Food Porn: Jacobi’s Pizza Express

Growing up in the Southtowns I remember their being 4 different “Jacobi’s” and I always assumed they were owned by the same family.  A couple locations were just simple pizza places but there was a night club in Lackawanna where a friend of mine bar-tended and all of them had the exact same logo.  I don’t really know if Jacobi’s Pizza Express (on Elmwood/West Tupper) is related to any of those restaurants, but what I do know is that they are a good option for grabbing a pizza.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Take Out Pizzeria
  • Cuisine: Pizza
  • Price: Pizza ($10-20), Single Wings ~ $9, Subs (Under $10)
  • Location: Allentown

We’ve lived in Allentown for a year and a half now and all of the restaurants that are walking distance from us are starting to loose their appeal.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some great options around us but after eating somewhere 10+ times I just can’t get that excited about it anymore.  That said, not to long ago Jacobi’s moved into a building on Elmwood that really doesn’t look that welcoming or inviting, but after getting their menu stuffed in our mail box for 3 months straight we finally caved and ordered some pizza.

Their pizza didn’t blow my mind like trying Imperial for the first time, but after trying Jacobi’s pizza on three different occasions I’ve been officially sold.  Their slices are fairly thin, they use a sauce that isn’t sweet but instead actually somewhat spicy, they don’t skimp on the toppings, their crust always has a good “well done” crunch to it and of course the pizza has it’s share of grease.  Their Cheese and Pepperoni pizza was my last meal as a single man (as we ordered it as we were getting ready before my wedding) and also our first meal back in Buffalo late at night after returning from our honeymoon and it didn’t disappoint either time.  We’ve also had their Chicken Wings which stand up quite nicely to the Buffalo standard; large juicy wings with a crispy skin.  The sauce was really cooked into the skin (as opposed to being a soggy wet mess) and they had a good mix of butter and hot sauce for their take on Medium.

You can’t sit inside their location as it’s Take Out only.  And you shouldn’t order their food expecting some type of mind blowing pizza.  Their food is solid and you’ve probably have had similiar offerings all over Buffalo, but for us it’s a wonderful combination of: walkable from our house, they are open late (til 5am on Thursday-Saturday) and they’re pretty cheap.  If you work downtown, they have some great lunch specials that would tempt any Buffalo-ian.  Check it out and they might become your go to convenient pizza place; when we don’t want to drive to Nino’s or Carbone’s they are definitely our first choice.
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