Food Porn: Pino’s Pizza

First of all, I (Dave) apologize for my absence. Due to uncontrollable circumstances I was forced to take a leave of absence (I may or may not have been in African finding a cure to malaria.) I hope to become a more avid blogger and I once again apologize for my lack of posts and not only that, but my frequenting of many chain restaurants as well. Only a few can manage to go to Applebee’s, Red Robin, and McDonald’s in one week, yet I have accomplished that feat. So as I loosen a few notches on my belt, let me tell you about my adventure to Pino’s Restaurant in Hamburg.

It is a small building, located on Abbott Road near the Bills Stadium. If you don’t look carefully, it would be easy to miss. More people who drive past it are trying to avoid hitting drunken Bills’ fans than taking in their surroundings. I don’t have fun writing bad reviews, especially about small businesses, but everything about this place was pretty much…blah. It wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t great. It was just very forgettable.

The interior was very nice. It essentially looked like the inside of a one story house with all the walls knocked down so it was just one open rectangular space. We went late on a Saturday night and got seated right away. That part was great. The waitstaff were very friendly and even offered to bring us a pitcher of pop so we wouldn’t have to keep asking for refills.

The menu was somewhat small and exclusively Italian food. If I were to narrow it down it would be a choice between pizza or pasta. I was slightly appalled by the prices, but that just might be because I’m used to the dollar menu. An advantage, though, is that you can order half of a dinner and not have to get the whole thing. As a start, we ordered a big side salad for us all. It was a standard salad with nothing special about it. Lettuce, tomato, onion, and dressing. Nothing crazy.

Yay salad.

Next up was the entree. I got the Chicken Parmesan because I had been craving it lately. I got the half portion because I didn’t think I could handle the full portion. The dinner comes with the chicken and a separate side of pasta. My reaction was that it was just OK. The cheese wasn’t melted on as much as I would have liked and the sauce was very rich, almost too intense. It wasn’t necessarily spicy, but it just takes a lot out of you when you eat it. Anyway, here’s the chicken:

Chicken Parmesan, my thoughts: Eh.

As for everyone else, they all got the same exact thing; Spaghetti with meatballs. They said it was pretty good. Once again, the general consensus being that it wasn’t anything great. Here’s the picture:

Woot woot.

We saw people who ordered pizza and it looked amazing. I immediately regretted my decision of menu item choice. Honestly, while the food wasn’t terrible, I’d suggest you go to Ilio DiPalo’s or even Olive Garden (Don’s edit: I do not suggest Olive Garden) because at least then you get some sweet, delicious breadsticks. Sweet, sweet, sweet, yummy breadsticks.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Pino’s Pizza

  1. Pepsi

    Pino’s isn’t supposed to be a restaurant. It’s main deal is as a pizza place. Get some order-out pizza and then review it.

  2. John

    I am sorry to say that you must have hit them on a bad day. I list Pino’s as one of my top 3 favorite Italian restaurants. When I go, I get the antipasto salad and an order of ziti with garlic & oil. The antipasto is huge with everything you expect to be on it. The difference is that the meats and cheeses are super fresh. The homemade house dressing is excellent also. The ziti with g&o is AMAZING! They fry the fresh sliced garlic cloves and place tons of it on top of the ziti which has been tossed in oil. You wont be kissed, but it’s worth it.
    Try Pino’s again and I am sure you wont be sorry.

  3. Erin

    Anyone who opts for the Olive Garden over a family-owned genuine Italian restaurant has no place criticizing food. The spaghetti with meat sauce is by far the best in Buffalo, they actually give you real meat sauce, not watered down jar sauce with McDonald’s quality beef. Perhaps before you consider yourself an authority on food you should reevaluate your tastes, the dollar menu will be happy to have you on their side.

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