DeFazio’s to end Passover
Met up with Capitol to Capital and the FUSSYlittleFAMILY to celebrate(?)/break the end of Passover with some leavened wheat. DeFazio’s Pizzeria (266 4th St, Troy, NY) for some sweet pizzas and BYOB (in this case, beer).
We started off with a large eggplant & spinach pizza and a small cheese. The eggplant was fried, but airy and not at all greasy. Good amount of cheese, but maybe it was just me, but I thought it could use a touch of salt. Easily remedied with a hearty shaking of cheese, though!
Somehow we ordered another small cheese pizza on their multigrain dough. It’s still in the works, so it’s not officially on the menu yet (and they only had small sizes available the night we were there). We just wanted one plain cheese on multigrain, but this worked out to our benefit since 2 small pies and two large pies (one more comin up) was just enough for 6 adults and two kids.
The regular white crust might be my fave, but the multigrain is a pretty close second. It’s a totally different kind of crust beast than the original. It’s flatter and a bit denser, with bits of nutty grains and such in the crust to add a crunchy little something every now and then.
Albany John loves DeFazio’s whole wheat crust. I’m less of a fan of it since it’s tougher than the standard (pillowy soft and delectable) white crust. But this multigrain could be a good midpoint for us.
Our final pizza de la resistance was a kalamata and hot sausage pie. The Profussor wanted something of a recreation of DeFazio’s pie from the final leg of the Tournament of Pizza we judged last year. Mainly, those briny and delicious kalamatas. Pizza flashbacks in such a good way.
The kalamatas were okay, but not as briny as they were in the TOP pie. Daniel B. mentioned that these looked chopped and not hand pitted and plump like they were on the winning pie. Either way, still pretty good. But I think that TOP pie is going to be my white buffalo pizza for a while.
All of the dough was cooked well. No gumminess/undercooked dough. Although I might become one of those pizza obsessives who specifically asks for some burnished and blackened edges on my subsequent pies.
Good pizza, good people, good times! What more can you ask for?