As much as I like to seek out new pizza places, sooner or later I'm going to end up back at The Pizza Stop on State Street.
I stopped in the other day for lunch, and got a slice from a "steak, sweet BBQ and peppers" pie.
I love barbeque, and I love pizza. But I'm not always big on mixing the two. It's all too easy to overwhelm a pizza with the assertive flavors of barbequed meat.
This was a nice take on a barbeque pizza, though. First off, the crust was, as always, terrific. Exterior crackling, thin but with some interior chewiness, and enough backbone to pass the "flop" test - in other words, I could fold it and hold it along the edge, without the tip flopping over.
But as I said, the problem with barbeque pizza tends to be that the toppings are just way too much for the crust. Not here.
The toppings on this slice were proportionate to the thin crust. The slice received a swirl of barbeque sauce, chunks of beef, sliced pepper rings, and a layer of mozzarella. All were well balanced, with enough to add flavor without overwhelming the crust. The toppings were not skimpy by any means, but they were added with enough restraint to complement, rather than overpower the crust. And the pepper rings added a nice vinegary kick that rounded out the flavors very nicely.
Now - I've got a $10 gift certificate to give away for The Pizza Stop. That'll get you a small pizza, or most of a medium, or a good chunk of the price of a large. I'll be giving this away in one week, on Friday, May 16. To enter, leave a comment after this blog post. If you win, I'll need your mailing address. So check back here next Friday, or on my Facebook page, or make sure you're getting my Twitter feed. If you'd like, you can email me your mailing address when you enter, at email@example.com.
If you've been to The Pizza Stop, I don't need to tell you how good it is. If you haven't, you need to find out. So don't miss this chance!
The Pizza Stop, 123 State St., Rochester, NY 14614
Mon. - Thu. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Closed weekends.