There are so many different types of pizza out there it’s hard to know what to expect when you are in an unfamiliar place.
There are the famous types of pizza, New York Pizza, Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, and even California Pizza. But I had no idea that in different areas of New York State, the pizza is different.
Pizza in the Finger Lakes region has thick crust and is cut into squares.
I have had many, many different styles of pizza over my lifetime. Growing up in the Finger Lakes area, Waterloo, NY to be exact, we ate thick crust pizza. The crust was over an inch thick, with tons of little air holes, and was crunchy, especially the bottom. It was topped with a thin layer of sauce and cheese and then whatever toppings you want. It was a rectangle shaped pizza, cut into square pieces. There were outside crust pieces and inside pieces with no crust.
When chain restaurant pizza became popular they all seemed to have a similar style which I would say was a traditional style pizza. Unless the chains tailor their styles to the region they are in (like Pizzaria Uno), I thought they served “normal” pizza. Chains like Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Little Caesars’ and Papa John’s have very similar sized pizzas. They have fairly thick chewy crust, substantial layer of sauce, decent amount of cheese, then toppings. Of course, Pizza Hut original pizza was a thick and greasy crust with tons of sauce. These chains give you a round pizza cut into triangle slices.
The Rochester, NY area has what I would call traditional pizza. Even the local pizza places match the chain restaurants.
Buffalo style pizza has a soft chewy crust, a solid layer of cheese and fresh toppings.
Then I experienced a new kind of pizza. I met my hubby who is from Buffalo, NY. I love Buffalo pizza. It has a thick, chewy crust, but it’s soft and can easily be torn off. It has a pretty good layer of sauce but the cheese is very different. Buffalo pizza has a solid layer of cheese on top. All the shredded cheese melts together to form a delicious solid layer of cheese. And the cheese itself in Buffalo just tastes different. Yummy.
All these different pizza places have pretty standardized sizes. Small is good for one person, medium could be split into 2 portions, large would easily feed three people, maybe 4 with nothing leftover and a sheet or party pizza is a big, rectangle of pizza cut into squares that could feed, well a party.
So, what is Saratoga Style pizza??
Saratoga Springs pizza is much like New York style with long, foldable slices.
Saratoga Pizza reminds me a lot of New York Style pizza. It’s a thin crust that bends when you pick up the long slices. It’s always round, cut into big triangles where the tip hangs off the edge of your paper plate. Many people fold the slice the long way to eat it and some people use two hands, one on the back crust and one under the middle of the slice.
There is definitely a difference across New York State when it comes to types of pizza. Saratoga Pizza may be shaped the same but the taste differs from place to place, be sure to try all of the local pizza places to find out which ones you like.
Are there other types of pizza in New York State that I missed? What are your favorite pizza places in Saratoga Springs? Let us know in the comments below!
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How to know what size pizza to order in Saratoga Springs. Small, Medium, Large, Sheet? Seems pretty simple right. Well read on…
Pizza is a quick and easy meal to call up, order, pick up and eat. Right?
On moving day to Saratoga Springs, I thought it would be a nice to get pizza for the movers. They drove from Rochester to Saratoga and were going back to Rochester after they unloaded. So I Googled pizza places in the area of our rental house and found some close by. I called and ordered 5 large pizzas with various toppings on each and one with just cheese. I figured IF there was any left over the kids, hubby and I could eat for dinner or snack.
I was shocked when I went to pick them up! It cost over $125 and I had a ton of pizza! I ended up with what I would call 5 sheet pizzas! I’m sure when the lady told me the cost my mouth fell open.
Pretty much since then I have tried hard to order pizza correctly. I still get it wrong.
Here is where it gets tricky to order. In Saratoga Springs, you don’t order by small, medium, large. You order by inches. I learned the hard (expensive) way, so now you can learn from my errors. What you would order from the national chain pizza places, small, medium, large, and sheet pizza, CAN coincide with the specific inch sizes here in Saratoga. You just need to know what you’re looking for.
What does it look like?
Pizza sizes in Saratoga Springs
The size you order will depend on how many people are eating and if you want pizza leftover. If you have had pizza at the national chains base the size you order on the sizes they serve. Or just go with the classic 18″ pizza and enjoy!
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Everything you need to know for successful visit to the Saratoga Springs Race Course
This is our 2nd summer living in Saratoga. Last summer we were here for “Track Season”, but I was never brave enough to check it out. I didn’t know where to park, where to buy tickets, where to walk in. I was afraid I would wear the wrong clothes or not fit in.
