Amendola's Italian Bistro - Factoryville, PA

Restaurant: Amendola's Italian Bistro Location: Factoryville, PA Date:  July 2012 Pizza ...

Restaurant: Amendola's Italian Bistro
Location: Factoryville, PA
Date: July 2012
Pizza Ordered: 14" Small Plain
Price: 9.50
Eat In/Take Out: Take Out

Being from a small town that has very few options for good pizza, and exactly zero options for pizza delivery, the long awaited opening of Amendola's was a welcome vision for me.  I didn't yearn for much as I waited for the doors to open, just a standard pie and decent food that could be delivered to my doorstep when I have friends over.  To date, I've ordered from Amendola's several times, many of which were delivery, and although some places are speedy, it is never a fair premise on which to base a review.  So it was time to place my order so that I could hopefully get a pizza hot out of the oven. 

After a 1 hour wait for picking up our pizza, our order of 1 small pizza and 2 large steak and cheese strombolis was ready.  I was a little stunned by the steep price tag of over $42.  After getting over the initial sticker shock, I quickly returned home to consume this investment. 
I was pleasantly surprised that the normally inconsistent NY style pizza was perfectly round, and had the sauce and cheese spread all the way to the edge, which eliminated what I call "boardwalk pizza syndrome" where the sauce and cheese are several inches from the edge of the crust.  The dough was also stretched evenly, so I'll give kudos to the pizza guy who was clearly working hard in the back!  The pizza has a nice zesty sauce which I greatly appreciate.  It worked out well with the cheese, which also provided a mild zest.  If I had to guess, there is probably a small amount of another cheese combined in with the mozzerella, perhaps a cheddar or provalone, or another cheese that's more rich than mozzerella.  My colleague pointed out that he found the crust to be crispy, and cooked to perfection, although there was a considerable amount of burnt flour on the bottom of the crust.  I concurred, but easily brushed this off - a cleaner oven or less flour on the pizza peel could have taken care of this.  Overall, I have to say I was very satisfied with the pizza, and a bit relieved because of the inconsistent nature of the pizzas I usually receive from Amendola's.

Crust: 3.5/5
Sauce: 3.5/5
Cheese: 3.75/5
Overall Taste: 3.5/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 4/5
Overall Value: 3/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.75/5

BOTTOM LINE: This pizza was the best I've had from Amendola's, and honestly one of the better NY style pizzas I've had in a little while.  Thankful for a good product from a normally inconsistent establishment.  This helps grow my confidence and makes me want to go back again soon.

BONUS REVIEW:
Pizza Ordered: Large Steak and Cheese Stromboli
Price: $14.50
Eat In/Take Out: Take Out
Now it was time to sink my teeth into what I would consider to be Amendola's signature menu item - the stromboli.  Although their Traditional stromboli is my favorite, we decided to venture into the steak and cheese stromboli department.  The stromboli was again cooked to perfection, and seasoned well on the top.  It should be noted that the box was not a greasy mess, which is typical of some strombolis.  The dough was light, not chewy, and easy to cut through, but the real treat was on the inside, which was nothing more than cheese and steak.  The cheese was just as wonderful as the cheese on the pizza above, but the steak was of high quality, thick and savory.  The whole thing was simply delicious, and came together nicely without committing the sin of being too salty, greasy, chewy, or having ingredients clumped together in one side of the boli.  I'd have to say the only knocks I have on this flavorful concoction are that when I ordered a "large stromboli" I expected something double in size, and the price of $14.50 was just way too much for the product I received.

Crust: 4/5
Sauce:  N/A
Cheese: 4.5/5
Overall Taste: 4.5/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 3.5/5
Overall Value:  1/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.5/5


BOTTOM LINE: Just an amazing stromboli with good quality ingredients and prepared well.  It's a terrible value at the steep price tag and small size, I'd say it's worth about $10 or $11 at best, so for $14.50 I don't perceive this boli as a great value.  Amendola's on Urbanspoon

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