Posted By: Pizza Expert on November 18th, 2012
On my way back from a pizza excursion in Long Island, we stopped at Sal’s Pizzeria on the way to Islip Airport. Sal’s Pizza was never a place I really wanted to try before, since I never really loved the look of the shopping center. Seems like a little strip mall plaza that you would buy paneling and plumbing supplies in, and then in the corner is this pizzeria.I believe this is actually Ronkonkoma and not Islip but that is something I will have to look up before I complete the review. *** Yup it is Ronkonkoma *****
Since we were in a rush to get me back to the airport to get to beautiful sunny Florida, we decided it was our best bet on this dreary overcast and drizzling day.
Sal’s Pizza was empty, we literally were the only ones in this place during the hour we went. A nice guy with a heavy Italian accent behind the counter asked us what we wanted. I am guessing he is Sal but I didn’t confirm it. I ordered 1 and 1 from him (for those non pizza experts out there, this means 1 regular slice and 1 Sicilian slice). While waiting for the slice we got into a conversation with him since he seemed curious why I was so inquisitive as to how long he had been open and what town we were in. He seemed to think I was opening a competing pizza place or something, but I assured him this wasn’t the case.
When my slices arrived out of the oven I chose to have the Sicilian slice first. The Sicilian slice at Sal’s Pizza in Ronkonkoma had great crisp crust that was textured and tasted decent. The cheese didn’t taste of the greatest quality in my opinion and sauce was adequate, a little tasteless. The weight of the slice was impressive, and although I didn’t absolutely think it was one of the best I have had, I would really enjoy going back and trying one fresh out of the oven again before ruling it out.
The regular slice was a little better than the Sicilian. It was thin, and a nice size. The slice had the perfect amount of sauce:cheese ratio that I look for. Once again, just like with the Sicilian slice, I felt like this slice could benefit from some higher quality cheese and some work to the sauce. Not that either weren’t good, but they just weren’t great in my opinion.
Sal’s Pizzeria in Ronkonkoma, NY gets 4 out of 8 slices.