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Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Giveaway: TWO $25 Gift Cards for Empire Pizza

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http://www.empirepizzarochester.com/images/logo_bg.pngAs promised, 2014 brings more reader giveaways, and here's another good one. Ken Fournier, owner of Empire Pizza on Empire Boulevard in Webster (or is it Penfield? whatever) has graciously agreed to give away two $25 gift cards to two lucky readers of this blog. Two cards, two chances to win!
Empire Pizza specializes in New York style pizza, with a wide variety of slices available all day, every day. I stopped in today and was faced with the pleasant dilemma of trying to choose from among an array of red and white thin-crust pies and a couple of thick, crusty Sicilian pizzas. I finally settled on a meatball parm slice and a white slice with spinach and roasted red peppers. Both had a terrific crust, crackly but not crackerlike, with some spotty charring underneath. The toppings were fine, added in good proportion to the crust, and the slices were fresh.
I also chatted a bit with Ken. Like most good pizzeria owners, he's dedicated to his business - stop in nearly anytime, and as likely as not, you'll find him there - but he's also benefited from a stable, steady group of employees, who can handle anything from delivery to manning the ovens and making pies.
Ken also expressed a commitment to customer service. One example is giving the customer an accurate estimate of how long it will take to prepare an order. If it's 20 minutes, it'll be ready in 20 minutes. If it's a busy night and it's going to take longer, he'll let you know that too. And if you stop in for a slice, you can expect it to be fresh; stale slices (sadly, but understandably) are tossed out.
The menu at Empire is solid but relatively basic, with ten specialty pizzas and 21 toppings to choose from. They also do baked wings, salads, calzones, and garlic twists, and there's a selection of cookies if your sweet tooth needs a fix. You'll find the entire menu here.
Why not find out for yourself how good Empire's pies are, with $25 to spend on anything you'd like? If you've entered these giveaways before, you know the routine. Just leave a comment following this blog post. Any comment will do. You don't have to leave your full name at this point, but anonymous comments will not be accepted, since I will need to be able to identify the winners. And if you do win, I will need your full name and mailing address. You can email me now at rochesternypizzaguy@gmail.com, or wait to see if you win. If you win, but I don't hear from you in a day or two, I'll pick another winner.
The winners will be selected at random one week from today, Friday, January 10. I'll pick the first winner shortly after noon, the second a little later. The winners will be announced here and on my Facebook page.
Whether you win or not, stop in to Empire Pizza sometime. Ken is an amiable guy who enjoys meeting people, and if he can spare a moment he'll be more than happy to talk with you. And if you do, please let him know that you read about his shop here on The Rochester NY Pizza Blog.

Empire Pizza, 1773 Empire Blvd.

(585) 347-4050

Tue. - Thu. 11 - 8, Fri. 11 - 9, Sat. 11 - 8, Sun. 12 - 8

32 comments:

  1. Sure....free pizza sounds good to me!

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  2. I'd love to have a new reason to try a new pizza place! :)

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  3. Colleagues and I go here all the time for lunch; great pizza, great pizza, and (don't know if I mentioned this) great pizza.

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  4. Looks delicious! May be a reason for the family to hit the east side!

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  5. Would love to try this pizza place out! :)

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  6. I'm in! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  7. FREE PIE !!! FREE PIE !!! FREE PIE !!! FREE PIE !!! FREE PIE !!! FREE PIE !!!

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  8. Love the website, just discovered this recently, and am very excited to try a ton of new pizza places in the Rochester area! Thanks for all that you do

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  9. I love Empire Pizza. Ken is a nice guy.

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  10. I'd like to give Empire Pizza a try!

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  11. I've always wanted to try this place !!! Pizza looks awesome

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  12. I would like to try your products.....

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  13. wow i left a comment like 3 or 4 days ago and now its disappeared... O_o

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