Tommy's Pizza Corner - Kingston

Great Pan Fried Sicilian at Tommy's Pizza Corner!

Pan Fried Sicilian Pizza from Tommy's Pizza Corner in Kingston

I last visited Tommy's Pizza nearly 8 years ago and reviewed the round pie which was very good.  Shortly after that, I became obsessed with Pan Fried Sicilian Pizza (PFS) after eating Pizza L'Oven, Pizza Perfect, and Victory Pig and realized I should've also tried the PFS at Tommy's.  Fast forward 8 years, and I finally made my return to try it out!  That might sound like a long time to wait, but with so many incredible pizzas to try in NEPA, you'd be surprised at how difficult it is to try them all!

Tommy's Pizza has been on the corner of Market and Rutter for over 40 years!

Tommy's has been in business for 40+ years and is well established in Kingston.  Their restaurant is a cool throwback place to dine in or take out food.  They feature a full menu featuring pizza, wings, sandwiches, salads, pasta and more.  Their prices are very reasonable and affordable.  They also have great daily lunch specials and are open for lunch daily, which is actually fairly rare when it comes to pizza in the Wilkes-Barre area.  When searching for other places on my list of pizzerias to review, I found that many in the area didn't open until 3:00 or 4:00 so keep that in mind if you're looking for pan fried Sicilian pizza for lunch!

Like most other places that serve pan fried Sicilian, you order this pizza by the number of cuts you want and each cut is $1.40 each, which is the about going rate for this type of pizza locally.  I ordered 4 cuts (2 to dine in and 2 for the road) and they were ready in no time flat!

The pizza came out steaming hot and strikingly cooked to absolutely marvelous perfection.  The cheese had some leoparding with some lovely brown spots and was applied and melted neatly across the entire surface of the pizza and even up to the edge where it caramelized nicely similar to a Detroit style pizza.  If you're not familiar with the caramelized/burnt cheese on the edge, it's perhaps the most flavorful and delicious bite of the pizza!  We're talking Flavortown, USA and it also discourages those who commit the "pizza sin" of throwing away the crust from doing so!

The caramelized cheese edge on the Pan Fried Sicilian Pizza at Tommy's provides a ton of crunch and flavor!

Through the cheese a few spots of vibrant red sauce were visibly poking through.  A key to this pizza besides how perfectly it was cooked was the crust/sauce/cheese ratio which was spot on.  There was plenty of sauce to provide flavor, moisture, and texture, but not so much sauce that the cheese slides right off like some versions of this pizza I've encountered.  

As always, I ordered my cuts with onion, and as you would expect from such an established place, they used the correct type of sweet onion on their pizza which gave a wonderfully pungent yet mild flavor to the pizza.  The onions also seemed to have softened nicely to a point where you probably wouldn't even know they were there from a texture perspective which made me think that they may have been sweated before applying.  Why are the onion details so important?  Well for one, there are many anti-onioners out there who lose their mind at the thought of an onion so I feel it's responsible journalism to alert them of their existence!  But onions are so critical to this style of pizza (IMO) because the sauces are comprised of very basic and simple ingredients and the onion provides so much flavor to the sweet and acidic sauce base.  Also, it's important because some places use a white (or other) onion which produces a much more pronounced and sometimes offensive onion flavor, rather than the sweeter onions that give that classic smooth and savory flavor like Tommy's and the other heavyweights that you can find on my list of the Best Pan Fried Sicilian Pizza in NEPA 2020.

You order pizza by the individual "cut" at Tommy's Pizza Corner.  A full tray can be ordered by requesting "18 cuts"

Finally, the crust was slightly thinner than some of the pan fried Sicilians I've tried which allowed for the flavors of the sauce and cheese to really shine.  Tommy's also offered one of the most consistently crispy and crunch pan frieds I've had.  What I mean by that is almost all pan frieds are crunchy around the perimeter crust, but some are softer in the middle.  There was no flop at all on this pizza and it was wonderfully crunchy with a tighter crumb with moderate variation.

Perhaps the most important detail some people want to know about pan fried Sicilian pizza is how greasy it is (since it is cooked in oil)!  On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being no grease at all to 10 being it's running down your arm when you pick up a cut, this was about a 3, with very little grease and the wax paper under the pizza being largely dry.  This pizza was comfortably one of the lease greasy that I've encountered in this genre.

Golden brown crispy crust on the Tommy's Pizza Corner Pan Fried Sicilian.

Overall it was a great 2nd visit to Tommy's.  Where I did enjoy the round pie on my last visit, I have to say I very much prefer the pan fried sicilian as a matter of preference.  What is your favorite pizza at "the corner?"  Let me know in the comments below!  

The Ratings

Restaurant: Tommy's Pizza Corner
Location: Kingston, PA
Date: November 2020
Eat In/Take Out: Dine in

Pizza Ordered: Pan Fried Sicilian with Onions
Price: $1.60 per cut
Crust: 8.6
Sauce: 8.2
Cheese: 8.8
Overall Taste: 9.1
Crispy/Cooked Properly: 9.1
Overall Value: 7.3
OVERALL RATING: 8.6

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