On Syracuse’s west side, Gregorio’s Pizzeria occupies a small corner spot at 1643 W. Genesee St. It could be easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention. However, based on some online comments I found, this is a family-run place that keeps the attention of faithful regulars. The menu includes typical pizzeria choices, and there is a tasty-sounding list of daily specials. There is no seating, not even a counter with stools; delivery is available ($10 minimum). Gregorio’s is open 7 days a week, but there is no lunch on Mondays.
Unlike most pizza restaurants, Gregorio’s uses sheet pizza for slices (12″ and 16″ round pizza is listed on the menu). My cheese slice ($1.50 incl. tax) measured about 6″ x 6″, and averaged 1/4″ to 1/2″ thickness. If you study the photo, it appears that the dough was allowed to rise for a while on the pan, resulting in the mottled browning pattern due to the buildup of CO2. Spiking the dough (pricking it with little holes) can sometimes alleviate this, but it didn’t seem to help much in this case. The bottom surface of the crust had the shiny, fried dough texture you usually get from a pan-baked pizza. It was a little bit crispy, very chewy, and generally bland.
Now, regarding the sauce – the Pizza Geek realizes that everyone has different preferences for how pizza sauce should be prepared. Personally, I believe that the less it is cooked, the better, because I prize a very fresh, tomatoey taste. I understand that at least some amount of cooking is usually necessary to remove moisture from the tomato product, but there comes a point when you leave behind the bright, fresh taste and begin to form a caramelized, orangey pastey sauce. Gregorio’s sauce is more like the latter, with a distinctly overcooked taste. The cheese absorbed some of the sauce and was rather orange as well, becoming a congealed sheet with spotty brown marks.
Overall, this pizza didn’t have anything notable to distinguish itself (in a positive way) from the majority of the other average pizzas I’ve reviewed. I understand that there are other, very tasty sounding items on the menu, and that regular customers will think it unfair for me to judge a restaurant by a single sample of just one item. But this blog is all about finding exceptional pizza, and this Gregorio’s slice comes in right in the middle of the average range, at 3 out of 5 slices.
Summary – Pros: inexpensive. Cons: overcooked, orangey sauce.
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