Food Porn: Avenue Pizza & Sub

UPDATE: After this post, Avenue Pizza moved down Elmwood and then closed.

The best part of my new job is working near almost endless food options for lunch.  Within a 3 mils radius of my office on Delaware & Allen there are countless possibilities.  The worst part of my job is that my coworkers aren’t the most adventurous eaters, which means we go to the same 6 places over and over.  So when I realized that there was another pizza place we could try AND I had a coupon, it was a win win.

Avenue Pizza is located on Elmwood but on the Allentown end, located on a strip filled with some of Buffalo’s finest restaurants.  I was pretty optimistic, I thought I had heard good things about it (later realized I was thinking Mister Pizza) and I firmly believe that the less appealing a restaurant looks on the outside, the better chances I was going to eat something delicious inside.

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My co-worker Matt decided to go with some cheese slices that were sitting in their “ready to go” glass case.  The pizza wasn’t that great, the crust wasn’t cooked very well and had that horrible “cardboard look”.  I ordered their Pizza sub and was very satisfied.  I have just recently started to get into a love of Pizza subs (really there is nothing not to like).  Even without a coupon it wasn’t that expensive, for a full sub it was $5.95.

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The meal was half hit and half miss, Matt didn’t like his pizza that much but I really enjoyed my sub.  So I would recommend ordering something fresh, maybe right out of the oven it will be much better then eating a gross soggy slice.  I would also recommend not eating at the Elmwood location, not only is the inside not that appealing to dine at, but half way through eating my sub there was some weird fight/yelling coming form the kitchen and a lot of swearing.  It was just really awkward and something I don’t look for when trying to find lunch locations.  There are several Pizza/Sub options on the Elmwood strip; Avenue Pizza wouldn’t be my top pick.  Try out Just Pizza, Mister Pizza or NY Style Pizza on Allen St., they are all better options.

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11 thoughts on “Food Porn: Avenue Pizza & Sub

  1. Allen

    DON’T go to NY Pizza on Allen. 3 of my friends and I all got food poisoning there a couple of weeks ago. When one of our friends posted something on craigslist about it, he got endless replies from other people who’d got food poisoning from NY Pizza too. Food poisoning from pizza and subs? They must be DIRTY.

  2. Don Burtless

    Wow, thats freaky. I’ve eaten there probably 10+ times since I started working off Allen in September and never had an issue. But hopefully thats not something recent, but at the same time judging from how it looks on the inside I’m not shocked.

  3. I’ve eaten there about 50 times throught the past 10 years (or since they opened). All I can say is that I never got food poisoning. Yes, that place is a trip and is a pretty trashy setting but, that said, I do dig the pizza quite a bit (usually) and the Jamaican patties. Before Zetti’s opened, they were the best NYC style slice around!
    (For my review of Zetti’s, see: http://www.truebluebuffalo.com)

  4. casi-di-pizza is an alternative just down the street. my gf actually had pizza from there tonight… said it was greasy and she liked the crust. just pizza is horrible… they always overcook it and burn it and it is dry… at least for the few times i’ve had pizza there… including the new one on nf blvd. there used to be an avenue pizza on millersport/flint… the kind of pizza that would have air bubbles in the dough if you know what i mean… but the subs were amazing there

  5. FP,

    I always love the bubbles in the pizza but I also love Just Pizza. The 10 times or so I’ve had it, the toppings were abundant (or “abondonza”, as the Celeste ads used to say) and the crust, et al, was succulent. Food is very subjective but “the help” at your corner pizzeria also help objectify the mound of dough, sauce and cheese, we call pizza into a very random affair. In other words, consistency can suck. Maybe I “Just” got lucky…?

    Nelson

  6. Alli Suriani

    vinny, how in the heck can you not like just pizza? their sesame seed crust is to die for….and the southtowns locations are fantastic.

  7. Just Pizza has ‘always’ let me down. I started with the one on Main St. by UB many years ago and I still remember it to this day that the pizza was cut in awkward angles, it was dry, and the amount of pizza in the large size box filled about half the space… that’s never happened before from anywhere when I got a large. It’s like they put a small pizza in a large box. The one on Niagara Falls Blvd. tends to overcook and burn it… similar to the John’s down the street from it. I currently have Just Pizza ranked at #37 on my pizzeria list. I haven’t tried the one on Elmwood though, but I’m comfortable with my La Nova, Bocce, Franco’s, di Paulo’s, The Fatman, now Zetti’s, and even Ying’s pizza.

    Does anyone know if the 2-4-1 closed down on Elmwood/Forest? (Never cared for it though)

  8. Jillian

    La Nova is by far my fav, but I will agree Just Pizza is awesome with the amount of toppings they put. Their sauce is really good too.

  9. 2-4-1 is closed… drove by there tonight and there’s a sign on it that says, “Fully equipped pizzeria for sale.”

  10. the pizza from Lanova’s is ok to say the most and everytime I’ve ordered from there and got 20 wings I ended up with 19! It’s not like once or twice, I mean over ten times. I feel like that and there overpriced food is how they make money though, so remeber if you order 5 fingers you most likely will get 4 and if you order 10 wings you will get 9… gotta keep the doors open my sneaking one past everyone?!?!

    that or every single person there is so dumb and stoned (more likely) that they can’t count (gotta LOVE Buffalo school systems)

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