|Gervasio's Pizza Cafe
||[Nov. 20th, 2005|09:10 pm]
I went to Gervasio's Pizza Cafe at 408 Evans (near the corner of Sheridan in Amherst) with my wife and some friends. I saw an ad in a local coupon magazine and we decided to give it a try. It's a small establishment with a fast food style counter and a few fast food style tables and chairs. One of the counterpersons will wait on you if you dine-in. I ordered a personal pizza, my wife and a friend split a large pizza, and his wife ordered a calzone. I found my pizza to be decent, but nothing to get overly excited about. It wasn't bad, but there are so many places out there that do better. Also, I got charged extra for brocolli, which would have been fine, if I wasn't under the understanding that the brocolli was a replacement for four other ingredients (tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, anchovies) that the white pizza normally came with that I did not want. The pizza that my wife and our friend split didn't seem to be overly popular with them. They both agreed it was decent, but not really something they were too excited about. Most of their pizza was left over at the end of the meal. But, in all fairness, they ordered a large pizza, so there probably would have been some left over even if the pizza did excite them. There was lots of calzone left over as well, but I don't know if that's any indication of it's taste. It may have just been too much calzone for one person to handle.|
For desert, we all had some gelato. The gelato bar in person looked absolutely nothing like that in the advertisement. It was very anti-climactic in person. There was consensus among us that the pistachio flavor was awful (I won't go into what it was compared to). However, the rasberry and cinamon apple were pretty good. If you're a gelato connoisseur, then the gelato here will probably not meet your standards. However, they only charge $2.00 for three scoops, which (in the world of gelato) is quite reasonable. My wife and I ended up getting an additional serving due to the reasonable price. As far as I saw, gelato was the only desert option there, so that's something to consider if you like a slice of cake or pie at the end of your meal.
It may just be me, but after eating in a tiny establishment with fast food decor (where you go up to a soda fountain to get your own drinks), leaving a tip may not be something to look forward to. But, we did get served, so we did leave a tip. I will say, it took an unusually long time for our food to come, but this was not the server's fault. It also would have been nice if she had mentioned I would be charged extra for the brocolli, rather than leaving me with the understanding it was a substitute ingredient. I thought the server was quite pleasant though.
In all, I would not recommend dining-in at this establishment, but if you live nearby and are a fan of thin crust pizzas, maybe you'll enjoy what they have to offer. There are some varieties here that many pizza parlors do not offer. I myself probably won't be back. But, lets face it -- pizza tastes vary! For instance, a lot of people love Pizza Hut, while a lot of other people think they make the worst pizza in the world! So, if you enjoy experimentation, then give it a shot. Maybe you'll find yourself a fan of Gervasio's.