Food Porn: La Nova

I think almost everyone in Buffalo has some basic knowledge of La Nova.  They’re easily one of the most well known pizzerias and for good reason, they serve really good pizza.  Even though I’ve lived downtown for the last year, Alli and I really haven’t eaten at La Nova a lot.  I’m not sure why, probably because of this website and the urge to constantly eat somewhere new.  But the other day when I wanted to order a good Buffalo-style Pizza (I’m over NYC style) with some friends, we ordered a Large Pizza and double wing combo.

Really this article is for someone who isn’t familiar with Buffalo but is looking for a really good slice of pizza.  If you are a native and this is the first time you’ve heard of La Nova, I’m shocked, but hopefully this will make you get out of whatever suburb you’re living in and take a drive.  Here’s how the pizza/wings were….

Now, the West Ferry location is in an area of downtown Buffalo that isn’t the most desirable.  But if you put that aside, their pizza is amazing (also they now have a second location in Williamsville on Main St).  Now we just ordered our Large Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza (pictured below) as is, we didn’t ask for well done or anything else.  The dough itself was thicker then I’ve had in other Buffalo Pizzerias, but nice and fluffy.  The crust has a good crunch but the bottom of the pizza was very soft.  Their sauce is nice and sweet and the amount of cheese on this pizza is pretty generous.  I honestly wouldn’t change anything about this pizza, for me it was perfect.

We also ordered their Medium Chicken Wings to round out our meal.  I wouldn’t say the best I’ve ever had but definitely something I wouldn’t be ashamed to show someone who wasn’t a local.  I normally like the wings to be a little more saucy and these were closer to the dry side and also weren’t as crispy as I like.  Alli and I recently went back to La Nova and ordered more wings and asked for them to be extra crispy and it was a fantastic idea.

Now, La Nova has a much larger menu than just pizza and wings, with various specialty pizza’s, taco’s and various Italian diners.  I guess their main criticism (aside from various rumors about the Todaro family) is the tend to be over priced.  But after looking over their menu, it’s really not that bad.  A large pizza will cost you 15 to 22 dollars but many of the higher prices are for their specialty pizzas.

If you have not tried La Nova you need to, they are really a Buffalo staple.  There really isn’t an “Anchor Bar” for pizza in Buffalo but you could make the argument that La Nova could be just that.  They have the longevity (they’ve been around since 1957) and they are known world wide (they’re considered one of the most successful independent pizzerias in the US).  So do yourself a favor and give them a try, if you haven’t already.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: La Nova

  1. Maya

    I think instead of saying it’s in an area that isn’t most desireable” it would be better to say it’s in a very “city” type of neighborhood. It’s offensive to say “not desireable” as well as there are people who do not have a problem with this area. I think you could even say “the west side” or a ” rougher area”. I guess it just distracts a reader from the point of the article. Especially to a native of the city of buffalo and not the suburbs.

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