The Daily Gazette
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Gennaro’s generously topped pizza a real treat
By Karen Bjorland The Frugal Forager
SARATOGA SPRINGS — In 1905, an Italian immigrant named Gennaro Lombardi decided to push some pizzas into a coal-fired oven in Manhattan. People gobbled them up, and next thing you know, his grocery store in Little Italy became the first pizzeria in America.
More than a century later, there’s Gennaro’s in Saratoga Springs, a wood-fired pizza parlor named for Signore Lombardi.
Saratoga Springs residents Wayne Cherry and his wife, Kathy, opened the pizzeria in January in the Fresh Market plaza on Marion Place.
I first heard about it a few months ago when a Gazette reader fired off an email praising their pies.
My friend Alan, who lives in Saratoga Springs, also recommended Gennaro’s.
“They take their time, keep the food fresh and stick to a limited menu,” he says.
Alan is in love with their Pizza alla Vodka, with fresh mozzarella, tomato cream vodka sauce, mushrooms, peas and prosciutto.
On a recent weekday afternoon, I had lunch at Gennaro’s with my friend Jeanne, a transplanted Manhattanite.