Though I’ve spent most of my life in the Pittsburgh area, both sides of my family are actually from New York. Many of my relatives are still in the area, and I’ve made countless summer and holiday trips there myself. Oh, you thought I meant NYC. No, we’re from upstate, Troy and Albany to be exact. I’ve been to NYC once and I didn’t have pizza.
So while I can’t tell you if San Diego’s ever popular Bronx Pizza is serving the most authentic New York style pie, I can tell you if I feel the rave reviews are warranted, or at least – if it’s worth the trip.
Here’s how things work at Bronx – at least if you’re anything like me. Walk in and become overwhelmed by the amount of options in the display case. In doing so, test the patience of the guy behind the counter (number 2) who just wants you to place your damn order. Decide you’ll cover both bases with a sauced and sauceless selection. Pay $6 for two slices and a fountain drink (good deal) wait ~2 mins for slices to be reheated and…critique.
I went with a standard mushroom slice the Erin Jackson recommended whitestone (mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, parm). The crust on either slice was thin, crisp, and unfortunately bland. I realize I’m critiquing “cheap” pizza, but with all the rave reviews of the place I was hoping for a tad more flavor and a bit more chewiness.
The mushroom slice I would pass on. The mushrooms are canned, the thin layer of sauce is rather dull, and the mozzarella heavy cheese blend doesn’t add much flavor.
The whitestone was better, but not as good as it could have been. There’s a lot of ricotta and mozzarella. A better ratio of Parmesan and garlic could have made this slice a knockout.
Bronx pizza surely isn’t bad, but they aren’t the destination spot I was looking for. I’d recommend them if you’re in the area and want a cheap, filling meal -not if you’re looking for pizza greatness.