Round Two - Pizza Di Roma
It's time to grab a slice at a place that advertises itself as serving pizza NYC Style: Pizza Di Roma at 313 State Street in Madison.
This is a quick-service restaurant that has quite an extensive menu. Their pizza menu lists several choices, ranging from cheese at $2.95 to Stuffed Spinach at $4.95. In addition, there is an appetizer menu featuring all sorts of deep fried treats, a salads menu, and entree menu including most any traditional Italian dish you can think of. Oh, yeah. Plus gyros. They do have a website, which you can find here
As you can see, they'll do just about anything you want to chicken.
In line with the SOP, I ordered a slice of Pepperoni, which was advertised on the board for $3.75.
Unlike some of the other varieties, they had run out of pepperoni slices and had a pie that was currently cooking in the oven. They asked if a 5 minute wait would be fine, and I agreed. In the end, the wait was only slightly longer than if they had the pizza available and put it in the oven for the traditional re-heat.
Overall impression: The atmosphere of the restaurant is fairly utilitarian. Several formica booths with a flat screen television on the wall in the back of the restaurant. The pizza came out super-hot - a large slice served on top of wax paper on a paper plate. When you order a slice of pepperoni pizza, this is what you expect it to look like. Score: 2 out of 5
The crust is fairly thin at the point, growing larger to the crust edge. One characteristic that is similar between this and NYC pizza is that you have to fold it in order to eat it. Unless you want a large slice to droop down and potentially let grease and toppings slide downward.
The crust was chewy and firm along the bottom, but not crisp. It was easy to fold. In fact, if you lifted it from the crust edge, it would fold itself naturally. This is a convenient way to eat pizza, particularly if you are on the move or standing up. That's one thing that makes it so handy in the bigger cities - portable food. Crust Score: 4 out of 10
Cheese: The cheese was a modest amount and quite stringy. The type that will pull along and snap you in the chin if you aren't careful. Score: 2 out of 5
Pepperoni: There was a good quantity of pepperoni which matched the cheese pretty well. The flavor was fine and not very salty. It was paper-thin and soft to chew. However, combined with the other ingredients made for a well balanced product in the end. Score: 3 out of 5
Price/Value: Not bad at $3.75. I'd put that at the fair price range. Score: 3 out of 5
Both the cheese and the pepperoni were highly greasy, creating puddles that would turn into streams as you folded and ate. I'm thinking that this pizza might be more successful after bar time. I'm sure they do a solid late night business.
Overall score for Pizza Di Roma = 17 out of a potential 35. Not bad, not great. Serviceable pizza that I would get again . . . especially after a night on the town.
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