I went to the Gino’s NY Pizza on South Park for lunch around noon. $5 and some change for 2 BIG slices and a can of pop. However, NY pizza is much less dense that Buffalo Style, so they are pretty much meeting the bar on size. Also, as a water drinker, I wish more places offered a deal for 2 slices and no pop included. That is very minimal stuff to bitch about. So far so good.

Where Gino’s exceeds in value is their $5 for a pop AND ANY variety of pizza they have under the glass, and there are a shit-ton. They had some awesome pies, but I went for the Cheese & Pepperoni and the Supreme. Had to do Cheese and Pepperoni because that is the standard I am using to judge across the board. I’m not reviewing the Supreme (but if you like banana & sweet peppers, very good).


So clearly, Gino’s serves a definitive NY style pizza. Cracker thin crust, big thin pepperoni that lies flat on the cheese, and a traditional sauce. Not only that, but they maintain the NY tradition of keeping several mostly-cooked pies under the glass that you choose from and they finish off in the oven. A little grease sitting on top, which I think is a necessity. If you see anyone pat that off with a napkin, you should politely yet firmly ask them to leave.


The dough at Gino’s is thin. I mean like, RAZOR THIN. I am in to a thin pie, but this is a little much. When I folded it in half, the bottom cracked down the center. Crispy bite on the bottom, without much of a bite/chew. Accordingly, the crust was very crispy and pretty dry with a cracker-like flavor. The sauce was sparse, but flavorful (from what I could note). I would have been able to give a better judgement if there were just a little more of it. Where Gino’s exceeds is their pepperoni and more so with their cheese. The pepperoni had good coverage with a little bit of a spicy kick. The cheese pulled well, and was on point for distribution. Slightly browned which is really important to add a distinct caramelized flavor (burning of the milk sugars). Because the slices were so thin, too much cheese would have been off. Maybe just a little more would have made it perfect, but still pretty dead on. I should also note, that the service was amazing. Both guys were exceedingly friendly, and the pizza was brought to my seat. They clearly care about their product and want you to have the best experience possible.


All in all, I liked Gino’s…but I didn’t love it. Keep in mind I am not comparing this with Buffalo style pizza, but in a side category all its own. It was almost TOO NY if that makes any sense. The dough was thin, but probably too thin. The sauce was sparse, but a little too sparse. The crust was crisp, but it lacked any chew.

The pepperoni was awesome and a little spicy, and the cheese was a little browned and pulled wonderfully. The cheese really couldn’t have been much better. There really aren’t too many NY style pizzerias in Buffalo, so if that is your thing, I recommend you give Gino’s a shot. THANKS FOR LUNCH, GUYS! On with the scoring.

DoughšŸ„–: (C) A little too thin and a cracker-like crust.
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CheesešŸ§€: (A-) Perfect browning and great flavor.
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SaucešŸ„«: (C+) I would have liked a bit more, but from what I could taste, very average.
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PepperonišŸ–: (B) Notable spiciness and distinguishable flavor.
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OverallšŸ•: (B-) Very NY style, but really needs to improve the dough (improved “chewiness”, that is) in order to go above and beyond. Cheese and Pepperoni are both highlights, with a little less sauce than I would prefer. Couldn’t really review it well because there was too little. Also, an amazing variety of pizzas that all looked awesome! Couldn’t ask for more variety during the lunch hour. I imagine thats particularly kick ass when you stumble drunk into the one across from Bullies. Not that I would know.