In October I went to a training kick-off party for Rock ‘n’ Roll AZ. Unfortunately I was too late to get a reusable bag from SRP. But I was lucky enough to win a $50 gift certificate from New York Pizza Department which has 10 locations in the valley. Troy and I finally used the gift certificate this weekend. We had some fun determining how much food we could get for $50. In the end, we settled on:
- Garlic cheese knots with alfredo sauce
- honey BBQ wings
- asiago caesar piadini with grilled chicken
- traditional New York baked ziti
- 16″ Vinny’s favorite pizza with homemade meatballs, Italian sausage, baked ham, mushrooms, and ricotta cheese
I definitely took advantage of the full value of the gift certificate because the total before tax came to $49.54. For some reason they didn’t ask us to pay the tax, so we walked away with a lot of free food.
I tried a little bit of everything tonight so I could taste it while it was “fresh”. (The closest location is about 20 minutes away so the food cooled a little during the drive home.) I really liked the garlic cheese knots. I was expecting them to be a little hard on the outside, but they were actually very soft. Like mini garlic-butter dinner rolls. They were tasty on their own, but even better with the alfredo sauce. The piadini was my other favorite item. It’s basically flatbread “filled” with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and chicken. The grilled chicken was very tender and there was a lot of flavor to the dressing. I only had a couple bites, but I bet it will still be good tomorrow for lunch or dinner.
I was really looking forward to the wings, but unfortunately they weren’t very good. I think they were overcooked, leading them to be dry and tough. More honey BBQ sauce would have helped a bit. The pizza wasn’t that great either. I’ve definitely had better. It was also dry and even a bit bland. The couple bites I had of the baked ziti weren’t bad. It’s hard to go wrong with penne pasta and cheese. I’m planning to have it on Monday and I think it’ll taste even better if I add some of the marinara sauce that came with the garlic cheese knots.
So overall I’d probably give NYPD Pizza a 2.5 out of 5. I’d go back and have for a meal of garlic knots and a piadini. But it’s hard to rate them higher than a 2.5 when they’re a pizza place that doesn’t have good pizza.