Colarusso’s – Dickson City, PA
Here’s the long overdue third and final installment from my visit to Dickson City, PA. I again have to thank NEPA Pizza Review for guiding me along the tour he dubbed ABC, which stands for Amberdonia, Basilico’s, and Colarusso’s. The first two stops use a wood-fired oven and a gas oven respectively, and they each use them well; so how does Colarusso’s coal-fired pizza fare?
I’d like to first say that I ordered a regular margherita pizza to take with me to snack on later in the day, and both the underside and handles were charred and colored as beautifully as one could hope for. With that said I must acknowledge that the pie NEPA Pizza Review and I shared while at Colarusso’s (pictured to the right) had a cornicione totally void of any charring, and pretty much the crispiness that accompanies it. With the crust being the most important part of almost any pizza and with the awesomeness possible from using a coal-fired oven this is a big miss on Colarusso’s part, especially since they were not at all busy when we were there. The underside of this crust had the required sporadic charring, but without the charred cornicione the flavor didn’t reach its full potential.
The cornicione however, was the only faux pas that I found. First, I saw that Colarusso’s offered a pizza with ricotta cheese on it but didn’t offer ricotta cheese as a topping option. I ordered it anyway and Colarusso’s didn’t bat an eye; props for that! Second, while my personal taste would have liked the onions to be smaller, they did make for a good looking pizza. Third, the sauce was good. I don’t usually like a chunky sauce, but it worked really well on this pie. Fourth, the cheese was good and a little on the light side, which I appreciated as this was a thin crust pizza and with thin crust pizzas real estate is limited. Finally, the hot sausage was good as was the ricotta cheese.
I just gave you my honest opinion, but at the same time I feel like I’m being a little harsh. Maybe I caught them on an off day; it happens. I guess I’m just a little disappointed because I know Colarusso’s can do better than this pizza (as is evidenced by the charring on the pizza I ordered for take-out). Overall, the pizza had a good taste. I’m definitely going to visit Colarusso’s again; I suggest you give them a try! See what NEPA Pizza Review had to say about Colarusso’s when he first reviewed their wares, and while you’re at it check out Onomahuna.com to see what opinion they hold of Colarusso’s.
P.S.> Shame on me for not including a picture of Colarusso’s chicken wings; they’re fan-freaking-tastic! They have tons of flavor without any sauce! How can that be you might ask? Just freakin’ try them and thank me later.