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Monday, February 8, 2010

Jitters, Southtown Plaza

Jitters Café started out as a coffeehouse on Buffalo Road in North Chili. There are now two additional locations, one on Elmgrove Road and one in Southtown Plaza in Henrietta. All three Jitters serve food, but only the Southtown location serves pizza.
Entering Jitters, you'll find tables on the left, and a counter on the right, running nearly the length of the front room. There's a separate room with a bar in back.
There are several specialty pizzas on display, as well as giant 30" cheese and pepperoni pies. Once you place your order, you can pick it up at a window at the far end.
I got a cheese slice and a pepperoni slice, both "regular" size. They had a medium thick, screen baked crust that was a little sooty and a little greasy, leaving a thin film of oil on my fingertips. They also had a strong aroma of cooking oil. There was a huge, blisterlike bubble along the edge of the cheese slice.
The mildly flavored sauce was lightly applied. The cheese was well browned on both slices. The (quite) generously applied pepperoni was nice and crisp along the edges.
Jitters offers 19 pizza toppings and 27 specialty pizzas, some of which are fairly exotic. You can peruse them on my Facebook page. They also serve oven roasted chicken wings, a wide variety of hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas, salads, and sides, plus breakfast, including breakfast pizza. There are several types of baked goods and desserts available and a small kids menu as well. Bottled beer is available in the main room up front, and the bar area in back serves draft beer (at very reasonable prices) and wine. There's a pool table in back too.
And of course, there's coffee, in pretty much any form or permutation you would like, plus chai, milkshakes, smoothies, frappes, and Italian sodas. About the only drink you won't find here is hard liquor.
It's a nice setup and all, but I was not too fond of this pizza. The crust had some breadiness, but I just couldn't get over that oily odor. On top of that, the cheese was a bit overbrowned, and the sauce added little. The right components were there, but the execution seemed lacking, and the overall flavor just didn't make for great pizza. I wonder if Jitters at Southtown isn't trying to be to many things to too many people. I'll give their pizza a C-.
Jitters, 3333 W. Henrietta Rd. (Southtown Plaza) 427-7070
Mon. - Thu. 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 8 a.m. - midnight, Sun. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.


  1. i'm not sure what you mean by a mild sauce, I happen to really love Jitter's Pizza mostly because of their sauce! The sauce is very flavorful with lots of herbs and spices packed in. Many of my friends have been pleasantly surprised by the sauce when they have first tried it. I also favor a saucier pizza, and you must have just gotten a bad slice because usually there is plenty of sauce on their pies. maybe if you buy a whole one the experiece is a little different, but I usually find the slices at the counter to be fine. I wanted to mention their salads are huge and delicious and the southwestern breakfast sandwich is amazing.

  2. Certainly a whole pie, fresh out of the oven, will seem saucier than one that's been sitting out for a while. But if you go there regularly and find them generally to have a good amount of sauce, then I will assume that your experience is more typical than mine. Thanks for your input.