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Monday, May 3, 2010

Pizza Chef, Fairport: NY style pie

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In June 2009, I posted a review of Pizza Chef in Fairport, based on one cheese slice that I got there at lunchtime. I liked their New York style pizza enough to give it a B+, but the crust was so brittle underneath that I couldn't give it an A.
As I said in that post, I had made a mental note to go back some time, and though it's taken a while, I finally got around to it. I picked up a cheese pie for dinner on a recent Friday afternoon.
The underside was a mostly unform brown, nearly charred in spots, and not greasy. The crust was very thin, with some interior chewiness. The perimeter of the pie was formed into a narrow lip, which was slightly toasty and crisp.
The crust was topped with a mild tomatoey sauce. I found it slightly sweet, with just a hint of herbs. The cheese was moderately applied, and both sauce and cheese were in good balance with the thin crust.
As a whole, this was a well balanced, integrated pizza. By that I mean that it was not a pizza where everything - the crust, sauce and cheese - seemed separate, either physically (such as a pizza where the cheese tends to separate from the crust) or on the palate. Everything was working together here.
Since my prior post described Pizza Chef in general, I won't repeat myself here. I'll just say that this was a very respectable New York style pie. I wouldn't put it quite on a par with the best New York pizza I've had around here - the crust didn't quite reach the heights of greatness for me- but it was certainly very good. I'll give it an A-.
The Pizza Chef, 7 East Ave., Fairport. Mon. - Sat. 11 am - 10 pm. Sun. 3-9 pm. 377-9690


  1. I picked up a slice and it was pretty good. Oiliest pie I have ever had. Must dab it with napkin before eating or you will get dripped on. Very salty first bite. Must have been from the sauce. Crust was thin and bread like with crunch on bottom. Butt end was edible. Not too chewy. Best pizza in Fairport. A sweeter, less salty sauce would make it perfect.

  2. My fave in fairport as well!
    Quick note: There are 2 places in Fairport that you haven't tried yet (one of which isn't even open yet, but it will soon).

    First one is Vinny's Bakery & Deli (1350 Fairport Road). There is a rocwiki entry for it. I've had the pizza and its not bad.

    Second one is "Compane Brick Oven Bistro", which hasn't opened yet.. it is 84 N. Main Street in the village of Fairport

  3. Have u gotten a chance to try the pizza at "Compane Brick Oven Bistro" in fairport yet? I'm guessing you haven't since its a dinner-only place.

  4. No, I haven't. It's on my radar screen but yes, dinner places take a little longer to get to.