There was some exciting information featured in a prominent spot, as soon as you open the doors of Mario’s Original Pizza & Pasta.
I don’t need to go into specifics, but the front of their website (menu here) provides the link here.
To say something is the best anything is all perspective. Best in the universe, best in the world, and best in the state are all solely on opinion, conjecture, and all that stuff. But there’s always something bigger than us. That’s that universe talk.
I never thought of Mario’s as the best anything. That’s not meant as an insult. I just thought of it as a charming location adjacent to Belvedere Square that was convenient and affordable. Most slices are $3 and under. Fantastic.
I also think of it as great pizza. I can’t say it’s been my favorite because there’s random days I can go here or anywhere, and some of the slices might be off. Everyone has an off day. You don’t want to judge a pizzeria or restaurant on one visit. You also can be mislead if the food was larger than life. But that’s the thought and feeling most of us would prefer to hold on to. I mean right?
Someone other than some experts must really like these slices, because at lunch time the whole area seemed decimated. I’m grateful there was enough to get a fair perspective. And no I didn’t eat this all at once.
Between the cheese, the pepperoni & sausage, the shredded buffalo chicken, and the chicken parmesan, you can’t go wrong with any. That means right and yay, and all the superlatives you can throw at them.
There’s no need to necessarily review slice by slice. I will say if there is a weak link, it would be the pepperoni and sausage, and that’s strictly just by my opinion. I have never loved the heavier red meats on a pizza. It’s just a thing for me. I will continue to try them and offer thoughts, without my bias. But sometimes it’s hard. I still thought it was really good, and once again enjoyed picking off the toppings and appreciating them on their own.
So that meant I had the equivalent of two cheese slices. What can you say? Cheese is cheese, and when a crust is heated and reheated just right, with where I thought I tasted some butter, along with a comforting dough, all is right with the world. And that universe I keep speaking of.
The chicken based slices really do stand out. As you can see the shredded buffalo chicken is different than how many pizzerias present buffalo chicken. Sometimes you see it diced, sometimes you see strips. and sometimes you see it in it’s purest form, shredded and pulled style. The visual makes it almost look too good to eat, but it’s stellar.
The chicken parmesan is almost on that level, but I once again liked their strips actually on their own. Yet all the complementing topping and seasonings were fine as a pizza by themselves.
So that’s kind of that. This is a great pizzeria, that has plenty of seats and a pretty view of the outside world and the city streets. I like that. It’s a place that feels safe but there food is anything but. It’s adventurous yet approachable, and affordable. Those are the A’s that we like.
I like this place.
Peace Be With You. Always.