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Nov 17, 2009 06:37 AM

Pizza in Buffalo (split from Ontario board)


Last time I had Anchor Bar pizza it wasn't all that great. I remember going in the early 90's and the pizza was awesome. It was totally different this time.

Was it a bad day?? Did I pull a Roger Clemons and "Misremember"??


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  1. I've been to Anchor Bar twice in the past two months, and personally, I LOVE their pizza.

    But, Buffalo pizza, like Chicago or New Haven pizza is a particular style that some love, and some don't. Typically it's got a lot of slightly sweet tomato sauce, lots of cheese, lots of toppings, on a thicker-than-NY-pizza crust that's still on the thinner side. Conversely, my S.O. and I were recenly underwhelmed by New Haven style pizza, where others consider it the ultimate expression of Pizza.

    Here's a photo of an actual Anchor Bar pizza, courtesy of someone else:

    Personally, just looking at that pic is killing me and I can't get enough of this style of pizza, and Anchor Bar is one of the 4 or 5 best of dozens and dozens of local pizza joints scattered all over Buffalo. Another note, I suggest you always order Buffalo pizza with only one or two toppings and well-done (good advice for any pizza in my opinion), to bring out all the flavours.

    The closest I've come to Buffalo style in Canada in terms of crust and toppings is the excellent Colonnade Pizza in Ottawa, but the sauce isn't the same, and Colonnade uses brick cheese, which is yummy, but different than mozz, of course.

    La Nova is great (and a genuine American neighborhood experience to have, especially late night), Bacci Club is one of Buffalo's very best, and my next trip I'll be hitting Pizza Junction, which I'm told is outstanding, but a well-done pepperoni pizza and some hot wings at Anchor bar is my idea of heaven. :-



    EDIT - the original post I was replying to here seems to have disappeared, but I'm leaving this one so folks can ogle the picture of Anchor Pizza (drool).

    7 Replies
    1. re: TorontoTips

      That pie looks phenomenal.

      I sometimes load up on toppings and sometimes keep it relatively simple. I know for that most part, you shouldn't overwhelm the crust, sauce and cheese with too many toppings but sometimes it's just what I want. Ya know??

      At the last chow meet I mentioned that we should get a pack of hounds together and do a day trip to Buffalo. Anchor Bar, Beef on Weck's and whatever other trouble we can get ourselves into.


      1. re: Davwud

        My father was a "deluxe-pizza" guy, too. If the pizza is this good, I tend to lean more towards the simple, but sometime I pile up a combo of subtle complimentary flavours like mushroom, onion, sausage and pepperoni, for example. And La Nova has a pretty funky steak pizza that is a white pizza with steak, cheese, onions, hot peppers, etc. that's great.

        Keep me posted on the trip, sounds fun!

      2. re: TorontoTips

        I have memories of Pizza Junction as a kid - a great spicy sauce, and thickly cut spicy pepperoni, too. My favorite of Buffalo style pizza.

        PS: I think it's illegal to order a pizza in Buffalo without pepperoni.

        1. re: TorontoTips

          I'm heading to Buffalo this weekend.

          Deciding between:

          Anchor Bar
          La Nova
          Bocce Club
          Pizza Plant (which loaction though?)

          Love Buffalo style, slightly sweet thicker crust pizza. But I also love a place with character and atmosphere. Friendly service too.

          Where should I go, given my requirements??

            1. re: magic

              Your pizza choices are all decent, but my favorite by far is Romeo & Juliet's - locations in Tonawanda, Amherst & on Hertel in Buffalo. The pizza won a judging by Buffalo Spree magazine a few years ago against all the big guys you mentioned.

              The crust is phenomenal - the only place where I tear off a piece of crust to sample before even trying the toppings. But this is a thinner crust than most in Buffalo. Eat in, don't take out, because in my experience the thin crust doesn't travel well.

              I've been to both the Buffalo & Amherst locations, and they certainly fit your desire for character, atmosphere, and friendly service.

              Lucky me - headed there for lunch now.

              1. re: WNYamateur

                Thanks WNYamateur. I'm kinda looking for a thicker crust, but I will check it out now. I've definitely heard of it, but I'll look into it now....

                Thanks again:)

          1. Maybe this will help.

            I'm really surprised anyone actually goes to the local tourist trap known as Anchor Bar - the wings are among the undistinguished and the pizza is mediocre.

