I took my wife to La Trattoria for her birthday this year. We wanted something casual, and she suggested trying out their pizza.
A little backstory; as a Buffalo born and raised man, I'm quite picky about my pizza and wings. Only one place anywhere around Penn Yan makes a decent pizza, but they've been hit or miss depending on the cook that prepares it. So I was not expecting much from La Trattoria at first. I was letting my prejudice of Penn Yan pizza, and their somewhat minimalistic atmosphere influence me.
I'm proud to say I couldn't have been more wrong. The pizza was very good, possibly the best pizza I've had since moving to Penn Yan that I didn't make myself. The sauce was a little more on the mild side then I personally like, but the dough was excellent and perfectly done in New York thin crust style. There were a good amount of toppings and it was baked to absolute perfection, not too doughy, not too crispy. But what really blew my mind was the wings. These were perfect Buffalo style wings. Immediately upon biting into them I could tell that they were properly done with butter and Franks brand redhot sauce. Deep fried just enough to give the right amount of crisp without burning, they were absolutely drenched in sauce. Also in typical Buffalo tradition their 'mild' wings were about as spicy as anywhere elses 'medium' in the area. To me that's perfect, but if you're sensitive to spicy foods, be forewarned.
Here's the kicker. The price was fantastic. For possibly the best pizza I've had outside of Buffalo, and definitly the best wings, it was under $15. The other local place that's decent charges more than twice that much for the same thing. My wife and I made sure we got a menu so we could order from them in the future after they told us they even deliver!
As for the restaurant itself, well, the decor is the only downside I could see. The location has been converted from a pizza place, to a cafe, to a chineese buffet, to a diner, and then to it's current itteration. As such it feels a bit picked over. The decor is a bit minimalist and the blacks and reds fit the theme, but feel a bit sparse. However the fantastic service from not only our waitress, but someone who I'm going to assume was the owner was as excellent as you could expect.
All told I'm really blown away by this hidden treasure in Penn Yan. I would highly suggest you try it out, and don't make a judgement based on the appearance, you won't regret your meal.
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