So this summer, I will learn everything I need to know about how to go to the Race Course and share it with you! I will be able to give you all the information you need to know to have a successful trip to the Saratoga Race Course.
The Track Season for 2016 runs from July 22nd to September 5, with Tuesdays being closed. The first race each day, also called post time, is at 1:00pm. Then the races run about every half hour after that. Some days have 11 races and some have 9.
Entrance to the Park
It costs $5 or $8 for entrance into the Park. This allows you to walk all around the grounds including throughout the Grandstand building. You can enjoy the shops, boutiques, art vendors, food vendors and the races. There are jumbotron type TVs and smaller TVs under red and white striped umbrellas out in the backyard. If you pay $8 entrance to the park, you also have access to the clubhouse.
Welcome sign at the Saratoga Race Course
Entrance to the Park does not include a reserved (assigned) seat in the Grandstand or Clubhouse. If you want to buy a reserved seat in the Grandstand or a Clubhouse seat there is an additional cost. The prices for the different days on the NYRA website.
You can purchase admission ($5 or $8) right at the gate, cash or credit. Just walk to a turnstile, there will be a admissions clerk waiting to help you.
At the ticket windows/box office at Gates A and B you can purchase:
- Reserved seats in the Grandstand
- Reserved seats in the Clubhouse
- Reserve a table at Fourstardave Restaurant
All of these can also be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com. Just print your ticket and bring it with you. You can also call NYRA directly to buy tickets over the phone at 1-844-NYRA-TIX.
Another thing that I learned is that almost all of the wooden picnic tables in the backyard area are available to the public, but they are on a first come first serve basis. The Park opens at 7am so people can claim a table. They put down table cloths or chairs or coolers to show that the table is claimed. Then at a certain time before gates open for the day, the Race Course announces that it’s time to leave and everyone who came in early leaves to come back in once the gates open.
There are many, many wooden picnic tables in the backyard area. It’s better to use a patterned tablecloth instead of a solid color because it will be easier to see your saved table. Great tip: Tie balloons of a character, symbol or specific color to help you see your table from afar and help others in your party find you easier.
Bring your Cooler
Coolers are allowed at the Saratoga Race Course. You can bring your own drinks, including alcohol, but no glass is allowed. You can bring your own food but you can NOT bring any sort of cooking or heating equipment. The Race Course asks that you do not bring coolers inside the Grandstand or Clubhouse buildings,the entire Backyard area is a great place for coolers.
I assumed that there would be a no smoking policy anywhere at the track, but that is not the case. The rule at the Race Course is that if you look up and see the sky, you can smoke. The track does not allow anyone to smoke if they are under any type of awning, covering or roof.
To access the free WiFi at the Saratoga Race Course, look for “NYRA” in your WiFi list, it’s the only option I have on my list.
What to Wear
From fancy dresses and suits to tank tops and shorts, it all depends on where you sit. Here’s a link for more specific information about what to wear when going to the Saratoga Race Course.
Parking is a tricky topic. There is free parking across Union Street, but it is a crazy long walk! You can park in closer lots, but for a fee. NYRA has a page with information about the different places to park and the fees. There are places to park all around the track. People who live near the track charge people to park in their yards. It might be a good idea to drive around a bit before you decide where to park.
I hope you enjoy your day at the Historic Saratoga Race Course! If you have questions while you are visiting, the staff is very friendly and helpful.
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Driving behavior is very different in Saratoga Springs.
Not everyone turns right on red
If I had to name one change that was the hardest to get used to, it is how people drive in Saratoga.
Now, coming from the Rochester NY area was quite difficult because everyone drives angry in Rochester. Everyone there drives as if they are the only person on the road who matters. Cars cut each other off, tailgate, run red lights, you name it. Everybody has to be first.
In Saratoga Springs, everyone drives like the roads are full of their friends.
One of our first experiences with the friendliness of Saratoga drivers was at the High School Open House after we first moved. The school was packed, the parking lots were even more packed. We assumed that leaving after would take at least 30-45 minutes just to get out of the parking lot and onto the road. Within minutes of inching out of our parking place someone waved us to go ahead. We waved a “thank you” and he gave us a big smile and a thumbs up!
Things that are different:
- People rarely turn right on red.
- When the light turns green, one person turns across traffic before the entire line of cars go.
