I hadn't gotten a pie from Pauli's in a while, and I needed some debate-watching food, so It was time to try again. Pauli's is located next to Jaxson's and just across from Grampa's Diner.
They said it would be ready in 15 minutes; it took me longer than that to get there, and it was ready when I arrived. We chatted a bit about the debate; I think Pauli is a Democrat. But we agreed that the economy sucks currently.
The pie was very light; maybe I'm getting used to 18" pizzas, which I like to order whenever they're available. I like the bigger slices.
Pauli's Pizza 1/2 Sausage (2012)
The first disappointment was that the far edge was folded over about 4", which ruined two of the slices. The wobbly pie was too big for the box. Also, there was only sausage on 3 of the slices; it didn't seem like a full half topping.
Pauli's pizzas have a very thin crust, but this pizza had less sauce and less cheese than the pie I had before. In fact, I could hardly taste the sauces at tall. On Tuesdays, they have a large pizza with 1 topping for $8.95; this was $14.45, but this is what I'd expect to get for a special pizza. This pie wasn't worth $14.50. If you want a pie with hardly any sauce and cheese, you might as well just get a lower priced pie from Isabella's.
I was disappointed in Pauli's. This wasn't a very good pizza.
I've passed Pauli's a hundred times going to and from Hollywood, and I've been meaning to try it for awhile. Not so much because it says "NY Style" on the window; that's so overused down here that I've grown to ignore it. But you have to figure a guy named Pauli knows something about Italian food. So today was the day.
I ordered as I was leaving the Hard Rock, and Pauli's is located in the strip mall on the corner of Stirling and US1. Its a bee line down Stirling to Pauli's from there, and I guess it took 15 minutes tops. The worst thing about Pauli's is that its located in the same parking lot as Jaxson's, and its one of those one way, two tier lots; and then you've got all of the people hanging out in front of Jaxson's on a Sunday. Its just a a pain. I finally parked and went in, and the pie was ready. The place is kind of a dump, with a couple of tables with cheap tablecloths. Its not the kind of place I'd want to have a meal. Maybe sit down for a slice.
When I got home and opened the box, I knew it was going to be pretty good. I've had a lot of pies in my day. It smelled good, and the crust was definitely right.
Pauli's Plain Pie
One thing I can say is that Pauli's sauce isn't bland. Its very flavorful leaning towards sweet. The crust is very thin. Pauli knows pizza.
I do need to mention something about the pricing. The menu says pizzas are $12.95, and I was charged $14. for the pizza. Thats $13.73. with tax. So maybe Pauli thinks he's in NY and he charges 8.25% sales tax? Or does Pauli just round his prices up to the next dollar? Whatever it is, in this economy its not cool.