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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mike's Village Way Pizzeria, East Rochester

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Mike's Village Way Pizzeria is on Main St. - which really isn't the main street - in East Rochester. I tried a pepperoni slice at lunchtime. (I asked for cheese, but got pepperoni, which I didn't mind. The counter guy seemed as if he might've been new at the job, though. He was friendly enough but also had some trouble with the cash register.)
As an aside, here as at many places, the slices weren't visible to the customer. I like to see the slices before I order, to see if anything looks good and to see if I'm getting a fresh- or a stale-looking slice. That may be exactly why some places keep them out of sight (and I don't mean to suggest that's why Mike's does, since it could just be a matter of the physical layout of the place), but that's my editorial for the day.
This slice had a thin-to-medium crust that got gradually thicker toward the edge. It was fairly crunchy, though that may have been partly from its having been rewarmed in the oven, which will make any slice crunchier. It had some interior breadiness, which was more pronounced along the edge.
It was also greasy. Maybe some of it was from the pepperoni, but this was a pretty oily slice. It was one of those that you can hold by the edge and let the oil drip off.
The underside was pretty well browned, and bore some surface cracks as well. I'm guessing that both of those are attributable to the presence of the oil. That would also explain why I found more breadiness along the thicker edge, since the grease hadn't had a chance to soak through it as much.
The sauce had a straightforward tomatoey flavor, but pretty much stayed in the background. The cheese was applied just a bit thickly, making this a fairly cheesy slice.
Village Way offers pizzas, calzones, hot and cold subs, wings, hot sandwiches, burgers, sides and some Italian dinners like chicken parm and spaghetti and meatballs. They deliver for a $2 charge. There are a few chairs but it's pretty much a takeout or delivery place.
This wasn't a bad slice of pizza, but nothing special. In particular, it was too greasy for me. A little oil on top is fine, as fat helps convey flavor to the tastebuds, but to me a pizza shouldn't be greasy underneath. Overall, though, the flavors weren't bad, so I'll give Mike's a right-down-the-middle C.
Mike's Village Way, 108 N. Main St., East Rochester. 586-2919
Mon. - Thu. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sat. noon - 11 p.m., Sun. noon - 10 p.m.

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