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Mar 31, 2011 03:54 PM

Sbarro Pizza prepares to file for bankruptcy

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  1. I remember hitting their mom & pop store in Dyker Heights way back when. It was pretty good and certainly different than the Sbarro we all know and love today.

    1. What killed me about Sbarro was that fresh pasta IS fast food! Most types are done in 3-5 minutes; add sauce (which can be pre-prepared) and/or cheese, season, and you're done!

      But Sbarro kept the noodles in warm water, losing flavor and texture, leaving a mushy, tasteless mess!

      I'm sure it had its fans, but AFAIC, good riddance.

      1. This doesn't necessarily mean they're closing down. They're reorganizing their debts. Likely this will keep them around.

        1. It hurt that the article brought up Fudd's...

          Anyway, since they had the 2nd worst pizza I've had in the past 365, I've no sympathy.

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          1. re: ediblover

            Ok, second worst? Name names!

            My luck with Sbarro apparently has been better than some of you. In the world of chains, I rank Sbarro far, far from the bottom. That may be damning with faint praise, but just sayin.... 8<D

            1. re: Bob W

              The worst (possibly lifetime, but I may have to eat at a Little Caesar's to verify) was from a local chain (Long Island), "Albert's."

              I walked in and (though dimly lit) it was a ho-hum local joint. Saw some by-the-slice pies out, but I believe in giving places their best shot, so I order a fresh pie. First warning sign was a big thud; the sound of a very large can of tomato sauce being placed on the counter. It was labeled "Albert's." Well, maybe they're a good operation/chain that have good food folks up top (I'm naive). Second, and really the final, warning sign was the pan.

              A pan. As in what Pizza Hut uses for their pizza. Now, I'm not a PH hater. If someone wants to go to one, I'm okay with that, as long as we don't get a pizza. I've a decent amount of respect for their wings and baked pastas. But, a pan pizza... I'm sure there are places in Chicago that rocks them, but there isn't much hope here in the northeast.

              Getting back to Albert's, of course the cheese and sauce was bad. The only flavors either one had squeaked "cheap." I had hopes, but expected that. The crust, oh the crust, I just never anticipated something so awful. Take some heavy, stale bread, brush it heavily with oil, and you have the crust at Albert's pizza. I'm not talking about good oil, or heavenly butter, but the bad greasy type of oil that sticks in your mouth. I was okay with the bad sauce and cheese. But, a doughy, crusty, and greasy crust made the thing inedible.

              It was the only time in recent memory that I couldn't finish a pizza. What really got me was that Albert's actually has 10 or so locations (from what I recall seeing on their box). It's something that should've stopped at the first location. Its survival and growth is really my first (and only needed) evidence that people here don't know good pizza from bad.

              1. re: Bob W

                By far the worst chain pizza I've had is Cici's. Not only is the pizza they serve lousy as assembled, the chain's format (buffet style kept under heat lamps) only serves to enhance that lousiness.

            2. Boy - what a blast from the past!

              I haven't seen or heard of Sbarro's since over 15 years ago when I lived on Long Island, NY. Think I ate at one ONCE, & that was it - lol!! With all the wonderful Italian restaurants & pizza joints on Long Island, I'm surprised it took this long for Sbarro's to have to file for bankruptcy.

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              1. re: Breezychow

                Sbarro's is a national chain, not just in Long Island.

                  1. re: Naco

                    Sbarro isn't in direct competition with any wonderful Italian restaurants, though. That's not their niche. Compared to most mall and airport offerings it's not that bad. It's certainly a step up from Great Steak and Potato. Convenience plays greatly into any success they have had.

                    1. re: Fibber McGee

                      I just thought it was funny that someone thought that the situation on Long Island was necessarily that prevailing in the rest of the country.