After discovering that our family's favorite local pizza restaurant, the Fireside on Eastern Parkway opposite Price Chopper, seems to be closed (their phone is disconnected -sob!!), I checked out other possibilities on TripAdvisor and selected Pizza Buono, just up Union Street from our house. I called on Veteran's Day to order a pizza that we would come for in 30 minutes and stated that we didn't want to take it out to eat. This was a celebration for my 87-year-old father, in honor of his WWII service. His preference was actually for Friendly's, but sadly they have closed all their Schenectady shops. Well, we show up at Pizza Buono at 5:15 pm only to find the store is tiny and there is no inside seating! Why didn't the girl who took our phone order tell me that when I said we would be eating an 8-cut pizza on the premises?? Well, the pizza came out of the kitchen; I paid for it and three cans of soda (total cost just under $20), and the three of us stood at a narrow counter eating our slices, with my purse on top of the cardboard box to weigh it down so it wouldn't tip over on the floor. The pizza was only passable. it had an excellent thin crust, but the toppings (meatballs on one half, sausage and roasted red peppers -cut into small chunks! -on the other) were just so-so. Maybe this is an okay, convenient place for take-out, but I wish someone had informed me this is not a sit-down place!
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