Having forgone my usual Saturday afternoon siesta for a pizza frolic, I started to run out of gas while making my final stop along the Main Line in the western Philadelphia suburbs. My last pick was an easy one since I’m a sucker for pizza joints named after a Tony or a Vinny. This one in Wayne, not too far from the Villanova campus, was called Vinnie’s Pizza.
Although it was a rather busy part of town, my luck had me find a parking spot just a few steps away from the place near the corner of Lancaster and Main. Vinnie’s bright red and white sign and Italian flag made it an easy find. It also had a welcoming window I’m sure to many Wildcat students with its neon “BYOB” sign.
The inside was no more than a postage stamp with just a few tables in front of the rear counter where I ordered a cheese slice ($2.50). My slice was selected from a trayful sitting on the counter that all had that pale and sorry “We’ve been sitting here all-day look!” A quick reheat and mine was returned to me almost before you could say “Vinny makes a great slice of pizza!”
I was surprised to not see the wide triangles I’d being experiencing in the area thus far, and this one was of standard size, shape and thickness. I’d even go so far to say that my slice was perfect in its content and construction. Respectfully charred on the bottom, its crispness enabled a proper fold.
Turns out that the crust was the star of this slice. But, as I’ve been tasting in these parts, again the Mozzarella cheese had a somewhat dull taste to it. It was flat with a taste that just didn’t dazzle me. I do give Vinnie’s slice praise for being light and going down otherwise smooth. Before I knew it, it was gone.
I wish I could tell exactly what it was that I find lacking in the cheese. It’s a shame that with just an added boost in flavor, Vinnie’s slice would be a tough one to beat—just like those Villanova Wildcats!
PIZZA SNOB RATING **** Near Perfection
102 Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087