Well, we survived our trip to Vincent's.
To start off, My Garmin Nuvi is retarded. It took us to the right exit and got us on Ardmore Blvd. But the location it had for Vincents was right off the exit at a 15 store building. Was not hard to tell that the GPS was way off. So we headed back north toward WTAE and ran into a hood overrun by some pretty scary looking thugs. Stopped at a gas station right past WTAE and asked for directions. The lady looked at me like I was nuts. But some guy walked in and told me to go south a mile or two and that it was right past a Dominos Pizza. And he was right, we had finally made it there.
The reviews were all correct in that the place was not much to look at. Kind of a dive bar with a about 7 ot 8 tables. And a weird smell of sewage gas radiating from somewhere. But I kind of expected all of this after reading reviews. No big deal. The young girl that took our order was relatively friendly. We decided we'd try a medium pepperoni pie. It took about 10 minutes and when she brought it out we were both surpised at how large the medium was. The crust was very thick and puffy just like we expected. And I had read the stories about rediculous amounts of toppings. THis certainly was the case as the pepperoni seemd to be about 1/2 inch thick across most fo the pie. I like pepperoni as much as the next guys but that was just way too much. If i had it over to do again I would've order a cheese pie or something with veggies. As you'll see in the picture below this thing was a fire hazard.
I shoveled a slice onto my plate and was greeted by the nastiest grease slick I've ever seen. I'm not one to expect a pizza to be healthy but this was the "Heart Attack" of all pizzas. Definately the most unhealthy pizza I've ever seen. I ate with a fork and the first few bites actaully tasted pretty good. The first thing I noticed was the fantastic cheese they used on their pies. Definately some type of smoked provalone. The cheese was great and even though the crust was very different it also was quite good. But the Pepperoni overdose kind of killed this one for me. We picked off as much of the pepperoni that would could and used a few napkins to sort of coral the grease pit. I ended up managing to eat two slices and my wife was able to eat one. She packed up the pizza for us and we brought it home in the trunk in case some environmental disaster took place during transport. It's sitting in the fridge but to be honest I'm not sure we'll even eat it.
The pizza as we ordered it was pretty low rated on my pizza scale. It was just too ungodly oily. The entire middle section of the crust was soaked red from the oily pepperoni. I can however see a lot of potential in this type of pie with a smarter topping selection. The pie is definately a shocker when you first see it and the restaurant itself is fine. It's just too over the top for me.
If I had the choice to go to Vincents or Il Pizzeola there is no doubt in my mind I'd select Il PIzzeola. Their pizza is very cleanly done and has that old word taste. Lighter, fresher, and simpler.
But I can see why vincents has it's followers because I truely have never had a pizza that was made like the make them at vincents.
Sorry about the low quality picture. It was froma camera phone.