Not a full-blown review here, just a quick report. There's a new pizzeria/deli on Scottsville Road, just north of Jefferson Road (252), Hoagies. It opened around the beginning of this month, so while I did wnnt to check it out, I think it's too early to do a full review.
I got two slices of pepperoni from a pie that had just emerged from the oven. The crust was quite thin, even along the outer edge. It was pale underneath, with some flour visible.
The slices were saucy, with a good tomatoey flavor, and a few scattered dried herbs. On top was a proportionate layer of well-melted, stringy mozzarella and a few slices of thin, chewy pepperoni. The overall flavor was good, and the components were well balanced.
I could see, during my few minutes there, that the staff and management were still working on getting everything right. Not that anything went wrong, but their communication showed that they were learning how to work together and how to get things right. And everybody seemed to be united in that goal.
Hoagies is a fairly small place, and they offer a basic but complete menu of pizza, subs, wings, grilled items, hot dogs, salads and sides. As of now, they have four specialty pizzas on the menu, including "Mama D's Favorite," which comes with anchovies, onions, mushrooms, olive oil, garlic and parsley. I hope the mushrooms aren't an integral part of that pie, because apart from them, that sounds very intriguing.
I'll certainly stop back at Hoagies at some point, and do a more comprehensive review, but for now I wanted to give readers a heads-up that it's there, and a rough idea of what the pizza is like. It's worth a stop if you're in the area. Long-term, it's got some competition - there's a Salvatore's and Sylvio's just down the road - but if they can turn out consistently good pizza, subs and wings, there's no reason they can't succeed, and here's hoping they do.
Hoagies, 1615 Scottsville Road
Mon. - Thu. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.