Friday, December 20, 2013
J Dubs, Alexander, NY
On one recent excursion, I drove through Alexander, a town and village in Genesee County, with a history going back over 200 years.
Near the main intersection, of Rt. 98 and Buffalo St., just south of Rt. 20, you'll find J Dubs. It's a small place, just a basic small-town pizzeria, with basic, small-town pizza. (The Facebook page hasn't been updated in a long time, but it's the same place.)
I got one pepperoni slice, in the early afternoon. The crust was mostly thin, except for the outer edge, where it was formed into a thick cornicione. The underside was crisscrossed by screen marks and was a bit oily to the touch, with the golden-brown color that is indicative of oil, either in the dough or on the baking surface. The cornicione was crunchy on the outside, but the interior was what I call "cottony" - chewy but soft.
What was more immediately noticeable about this slice was the sauce. It had a thick texture and a sweetish, pronounced herbal flavor. I thought I detected some basil in particular. I was OK with it, but it was assertive, as sauces go, and if you like your sauce to stay more in the background, you might not care for it.
Atop the sauce lay a fairly thick, uniform blanket of cheese, basic mozzarella, melted and congealed. It separated quite easily from the slice. The pepperoni was thin-sliced and a little crisp.
While price generally doesn't enter into my reviews, I do have to say, this was a very affordable buck-twenty-five a slice. And that's one of the things you gotta love about small-town pizzerias.
All in all, this was OK. Next time I'm passing by this way, if I'm in the mood for pizza, I'd stop in. It was nothing I'd go out of the way for, though.
Since J Dubs is the only pizzeria in Alexander, as far as I know, and since it's so far from my home base, I'll not rate it. But if you run across it, based on this visit, I'd say you can expect the slices to be decent but unexceptional.
J Dubs, 4 Corners (10573 Main St.), Alexander, New York 14005
Tue - Thu: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm