Gino’s NY Pizza

I recently became a fan of NY style pizza. My wife and I spent a couple of days in NYC and we hit the streets looking for the perfect slice. What we found was truly exceptional, and more importantly I now know where the NY-style pizza snobs are coming from when they rant and rave about the stuff. In recent years Buffalo has landed a couple of NY-style pizza joints that do a pretty good job when it comes to creating decent NY-style pizzas, but I’m not sold on any one restaurant in particular. Last night I decided to try out a new Elmwood pizzeria called Gino’s, and after opening the box and taking a few bites I’m happy to say that NY-style pizza lovers will be pleased. Not to say that we’ve struck gold and we can finally rest knowing that we’ve got the best NY-style pizzeria in the state, but when looking for a fix, this is a good place to fulfill your craving.

To start with, a Gino’s slice has a perfect golden crisp handle to hold onto, and when I picked up the slice there was hardly any bend. The cheese stayed in place and there was not a huge greasy residue under each slice. There was a perfect sauce to cheese ratio and I could see and taste the oregano blended in with the cheese. Ultimately I added my own oregano to enhance the flavor (see photo below). After my third piece I declared the pizza a winner and stored the menu away in my kitchen drawer. 
Gino’s is related to the Gino and Joe’s located in the Food Court of the Main Place Mall – the business has been around for 25 years. The Elmwood location also sells heroes, wings, wraps, pasta, salads, calzones, lasagna, meatballs with homemade sauce, tacos, fries and rings and eggplant parm (among others). I was happy to find the interior of the business wasn’t as sterile as many pizzerias can be, and the guys working the counter and cooking were friendly. I was also happy to see the small building (the original Pano’s) get a new paint job with warmer colors. Gino’s is a nice operation, and if you’re asking yourself if Elmwood really needs another pizza joint, I can only tell you that these guys displaced a pizzeria that was in the same place.
Gino’s NY Pizza
1009 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo NY 14222
716-885-1777
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23 comments
Jimbuffalo
Jimbuffalo

Wait a minute! Isn't this new place located within 500' of a food truck? What gives?

Relax...just trying to be funny and not steal the thread or kick the hornet's nest

We should all agree on pizza...so I'll look forward to trying Ginos. Need to try Vera as well.

I'll put a plug in for:

Joe's NY Pizza on Amherst/Grant.

Lombardo's on Hertel does a nice job with take-out pies for under 10 bucks now. (I saw their ad here on BRO). Get the one with the egg in the middle.

Siena out in Snyder does good work, too.

Ditto for Romeo's

BuffaloQPublic
BuffaloQPublic

Buffalo Pizza Co. (across from Canisius' athletic center) gets my vote. The flavor and plentiful ingredients are locked and loaded.

chris
chris

The only Gino's I know is across the street from Kenmore East!

suburban_hillbilly
suburban_hillbilly

Thanks. It's a small place but like you said it's great for a start up, especially take out.

RumRunner
RumRunner

La Nova's NY-style pizza is just their ordinary pizza, cheese and sweet sauce combination, just served on a thin crust. That's not NY-style pizza.

EyeC
EyeC

Sal's makes a great pie, for sure.

jtrzewitcowski
jtrzewitcowski

how can no one have mentioned La Nova yet? Best pizza ever1

GOP
GOP

We need a location in the Southtowns please! There is nowhere to get authentic NY style pizza in locations south of downtown Buffalo.

Anthony1212
Anthony1212

La Hacienda on Pine Ave. In Niagara Falls.....delicious!

Buffalo_Resurrection
Buffalo_Resurrection

Well, if you can’t make it to NYC; I suggest Romeo & Juliet’s on Hertel Avenue near Colvin which is the best pizza in Buffalo and not just according to me but Buffalo Spree!

MRodgers
MRodgers

Steele, not into the deep dish? I think you're right - deep dish is not an every order item from the pizzeria for me.

I was raised on Mister Pizza (note the full spelling of "Mister") but enjoy a Famous Ray's or any of the Ray's derivative when in NYC. Have to check this one out.

STEEL
STEEL

Man what I wouldn't do for a slice of pizza that could actually pass as pizza or food for that matter

bigdawg
bigdawg

Bella Via Pizzeria is the best pizza on the planet.

RumRunner
RumRunner

Gino's does have a pretty good slice, but my vote for best NY-style pizza is Sal's on Kenmore & Starin. They actually use the correct tangy pizza sauce, which IMO the key to properly making a slice of NY-style pizza.

Nothing against Buffalo pizza, but all the tomato sauce used on pizza's here (including alot of "New York" style pizza) is the same sweet tomato sauce.

brownteeth
brownteeth

Yeah, and Avenue pizza most recently. It's the perfect incubator sized place for a takeout restaurant. I wonder what the lease amount is?

WhatRUSmoking
WhatRUSmoking

Panos, Edritos, Falafel Bar, and Avenue Pizza all previous residents.

chetroia
chetroia

I do like "NY Style" pizza but Buffalo has it good share of good its good regional flavorful pizza too like Leonardi. Some of NY pizza is bland no flavor taste like cardboard. Every place in the country has way of making pizza from brazilian pizza to pizza in rome, sardegna naples etc.. My friend worked as pizzaiolo for freedom pizza in Rimini italy pizza was cooked in wood burning fire with 00 caputo flour. He used to joke about the english speakers asking for peperoni (peperone) on their pizza because peperoni is not the same in italian as it is in the US. Peperone means peppers the vegetable.

The Boss
The Boss

Gino & Joes in Main Pl has long been my favorite pie in Buffalo. The typical Buffalo pizza is doughy and greesy, love the thin and light and flavorful NY pizza

brownteeth
brownteeth

Most everyone loves pizza. I don't think a city can ever have enough pizzerias.

JWY
JWY

So is Joe's on Grant and Amherst also related to Gino & Joe's?

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