J&D Pizza and Subs - Nicholson

It's no secret that I am pretty critical of most rural pizza shops in my reviews, not because I have anything against rural pizza (I live in a rural area) but it usually is not nearly as good as the pizza in the more populated areas which have higher competition and consumers demand great pizza.  When people from rural areas tell me that the pizza is amazing, and I try it out only to find that it is "bone-stock" average to below average pizza, I'm always disappointed (with several exceptions of course!).  With that being said, I've been aware of a relatively new pizzeria for a little while in the small town of Nicholson - home of the Nicholson Bridge - so I decided to take a ride and try this pizza out with the first lady, who has tried this out before.  She told me it's actually pretty good.  Now, I respect her opinion on pizza, but my expectations were not high based on prior experience in the country.

With that being said, I placed my order for a large pizza and picked it up.  The pizza was ready within the 20 minute time that I was provided, which was a plus.  The pizzeria itself has just a couple of tables and a counter to eat at, primarily good for a quick lunch, not really a dinner-type spot.  I paid $11.00 for a 16" pizza, and was quickly on my way to the pizza mobile to have a look at the pizza and photograph it.  When I opened the box, I was pleasantly surprised by the look and smell of this pizza.  It had a very nice thin crust, and was browned very nicely.  I flipped a slice up to check the bottom and found that it was cooked on a screen and was a little lightly cooked.  The sauce and cheese went all the way out to the edge of the tiny crust, which is always welcome for me.  For those of you who don't like a thick crust, this pizza is for you!  I didn't want to be rude and eat without the first lady, so I closed the box and quickly headed to my destination to meet her.


Her reaction when I opened the box was that this pizza didn't look like the other pizzas that she had ordered from J&D's recently.  Apparently the proportions of cheese and sauce were different, and the pizza looked thinner and darker than usual.  Thinner and darker were the two things that I found as positive, as opposed to the thicker, tougher, more lightly cooked crusts that I have found in rural areas.  I picked up the first slice to find that the pizza maker stretched it very evenly and clearly knew what he was doing.  The fist bite was much more flavorful than I had expected, with a sweeter sauce leading the flavor charge.  The cheese balanced out the sweetness a bit and really created a nice combination.  The sauce reminded me of Dino and Francesco's in Clarks Summit for some reason.  My favorite part was probably the crust though, because it was still crispy after a 10 minute drive and it was very tender.  So it's safe to say that this pizza far exceeded my expectations.  I'm not saying it was spectacular, but this was better than your average rural pizza.

Overall I have to say that the first lady was correct on this pizza as it was pretty good.  It doesn't compete on a level with the great pizzas in Northeast Pennsylvania, but it certainly is right up there with the best rural pizza I've had along with Vincenzo's in Waverly and Elegante in Honesdale.  If you live in and around Nicholson, I'd call this a very safe bet to grab a pizza or two for takeout.  So kudos to J&D pizza on a good rural pizza and I wish them much success in the future.  It's good to have a solid pizza option in an area that doesn't have many.
Restaurant: J&D Pizza and Subs
Location: Nicholson, PA
Date: January 2014
Pizza Ordered: Large New York Style Pizza
Price: $11.00
Eat In/Take Out: Take Out

Crust: 4/5
Sauce: 3.25/5
Cheese: 3/5
Overall Taste: 3/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 4/5
Overall Value: 3/5
OVERALL RATING: 3.5/5

Similar to: Dino and Francesco's, Amendola's, La Padrino
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