Salerno's Cafe - Old Forge

Restaurant: Salerno's Cafe
Location: Old Forge, PA
Date: October 2012
Pizza Ordered: 6 Cut Red
Price: $6.29
Eat In/Take Out: Eat In
 
A recent poll on this website asking where readers would like me to review next in the Pizza Capitol of the World resulted in me visiting Salerno's Cafe.  This would be my 3rd review of authentic Old Forge pizza after Revello's and Arcaro and Genell's so I was anxious to try this pie and compare it to the other 2 heavyweight contenders.  On my way to this place I passed about 5 other pizzerias which I wanted to just jerk the wheel to the side and stop, but I had to stick to the plan and get to Salerno's!  Old Forge must have one of the highest pizzeria per capita concentrations in the country, and I'd love to see the statistics on that.
 
On to the review - I ordered a 6 cut red, and it was ready in a heartbeat.  Clearly this tray of pizza was cooked to perfection at first glance.  The cheese was melted ever so perfectly with just a few hints of burnt cheese, just how I like it.  When I picked it up, I noticed that the bottom of the crust could have been a bit crispier, but certainly not undercooked.  Perhaps this is the effect Salerno's is looking for, because the crust is very much dense and bread-like, rather than light and crunchy.  The cheese was underwhelming, and relatively flavorless.  It kind of just sat on top of the sauce rather than intermingling and melting down into the cheese.  Perhaps if they used the sauce first method in cooking this, it could have remedied this problem.  Finally, the sauce was very pulpy and heavily seasoned with quite a bit of oregano which was necessary to provide some flavor to this pizza.  Overall this pizza reminded me of more of a pub or VFW pizza rather than an old forge pizza, so there was no Old Forge magic for me on this day.
 
Crust: 2/5
Sauce: 2/5
Cheese: 2/5
Overall Taste: 2/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 2/5
Overall Value: 2/5
OVERALL RATING: 2/5
 
THE BOTTOM LINE: 
I can't honestly put this pizza in a class with Revello's and Arcaro and Genell's as there is nothing special about any of the components of the pizza or the pizza as a whole.  It's worthwhile to eat, but Salerno's neighbors have set a much higher standard in the rectangular pizza world, and I expected more.
 

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