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!
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!
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.
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.
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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