The idea of stopping in the 'Pizza Capital of the World' for lunch on our way from Chicago to NY made us giddy - we order pizza whenever we think we're onto something special, always looking for the one that will take us back to our gold standard, the pizza of Naples.
We should have kept going. Revello's is a throwback to the '60s, with Naugahyde-covered chairs and large jugs of Riunite Lambrusco in a prominent position behind the bar (evidently it's #1 when it comes to washing down the pizza).
The pizza. We saw that it came in small rectangular slices (a huge step above the little thin-crust squares that this Jersey girl has to endure in Chicago) so we each ordered 2 slices. Ten minutes later the waitress told us that it was taking a little longer because we had ordered one slice with mushrooms. Ten minutes after that four slices arrived, one topped with exactly 5 slices of canned, sliced mushroom. Worth the extra $.25? I would have rathered they use real cheese.
Somewhere along the line, Revello's decided that using white processed cheese product on their pizza was a good thing. I'm not 100% certain, but I do believe it was Velveeta. I couldn't get past it. It was so hot (fresh out of the microwave?) that I scorched the roof of my mouth, which was particularly painful since we were actively engaged in trying to remove the all cheese that had become bonded to our teeth. Thank goodness it wasn't the yellow Velveeta.
I did get one taste of the tomato sauce (before my buds went numb) - there was barely any of it on any of our 'red' slices, but that bite was pretty tasty. The crust was crispy on the bottom, but pieces cut from the middle of the pan (3 out of our 4) quickly turned soggy, and all that cheese product hardened around the edges of each slice, welding them to the white plastic plate.
The server was very nice, attentive even though she was the only one in the room, working 5-6 tables of families stopping in for Sunday lunch. Regulars? In a small town like Old Forge, they have to know what they're getting themselves into, so maybe they don't buy into Mozzarella di Bufala or big charred bubbles on crust that is crispy on the outside and tender inside. Maybe Velveeta is where its at in Old Forge and that's fine, but this girl won't be back.
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