I first tried Ninaâs pizza when my husband and I were dating, back 4 years ago. It was his hometownâs pizzeria. Before I had time to stick my nose up in the air and say no pizza was better than pizza from Brooklyn (I donât know why, but I compare every slice of pizza Iâve ever had to this pizza joint in Greenpoint, Brooklyn), I had my third or forth slice of Ninaâs white garlic pizza with tomato stuffed into my face. I left the remainder of the pizza at my parentsâ house, which led to my mother finishing off the rest of the half by herself.
After eating at various pizzeriaâs over my lifetime, I always seemed to shake my head and say, âthis isnât as good as pizza from NYC”. Now, I find myself shaking my head saying, âthis isnât as good as Ninaâsâ. My taste buds have seen the light and I canât go back to regular subpar pizza anymore.
Of course, this rating system is only based in the US. If I were to bring in pizza from Europeâ¦.thatâs a totally different rating system. Letâs leave it at that.
Beware â this post is full of carbs. Iâm not much of a carb eater, but this is the one time I splurge like thereâs no tomorrow.
We started off with an appetizer of garlic knots. Itâs bread, knotted up, with lots of garlic, butter, parmesan and herbs baked into it. Perfectly golden crisp on the outside, soft and warm on the inside. The intense garlic flavor made you eat one after the other. Carb-o-rama.
Along with the garlic knots, Chris and I shared a pepperoni roll. This roll is pure evil. The first time I took a bite of this pure deliciousness I exclaimed, âEVIL!â I did. Then I took another bite, and another, and anotherâ¦.I havenât stopped. I now need Chris to roll me out of bed each morning and push me around in a wheelbarrow. If I ever decide to leave the apartment Iâll just have a crane knock a hole through our roof and they can lift me out via helicopter and it can all be videotaped and sent to FOX NEWS.
These are the best pepperoni rolls Iâve ever tasted. Iâve had them many times before in other places. But they were usually too dry, packed with too much pepperoni and not enough ooey gooey cheese, and the bread was never the right texture (too chewy, too soggy, too dry). Ninaâs pepperoni rolls, when you take a bite, you can taste the sesame seeds baked into the bread, how the bread is perfectly golden and crispy on the outside, not too doughy, and with just the right proportion of mozzarella and pepperoni per bite. Ninaâs does great things. Evil things, but great things.
And now the pizza. There are so many wonderful pizza specialties on their menu, but if you canât decide, or itâs your first time, order the regular cheese pizza. You canât go wrong with it. You can usually rate how good a pizzeria is by how well they prepare regular cheese pizza. I rate pizza on the following factors:
thin, crispy and golden brown crust
sauce with just enough seasoning to complement the
able to pick a slice up by hand and eat it
Creating a pizza with all those factors working together is pretty difficult. Like sometimes, you can pick up a slice by hand because the crust is so darn thick. Or the cheese is so thick and gloppy it gets dragged into your mouth as you take the first bite. Or there is so much sauce that the cheese slides off completely and you have to keep pushing it back on. Maybe the crust IS the right thickness, BUT itâs dry and tastes like cardboard. Yea, youâve been there, admit it! Iâve taken all this into consideration. It might seem like I think about pizza a lot.
Because I do.
The crust is perfectly baked in the oven. It comes out with those tiny little bubbles that pop up on the crust. It has just the right texture, crispy yet chewy. The mozzarella to sauce ratio is just right, and every bite has enough cheese + sauce + crust. The sauce has a flavor thatâs not too overpowering that makes you want to take another bite. I like eating things that make me crave wanting more.
Iâve read some reviews on the internet about the poor service at Ninaâs. I disregarded it because: itâs a pizzeria. The service isnât horrible. Itâs just normal. I wouldnât go to a pizzeria for the service either, nor do I go to a Chinese restaurant for the ambiance.
While this is a pizzeria, it is also a pretty large restaurant. The menu has a vast selection of pasta, salads, subs, and specialty pizzas. Try it if youâre around central New York. Norwich is located approximately 40 miles north of Binghamton.
Nina’s Pizzeria & Restaurant
32 S Broad St # 1
Norwich, NY 13815-1681