Food Porn: Pizza Junction

UPDATE: Since our post, Pizza Junction has closed.

  • Restaurant Type: Take Out / Casual
  • Cuisine: Pizza / Italian
  • Prices: Pizza $12-$20, Italian Entrees $8-$13, Appetizers $6-$11
  • Location: North Tonawanda

We can usually tell when an episode of Diner’s, Drive-in’s and Dives is airing that features a restaurant from Buffalo, the traffic on our site dramatically increases and specific posts we’ve written years ago suddenly become very popular.  In January of 2010, all of Buffalo watched Guy Fieri visit North Tonawanda’s Pizza Junction and sample some of their signature pizza’s (specifically their Beef on Weck, BBQ Pulled Pork and Rueben).  We’ve wanted to try Pizza Junction since that episode but we never are in the North Tonawanda area.  That said, Alli and I tried their Beef on Weck pizza during Buffalo’s Pizza Bash but wanted to visit the actual restaurant and have a proper experience.  We finally got around to crossing it off our to do list and visited last week, here’s how our meal went….

I’m not sure why I thought Pizza Junction was going to be more of a dive, but I was impressed with how nice the place was inside.  There is a nice bar and a dining area that will remind you of every other Italian/Pizzeria restaurant in Buffalo, but that’s not a knock on the place.  Inside it has that familiar feeling that will be comforting to most Buffaloians that enjoy red-sauce Italian cuisine.

Potato Skins, Mozz Sticks, Chicken Wings

We started the meal with their appetizer platter (~$11), which is a great deal based purely on the price to quantity of food ratio.  With an almost full order of Onion Rings, 2 Potato Skins, several Mozzarella Sticks and about 5 Chicken Wings, you get a pretty good deal.  Considering an order of Potato Skins themselves are $10, for the extra $2 just treat yourself to a little extra.  The mozzarella sticks and onion rings were pretty standard, the chicken wings were ordered medium and the chicken itself was very juicy, and the potato skins were loaded with bacon and had a great crunch/crispyness.  Overall, it was a tasty deep-fried appetizer and was worth the $11.  You could definitely share an order with more then just 2 people.

When I originally tried their Beef on Weck pizza at Buffalo Pizza Bash, I wasn’t impressed.  That said, the idea is very clever and unique and the crust was really good, and I wasn’t going to write off the restaurant after eating just 1 slice of pizza in a Hotel conference room.  Our game plan was to try another one of those “signature” pizzas and sample more of their large menu.

Well as you can see above, we didn’t try any of their signature pizzas.  Since we already had “sampled” their Beef on Weck we decided we REALLY wanted to try their BBQ Pulled Pork, the only problem was they were all out of Pulled Pork.  Alli was particularly disappointed but she decided instead to try out their standard cheese and pepperoni and I went with bacon and black olive.  Pizza Junction’s pizzas are probably the closest I’ve come in Buffalo to Chicago’s  “Deep Dish” style.  Their pizza crust rose high above the cheese and while watching watching other tables enjoy their meals, I noticed this place really can bury a pizza with toppings.  This is the kind of pizza that you eat with a knife and a fork, the weight of the toppings overwhelms the pizza crust and made picking up a slice to eat by hand almost impossible.  Their sauce was nice and sweet and the dough had a great chewy texture and as you can see, they really loaded my side with bacon.  Overall, did it take the place of our favorite pizza in Buffalo, no (that title is still held by Nino’s in West Seneca) but we were more than satisfied with our meal and are really itching to go back to try the Pulled Pork Pizza (from all accounts we’ve heard, its amazing).

I’m glad we finally made an effort to drive to NT and try out Pizza Junction, they aren’t really setting the world on fire with any of their food but they make a really solid pizza.  If you are in the area it’s definitely worth checking out, but I’m not sure if it’s worth a 20+ minute drive from south of the city unless you are going to try one of those specific pizza’s.


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