Did you know Hertel ave has been UNTOUCHED by this godforsaken shitpopsicle winter?!? Grabbed this off the net because I forgot to snap a pic. God I miss that weather. Zips-Wiseguys is one of those weird chains like all the “Ray’s” pizzerias in NYC. There are a few Zip’s, I don’t know if they all tack on the “Wiseguys” name, and they are unaffiliated with Wiseguys in South Buffalo. Maybe a feud going on there, or people are just getting lazy naming places. To spare confusion, we’re just gonna call them “Zips” from here forward. Anyhow, 2/$5 yo, niggas got garbage down the way. BONG.

First thoughts on Zip’s. Greasy, but damn good looking cheese. Perfect pepperoni distribution. Crust looks dry. I see you sauce. Not as thick as I would have expected.

Lots of grease. Like looking into a fish-eye lens. People have been asking me to set standards for “Buffalo Style”. My definition may be different from yours, but to me, the pepperoni here is textbook. Round cup-and-char. Lil’ grease cups. As far as I know, that emcee name is still available. These were good, and in heavy distribution.

For me, Zip’s highlight is their cheese. People have told me that a lot of grease means it’s cheap, but I don’t know about that. I’ve had cheap cheese before, which you may recall if you’ve been following along, and it is instantly recognizable. Buffalo pizza typically has a LOT of cheese, so I think you’re going to encounter grease no matter what. Plus, there is a lot of pepperoni on there too. I’m sure that contributes. This was really good cheese. Some of the best elasticity yet, really creamy and just a touch of brine. No cheeseless voids. Very good.

I didn’t get an up-close sauce shot, but it’s possibly the most unique yet. This is going to be a point of contention, because I really don’t like sweet sauce. Zip’s has VERY sweet sauce for their regular recipe. Sweetest yet. If you like that sweetness, this is your slice. Certainly not sickening, but it was the first thing I noticed biting in. It is a nice sauce with good flavor, but too sweet for me. Purely preference here. …this dough, however, is not a matter of preference. At least I would think so. These slices are burnt…hard. This blackness covered the whole slice, and it was bitter. I’m sure this isn’t their norm, but I’ve gotta go on what I’m given. Apart from the burn, you could tell it had potential. Could have been a little thicker in my opinion. Really hard to get past that burn, though.

Overall, Zip’s is good. I would say it is a pretty standard template for the Buffalo pie, with sauce sweeter then the norm, and a little bit thinner dough. They are open LATE and that is a huge plus. If you had a few and wanted pizza this would no-doubt be your best option. Admittedly though, I don’t know all the places that are open in that 2-3am range. Still very good…but that burn, man. Let’s crunch the numbers.

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DoughšŸ„–: (D+) Damnit it had potential, but that char ruined the slice.
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CheesešŸ§€: (B/B+) Highlight of the slice. Quality always shines through in this category.
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SaucešŸ„«: (A-) This is pure preference. If you like sweet sauce, this could easily hit in the A range.
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PepperonišŸ–: (B) The standard, but in excellent distribution.
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OverallšŸ•: (B+) Another case where you’ve really gotta read the story to fully understand it. Potentially a low A range / high B range pizza, but the slice burn is inexcusable. Also, their sauce is not for me, so that alone will keep me away. STILL I would not hesitate to eat this pizza if it were convenient. This could easily be your favorite pizza if you like sweet and they don’t burn it. As always, much appreciated for the service, Zip’s.