Thursday, October 12, 2006

Day 12, 2006: Sal's Pizzera (E. Village, NYC)

LOCATION: Sal's Pizzeria (7th St and Avenue A, NYC)
GUEST(S): Todd Simmons and Nate Shelkey
ORDER: 1 slice of cheese
PIZZA REPORT: Like my 4th grade handwriting, Sal's sauce per slice "Needs Improvement".  Eventually, I was able to make up for my poor penmanship when I learned how to type.  Sal's makes up for the lack of sauce with the addition of more cheese.  The slice in the photo above is a pretty good looking slice.  The cheese on the near side appears to be covering the sauce beneath.  Unfortunately, there is no sauce under that cheese.  The only sauce I tasted was the sauce visible on the far side.  It was pretty good sauce too.  Maybe they know their sauce is good and they pick and choose who gets to see it, you know, like leather jacket wearing rebels do with their love.  Well, I wasn't lucky enough to be on the receiving end of Sal's love.  In addition to lack of sauce, there was flour on crust edges and the underside was so brittle it cracked when I tried to fold it.      
ATMOSPHERE: Sal's has plenty of seats but no tables.  The only social option is to eat with your mirror image.  Hopefully your reflection likes Spanish music.  If not, you may just want to order your slice from the streetside window - which I am told is great if you walk dogs.  The dogs will also come in handy when you are trying to figure out what to do with your leftover pizza.  Sal's is open late and situated immediately adjacent to a bar and in the vicinity of several others.  Since it is open late, it may be just what you need to satisfy a late night craving, particularly if you are craving mediocrity.  Sal's is in the right place with the wrong recipe.
VERDICT: 1 out of 5 
MISC.: Despite the layout of the dining area, Todd Simmons, Nate Shelkey and I managed to sit in a way that enabled a rather long-winded conversation to take place touching on topics relating to Banana Coke, the subway, pranks, coffee, and beef bullion cubes.
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