Pizza Plus - Scranton, PA
Location: Scranton, PA
Date: August 2012
Pizzas Ordered: 2 slices
Eat In/Take Out: Eat In
Pizza Plus is has been a staple in Scranton for as long as I can remember, and when you step into the place you can tell. The wood paneling and yellow/orange chairs and signage gives the restaurant a real 70s vibe but in a good way. Its clean and makes you feel like you're in a Brady bunch rerun, which is refreshing to me in world where most corporations are constantly updating and redecorating. I also noticed that the low prices are of a past decade! I ordered 2 slices at $1.45 for a slice, which was a great bargain for the monster slices they served me. I liked that you can see the entire kitchen from the dining area which is always provides insight and is fun to critique. The place was spotless, which is not easy in a pizza kitchen where flour is flying around everywhere. The one thing that wasn't totally clean was the brown cafeteria tray was appropriate but appeared to be slightly dirty, but not bad. Believe me, a few crumbs and smudges on a platter wouldn't stop me! I've eaten in far more disgusting conditions, but we won't go there...
The cheese is clearly a blend as you can see the different strands of (presumably) American and Mild Cheddar. I found it to be pretty flavorful but a bit muted. I'd imagine if I ordered a whole fresh pie, the cheese would have been tastier, but that's the tradeoff you make with buying by the slice. The sauce was simple, not salty, not zesty, not sweet, but had enough flavor to be serviceable. Again, if the sauce was on a fresh pie (and used the sauce cooking technique that I described in a previous blog post) it probably would have been much more pungent. The crust had a ton of potential as it was thick, fluffy and light with good flavor and consistency. It would have been up there as one of my favorite crusts except that it wasn't cooked long enough. Pretty doughy in the middle and not all that crispy on the bottom.
You can take all of my comments above with a grain of salt, with the salt being premade pizza by the slice and not by the fresh "tray." If I were grading this pizza on potential, it would have some high marks, but I must review the pizza on the cafeteria tray in front of me. I'd say if you are looking for a quick, cheap, filling lunch, these slices served as-is are in the "must have" category. With football season approaching, I'd recommend this pizza for Saturday and Sunday gridiron gatherings. Great value, and as I said Pizza Plus' pizzas have huge potential, and are the type that have broad appeal and would be acceptable to a wide variety of pallets. In addition, the entire menu has super reasonable, borderline cheap prices and the portions are huge. I hear they are also famous for their white pizza and 2-foot long hoagies, which I assure you I will be bringing to a party in the near future!
Crust: 4.5/5 (gets a bump for potential)
Overall Taste: 3/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 2/5
Overall Value: 5/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.5/5
THE BOTTOM LINE:
Even if this place served bad pizza, it would still be a phenominal value, so for me to not return, it would have to be terrible, but that is far from the case. The pizza I had was decent and filling. I know there's a ton of potential there, and look forward to getting back for a fresh pie and giving PP a fair shake!