Monday, September 14, 2009
This week we'll take a look at a few places in the Victor / Farmington area. A bit outside my general geographic range, but I wanted to check out Jason's in Farmington, which I'll get to later.
First up is Posella's on Rt. 96 in Victor. It's in a small plaza just east of the village. You can tell we're in an affluent suburb by the discreet appearance of the place, with just a small sign over the door. It looks more like an accountant's office than a pizzeria.
Posella's serves up a thin-to-medium slice that at first glance resembled a NYC pizza. But a peek at the underside proved otherwise. It had that certain shade of brown that comes from cooking in the presence of oil, instead of the more toasted/charred appearance of a NY pizza.
And while these slices were easily foldable, they lacked outer crispness. Except for the narrow, crunchy lip, the crust was soft throughout, a little spongy, and slightly greasy to the touch. I noticed while eating it that there was also a persistent aroma of fried dough.
The sauce, which was applied fairly thickly, had a nice balance of tomatoey and herbal flavors, and the cheese also hit the mark between melted and browned.
Posella's pizza comes with your choice of red, white, pesto or alfredo sauce (the latter two for an additional charge), and there's a fairly modest list, by current standards, of toppings. Specialty pizzas include eggplant parm, steak, and one that's simply described as "Posella's Pizza," with salami, cappicola, sausage and pepperoni. They also offer a "Sicilian" with chunky tomato, fresh basil, olive oil, "italian spice," and parmesan, but I don't know if that's on a traditionally thick Sicilian-style crust.
Other menu options include wings (with a variety of available sauces - jalapeno lime sounds interesting), "plates," calzones, hot and cold subs, wraps, grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches, appetizers, salads, and pasta dinners. There's a small kid's menu.
Posella's does deliver, and there's some seating, including a (very) small outdoor seating area. If you dine in, you can enjoy a bottle of beer with your food.
This is one of those pizzas that I could really love, but for the crust. They were nicely thin and foldable, the sauce and cheese were good, but ... that oily residue on my fingertips, that smell of fried dough, and the complete absence of exterior crispness just combined to keep this pizza from living up to its potential. I don't want to create the impression that these things were oozing with grease; they weren't. I've had far greasier pizza than this. It's just that the use of oil here prevented this pizza (which I'm guessing was cooked on a steel deck) from developing that razor-thin bottom layer of crispness that can give a pizza a nice, bready aroma and a pleasing little crunch with each bite. So while this pizza was, on the whole, not too shabby, I'm putting it at just one click above average, with a C+.
Posella's Pizzeria, Phoenix Mills Plaza, 6385 Rt. 96, Victor. 924-1560.
Mon. - Thu. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.