Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, O’Scugnizzo Pizzeria is truly a staple of Utica, New York, and it is not just those in Utica who can enjoy their upside down pizzas – they now offer shipping throughout the continental U.S. to satisfy taste buds nationwide. Eugeno Burlino (depicted in the painting on the wall in left-hand side of the photo below) came from Naples in the late 1800s and opened this restaurant after originally selling his pies on the streets. Having been the first pizzeria in Utica, some refer to O’Scugnizzo’s unique preparation as “Utica-style pizza.”
The uniqueness of O’Scugnizzo’s pizzas is that the toppings go on the dough first, then the cheese, and then they are put in the oven to bake, after which the sauce is added on top. While not nearly as thick, these pies taste somewhat like Chicago-style because of the sauce being on top. People who like to appreciate the sauce on pizza would certainly be pleased with O’Scugnizzo’s since the order of the toppings really accentuates the flavor of the sauce. I enjoyed this, and I really liked the sausage that had a little bit of spiciness to it. Some might find their pies to be a little doughy, but I liked their crust as well. The only negative I can think of for O’Scugnizzo’s Pizzeria is that I am still not confident in pronouncing their name correctly.
What I Ate: Sausage and Garlic