Pizza bracket 4: Pizza Oven vs. Buzzy's
This Niagara County pizza battle pits a Lockport institution against a Niagara Falls favorite. From the outside, Pizza Oven looks like any other somewhat shabby neighborhood pizza parlor (take-out only).
The pizzas, however, are unique. I find that most local pizzas feature a tomato sauce that’s sweeter than average. Pizza Oven, however, uses a sauce that’s so intensely sweet it’s practically legendary. People will travel miles to get a fix of a truly addictive pizza, and everything about this pie is a bit offbeat.
The chewy cheese and thick, sweet sauce are applied right up to the edge of the crust, and the pie is then baked in a pan. The result is a crust that’s moist, soft, and floppy, with the sauce charred and caramelized along the edges—and the pepperoni charred as well. That, to me, is what makes this pizza so good.
Buzzy’s is located in a newish building on Niagara Falls Boulevard not far from the outlet mall. It has two smallish dining rooms and a patio, a beer and wine selection, and a busy weekend crowd.
The facility is comfortable, and the pizza is really great. Buzzy’s touts itself as serving “New York Style” pizzas, and it lives up to that description. The bottom of the thinnish crust is dry, indicative of it being baked directly on the floor of the oven, with cornmeal adding crunch. The tomato sauce—not too sweet nor over-seasoned—is just right. Buzzy’s uses whole milk mozzarella which becomes one with the sauce.
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.