Bar Exam

Hello, Big Mario

Comments

1
Coming from NY I had high hopes for BM. I was really really disappointed. I had two slices, a reg old cheese slice and a pepperoni. IMO the large slices were awkward and unnecessary, but I am sure will be great when I am drunk at 2am. I would rather a substantial crust than a paper thin falling apart monster sized slice. The cheese pizza was rolled out so thin that half of the pizza was just cheese and sauce and the pepperoni was charred to a barely edible condition. I will check back though to see how it goes. I just hope Mario really trains the staff making the pizzas. It really is an art form!
2
$2.75-$3.75 is steep for a big slice of pizza?
3
Coming from the NY area (grew up in SW CT, routinely down in NYC many weekends) I had high hopes for BM. I was very pleased.

It really tasted like me to very typical NYC pizza. I think everyone is spoiled on lush artsy pies like Pagliacci around here. Sometimes a cheeseburger is just a goddamn cheeseburger, and doesn't need to be a grass-fed Kobe burger with magic seasoned bacon and ethical blue cheese. Sometimes it's just ground chuck with a shitty bun and American cheese and ketchup, but damn: it tastes RIGHT.

That's what a good NYC pizza is to me, and that's what Mario's tastes like. Right.
4
IMO Big Mario's.

The thin crust and texture are near perfect. Crunchy yet not hard on the bottom with even texture all the way to the end (the pizza bone!). Above this is moist crust/dough via (perfect, not too spiced not too sweet) sauce soaking into it.
The amount of cheese is also near perfect, not too much too little, either direction can ruin a good slice. This pizza tastes like legit NY pizza.
HOWEVER: These prices are steep for how small (volume and shape) a product one receives. A NY slice is a lot bigger, YET, often can be a bit cheaper tasting. Not for the hungry lunch goer, but more for the perfect-hit the spot- late night drunk snack. Grab it on the way home and it cures...

CHARGE LESS OR MAKE THAT SLICE A LIL' BIGGER. THIS IS NEW YORK PIZZA AT SEATTLE/CAP HILL PRICE. YOUR CHOICE.

P.S. Lovin that no bullshit menu.
5
For once I'd like to read a review of a bar/restaurant that is NOT with-in a 10 block radius of the Strangers office.
6
Lose the TV and its a keeper.