Pizza bracket 2: Bocce Club vs. Just Pizza
Bocce Club is the pizza that has fueled hundreds of thousands of birthday parties, Super Bowl games, and Little League treats. It’s probably the pie that every other Buffalo joint had in mind when they were coming up with their recipe. The basic Bocce is engineered to travel and is a model of excess—thick, chewy crust; thick, powerfully seasoned sauce; a heavy layer of cheese; and pepperoni laid on with a generous hand. It’s also a big pie—the medium would pass for a large at most places. It’s the sauce that makes this work, I think. It has the cooked down intensity that long simmering imparts, with a distinct tomato flavor accented with oregano notes.
Just Pizza—which, despite its name, also sells wings and subs—claims that it is the Home of the World Famous 3 Cheese Steak Pizza. There is a diverse variety on offer here. The crusts available are a dizzying array: sesame seed, garlic, onion, Cajun, poppy, Romano, Italiana, deluxe, hot pepper, honey, honey sesame, honey BBQ, lemon pepper, and chive. You can eat in at the “mother location” at Summer and Elmwood, but you probably won’t—this is basically take-out pizza. A basic cheese and pepperoni here is a pretty generic proposition: thick, chewy crust, heavy cheese, basic sauce.
I liked that the Just Pizza website has a page devoted to wine parings. (They suggest a nice Barbera with the World Famous 3 Cheese Steak Pizza, which would probably work.) I’m usually at a loss with what to do with the 20–25 minutes it takes from the time I order until the time I can pick up my pie, but next time I’ll use the Just Pizza site as a wine shopping guide on my way over.
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.