Nello's Pizza - Wilkes-Barre

So the first lady and I were in Wilkes-Barre for a wedding, and although the wedding was the main event and we were on our way to dinner, I never waste a trip to Luzerne County when it comes to trying out a new pizza!  To my defense I hadn't eaten all day and needed a little nourishment before dinner, and I haven't exactly been lighting up the NEPA Nation with Pizza Reviews lately!  We needed something quick, and I remembered there was a pizza in the strip mall over by Walmart so we headed in that direction before jumping back on I-81.  As it turns out, I remembered correctly and we found Nello's Pizza.

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!

Nello's Pizza on UrbanspoonRestaurant: Nello's Pizza
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Date: May 2013

Pizza Ordered: 1 NY Style Slice, 1 White Tomato Slice
Price: $1.85
Eat In/Take Out: Eat In

Crust: 4/5
Sauce: 3/5
Cheese: 3/5
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 

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