Pizza bracket 5: Gino & Joe's vs. New York Pizza
Both of these contestants are modeled on New York corner pizzerias where locals wait five minutes while their pizza warms in an oven half the size of their apartment, then walk out with a thin crust slice they swear is better than anything we have upstate.
Gino & Joe’s is the first thing you smell when you walk into the Main Place Mall. On a weekday lunch rush, half a dozen workers are slinging pies between ovens and warming pans, and assembling the occasional sub or salad. The bottom of the slice is reminiscent of Gotham-style slices, with a very light dusting of cornmeal and a smattering of burn marks. The crust, though, is a springy knot that fights back when you cut in with your teeth. There’s a generous amount of slightly spicy sauce on top, and the greasy pockets of slippery cheese—white shirt types, be warned. Our two test slices each got precisely six pieces of wide, flat pepperoni in bowling pin formations.
New York Pizza, at the corner of Allen and Park streets delivers even more of the New York experience. The dough and crust is thinner, and the edges are crispier. The slices are easy to fold and eat, and you’re less likely to spill sauce on yourself because there is simply less of the oregano-inflected sauce on the slice. There is also less of the evenly-distributed cheese and pepperoni—adding up to a generally less filling and somewhat diminished bite.
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.