Not many restaurants put the focus on wings with their name. One of the guys at the office who often helps with pizza reviews is also a wing fanatic, so perhaps I’ll have him check out the wings at Wings Over Syracuse and fill us in. But as usual, I stopped in to check out the pizza, the whole pizza, and nothing but the pizza. The menu includes a pretty typical selection of pizza (or as the home page says, “piazza”), wings, subs, salads, calzones, wraps and burgers. There are several tables, with service at the counter, and delivery is available. The restaurant is located on S. Salina St., about a half mile north of Dunk & Bright Furniture. A “first” for a restaurant visit – when I stopped in for lunch, someone in the parking lot behind the restaurant was deep into a car repair, with parts and tools scattered around!
“Wings” does not serve slices, so I chose a 9″ personal cheese pizza, $4.99 plus tax. About 10 minutes after I ordered, it was presented in a small box, which I took over to one of their tables. This is a pan-baked pizza, with crust thickness about 1/4″ on average. Generally, it was the same thickness all the way to the edge, with a few spots that rose up a little thicker. Crispiness was very good, and both the edge and the bottom were nicely browned. As you would expect with a pan pizza, the bottom carried a little oil taste, and had some of the shiny “sheen” fried dough characteristic.
The sauce falls in to the basic utility category – thin, mild spice load, rather scant. It wasn’t offensive, but neither did it distinguish itself in a positive way. The cheese suffered from a bit of oil separation (I’m finding that some people think this is a GOOD thing!), didn’t slide off, and had some spice flakes visible on top. I was glad to see that just the right amount was applied; some pizza shops go crazy with the cheese, resulting in an incredibly gooey mess, but here it was in the right proportion.
Overall, I feel that it was a reasonably GOOD pizza. What would it take to elevate it to GREAT pizza status? A fresh, tomatoey sauce with some personality would certainly bring it up a notch, and finding a way to avoid the oily (from the crust bottom) aftertaste would be a major improvement. As it stands though, I will give it a Pizza Geek rating of 3.5 out of 5 slices.
Summary – Pros: cheese didn’t slide off. Cons: utility grade sauce, cooking oil aftertaste.
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