Monday, November 8, 2010

Cheese pies and cheesecake (Allegro Pizza)

Plain pie (Allegro Pizza)

Cheap hole in the wall pizza plays a major role in my life. When I was at Columbia, I had Koronet, Pinnacle, and Famiglia, all located within a few blocks of each other. None of them were fantastic, in fact, barely passable would probably be a more appropriate description, but none of that really mattered to me in the middle of the night. When hunger struck, all I wanted was some form of dough, sauce, and cheese... in that order. Like an addict, I needed to fill that same void in Philly too. I had to find another source of cheap, dirty, pleasure, in the form of carbohydrates and dairy... and oh I did. That place is Allegro Pizza.

Plain slice (Allegro Pizza)

For $11, you can get a pretty sizable 16" pie. That's 201 square inches (rounding down for arguments sake) of pizza, or roughly 18 square inches per dollar. That's actually better than Koronet, given how wack their pricing scheme has been lately. In any case, while I'm pretty sure no one would consider their plain slices anything spectacular, it's a pretty good deal.

Upskirt slice shot (Allegro Pizza)

Their slices are pretty standard. Thin average crust with nondescript sauce and cheese. Nothing to write home about (yet... here I am writing about it?). Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's tasty, but I don't know if I'd say it was a sensual experience or anything close, but it definitely fills that void. You know what I'm talking about... that hole in your heart that yearns for a slice of cheap pizza that can only be characterized as average at best. Oh yes, I've found my pleasure palace of pizza in University City.

Strawberry cheesecake (Allegro Pizza)

I don't know what I was thinking when I got this. I was tempted by a fridge full of cheesecake after lunch. It seemed like a pretty good idea at the time, but it was pretty fail. For $3.75 (which feels pretty expensive actually), the cheesecake is more dry and crumbly than thick and decadent, and the sauce is more chemical flavoring than actual strawberries. For how it looks, it's deceptively disappointing. I guess that's what happens when you get cheesecake at a pizzeria. Oh well, doesn't make their slices any worse, and that shit is what really matters anyway.


Sherry said...

Ehhhhh I found Allegros to be soggy and dry at the same time (if that makes sense). Like the cheese/sauce part of the crust was soggy... and the crust was really dry.

But the cheesecake looks delicious!

BTW, I saw on Twitter that you were in NY!! Boooooo could've at least let us know! I was cheering for Patrick right before mile 19 too!

Kevin said...

Like Sherry, I wasn't a fan of Allegros, either. Coming from all of the great pizza in the NJ/NY area, I found Allegros to be too doughy and too cheesy (as blasphemous as that may sound, the ratio seems off to me), as the thick layer of cheese kinda reminds me of the pizza served at my middle school cafeteria (and that's not a good thing to be reminded of).

Nicholas said...

Sherry - MY BAD! I was only there for a few days, and was busy for most of it, so I didn't get to do as much as I wanted to...

Kevin - I can respect that opinion, but like I said, this pizza isn't good... it's just passable. Sure, if you compare it to places like DiFara's and Grimaldi's, then yeah... it seems pretty crappy, but that's missing the point! Sometimes I don't really care how good the mixture of cheese and dough is, I just want cheese and dough. Lots of it, for not a lot of money. That's what Allegro's is to me :)

Sherry said...

Awwww :( Well next time when you're in NY, definitely let us know :D We should go do that GoGo Curry 5 pounder thing. What was it called again? World Series?

Danny said...

damn son, you polished off that entire pie yourself? amazing. and yea that cheesecake looks suspect. what i'm thinking is... did they actually make it themselves? or prolly just go to costco, buy plastic containers, and put them in there? i dunno if costco cheesecake is any good actually..

Nicholas said...

Sherry - will do! I don't know what it's called, the 1 lb one is the Grand Slam, I know that much. FINALLY I WILL BE ABLE TO ORDER IT.

Danny - dude, I'm not that fat, inside or that. I think they might've brought in the cheesecake too. One way or another. Not awesome.

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