Hometown Pizzeria, winner of Taste of Baldwinsville's People's Choice for Best Pizza, adorns its hand-tossed dough disks with a sorting of never-frozen ingredients and fresh toppings. The mighty menu includes a gastronomic glut of gourmet pies, ranging from the cheeseburger-and-fries pizza, a zesty ketchup and mustard spread layered beneath a bundle of police evidence auctioned from the Hamburglar's knapsack ($11.99/medium), to the oriental-chicken pizza piled with teriyaki chicken, cabbage, and roasted almonds ($11.99/medium). In addition to a selection of sandwiches ($3.69+) and custom calzones ($5.09+), Hometown also stocks a flock of more than 10 flavors of signature grilled wings, including honey barbecue and taki zesty orange ($6.90 /10). This Groupon is good for dine-in, carryout, delivery ($1 delivery charge), or teleportation.
The pizza pros at SoNo's Pizza and Pasta Factory bake up a menu of sizzling pastas, sandwiches, calzones, and pizzas forged from freshly mined dough and sauce. After visiting the pizza oracle for inspiration, SoNo's has emerged with 27 styles of pizza, such as the spicy honey bbq chicken, piled with baked chicken covered in homemade honey barbecue sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, jack, and sauteed onions ($18.99+), or the baked lasagna, a pie that’s clothed in penne, meatballs, sausage, ricotta, and mozzarella ($18.99+). Patrons who don’t eat pizza can order chicken parmesan ($8.99) or a meatball wrap ($5.99), or choose to chew on a dozen wings doused in their choice of 19 flavors including Jack Daniels glaze, lemon garlic pepper, and sweet and sour ($6.95).
The Sokolowski family fired up Checkers Family Restaurant and Pizzeria in 2001, determined to fill the following decade with cheese and pepperoni pizzas and spicy wings. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner courses grace tables that sprout like wild wood-shop projects from the floor of indoor and outdoor eating areas. Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Checkers hosts fish fries that grant fresh haddock a starring role in both a sandwich and fish dinner.
Gianni leads a team of formaggio painters in smuggling classic Bronx flavors from his former community to his current digs in Syracuse. In the Castle Hill pie, cooks cover a disk of house-made dough with layers of sauce, cheese, bacon, and ground beef before sliding it into a hot oven until it crisps, bubbles, and imitates the sounds of a kitchen timer ($15.95). Broccoli trees line the Mosholu Park pizza's toasted crust, paved with creamy ricotta cheese so that garlic cars can easily coast into the mouths of nearing diners ($15.95). Patrons may also craft their own crusty cuisine by tailoring toppings ($7.95+) or try pie-by-the-slice ($1.75+). Orders of golden garlic knots bathe in butter and garlic sauce before offering to turn tongues into slip 'n' slides ($1.25), and wings can range in spiciness depending on the size of customers' fire extinguishers ($4.20+).