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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bay Goodman, Titus Ave.

Tomorrow, I'll report on a new place, but today I continue to whittle away at a backlog of notes on revisits and reviews of other locations of local chains.
The Winton Ave. location of Bay Goodman Pizza (which has since moved up the street) was one of the first places I reviewed on this blog, back in March '09. I gave the pepperoni slice I had on that occasion a C+.
Last month I stopped by the Bay Goodman on Titus Ave., which is in the heart of Irondquoit's pizza district, across from Pudgies, and within a couple blocks of 2 Ton Tony's and several other pizzerias.
This time, I got a pepperoni and hot pepper slice. It was fairly large, though not quite as massive as some "mega" slices you'll find around town. It had a thin, foldable crust, with a slightly soft exterior and a faint aroma of cooking oil.
Despite its thinness, it was a pretty heavy slice, probably due mostly to the cheese, which had been laid on rather thickly. I found the components generally to be in good balance with each other, though. The sauce was moderately applied and had a straightforward tomatoey flavor, and the cup 'n' char pepperoni and banana peppers were neither skimped on nor overloaded. The crust, however, was kind of chewy, and not in a good, breadlike way. It had a somewhat tough texture, which was most pronounced in the lip at the outer edge.
The menu here is the same as at Winton, with seventeen toppings and a pretty wide variety of specialty pizzas, most of which can also be ordered as calzones. I've got my eye on the Pizza Napoli, which is described as a thin crust topped with olive oil, pecorino Romano, mozzarella, ricotta, fresh tomato and basil leaves, making it roughly similar to a Margherita.
I also note here, again we see "Sicilian" pizza ("Pizza Sicillia," on the menu) defined by the toppings rather than by the crust. Bay Goodman's comes with red sauce, diced onions, hot banana peppers, pepperoni, Italian sausage and Pecorino Romano.
The rest of the menu, which is available on their website, includes wings, subs, burgers, plates, and pasta, plus a few desserts. (If anybody from Bay Goodman happens to read this, by the way, let your webmaster know that the "history" link doesn't work properly, and takes the user to a pizza menu page.) There are a few chairs there, but they're mostly for people waiting for their order to come out. This really isn't an eat-in kind of place.
As for my slice, it had the same basic profile as the one that I got at the Winton Road location, but differed from that one in some ways. Both were on the cheesy side, and the same ingredients seemed to be used, but the crust here was, I think, not quite as bready, and may have been a tad thinner. On the plus side, this slice wasn't as greasy as the one I got at Winton. All in all, it was an average big slice - nothing too subtle about it, but reasonably satisfying, and I think that once again, a C+ sounds about right.
Bay Goodman Pizza, 667 Titus Ave., 338-1150

Mon. - Thu. 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Fri. &amp Sat. 11:00 a.m. - midnight, Sun. 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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