Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Finger Lakes Twofer: Wise Guy and Geno Style
On a recent hiking excursion in the Finger Lakes, I took the opportunity to stop at two pizza places, Wise Guy in Hammondsport and Geno Style in Bath. Their slices were remarkably similar, though I'd give a slight edge to Geno Style.
Both slices were about the same, thin to medium thickness, with screen marks on the bottom. The Wise Guy slice was dry and slightly floury underneath, and while the Geno Style slices were faintly oily, they were a little more crisp. Both were reasonably crispy/crunchy along the edge.
The Wise Guy slice seemed a tad overdone to me, with well browned, congealed cheese that was a little oily on top. The Geno Style slices were more medium in doneness, and the cheese may have been shielded a bit from the more abundant pepperoni.
Wise Guy offers round pizzas in 8, 12, 16 and 18 inch sizes, plus sheets. There are 16 toppings to choose from, and 8 specialty pizzas. They also do strombolis, calzones, wings, hot and cold subs, wraps,salads and sides, plus a few sweets.
Geno Style's menu is a bit confusing; I don't see a listing for just plain, or "build your own" pizza. But they do offer 16 specialty pizzas, including a carb-laden spaghetti & meatball pizza (first time I've seen that, I think). My only quibble is with the pricing - how can a "meaty feast" with sauce, "blended mozzarella" (not sure what that means), pepperoni, ham, bacon, sausage, and an "extra layer of mozzarella" be the same price as a "New Yorker" with sauce on a thin crust, cheese and one topping? Something seems amiss.
Geno Style also serves wings, pasta, hot subs, stromboli and calzones, and plenty of sides, from fried pickles to fried mac & cheese wedges.
For two pizzerias that have no direct connection, these were, as I said, remarkably similar slices. Not identical, certainly, but with a lot of shared characteristics. There's no particular reason to compare them except that I had them both on the same day.
And each had its strengths and weaknesses. I'll give the Wise Guy slice a point for not being greasy underneath, but its crust was pretty soft, and the toppings weren't the greatest. The Geno Style slices were a tad oily underneath but otherwise the better of the two, in my opinion. But both rate about average for the WNY / Finger Lakes Region, so I'll give them a C.
Wise Guy Pizzeria, 90 Pulteney St., Hammondsport
Hours unknown, but they were open for lunch on a Saturday.
They deliver ($10 minimum).
Geno Style Pizza Restaurant, 14 Liberty St., Bath
Mon. - Thu. 10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun. noon - 8 p.m.
Delivery charge $2, $10 minimum order, "largest delivery radius in the area"