Thick and Thin Pizza - Clarks Summit, PA
Based on yet another great reader's recommendation, and my need to bring some food to a gathering I was about to attend, I thought it would be a good idea to try Thick and Thin Pizza, which is a small take out and delivery only pizza place right on the main street in Clarks Summit. Another reason I needed to see what this place is all about is that they send out the "crazy waving chef guy with the sunglasses" to hold a sign on the side of the road that says "$5 Pizza" every day on lunch! The person who recommended this pizza was not the crazy chef guy, but he raved about it, so it was my duty to follow up and provide this person with the review he requested. By the way, I continue to encourage anyone who wants me to try out a pizza place and review it for them to hit me up on twitter, or leave a comment below with any suggestions. Now that we have that small matter of housekeeping out of the way, on to the review.
I called in my order and the girl on the phone told me 15 minutes. I arrived in about 7-8 minutes, and the pizza was ready within 2 minutes of my arrival, so these guys mean business. Places that offer delivery service know that they need to get the pizza done quickly and get it on the road, and Thick and Thin seems to understand that based on my experience. The pizza guy warned me that this pizza was scalding hot because it just came out of the oven, and I should probably be careful with it. Now, I know I should have waited a few minutes, first because it's a bit rude to eat a slice out of the pizza before you arrive at the party, and second because I'd be putting my mouth in inclement danger with this molten lava cheese. As my regular readers know, I don't have any problems endangering the layers of skin in my mouth for the sake of a pizza review, and my friends are pretty understanding of my pizza blogging responsibilities, so I grabbed a slice out of the box and started the review right in my car!
The story of this whole pizza is really the cheese. As you can see in the photo, there is a considerable amount of cheese on this pizza. From my perspective this is a pretty standard American cheese which was melted perfectly with just a few specks of burnt cheese - just how I like it. My initial impression was that this pie tastes just like a grilled cheese sandwich with a very thin slice of tomato on it. Since the flavor of the cheese far outbalanced the flavor of the sauce, I really didn't get a lot of flavor from the sauce, but I found it to be a pretty simple, average sauce which wasn't too sweet or salty. The other flavor that I detected was a buttery flavor, which was what gave it the "grilled cheese effect." I'm assuming this flavor came from a liquid butter (possibly Whirl) brushed on the pan before baking. If this is in fact what Thick and Thin is using to grease their pan, I think it's a cool idea because it really adds a whole different dimension to the pie, and differentiates it from many of the other pizzas in the area who use oil, lard, or nothing at all to grease the pans.
I could tell the pan was well greased because of how deeply and evenly browned the premanufactured crust was on the bottom. There was a real denseness to the premade crust, which was added to by adding the buttery substance to the pan. If you are looking for a light, airy pizza, this probably isn't where you want to head. But if you want a flavorful pizza that really resembles a grilled cheese, I'd certainly suggest taking a crack at it. From everything I've heard, their delivery service is quite fast and reliable in the Clarks Summit area so the next time you are eating at home, I'd encourage you to try this pizza as it is pretty good, but they don't offer any dine-in options.
Restaurant: Thick and Thin Pizza
Location: Clarks Summit, PA
Date: August 2012
Pizzas Ordered: Old Forge Red 12 Cut
Eat In/Take Out: Take Out
Overall Taste: 3.5/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 5/5
Overall Value: 2/5
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
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THE BOTTOM LINE:
Thick and Thin offers a pretty good pie. There isn't much that stands out on this pizza except for the buttery flavor that is infused into the crust. I would bet that it's a consistent product based on my experience and the clean operation they are running. I did have a little bit of sticker shock for a $13 plain pizza. Considering many people add toppings to their pie, this standard pizza can easily approach $20. Not exactly a bargain, but the $5 daytime special certainly seems to be an amazing deal.