Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Review: Goodfella's Pizzeria

Name: Goodfella's Pizzeria
Address: 229-237 W Fayette St, Syracuse, NY
Neighborhood: Downtown (Armory Square)
Cuisine: Pizza, Salads, Calzones
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, 10 PM to 2 AM, Friday 11:30 AM to 3 AM, Saturday 1 PM to 3 AM
Parking: On-Street
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Delivers: No

Off the main drag in Armory Square and tucked away on West Fayette St, Goodfella's Pizzeria has been serving up pizzas, subs, and calzones to the Downtown area now for 2 years. The establishment itself is very small, as it's essentially an open room with chairs and tables set up around the exterior. Ordering is easy and made at the counter and all the while you can see what types of food is ready and available. If something isn't there, the staff is very helpful and friendly to assist.

The menu consists of calzones, bread sticks, garlic knots, subs, salads and a limited variety of pizzas (only cheese, chicken wing, and pepperoni). I have never had anything other than pizza here, but I'd imagine that the portions sizes are big with "one size only" calzones and 12" small subs and 16" large subs. It's a good selection for what it is, but I'd like to see some more varieties of pizzas.

Anyway, the order...

Slice of Cheese Pizza: $2.75
Total Money Spent with Tax & Tip: $3.50

These are the largest pizza slices that I have ever seen. One is certainly enough to fill you up, and two slices is roughly the size of half a large pizza. But it was a great slice. Stringy cheese on a crispy crust and served very hot. The ratio is good (though I wouldn't have minded a bit more sauce). A-.

Some other notes...

- There are no bathrooms.

- It's cash-only, but there is an ATM machine inside.

- It can get rowdy on weekend nights after the bars close.

Goodfella's essentially has two target audiences for their food: Downtown workers on their lunch breaks and the late night crowd consisting of young, inebriated adults who are walking up and down Fayette Street at 1AM. Though, it's undeniable that Goodfella's actually does serve really great pizza. Alas, since this is a restaurant review blog, I have to dock them in other important areas such as cleanliness, food selection, hours of operation, and availability. Though not to go unnoticed, they get points for tasty and affordable food, extremely large portions, and friendly service.

Looking for a sit-down restaurant that serves a good selection of pizzas, salads, and calzones? You can probably do better elsewhere. In Armory Square or Downtown and looking for pizza on the go? This may be your place.

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