- Be careful of people slowing down and even stopping to wave other cars in or let people cross the street.
- No one drives angry, everyone is pretty laid back and patient.
Watch for people crossing the streets.
Best Habits for Driving in Downtown Saratoga
Be very careful, go slowly. There are lots of people crossing the streets. Cars need to turn left from the left lane and often have to wait a long time to turn.
When turning right, you must WAIT for pedestrians to cross the street you are turning ONTO. They have the right away!
The right lane is often blocked by delivery trucks. Be careful going around them.
If you turn on your signal, people will usually wave you in, so be patient.
Have you noticed any driving habits that are different than you’re used to? Let us know in the comments!
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Can you go South on The Northway? It reminds me of those old puns about parking on the driveway and driving on the parkway.
The answer is YES! You can go South on The Northway!
I-87 is the main highway that runs from south of Albany NY through Saratoga Springs and up to the Canadian border. The Northway, as it is called, is a great way to quickly get around the Capital Region and the Saratoga area.
There are 3 exits for Saratoga Springs on the Northway.
Exit 13 North and South Sign on I87. Photo: Everyday Saratoga
Exits 13N and 13 S – Route 9
When traveling around the areas south of downtown Saratoga, the exits at 13 are very helpful. Both exits at 13 take you to Route 9. North takes you towards downtown where South takes you towards Malta. Exit 13 N will take you right down Route 9, past the Saratoga State Park and becomes Broadway, the main street in downtown Saratoga. If you are on your way to Malta for any of the shops, restaurants or medical buildings, Exit 13 South is a great choice.
Exit 14 – Route 9P – Takes you Downtown – not during track season
Exit 14 on the Northway gets on and off onto Union Street. For a good point of reference, the Saratoga Raceway Track is on Union Street. Union is a great street to take you into downtown as it meets up with Circular Street by Congress Park. During Track Season, the 6 weeks of the summer when the Saratoga Raceway is in full swing, you should probably avoid using this exit / entrance to The Northway. I think Exit 14 is super useful for those coming and going to the races.
Exit 15 – Route 50
Exit 15 is great for coming and going to the Wilton area and mall. Construction workers have been working for a long time to expand the bridge that runs Route 50 over The Northway. It is a serious improvement in making it a better way to travel between Downtown Saratoga and all the stores, plazas, and restaurants of Wilton.
All 3 exits are very useful for getting around the Saratoga Springs area. Try the different exits to see where they bring you and what is around you.
Do you have any advice for people traveling around the Saratoga area? Which exits do you use the most? Are some more traveled than others? How is exit 14 during Track Season?
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When we were thinking about moving to the Saratoga Springs area, finding the right school district was on the list of things to do. Saratoga Springs City School District covers a large geographic area but how can I tell where I can live and still be in the district?
On the district website, I found that the Saratoga Springs City School District is comprised of students from the “City of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga County towns of Milton, Wilton, Malta, Greenfield, and Saratoga”.
Using Google, I found a Zoom in to see the outlines of the Saratoga Springs City School District. You can zoom into the map so you can see towns and even streets better.
Each town has its own website for more information. When we first lived in the Saratoga Area we were in the Town of Milton. When we moved to the City of Saratoga I needed to get a new dog license. Some of the towns offer leaf and yard debris pick up as a special added bonus to living there!
The Town of Greenfield is a beautiful, rural area located to the northwest and west of downtown Saratoga Springs.
photo: Everyday Saratoga
The Town of Milton is located to the west of Saratoga Springs and touches both Saratoga and Ballston Spa. We rented a house in the Town of Milton when we first moved to Saratoga. Close to the High School and pretty close to downtown Saratoga.
The Town of Wilton is north and northeast of Saratoga Springs downtown area where you find the shopping mall. I visit the Wilton area frequently for shopping and restaurants, and last year going to the Middle School.
And, the Town of Malta is to the south of Saratoga Springs. The students in Malta may go to Saratoga Springs City School District or Ballston Spa Central School District, depending on which area you are living.
All the different towns around Saratoga Springs offer different environments. So visit them all and see which is the best fit for you! Some areas are closer to downtown, some closer to shopping, some are more of a peaceful, natural place.
Be sure to check out the websites, especially the Frequently Asked Questions pages and calendars of events. If you live in one town you can still go to all the fun activities in the others!
Where do you live? Tell us about your neighborhood and area in the comments!
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