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            1. re: houdini

              I couldn't disagree more!

              Personally, I LOVE the wings and the Pizza at Anchor Bar, and I've tried a bunch.

              Pricey sure, but MUCH better wings IMO than Buffalo fave Duffs, whose popularity mystifies me (Duffs also has two very weak Toronto locations).

              I'm happy to hear recommendations of good local wing joints, especially if they also do pizza, as well as any other low-brow food treasures the locals love :-)

              1. re: TorontoTips

                If your experience base is limited to Duff's and Anchor Bar, I can see the basis for your opinion. I concur with your opinion of Duff's but have often lamented the passing of the 'original' Anchor Bar - it used to be great. My own experience with them goes back to the original Frank and Teresa days and believe me, like all things, it changed.
                Have you tried La Nova or Just Pizza? How about BarBill?

                1. re: houdini

                  Yes, I've been to LaNova, and I love it - especially their steak pizza - which is high quality compared to anything we see in Toronto, and the whole authentic neighbourhood joint atmosphere is awesome, especially late-night.

                  Next trip I've got Pizza Junction abnd Bocce club for pizza on my itinerary, and Brennans and Rooties for wings. :-)

                  Any other suggestions for Pizza & Wings?

                  1. re: TorontoTips

                    Wings at BarBill (Beef on Weck too!!!) IMHO, best of both in Buffalo.

                    1. re: TorontoTips

                      I had a really good first experience at Pizza Plant last week! Tasty wingy dingy pod and thin crust fresh mozzadoro pizza. We don't get anything like these in Toronto.

                2. re: houdini

                  Hi Houdini - I have yet to fully read your link but thank you! We're going to Buffalo this Friday, is there any place close to Walden Galleria that we could try out?

                  I did try that Chicago pizza place in Maple, ON, but was very underwhelmed, and saw a link which took me to this board for Buffalo pizza!

                  1. re: red dragon

                    red dragon:

                    I grew up in the area around what is now the Walden Galleria mall, and can not really recommend a pizzeria near the mall.

                    However, your profile says Toronto is your home, and if you are going to the Walden Galleria for shopping via the 290 expressway, I would recommend getting off at exit 7B for Main Street East. That exit is only 5 minutes from the Walden Galleria exit, at most.
                    There you will find branch locations of two of my favorite pizzerias in Buffalo.

                    La Nova, ( who's original location is in the city) has a location at 5151 Main St, and Pizza Plant has a location across the street in the Tony Walker Plaza at 5110 Main St.

                    La Nova is really take-out only, with only a small area with stools to eat, but often has pizzas made and under glass to buy by the slice, so it would be better for a quick stop - perhaps on your way to the mall.

                    Pizza Plant only has a sit-down restaurant with pizzas cooked to order, so it would be better if you had time - perhaps on your way home. On the plus side, Pizza Plant has a very good beer bar with a good selection of craft beers.

                    Pizza Plant
                    5110 Main St Ste 105, Williamsville, NY 14221

                    La Nova Pizzeria
                    5151 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221

                    1. re: jerryc123

                      Hi Jerryc123, thanks for the referrals. Hmmm, I'll have to choose wisely ...LOL. We're taking our GPS so I'll pirnt off your reply and enter the addresses. We'll be eating at either Bravo or The Cheesecake Factory for lunch, so thinking a stop at La Nova for a slice before heading home.


                      1. re: red dragon

                        Bravo or Cheesecake factory? There are so many great local restaurants and you would choose a chain? Try Pizza Plant. Their Italian menu looks fantastic, but I have not been able to go there without ordering a pod (they are THAT good. I am partial to the Tubular Chicken Pod.) The Main st. location is very easy to get to.

                3. Casa Di Pizza
                  Mister Pizza for their white pizza (Sicilian)
                  Bob and Johns La Hacienda for eat-in pizza
                  mmmm... I'm hungry.

                  1. Hey Hounds.

                    So Mrs. Sippi and I will be in the Buffalo, Niagara area on Saturday and are looking to do some shopping and eating.

                    I'm looking for beef on wecks, wings and pizza. I was thinking BOW for lunch (Schwabl's) and pizza and wings for dinner. Which place has the best wings and pizza combo??
                    Or should I do wings and BOW with pizza on it's own??


