Nello's Pizza - Wilkes-Barre
I'll admit that we were on a strict time budget for this review, so my impressions may be a little rushed. The overall decor of this place is your standard strip mall layout with wooden booths and a display counter with several premade slice pies ready for you to place your order. We arrived at an off-time between lunch and dinner so I wasn't expecting super fresh pizzas, but surprisingly they were in pretty good shape. We placed our order for two plain slices, and I couldn't resist adding a white tomato basil slice to my order since it seemed to be calling my name.
I crossed my fingers that the pizza maker would reheat our slices thoroughly, which fortunately he did. The slices came out piping hot and crispy, which was refreshing. I was a big fan of the crust as it was crispy, thin, tender, flavorful, and had a nice bubble pattern. To me this was the highlight of the pizza and really the only thing that stood out. There wasn't quite enough sauce for my liking and as a result the slice was a bit dry, but this could have been a byproduct of the very nature of reheating a slice. The sauce was certainly not a deal breaker, and the cheese was your standard mozzarella. Overall, I would call this an above average mall pizza. It's a safe bet, and I'm sure most people would enjoy it. As I bonus review, I thought the white tomato basil slice was quite good. I enjoyed the thick slices of tomato which added the moisture that I desired from the previous slice. The whole thing was very well seasoned and had a nice balance to it. The first lady didn't complain about my garlic breath later on in the evening so it must have been seasoned appropriately! Finally, a side note...after I checked in at Nello's on Foursquare, I received a couple messages noting that the Hot Wing Pizza is to die for here. I did not try it, but I thought I would share for your information!
Restaurant: Nello's Pizza
Date: May 2013
Pizza Ordered: 1 NY Style Slice, 1 White Tomato Slice
Eat In/Take Out: Eat In
Overall Taste: 3/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 4/5
Overall Value: 3.5/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.5/5
Similar to: The Gourmet Slice, Antonio's, Dino's WVM