As part of Turtleboy’s Worcester County pizza tour we’ll be hitting up pizza shops all over the place and letting our readers know if it passes the Turtleboy family taste test. If you’d like your pizza shop to appear in a future blog email us at [email protected] and we’ll set up a time. Yesterday we went to a relatively newer place called Paesano’s on Grafton Street.
I’ve heard good things about this place from East siders, so it was time to find out if they lived up to their reputation. First of all, it’s not your regular Worcester pizza shop. For starters they serve booze. Right away their stock is through the roof. Oh yea, and this is the only pizza place I’ve ever seen with a drive through. Bad ass.
They’re also a brick oven pizzeria, which the owner had built by hand:
It’s got a wicked Italian feel to it, which makes sense since the owners come straight from the bottom of the boot itself. And no Italian restaurant would complete without cannoli’s for dessert:
In case you haven’t picked up on it by now, I don’t like things that normal people like. Mrs. Turtleboy raves about cannoli’s, but they just don’t do it for me. I guess I’m not a custard guy. Anyway, the good folks at Paesano’s sent a couple home with me for Mrs. Turtleboy and Turtleboy Jr. More on him later.
If you’ve ever been to Antonio’s in Amherst you know that they’re famous for having crazy delicious pizzas with all sorts of things on top that you’ve never seen before on a pizza. Paesano’s is right along that line. Their menu is gigantic.
But as for this taste test, it’s hot cheese only. Because as delicious as those pizzas sound the only true way to judge a pizzeria is by their hot cheese. Now I wasn’t sure what to expect with the whole brick oven thing. I don’t like my pizza crispy. Luckily, it wasn’t like that at all:
It might look a little sloppy, but that’s because this is easily the highest concentration of sauce and cheese I’ve ever seen on a pie. At first I thought it might be one of those pizzas where you pull out a slice and it takes the rest of the cheese from the pizza with it. But it turned out pretty nicely:
And like I said, it wasn’t crispy so you can easily do the fold up thing to it and go to town. It’s got a really unique taste to it too. I would describe it as Papa Gino’s on steroids. And I don’t give a shit what anyone says – Papa Gino’s is delicious. so that’s a compliment. The difference between the two is the sheer volume of cheese and sauce you get at Paesano’s. It was a shmorgisborg of deliciousness and the crust was almost non-existent (crust sucks) so I give in an A.
Mrs. Turtleboy, like we I’ve said before, is a crust eater. She’s also more of a crispy pizza woman. But the flavor was undeniable. She gave it a B+.
Turtleboy Jr. meanwhile has been a real pain in the ass lately. To him rules are completely optional. “Don’t throw your food” usually means there’s a 75% chance he’s gonna throw his food anyway. So the deal was that because he’s gotten so much delicious pizza lately he has to eat his vegetables. He REFUSED to eat them so he didn’t get any delicious Paesano’s at first.
But that all changed once he saw the cannoli. He’s never seen one of those things before and he simply had to put it in his mouth. The mere sight of it got him to eat his peas and carrots in record time. Then he ate one slice, got sauce all over his face, pounded down the cannoli, and passed out. Thank you Paesano’s for putting Turtleboy Jr. to bed without a fight.