Pizza bracket 8: Zetti's vs. La Nova
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.