Domenick's Pizza - Jermyn, PA

As I looked at the map of places I've reviewed in Lackawanna County, I couldn't help but notice, I was neglecting the Valley area and needed to get over that way.  Since I've heard a lot of great things about Andy's Pizza in Peckville, I headed there, but they happened to be closed, so I needed another destination.  On my way to Andy's I noticed that Domenick's Pizza was now in the location that Joey's Gourmet Pizza used to be.  Since I once flipped pies for Joey at one point in my pizza career, I thought it would be a great substitute to try.

When I walked in, I noticed not much had changed from when it was Joey's except that the kitchen is now closed off, which was a bit of a disappointment for me because I like the opportunity to see my pizza being made.  I also noticed that the menu was quite similar to Joey's Gourmet, as they featured many specialty gourmet pizzas.  Since I was by myself, I decided to order a small 12" pizza for $7.99.  The very courteous woman at the counter mentioned that I could get a medium 14" pizza with one topping for the same price so I figured I would give some value points and go with the medium sausage.

When the pie came out, I immediately noticed it was a bit undercooked.  The dough was still pretty white, the cheese wasn't browning, and the whole thing could have used at least 2-3 more minutes in the oven.  I also noted that the sausage was sliced, just like Joey's used to do it, which I was never a big fan of.  So after I got the initial first impressions out of the way, it was time to actually try the pie.

Obviously the first bite was very soft and squishy since it was undercooked.  Approximately 2/3rds of the dough was still raw and chewy.  There wasn't the slightest bit of crispiness, but the dough did have really good flavor.  The sauce was quite good, was lightly seasoned, had a healthy amount applied, and the tomatoes were of decent quality.  Finally, the cheese was average quality, had a good flavor, wasn't salty at all, and the pizza maker applied a generous amount, making this value pizza even more of a bargain.

Overall this pizza had the potential to get into the average to slightly above average range, but since it wasn't cooked properly, I didn't have a great experience on this day.  I do think that when cooked properly, many people will enjoy this pizza, and for those who like a more substantial pie, the gourmet pizzas are likely out of this world.  Knowing the history of the place, I'd say this is a safe bet to order delivery or takeout from.  I'd also say that this pizza would definitely reheat well using the frying pan method!

Restaurant: Domenick's Pizza
Location: Jermyn, PA
Date: October 2012
Pizza Ordered: Medium New York Style Pizza with Sausage

Price: $7.00
Eat In/Take Out: Eat In

Crust: 2/5
Sauce: 3/5
Cheese: 2.5/5
Overall Taste: 2/5
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 1/5
Overall Value: 5/5

Domenick's Pizza certainly has potential, but this particular pie wasn't cooked properly so it didn't receive higher marks.  I'd imagine that this would be a pizza that most people generally like.


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