Here we are. Post number 3 of Atlanta Pizza Days. We’ve got a long way time go, but it should be noted that in the last six days I have been to five pizza restaurants, I’ve made my own pizza, and I attended an amazing pizza party. My personal slice estimate is sitting at 29 slices. Everyone better appreciate the sacrifice my body is taking on this one. Glorious/greasy/cheesy sacrifice.
Earlier this week I met up with one of my friends for a quick lunch at Ray’s New York Pizza in Sandy Springs. This is a location we would hit up every so often when I worked up that way, but it had probably been up to 2 years since my last visit, and I really couldn’t remember much about the pizza. I had high hopes, but now that I think about it, if I couldn’t remember anything that kind of indicates that it’s unmemorable. There are 5 locations of Ray’s “New York” style pizza in the Atlanta area, where they claim they have “brought the finest New York style pizza to the Atlanta area.” I tried to find more information about their pizza claims on their website, which was redone in February of 2008, but the About Us page is still Coming Soon! Timeliness fail.
What’s up with all the restaurants claiming “New York style”? That doesn’t entice me one bit…so many restaurants claim this title and it has become so ubiquitous that it cannot be used as any measure of expected consistency by the consumer. Well, you may already have gained some insight into the quality of my experience, but let’s move on with the pictures and ratings.
Above: sticking with the half cheese, half toppings to keep it interesting. Also of interest in this photo, cardboard.
Dough (average score – 1.33/5)
- “soaked through, soggy, too sweet but bland, no pizza dough structure “
- Blind Taste - “flavorless, cardboard, bleh”
Sauce (average score – 1.66/5)
- “wanted a bit more sauce, but had decent flavor”
- “virtually non-existent”
- Blind Taste - “not good, not enough”
Cheese (average score – 3.16/5)
- “ I liked the cheese, good flavor, browned nicely”
- “cheese – very good, tasty”
- Blind Taste - “good texture, smoky flavor but a little bland, a little greasy”
Overall (average score – 2.16/5)
- “awful dough killed this pie”
- “dough & sauce really doing this pizza down”
- Blind Taste - “normal looking, no pizzaz…tastes like it’s out of a box, stale”
Final Thoughts: This was my least favorite pizza yet. I actually liked the flavor of the cheese, but the dough was horrendous. It was soggy under the cheese/sauce and the endcrust was charred cardboard; flavorless bread that was not the least bit enticing.
I am starting to feel like a snotty jerk in these reviews, but I really didn’t have the intention of slamming so many pizzas. So far, my thoughts on this are that often times when I ate at these restaurants in the past, I wasn’t even thinking about the pizza. I was just chatting with friends, and stuffing my face. What does make me feel a little vindicated are that my cohorts, including the blind tasters, have often been very consistent with my notes. I really don’t think we’re being too picky, we are just looking for quality pizza…something that shows that these restaurants/chefs actually care about the quality of their pies. Maybe with a chain this can be quite difficult?
There is hope! Last night I did see some indication of pizza passion, so please look for tomorrow’s post, #4 in the Atlanta Pizza Days!