OS Reviews: Giuseppe’s Pizzeria By Brothers
Move over, Canyon. There’s a new pizza place in town.
Earlier this month, Giuseppe’s Pizzeria by Brothers opened at 204 E. College Ave. in the former location of Weirdoughs. Owner Joseph Pistone opened the pizzeria in the building where his father once operated his pizza joint 47 years earlier.
Giuseppe’s Pizzeria by Brothers offers pizza by the slice and pie, sub sandwiches, strombolis, wraps, and more. With 8 Mile Pizza a few blocks south on Pugh Street and a slate of pizza choices in the vicinity, we decided it was time to test out Giuseppe’s and put it to the downtown State College pizza test.
Max Zarbo: Cheese Slice, Buffalo Chicken Slice
After perusing Giuseppe’s menu, I settled on a slice of cheese, a slice of buffalo chicken, and a drink. In total, with a tip, my meal was about $10. Around five minutes later, I was served, and I would be doing the pies a disservice by saying they were anything less than amazing. The slices were hot and seemingly fresh, the sauce had a bit of a sweeter taste, and the crust was the perfect balance of soft, yet crispy.
My self-proclaimed “resident-New-Jerseyan-whose-pizza-opinion-matters” roommate was quick to agree, even going so far as to say this was the best pizza he has had outside of the greater New York City/New Jersey area, so don’t come after me. With top-quality pizza and top-quality pricing, I will most certainly be back for more.
Mikey DeAngelis: Pepperoni Slice
Whenever I try a new pizza place, I start by ordering something basic to see what I think. In this case, I kept it simple with a single slice of pepperoni pizza.
The pizza was pretty good. The crust was nice and crispy, which I always appreciate. As for the pizza itself, it was a perfectly good slice, great for grabbing a slice as lunch or for ordering a pie to eat while watching a football game.
I’m looking forward to going back and trying some of their more unique slices to see what other kinds of pizza they offer. As far as pizza goes here in State College, I’m on board.
Mitchell Corcoran: Pepperoni Slice
When I walked through the door, I was a big fan of the vibe of the place, and I loved the pizza display at the counter. Everybody working there was very nice and it took only about five minutes for me to get my pizza. I bought a slice of pepperoni pizza for less than $5 with a tip. When I opened the box, I was surprised at how big the slice was.
The slice was floppy and kind of greasy, but I didn’t mind that because it still tasted good. You could tell that the ingredients were fresh, and the crust was probably my favorite part. My biggest problem, though, was that the menu in the restaurant was framed on the wall and was hard to read. It looked like it should be in my living room and not in a restaurant.
CJ Doebler: Two Buffalo Chicken Slices
When I first entered Giuseppe’s, I was ecstatic. Anywhere that sells pizza by the slice captures my business instantly. I ordered two slices of buffalo chicken, my girlfriend ordered a slice of pepperoni, and the total was just over $13.
Unfortunately, I think I got a bad pie. The rest of the pies in the case looked delectable, but only about 40% of my first slice had cheese on it, and my second slice was also lacking in the cheese department. For the part that was a complete pizza, I enjoyed it. For the part that was clearly not crust but was also not pizza, I was disappointed. I snatched a bite of the pepperoni slice and thought it was pretty good, though.
Although my first time at Giuseppe’s left a bit to be desired, I do think that my pie was an anomaly, and I’ll be sure to be back to try the rest of its wide variety of pizza selections.
Michael Siroty: Pepperoni Pizza
Maybe my experience was a little different from everyone else, as I went with six other people. Due to that, there was a pretty lengthy wait time. However, the second I opened the box of the pepperoni pie, I knew the wait would be worth it.
The pizza came out glistening, and at Giuseppe’s, looks were not deceiving. The crust had the perfect amount of crunch to it, and there wasn’t too much sauce or cheese. The pepperoni was chewy, but added a great flavor.
As someone from New Jersey, my expectations weren’t exactly high, but I was pleasantly surprised by this State College pizza place.
Keeley Lamm: Two Cheese Slices
This was a shocking amount of pizza for right around $10. Giuseppe’s pizza reminded me of a slice of Costco pizza that feels too big to eat, but then you accidentally delete it before you open your eyes.
I think Giuseppe’s Pizzeria ranks high on the State College pizza scale, but it didn’t feel particularly unique to me. It featured slippery cheese and a chewy crust which isn’t really my style. In regard to by-the-slice pizzerias, Giuseppe’s is probably the best our Central Pennsylvanian metropolis has to offer, however, I think I’d still skip west to Snap Pizza for a full pie. I’m pretty excited to try Giuseppe’s subs and non-pizza items, though.
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