Food Porn: Bocce Club Pizzeria (Hopkins Rd)

As you may have read in previous posts, I recently stated a new job in the northtowns, Getzville to be exact.  Lately I’ve been driving around on my lunch break and trying to see exactly what I can find.  Today’s post features a been a place I’ve been dying to try since we started Buffalo Eats.  While researching Buffalo’s food scene and history one if the first places I heard about was Bocce Club pizza.  Somehow it took us almost 3 years into this blog for me to finally take the drive down Hopkins to stop into Bocce Club’s takeout location.

I won’t go into the long history that is behind the family ownership of the 3 Bocce locations, but the Transit Rd. location isn’t mentioned on the Hopkins/Bailey menu and I know somehow Imperial Pizza in South Buffalo was/is involved.  If you’d like more information you can read this Buffalo Chow article from 2008 or leave a comment below.  What I do know is that I absolutely love their whole-milk mozzarella, sweet sauce and large fluffy crust.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Take out only
  • Cuisine: Pizza
  • Location: East Amherst
  • Price: Lunch Special $6, Subs under $10

First thing you should know is that the Bocce’s Hopkins Rd location is takeout only; they do have lunch specials (seen in gallery) but there is absolutely no seating inside.  Unless you are within driving distance from your work or home, plan on eating your pizza in your car.  Luckily, I knew about this before I made the visit and was prepared to bring back my two slices back to my office.  For only $6 you can order two slices of pizza and a 20 oz bottle of pop.  They don’t have a spinning tray of slices waiting to go when you walk in, so be prepared to wait 5-10 minutes for them to finish off the slices in the oven unless you call ahead.

Really the only two minor complaints that I could make would be 1) the potential wait times during prime lunch hours during the week and 2) when they give your slices they are scalding hot.  I could barely hold the bottom of the box it was so hot and I had to actually wait for the pizza to cool down before I could eat it.  Otherwise, everything else about their pizza is fantastic.  They use whole-milk mozzarella, which is delicious when paired with a large dose of their “secret recipe” sweet sauce.  The pepperoni they use has a little bite to it which I really loved and the crust is airy yet crisp.  This isn’t a slice of pizza that you’ll pick up out of the box and eat right away, prepare to use a fork and knife when your eating a slice this fresh out of the oven.  Their slices are also notoriously large and two slices will be more then enough food for a lunch.

If you couldn’t tell, I love Bocce Club pizza, it really stands out from your standard Buffalo-style pizza.  Since I found two weeks ago out that I was less then 5 minutes away from their Hopkins location, I’ve gone for lunch 3 times.  On one of my visits the pizza was slightly over cooked but the other two visits it was perfect.  If you’re looking for a place to bring the family then I’d visit their other “Bocce Club Pizza” location on North Bailey.  I’m still curious to see how the Transit Rd “Bocce Pizza” stacks up.  Looking at their pictures on that website, it appears the pizza doesn’t quite look like the typical “Bocce” style, but I could be wrong.

Photo Gallery:

Bocce Club Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

One thought on “Food Porn: Bocce Club Pizzeria (Hopkins Rd)

  1. Anonymous

    I don’t think I’ve ever posted on a blog before but the pictures of that pizza got my mouth watering.
    Bocce’s (original) is by far and away the best pizza in the Buffalo area.
    Back in the day…..we used to go to the Bailey Ave location and order a large and sit around and eat it in the parking lot.
    I particularly love their sauce. The crust has always been as you described, “airy yet crisp”
    I always loved it when there was just a hint of burnt crust. Which seemed to be the norm rather than the exception.
    They also used to have a location on Clinton with bars on the windows and doors. We used to go there for lunch when I worked downtown. The guys behind the counter had guns on their hips.
    The Bailey Ave location is a good 20 minutes from my office. I’m going there for lunch today………

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