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Oct 21, 2010
10:04 AM

Pizza bracket 8: Zetti's vs. La Nova

Pizza bracket 8: Zetti's vs. La Nova

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Cries from worried La Nova partisans were heard when this bracket was established, so towering is the repute of Zetti’s.

Zetti’s, of course, lit up the landscape some years ago, as folded-pizza doyens, especially those hailing from downstate, extolled its virtues—large slices, chewy, thin crusts, high quality toppings. Perhaps the leading cheerleader was Spree’s own Alan Bedenko, who sang the pie’s praises in many a dispatch. In contrast, La Nova owns a major piece of Buffalo’s pizza history. Started over fifty years ago by the Todaro family, it claims to be the largest independent pizzeria in the United States. Its pies are found all over late-night WNY.

At first, we thought Zetti’s would win in a walk. The La Nova pie had browned, a result of a patient wait under a warming lamp before the appointed pick-up time, while Zetti’s entry was beautiful, with an oily sheen, and a crunchy crust. But where was the sauce? Its skimpiness was magnified by the flavorless mozzarella and pedestrian pepperoni. In contrast, the darkened La Nova pie, oil seeping through the pores of its soft crust, was loaded with sweet, deep red sauce, sharp mozzarella, and chunky, spicy pepperoni.

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 be eligible to win our Pizza Showdown contest. 

 

 

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Oct 21, 2010 11:59 am
 Posted by  Mike In WNY

This one is a toss-up, just like the dough. Neither place comes to mind when I'm on the hunt for a good pizza. They are not bad, just not memorable. I'll have to give my nod to the hometown favorite, La Nova.

Oct 21, 2010 12:50 pm
 Posted by  pjm

LaNova is definitely the better choice of these two establishments.

LaNova offers many other choices besides the typical cheese and pepperoni. LaNova's white pizza is the recognized classic that prompted others into their own versions, none of which has ever measured up the LaNova white!

Oct 21, 2010 12:51 pm
 Posted by  pjm

LaNova is definitely the better choice of these two establishments.

LaNova's white pizza is the recognized classic that prompted others into their own versions, none of which has ever measured up to the LaNova white!

Oct 22, 2010 11:22 am
 Posted by  laugh119bh

While I do love a Zetti's pizza once in a while, the post has it right - it's a downstate pizza. It's delicious, and I do like it and have ordered a pie from them on several occasions, but it's not a go-to pizza for me or my friends and family. When you're in the mood for pizza, you get La Nova or Bocce. When you're in the mood for NY style pizza, you get Zetti's. When friends visit from NY, they want "Buffalo" pizza. So, if you could only pick one place, you'd have to pick the traditional and delicious "Buffalo" pizza at LaNova!

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