Thursday, October 14, 2010
Rocky's I: "I like this place."
Rocky's I is great. I came here by myself while walking around this neighborhood. This is actually the first review slice I've eaten alone since the first Pizza Mission over a year ago when Sweet Tooth got lost in the subway and couldn't find me. I walked in and the pizza guy was all smiles, chatting up some customers ahead of me in line. While I will always appreciate a Surly Grump behind the counter, it is really nice when someone is obviously in a radiantly good mood. Like, it just makes my day better to see someone else be happy. I don't remember exactly how the conversation went down, but in the span of time it took me to order "one regular, please" the guy must've had god bless me about half a dozen times.
This slice is great. So great in fact, that I gobbled it up like bachelorettes eating penis shaped novelty foods and immediately ordered another. When I asked the guy behind the counter for one more, he flashed this grin and said, "you love it, right?" And I did.
The second slice was identical to the first and I identically ate it super fast and ordered a third! Seriously. It's only because I was alone and wasn't planning on going to any other pizzerias. The third slice was slightly undercooked, but such is life, right? At that point I didn't even care.
So, this slice is pretty damn near perfect. The cheese was a great quality and has a delicious flavor, without being overbearing or underwhelming. The sauce was not too in your face but definitely adds a distinct touch of slight sweetness and tomato tang to round out the slice. The dough was perfectly textured, just the right thickness and totally salty enough, which is often a problem. Where it spread to the crust, it was neither billowing, nor stingy, but "just right" with soft, tender innards and greasy crunchy outtards. This is an A+ slice.
Rocky's I - $2.50
304 W 14th St (8th & 9th)
New York, NY 10014