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ryan.rutherford10/11/23, 2:36 a.m.
Established in 1984 in the Bronx, this is a dough lover’s dream, a true NYC football pizza. Deceptively thick with a super doughy crust, there’s just enough crunch to avoid being a floppy & mushy mess. Weightier than it looks, the dough appears to be thinnish but plays heavy. Nonetheless, this is actually a firm pie with a great undercarriage, well-charred & crisped with some semolina seeds underneath to prevent sogginess. While not a particularly creamy blend, the cheese is seasoned rather heavily with a salty & oregano flavor. Peppered with spices, the taste of the seemingly standard mozzarella is masked significantly. Also surprisingly subdued is the sauce, a rather chunky tomato purée, the flavor doesn’t quite punch through as the seasoning & spices kind of fade the taste of the sauce into the background. Lacking sweetness, the flavor of the sauce is slightly dulled but still respectably tasty. Overall, this is a fairly solid pie; good, but not distinctive enough to warrant significant travel. A tad thinner dough & crust and a little more flavor extracted from the sauce & cheese could improve the rating for sure. As it stands, this is a quality neighborhood pie, perfect Friday night pizza, really good, just not exceptional.
jason.forman5/15/23, 6:44 p.m.
Love the place. Love the owner. The pizza was fresh out oven but just maybe seemed rushed. Didn't have the flavor to separate itself from the rest of the local places. The cook was solid and good crust. Just needed more of a punch in the sauce. Ratios were good. Could have been better and this pie could have been an outlier based on rest of reviews
hvpizzaking3/21/22, 1:10 a.m.
First time I’m gonna say this but Portnoy was spot on. Excellent ingredients, an abundant amount of sauce, and good oils. Was very floppy and had no crisp. A harder cook would boost the score and the owners are awesome.
dawgsgottaeat3/5/22, 6:48 a.m.
This pie is not an 8… but it is sooommeetiimmmeeess an 8. Perhaps it’s the drinks kicking in… as most people (fordham students) order pugz drunk… and it will always slap when you are drunk… and that’s fair. But objectively, it is more consistently a 7. Whatever pie than an 8. Whatever pie. We have established that this pizza is better ordered as a whole pizza than as a slice, so take that advice as you will. Overall, this is your best slice in the fordham area, but that’s about it. No more motivation to come than that.
j.baci10/22/21, 11:54 p.m.
Idk how Portnoy gave this a 7.7 because This was far from a 7. Doughy, bad sauce just tasted cheap. Really not impressive. I will say I do like the vibe of the place. Otherwise pizza isn’t great at all.
jonathan.soriano7/27/21, 7:40 p.m.
Outstanding pizza. Great crunch, flavor, and unbeatable prices. Will come back.
frank.reese2/5/21, 6:01 p.m.
Great crunch. Great football pizza. Bronx pizza baby!! Tad greasy, but amazing. Zero flop. Old school!! Sweet sauce!!
arvind.singh12/6/20, 3:20 a.m.
Apologies for Dave Portnoy’s voice as my son was watching his video of the place as the owner Sal came out to play Jingle Bells on his sax for the kids. Delicious pizza, super fresh ingredients, but the main reason to go is for the place and the owner - places like this make NYC the city that it is.
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jack.homola10/27/20, 7:28 p.m.
Great slice, I’ve been to pugsleys twice now and it is fair to say that they are fairly consistent with their pizza. It has had a good flavor of sauce, minimal grease, delicious cheese, good crust with a slight char. Overall my favorite pizza on Fordham Road.