I wasn’t expecting Devil’s Pizzeria, the new pizza place on Ninth St (742 Ninth St) to fill the large and much-loved shoes of Pizza Palace. Unfortunately, it also didn’t fill shoes of the generic but edible I Love Manhattan Pizza that Devil’s replaced. I am always rooting for new local businesses, so I am really hoping that my experience (and my friend’s, in a separate trip) is not representative. Please, if someone else wants to risk trying it in the coming weeks, after they’ve gotten a chance to get things together, let us know in the comments if it’s gotten better. As it is though, I am not sure how it will last a month.
First, the single slices looked so inedible that my friend and I ordered a whole pie. I have never seen pizza that didn’t look good to me. Then, the sauce tasted like tomato paste with a bit of oregano and the crust was tasteless and seemed frozen.
I’d love to be wrong about this, or to find that it was just an opening-week problem! Let us know what you think.
Update: I finally went back to Devil’s, after hearing mixed reviews (from commenters that it was not bad or even delicious, and from a friend that she actually threw up after eating there). My opinion is somewhere in the middle–I do think the pizza I had (pepperoni this time) was significantly more edible than when I first tried it, but it was still pretty disappointing. The cheese seemed cheap (you know when you can see the separate shreds of cheese on frozen pizzas? Yeah, like that) and everything else about my slice was just mediocre.