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Brandani’s sheet pizza

For my daughter’s birthday party last month, we needed to feed about 12 kids and the occasional adult, so a sheet pizza seemed like a good, economical option.
We went with Brandani’s. It’s among my local favorites, for its consistently good, traditional Rochester-style pizza: medium thick crust with generous but well-balanced sauce and cheese.
I usually stop into Brandani’s at lunch, to take advantage of their array of slices. I also do the occasional takeout pie for dinner.
But I don’t often have a reason to get a full sheet pizza, from Brandani’s or anywhere else. When I’ve had sheet pizza, too often it’s disappointing, with bottoms that are soggy, spongy or overly oily. Sheet pizzas also are often not at all representative of what you’d get with a pie from the same place.
Not so with Brandani’s. This was good pizza, and essentially a sheet-size version of their pies.
Now I’m not saying that a pizzeria shouldn’t offer two different styles of pizza, pies and sheets, or thin and thick, or Neapolitan and Sicilian, or whatever you want to call them. Nor am I saying that a pizzeria’s “sheet” version ought to be nothing more than a larger, rectangular version of its smaller pie. I’m only saying that a lot of places that make pretty good pie pizza also make pretty lousy sheet pizza. At Brandani’s, they’re both good, and aside from their size and shape, they’re not all that different in style.
I got a sheet with half pepperoni and half double cheese. My thinking was, some kids don’t want pepperoni, so half and half seemed good. But I know it can be tricky to bake a pizza with added toppings on only half; either the cheese-only side gets too brown, or the toppings don’t …read more

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