I grew up in the area and recently my wife and I were up to see my parents and I have always wanted to go back. Rewind to the 80's and this is where I was on family pizza night just about every Friday. I have such fond memories of this place. Anytime a restaurant is still doing solid business for 30+ years without a single cosmetic update you know it is only for one reason, the food is solid. I walked in and immediately recognized members of the staff from 20 years ago still there, another really good sign in this business. I was part of it for many years and know it too well. We got what I always got, pepperoni pizza and an antipasto for two. This time I got beer instead of a Buck Rogers (coke and grenadine, it was an 80's thing, boys answer to the Shirley Temple). We also got an order of wings just to see how they were. The pizza is just as I remembered it. It isn't a NY style pizza. The slices are small, maybe 6 bites or so. The crust is what I love the most about this pizza. It is that buttery crunchy greasy crust you can only get from well seasoned pizza trays, and these are well seasoned. It is a no frills place, don't expect anything spectacular as far as decor. Nothing had changed since I was there last and I was really glad. The wings were really good, they were the perfect size with a perfect medium sauce and a little crisp but not overcooked. The antipasto for two is the same too, huge. It is enough for 4 people to pick at. It is still the same as it was 20 years ago and that is the charm. Our waiter, who has always been there and may actually be a partner or owner, not sure, was super friendly and funny and in a really good mood. I can see where people might be miffed a little by this place. It is hard to explain, they still put green olives with pimento and deli sliced sheets of American cheese on the antipasto. It still has fake brick wallpaper and really old booths. The same Genesee beer signs on the wall, and I think it was on tap. I wouldn't go here for fancy and if that is what you are after I have a feeling they don't want you there either. I got the feeling everyone in there knew each other and liked that they knew what was coming and that it will never change. I like that too and I won't let 20 years go by again without coming back. I put couples visit because I went with my wife, this was not a romantic event. We ordered the large antipasto, wings (10), pizza was 1/2 pepp and 1/2 cherry pepper and broc., I had two Sam Adams and my wife two club sodas. The bill was $41, whoever called this place expensive really hasn't gone out much lately.
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