The first time I walked into Casa di Pizza, I saw loads of Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres stuff all over the walls. I thought to myself, "This place must have good wings". And they do.
Contrary to what you might think, making proper hot wings is actually a rather simple process, and restaurants all over the country screw it up on a daily basis. Here are the mistakes restaurants make and how to fix it.
1) Using "jumbo" wings. The bigger the wing, the worse the wing. Simple little equation. Smaller wings cook better and the meat and skin blend into one consistent bite. Bigger wings are less cooked inside and the skin tends to be thinker and gross. Casa uses the correct wings, the little ones.
2) Not cooking them long enough. In the interest of pleasing the customer with faster food, restaurants will fry the wings for 12 minutes or less, which ends up with undercooked, soggy flesh. Yuck. Casa cooks their wings for the correct length of time.
3) Adding things to the sauce. Restaurants like to get cute and come up with their own proprietary sauces by adding all sorts of unnecessary ingredients. The classic (and best) sauce recipe has two ingredients: Frank's hot sauce and butter. That's it. The more Frank's, the hotter the wing. The more butter, the more mild. If you want to make super spicy wings, you can add a hotter sauce on top of the Franks, but please no ketchup, pepper, Worcestershire, etc, etc, etc.
4) Serving the wings floating in a pool of sauce. I've seen lots of ideas for serving wings that haven't worked. What ends up happening is the customer likes lots of sauce but more sauce means soggier wings. Casa has the most creative idea I've ever seen. They serve their wings on the top of a half-crumpled piece of foil, so the wings are raised away from the sauce and thus stay crispy. Ingenious.
Casa doesn't just make "hot" wings. They also have a wide selection of other sauces with their own preparations. Try the barbecue ones that are fried, sauced, and then grilled over an open flame. Outstanding.
On the down side, the pizza here is just okay. It's square and kind of thick, which isn't our thing. But winglovers all over the country visiting Bradenton/Sarasota should definitely check out Casa.