Saturday, March 22, 2014

Empire Pizza

Empire Pizza bills itself as "Webster's only true pizzeria."  I can't testify to the veracity of that claim, but I can say that it is the only pizzeria on the route home from my hair stylist :)  And, this is why I picked up a couple pizzas and some garlic twists from Empire last week.

We selected the garlic, broccoli and mushroom; and the Southwestern BBQ Chicken.  Overall the pizzas were quite good.  We agreed they were a step below Pizza Stop, but still way above most we've had.  The crust was thin and crispy; the toppings fresh and generous; and I'll add that the counter service was quite friendly.  As for the specifics--

--The garlic, broccoli and mushroom could have used much more garlic from our perspective, but when it comes to garlic, we're like reverse vampires.  So, next time, we'll ask them for extra.  Otherwise, the broccoli was perfectly cooked (blanched ahead, it seemed, and then carefully baked so as not to burn) and the mushrooms were meaty and tasty.

--The SWBBQ seemed like Empire's version of Pizza Stop's Jurassic Chicken.  (I understand that EP once had some relationship with PS, so some of the menu similarities make sense.)  This version had more sweet and less heat, though; guess which we prefer.  Still quite yummy!

--The garlic twists could have use more (say it with me) garlic!  But, they did come with a delicious side of marinara, which I'm guessing is their pizza sauce.  Quite good!

Whether or not Empire Pizza is Webster's only true pizzeria, I can say for certain that it is a very good pizzeria.  We had to make ourselves stop nibbling on toppings and edges after we were "done."  It's clear we'll be back!

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