OS Reviews: Weirdoughs Custom Pizzeria
State College’s ever-changing pizza scene grew once again this fall when Weirdoughs Custom Pizzeria opened on the corner of College Ave. and Pugh Street.
Weirdoughs is situated in the former location of Brothers Pizza, where co-owner Omer Dogru grew up while his parents ran the restaurant. Now, alongside co-owner Joe Boss, he’s excited to bring a fresh pizza perspective to State College.
Nobody loves pizza more than college students. Naturally, we sent a few of our hungriest staffers over to see what all the hype’s about.
After more visits than I can count on one hand, it’s safe to say I’m a big fan of what Weirdoughs is cooking up. I’m a purist when it comes to pizza and almost always find myself opting for a classic Margherita pie (or a Margheweirdo, as Weirdoughs’ menu literally reads).
Consisting of just tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil, a Margherita pizza rarely goes awry, and Weirdoughs is no excpetion. Its pizza was fresh and tasty, easily satisfying my cravings a handful of times. I felt particularly ~wild~ and added bacon this week to make a particularly savory pie.
I was also a fan of Weirdoughs’ Cheezarella Breadsticks. They didn’t blow my mind or anything, but their $4 price makes them a great snack to share with a friend or two.
However, pizza-eaters beware: Weirdoughs’ Margherita inherently comes with a heavy drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Honestly, it’s just not my thing. And although I’ve asked for it off a few times, I’ve been disappointed when the balsamic is there regardless when I lift up the box. An incorrect detail on the order can be particularly frustrating when Weirdoughs’ line grows especially long during peak hours.
Either way, I’ll be coming back to Weirdoughs for a long time and will happily add it to my pizza rotation alongside Snap Pizza and Faccia Luna. Weirdoughs’ expansive hours (until 3 a.m.!) make it an especially attractive late-night option, too.
I had a good experience both times I went to Weirdoughs. The first time, I got a BBQ chicken pizza and asked for no jalapeños (sadly, they gave me jalapeños) and the line was short and sweet. I went when it was still pretty new so there weren’t may people in the store.
The second time, I got a buffalo chicken pizza without jalapeños and crushed chips (they got it right this time!). I waited a long time for my pizza but it was worth it. The location of Weirdoughs is clutch because you can walk across the street and sit on Old Main Lawn while enjoying your reasonably priced pizza. I would definitely go again and try something new.
The only thing I would change about the restaurant is how long it takes to get your order. I get they’re new to town, but ordering from Domino’s is definitely faster.
Weirdoughs had the opportunity to be a downtown classic, a new go-to pizza place — a David to Snap Pizza’s Goliath, if you will. On my first visit, I was incredibly impressed, but unfortunately, things soon took a turn for the worse.
Weirdoughs legitimately has good, fresh pizza that is probably better than Snap. But its slow service, ordering mishaps, and diminishing quality hold it back from becoming elite for now. If there is anyone at all in front of you in line, prepare to wait at least 20 minutes for a pie, and more than an hour if the place is busy. Once it gets crowded, they occasionally mix up orders or sacrifice quality for “speed.” They claim that they’re better than Snap because of a shorter line, which is true, but Snap will have your pizza done in under five minutes no matter how busy it is.
Weirdoughs has a chance to break through as a top pizza place in State College if it can ease some of its service woes. If you want to give it a shot yourself, get the Margherita. The fresh sauce is incredible.
I’ll be honest, I love all pizza. Pizza, to me, can never go wrong. But I do look for what makes pizza different from place to place, and that’s where my problem with Weirdoughs lies. It just feels like the same pizza that I can get from Snap or Federal Taphouse, with the only thing difference being its cheap price.
This isn’t to say that Weirdoughs is bad, however. I liked its pizza! I would absolutely go there again and bring my friends and have an enjoyable time. But when I went in, I was expecting something to be different, and I couldn’t taste that difference. I just wish it distinguished itself more because if it was more unique, it could easily be the top pizza place downtown.
Weirdoughs is an overall good experience. The store itself is kind of bland. It’s all white and there’s not a whole lot to look at. You order on a touch screen and it’s pretty easy to follow the ordering process. There are a few pre-made options to pick from if you don’t want to make your own, which is a nice option to have. Weirdoughs has all kinds of options for its creating process, including fruits, veggies, and stranger toppings like Doritos or brown sugar drizzle.
I simply made a basic pepperoni pizza, and it was pretty good. The sauce was a little bland, the pepperoni was a little small, and the dough was a little floppy, but it wasn’t too greasy and the cheese was solid. Overall, it was a good experience.
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