Food Porn: Buzzy’s New York Style Pizza

Thanks to the ranking system on Urbanspoon I found out about Buzzy’s a few months ago.  I noticed it had a large amount of votes and some people were commenting about how it’s the best pizza in Western New York.  I don’t make my way out to Niagara Falls very often, in fact aside from occasional trips to Clifton Hill when I was younger and shopping at the Outlet Mall, I don’t think I’ve ever really hung out in the area.  Recently, I was re-reminded of Buzzy’s existence when I read Buffalo Spree’s Pizza Showdown and was convinced by Alan Bedenko that I needed to try it out.  Alli and I found ourselves doing some last minute bridal party shopping last week and since it’s a rare occurrence for me to be in that area, I decided it was either now or never (or at least not for another 6 months).  Here’s how the meal went…
Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual/Take out
  • Cuisine: Pizza
  • Prices: Pizza $12-20 (Large), Wings $7/12 , Appetizers $3-6
  • Location: Niagara Falls
It seems like asking people on twitter for recommendations and looking at foursquare tips is becoming a pre-ordering tradition for Alli and I when we are eating somewhere new.  This time around I looked at Buzzy’s foursquare page to find several tips, with most of them talking about how horrible/slow the service is.  When Alli and I walked in (on a Friday night), this place was packed with a line of people waiting at the door and even more people rushing in to pick up their “to go” orders.  Alli and I understood there was a good chance we’d have to wait for a table (the wait ended up being ~20 minutes) and watching the waitress not being very efficient made me realize where the negative comments were coming from.  But since I had heard such great things we decided to stick it out.

The restaurant itself looks great and you can tell they have recently remodeled the place; it still has that “new” shine and what looks like newly painted exterior.  The extra money put into renovating this place clearly shows but overall the casual atmosphere reminded me of almost any Pizza/”red sauce Italian” restaurant in Buffalo  (not a bad thing). It was full of families and you are expected to go up to the counter to pay for your food when you’ve finished your meal.

Along with the Medium Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza (that choice seemed pretty obvious) we decided to order some Chicken Wings and wanted to get something different then our normal Medium sauce.  We ordered a single order of their Honey Garlic Wings.  The sauce was very heavy on the honey and I actually had to go to the bathroom to wash the stickiness off hands before trying to eat pizza.  The wings themselves were cooked fantastically; really crispy and juicy inside but I wasn’t a big fan of the sauce.  I was hoping for some type of garlic to balance out the intense sweetness of the honey but there wasn’t even a hint.

Our waitress had came over a couple minutes after placing our order to ask if we wanted our wings served first; apparently they had made too many Chicken Wings so we got our order right away (which was great since we were starving).  We finished off the entire order before the pizza arrived.  First off, the crust was fantastic, it had a great crispy bite without being burnt and it actually reminded me of a really good bread stick. The center of the pizza was a little messy so you had to eat it with a knife and fork. The sauce was more savory than other sweeter sauces Buffalo might be known for and had a strong kick of basil.  It was finished off with a good helping of whole-milk mozzarella.  Alli and I were very pleased and almost finished off the whole pie.

I could understand how someone could go to Buzzy’s and have a poor experience; we lucked out with a good server but I saw several tables that were getting mad about waiting for food or their check.  The food, specifically our pizza, was delicious and anyone who’s shopping at the Outlet Mall should take a short drive down Niagara Falls Blvd and try it out.  In terms of “New York Style Pizza” it’s probably some of the best I’ve had in Buffalo (not that there’s a lot of options, but still).

Buzzy's New York Style Pizza on Urbanspoon

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