The skinny: While there are a few newer pizza places in downtown Manchester, one that seems to have been around forever is Caesario’s. And it certainly sticks out with classic, big, bright signage out in front on Elm Street.
Pizzas here come in three sizes, the 10-inch small, the 14-inch medium and the 16-inch large. Toppings are fairly standard — barbecue chicken, anchovies and sausage to name a few — and there are just a few specialty pies. A plain cheese starts at $5.50 for the small, $7.50 for the medium and $9.05 for the large. Adding a topping like hamburger brings it up to $6.25, $8.50 and $10.95.
Other options include double dough, which adds $1.50 to the cost of the small, $2 to the cost of the medium and $3 to the cost of the large. If you’re unfamiliar with double dough, it’s pretty much what it sounds like — a whole lot of extra crust. But unlike Chicago-style pan pizza, double dough is cooked like a regular pizza.
Another choice is the Sicilian pizza, which costs $16. Adding toppings to the Sicilian costs $2 for each.
Review: It had been a while since we had ordered a Sicilian pizza to review, so we thought we’d go for it again. We chose meatball as a topping ($18).
The first surprise was when Andrew went up to the counter to bring the pizza back to the table. It was easy to see by the expression on his face that the pie was a tad heavier than he expected it to be.
Sliding slices onto our plates, it was confirmed how heavy the pizza really was. It quickly became apparent we would be eating fork-and-knife pizza. Even after one bite, we were slightly confused about the weight and the doughiness. We found out later that Caesario’s Sicilian and double dough pizzas are essentially the same thing — except its Sicilian is just shaped differently. Hmmm … Nevertheless, the dough was chewy and not bad, just a bit crunchy on the edges. Just not what we expected or necessarily wanted as the weather was warming up.
The layer of sauce was quite thin. Deidre found it just slightly on the sweet side. She thought her slices could have used a little more sauce, but wasn’t overly disappointed in what she was served. Andrew agreed for the most part, and thought the sauce stood out among the other toppings.
Deidre found the cheese to be the perfect amount. She thought it was slightly on the greasy side, but that could have been due to the meatball topping. It definitely had a bit of ooey-gooeyness going on.
The amount of meatball slices on the pizza was fairly average. Deidre thought the meat was tender and tasted the hints of seasoning in it, but she thought it could have been a lot more flavorful. She was happy it wasn’t dried out at all. And that was surprising to Andrew, because the meatball slices were so thin.
This was not a great pizza to eat cold. Andrew thought the heavy crust tasted even heavier, and the sauce and other toppings tasted rather bland.
Rating: Deidre: 3 / Andrew: 3 = 6/10 slices
Caesario’s Pizza and Subs
1057 Elm St., Manchester