Sabatini's Pizza - Exeter, PA
Restaurant: Sabatini's PizzaLocation: Exeter, PA
Date: October 2012
Pizza Ordered: Large Plain Pizza
Eat In/Take Out: Eat In
Eat In/Take Out: Eat In
Sabatini’s in Exeter is another place in Luzerne County that I have received quite a few suggestions from readers about, so I figured while my fellow pizza expert and I were in the area at Victory Pig Pizza, we would make another stop at Sabatini’s. We weren’t sure what we were in for, but the signage depicted a New York Style slice of pizza, so I assumed that was the type of pizza we were in for. When we walked in, I noticed they have an extensive beer menu in addition to their normal menu, which was tempting, but we were here on business, which means pizza only!
After sitting down in the tall wooden booth, we decided to grab a large cheese pizza which was ready and served to us in about 10 minutes. As soon as the waitress set the pizza on the server, my co-reviewer and I looked at each other and knew that it wasn’t likely we were going to enjoy this pizza. There is no outer crust to hold onto as the sauce and cheese is stretched all the way to the edge, which I can see people who are not fans of the crust enjoying, but I’m a crust guy. The dough was clearly rolled out with a rolling pin, which to me just flattens the crust and squeezes all of the air pockets making it tough. Where this method is OK for baking Grandma’s Apple Pie, it certainly is not my preferred way to prepare a pizza. The sauce was on top of the cheese, and I’m a pretty firm believer that sauce goes underneath the cheese in nearly every case, however I can appreciate it being on top when it’s a high end sauce. Finally, the overall appearance of the pizza was brownish and flat – just not that appealing to the eye.
The taste test netted results worse than the eye test. The crust was flat and lifeless with a smoky burnt flavor and no bubbles, and no crispiness. My colleague described the sauce as “Contadina tomato paste scraped right out of the can” and I couldn’t describe it any better myself. It was a dry, pasty sauce which was bitter, slightly sweet, and sparsely seasoned. The cheese was presumably a mild cheddar which was also very dry, flavorless and just kind of sank into the pizza. The whole pie was dry, without texture, and just plain monotonous to eat. It appeared that the pizza maker cooked this to the best of his ability, so it left me wondering why so many people like this pizza and why it’s been in business for so long. I was glad I had my partner with me on this one, so I didn’t think I was crazy. He may have gone a little further than I might have in saying, “This is probably the worst pizza I’ve had in my entire life.”
I’d love to hear your feedback about Sabatini’s, so please leave comments below. Am I missing something?! To be fair, here is a recent article that the Keystone Pizza Critic wrote that is basically the complete opposite of my opinion. I encourage you to read his review for a better understanding of why people love Sabs.
Sabatini's Pizza Menu
Overall Taste: 0/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 2/5
Overall Value: 1/5
OVERALL RATING: 1/5
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THE BOTTOM LINE:
I simply didn't understand this pizza or the affinity that people have toward it. I welcome feedback on the possibility that I just had a bad pie, so please provide your thoughts in the comment section below!