Pizza Bracket 9: Romeo & Juliet's vs. Siena
Sometimes the best teams meet before the Super Bowl, and sometimes the best pizzas suffer this fate as well. You can almost hear the sportscaster saying that it’s a shame one has to lose. Either Romeo and Juliet or Siena would be a worthy Best Pizza in Buffalo, but only one will advance.
Here’s the bottom line. Pizza is bread. It is not a delivery system for cheese or sauce or toppings—if the crust isn’t great, the entire pizza experience is flawed. Both of these places understand this. Both are thin-crusted, both are hearth baked. Siena’s oven is wood fired, but in my experience, fuel is less important than temperature: both Siena and Romeo and Juliet bring the heat that is necessary to create the ideal snap. Their crusts taste fresh because they are fresh—there is nothing in there but flour, water, yeast, and salt.
Since both pies excel in this aspect we must consider what else makes a great pizza and judge on that basis. The simplest things are the hardest to do, in the kitchen and in life, and both of these kitchens manage simple superbly.
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.