Pizza bracket 3: La Hacienda vs. Blasdell Pizza
La Hacienda is one of the best pizzerias in WNY, offering not just New York-style thin crust pizza, but really excellent Italian entrees. It has been in operation on Pine Avenue since 1947, and when it comes to the Mexican-themed décor, your guess is as good as mine.
The pizzas feature a thin, salty crust that is dry on the bottom, indicating that it’s been baked on the stone, not in a pan. A bit of corn meal adds crunch and helps get the pizza in and out of the oven. The cheese and sauce meld to become one substance when baked, and it’s clear that the ingredients are of high quality. The small slices of pepperoni are spicier than usual, so much so that they detract, somewhat, from the overall excellence.
Blasdell Pizza is a Southtowns institution with several locations. The original is on South Park Avenue. Upon arrival, we placed our order and paid. Blasdell Pizza takes plastic, but doesn’t serve alcohol. When eating in you take a number and the pizza is brought out to you.
What you get is a typical Buffalo pizza. The sauce is mildly sweet and nicely seasoned with oregano and other spices. There is a thick coating of cheese, which separated from the sauce. The crust is thick, moist, and floppy—with inexplicable venting holes, although the pies are baked on a pan. I’m sure they make their own dough, but the holes made them look store-bought.
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.