Review: Buttitta’s PizzeriaAuthor: indianapoliseater | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Fishers, IN
12664 East 116th Street
Fishers, Indiana 46037
I was sitting at home like a loser on a recent Saturday night wondering what I was going to have for dinner and one of my dork friends kept texting me about how he was going to have an awesome night of eating Ale Emporium pizza and wings at his house since his wife was out of town and he was at home watching their infant daughter. After thinking about it for a while, his pizza and wings dinner started to make me hungry for the same thing, so I decided I had to get my hands on some as well. Since I wanted something that was not a chain and also something that was from a place I had never been, I was led to Buttitta’s Pizzeria. Buttitta’s is a small family-owned shop that replaced a previous pizza place in the same location and their specialty is thin crust, New York-style pizza. Their tagline is “Real Italian, by Real Italians!” With that kind of tagline, you’ve got to be intrigued, right? So, I ended up going to their store (they do have in store dining for about 40-50 people, by the way) and ended up ordering up some pizza and wings from their moderately diverse (for a pizzeria) menu. When I was leaving with my carryout, one of the servers asked me if this was my first time visiting and I said it was and she said that I was going to love it. With that ringing endorsement (there was also a decent crowd dining in the store), I was anxious to get home and try it out.
What I Got: Individual (10″) Fungi Pizza; $11.95, as well as 15 chicken wings; $10.50 ($0.70 each).
Let’s start with the pizza first. I was feeling frisky, so I went with one of their gourmet pizzas called the “Fungi.” The Fungi is made up of mushrooms, sausage, onion, garlic olive oil and mozzarella cheese and when I saw those first two ingredients, I knew I had to have it because those are my two favorite pizza ingredients. Unfortunately, what I didn’t realize when I ordered because my reading comprehension skills are obviously lacking is that the garlic olive oil is actually the “sauce” for this pizza. That’s right, this pizza does not have tomato sauce. Oops. When I opened up the box, I’ve got to say that I was very disappointed that there was no tomato sauce, but since this was caused by my own stupidity, I’ve got no one to blame for this but myself. That said, the pizza did smell DELICIOUS and once I got past the lack of tomato sauce, it wasn’t that bad. The ingredients that were on the pizza were delicious and the sausage and garlic provided a nice spice and kick to the flavor. The crust itself was thin, flavorful and flexible like you would expect a New York-style pizza to be. Unfortunately, the lack of tomato sauce ruined this one for me and I didn’t like it. That one’s on me though and not Buttita’s, because everything was executed exactly like they said it would be. It was just a matter of personal taste. By the way, a 10″ individual pizza (I question that measurement) is not a good sized pizza for someone that is a fairly decent eater like myself. It almost felt like I was eating a small appetizer. Just another disappointment that I had to chalk up.
Next up was the chicken wings and as you can tell from the picture, these are some healthy sized wings so that was a major positive. They’re also baked as opposed to fried wings. There’s also no breading on these as it’s just the crispy skin, so I suppose that makes them “healthier” when you compare them to a lot of wings that you get at other places. They are also seasoned with what I believe to have been garlic and Italian herb seasoning, but I could be mistaken as the flavoring was not powerful enough for me to discern their flavor. What got me on these though was that they offer several dipping sauces on the side (I chose honey and sweet barbecue sauce; FYI, the sweet barbecue sauce tasted exactly like Sweet Baby Ray’s), but the wings themselves are served “naked”. I was definitely not expecting that, but again, my lack of reading comprehension skills probably screwed me over on that one. Regardless, these large wings were tender, meaty and flavorful, so that was very welcome and an excellent taste for my meal. Also, since these were baked, they weren’t greasy like you might expect from chicken wings (that’s not grease in the picture, it’s one of honey dipping sauces that I spilled), so that was a nice change of pace. All in all, I wouldn’t rate these wings as being as good as the Ale Emporium’s wings, but they are pretty darn good and definitely better than most places, especially anything you are going to get from a chain delivery place.
Would I Buy It Again? Have you ever gone to a place that you just know is good but you ordered the wrong thing and didn’t like what you had? That’s what happened to me at Buttitta’s. I didn’t like the pizza that I had and the wings were fine, but I just know that if I ordered a more traditional pizza, I’d definitely have a better experience and for that, I’ll say that I’m going to give it another shot before I issue a final yes/no answer. I have a feeling that this may turn out to be a yes, but I don’t want to say anything official until I actually find out. That said, judging by the cult like following that it had from its guests and servers, I would definitely say that you should give it a shot and see what you think of it yourself.