn’t covered bakes faster, and rises more. However, this pizza was one of those where the crust was exactly the same thickness all the way to the edge. It was baked on a pan and had the typical mottled browning pattern; thankfully, very little oil was evident. There was some crispiness at the edge and no “off” flavors, although not much evidence of a good rise. The menu identifies this as “New York Style Pizza.” OK, it is thin, but thin crust alone does not a NY Style Pizza make, in my opinion. I’d appreciate hearing from people who have extensive NY pizza experience – does anyone in the NY City area bake it on pans, with a flat crust edge like this?
Sauce was the one bright star of this pizza. It had a bright, fresh tomato taste, was applied in a good amount, carried a mild spice load with some visible spice flakes, and had just the right (i.e., low) salt level. It rescued this pizza from receiving a much lower score.
Overall, this was generally tolerable pizza thanks to the fine sauce. Cheese lovers will probably like the giant blanket of cheese, and the crust was simply average. I’ll place the overal ranking on the upper end of average, and give it a Pizza Geek score of 3.5 out of 5 slices.
Summary – Pros: excellent sauce. Cons: uninspiring crust, excessive cheese.
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The Pies Guys, 3333 Milton Ave., Fairmount – 468-9000