Almost everyone can say that there is at least some kind of pizza that they love to eat. Even the cheese/pepperoni pizza haters probably have fond thoughts toward another variety of the hot, gooey goodness. I am personally actually one of the people that likes lesser-enjoyed varieties of pizza more than the usual. The Finger Lakes is brimming with wonderful pizza places that travelers, as well as locals rave about. I came up with a list of five of these awesome pizza places that you need to try if you’re ever in their areas.
1. Pizza King (Hornell)
There’s a reason they call it Pizza King. While we live an hour away from here and don’t get to eat it that often, it has always been one of my parents’ favorite pizza places when they were growing up. I have had the opportunity to eat here a handful of times throughout the years, and it’s delicious. To me, a huge portion of what makes a pizza great or horrible is simply the tomato sauce. There are countless recipes out there, and Pizza King has got it right with theirs. I doubt there will ever be a time me or my family stops loving Pizza King – so check it out if you’re around the Hornell area!
2. Jerlando’s Ristorante & Pizza Co. (Watkins Glen)
This would have to be my personal top favorite pizza place in the Finger Lakes overall. The crust is the perfect thickness – pretty thin like New York pizza usually is. The sauce is delicious and it just all comes together in a perfect, not too wet, not too dry slice. Here, you can either dine in the sit-down restaurant in the front, or head to the back door for a regular pizza pickup place. You won’t be disappointed if you choose this place.
3. Pizza Stop (Rochester)*
One review I found of Pizza Stop says “This has to be one of the best ‘by the slice’ pizza places around town.” Patrons of this little pizza shop really seem to love it! It’s your usual pizza setup, where you walk up to a counter to order and they pop your pizza in the oven fresh. Several commenters said that they’d finally found authentic NYC-style pizza here in Rochester – so I think it’s safe to say I need to be visiting this place soon! They also serve beer on top of the usual pizza shop drinks, and it seems like the perfect place to stop for a quick lunch if you’re in the area.
4. Pontillo’s Pizza & Pasta – Bushnells Basin (Pittsford)*
As I peruse online reviews of Pontillo’s, I see some commonalities in what people are saying concerning the pies here. It’s a local favorite, and this location is take out only. A lot of people rave about the tomato sauce, but love the buffalo chicken pizza and broccoli and cheese. Several people also raved about the chicken wings, so it definitely seems like your typical all-inclusive pizza joint that’s worth checking out.
5. Aniello’s Pizzeria (Corning)
Aniello’s is great in my book for those times when you want an alternative to cheese or pepperoni pizza. They have chicken cordon bleu, vegetarian, white broccoli pizzas, and more. There’s a lot to choose from, and the friendly storefront and quick made-to-order service makes this a perfect stop if you’re in downtown Corning or enjoying an evening on Market Street.
(*) indicates that I’ve never been to this restaurant, but am basing my list on travel rankings and reviews. All others I have been to, and are my own personal opinion.
Featured photo: Jerlando’s Facebook page.