Pizza bracket 12: Mister Pizza vs. La Nova
Mister Pizza’s pepperoni pie is marked by its greasiness—as is anything with which it comes into contact. While the Foodies gave the edge to Mister Pizza over La Pizza Club, they, too, commented on its greasiness, but it seems the pie they got was made with a bit more care than mine. I found Mister Pizza’s to be a typical Buffalo-style pie, with a not-quite-thin, oily crust, a mildly sweet sauce with a strong oregano flavor, and an balanced mix of toppings. I didn’t get the ring of char that the Foodies enjoyed. In essence, Mister Pizza serves standard Buffalo fare.
There are two La Nova locations, and we went to the original on West Ferry. La Nova’s crust was not unlike Mister Pizza’s—thick, floppy, with a greasy undercarriage. Our pie had been baked longer or in a hotter oven, so it had some pleasing char on the crust. The outer crust had sesame seeds on it, which may seem strange but gave the last bite an interesting little kick.
La Nova’s sauce tastes like a ripe summertime tomato with a natural sweetness and tang. I’ll note that the cheese separated from the sauce at both locations—a pet peeve of mine, indicating that there was too much sauce, cheese, or both.
The winner of this bracket will be revealed in the November issue of Buffalo Spree. Who would you pick? Reply in the comments and you will also be eligible to win our Pizza Showdown contest.