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                    1. re: Davwud

                      I'd go to BarBill for Wings AND Weck and then someplace like Pizza Jnction or Just Pizza for Pizza.
                      BarBill is about the only place that offers the best in two of the three categories.

                      1. re: Davwud

                        Schwabl's has nice beef on weck. And they have other food choices too. I like their goulash with dumplings. Fish fries are good to - get the haddock , not the pike, which is too bony.

                        All the pizza recco above are good. CasaDiPizza, Bob and Johns, Mister Pizza, PizzaPlant, Bocces, LaNova, etc

                        1. re: dudleyanne2

                          A bit off-topic, but I feel the need to recommend the Steak Pizza at Sorrentino's in Williamsville. Buffalo style pizza crust with cheese, steak, onions and pickled hot yellow peppers. Yum.
                          This is a no-frills family bar and restaurant with plastic red and white table cloths, pitchers of soda, spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, and "chicken parm".
                          Not really a "foodie" restaurant, (more of a place for casual family meals, and softball teams) but the Steak Pizza definitely makes it a destination, if you are in the area.
                          Order a steak pizza, and beer, and sit at the bar where you can discuss local politics, or how the Sabres are doing this season.

                          I also would second dudleyanne's recommendation of Mister Pizza's Sicilian White pizza - tomatoes, olive oil, romano cheese, hot peppers, italian sausage, and sesame seeds.

                          Including links for pizzerias mentioned above...

                          Bar Bill Tavern
                          185 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052

                          Anchor Bar
                          1047 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14209

                          Bocce Club Pizzeria
                          1614 Hopkins Rd, Buffalo, NY 14221

                          Mister Pizza Elmwood
                          1065 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

                          Sorrentino's Pizzeria
                          5640 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221

                          Just Pizza
                          300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

                          477 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

                          Bob and John's La Hacienda
                          1545 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

                          La Nova Pizzeria
                          371 W Ferry St, Buffalo, NY 14213

                          1. re: jerryc123

                            Yes, the sicilian at Mr Pizza is fantastic, though I usually get mine with sweet peppers.
                            I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Zeti's , a really popular new pizzeria at Main and Kenmore, though I suppose they are known more for their NY style pizza.

                      2. Mrs. Sippi was talking to a woman from Lackawana yesterday and she said that Anderson's had the best BOW.
                        Anyone know about this place??


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                        1. re: Davwud

                          Is that what we are calling it now? LoL
                          Ok. Anderson's is to Beef-On-Weck as McDonald's is to Hamburgers. Not saying that is a bad thing - Just a different animal!!!
                          Anderson's is a local chain. They do BOW, curly fries w vinegar, and soft serve ice cream.
                          Their BOW is roast beef sliced thin on a rotary slicer, like you get at a deli, and on a softer weck roll.
                          I like my Beef-On-Weck to be real slices of meat, on the thicker side, on a crusty salty roll that has been quickly dipped in jus.
                          I like Schwabls and Charlie The Butcher for that.
                          Check this board for the thread about diners in Buffalo. There was more discussion about BOW on that thread.

                          1. re: mflipp

                            Thanks for the info.

                            Unfortunately our trip tomorrow will be put on hold. Unfortunate circumstances have arisen and we have to stay close to home.


                            1. re: Davwud

                              Don't worry, I'm putting your research to good use today...we're in search of pizza and wings (one stop eating) after shopping at Premier Gourmet for beer, etc.

                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                Didn't get wings, but had yummy southwest chicken nachos, chicken pesto pod, and steak bacon flat pizza at Pizza Plant! They have cask-conditioned beer (today's was Fullers London Pride) but we got Lagunitas Gnarlywine (barley wine) and Ettaler Doppelbock on tap.

                                Premier Gourmet was a goldmine (at the price of gold!) and got Yancey's Fancy raw milk New York aged cheddar cheese, Vosges chocolates, cute cookie cutters, and plenty of beer (Hitachino Nest, Ommegang, Dogfish Head, even a Unibroue cherry I hadn't seen before!) We had espresso in-store (they roast coffee beans on site) but it wasn't that great and the employee clearly had no clue how to make espresso (lots of grinds ended up in the cup somehow).