Anytime I take a drive around the area, or outside the area for that matter, I'm on the lookout for pizza places. Sometimes it's a conscious decision to do some online research in advance of a road trip, and sometimes it's simply a product of my having become attuned to spotting pizzerias.
A Labor Day family outing to Hemlock Lake Park provided an opportunity for some advance scouting, and I learned that there was a pizzeria not far away in Honeoye (which is not to be confused with Honeoye Falls). It was closed that day, but I went back a week or so later for a pepperoni pie.
This had a medium-thick, screen baked crust with a firm, dry underside. Not crisp, but not soft either, and baked to a generally even, golden brown.
The pie was topped with a moderate amount of sauce and a uniform layer of well melted, stringy mozzarella. The sauce was on the mild side, but I picked up a distinct flavor of oregano here and there, suggesting that the herb had perhaps been sprinkled on somewhat unevenly.
The pepperoni was concentrated nearer the edge, with less in the center of the pie, so that some slices of the pie ended up with more pepperoni than others. It was standard, thin-sliced pepperoni.
Getting back to the crust, it was reasonably bready, with a well-browned edge that was more chewy than crisp. This pie didn't have a particularly pronounced cornicione, and the toppings went up nearly to the edge.
Top Shelf offers 19 pizza toppings, and four sauces: traditional red, white garlic, pesto and "pink" (red and white mixed). They also have 10 specialty pizzas, including a chicken bacon ranch pizza and a seafood pizza, which might more accurately be named a crab pizza, since that's the only seafood on it (I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that it's real crab meat). They also serve calzones, wings, plates, fish fry, hot and cold subs, wraps, pasta, salads and mostly fried sides.
This was perfectly acceptable pizza, but not out of the ordinary for this area. I'd describe it as basic, average Rochester-area pizza, so it gets a C from me.
Top Shelf Pizza, 4905 East Lake Rd., Honeoye, NY 14471
Sun. - Thu. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.