Pizza bracket 14: La Nova vs. Romeo & Juliet's
From a bustling trattoria on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo, Romeo and Juliet's turns out exceptional bread, foccacia, pastries, panini, and yes, pizza, different from all other contenders in WNY. Romeo’s pie is light, crisp, thin, sweet and balanced, without the golden, oily sheen affected by others; with such a low grease-factor it was hard to believe it was so rich with cheese and pepperoni. Here were high quality ingredients, deftly handled, in perfect balance. Who knew?
La Nova was the only classic Buffalo-style pie to make the semis, and it didn’t betray its roots. If you like this style, La Nova’s entry was paradigmatic. Sweet, rich sauce; abundant, soft cheese; thick, chewy crust; excellent, charred, hand-hewn pepperoni. A generous, tasty, greasy slice, lacking subtlety but an excellent example of the classic Buffalo pie.
The winner of this bracket will be revealed in the November issue of Buffalo Spree. Who would you pick? Reply in comments and you will also be eligible to win our Pizza Showdown contest.