words and photos by Bailey Lack, Akron Pizza Task Force
This month the Akron Pizza Task Force did it a little differently, quarantine style, at Luca’s New York Style Pizza.
If you are looking for that classic, thin-crust, greasy large slice of New York style pizza, Luca’a is your place. Luca’s is one of the only places in Akron that serves hand-tossed New York style pizza. That includes homemade dough and sauce that is made fresh daily. Luca’s also offers calzones, stromboli, cheese steaks and subs.
Although I was unable to get the full experience of a sit-down meal at Lucas due to COVID-19 regulations, we were still able to pick our meal to-go, and Luca’s also offers delivery options.
Crust: Luca’s offers only New York style thin crust. I was pleasantly surprised by their crust. Typically, I am the person who leaves their crust on the plate, but the garlicky flavor and airy texture kept me happy enough to finish the whole piece.
Sauce: Although Luca’s offers specialty pizzas such as Buffalo Wing, Chicken Bacon Ranch, and White Pizza, we stuck with tasting the traditional pizza. This included a wonderfully seasoned red sauce that had different tones of herbs without being overpowering.
Toppings: Because we were stuck inside, we were craving comfort. We stuck with the traditional cheese pizza with pepperoni. The pepperoni we had seemed fresh and of the right proportion. Luca’s offers all varieties of toppings as well as specific specialty pizzas.
Leftovers: Get ready, because it is likely you will have some. I heated mine up in the oven. The taste and texture of course were slightly soggy, but I still enjoyed the flavor!
The Final Slice
Cheese Pull: The cheese at Luca’s tasted very good, but the cheese pull was not great.
$$$: Pizza at Luca’s is on the pricier side, but the portion size of the pizza is not disappointing. The smallest cheese pizza is 14” at $10.49, a 16” medium is $12.49, an 18” large is $14, and a 25” extra-large is $25. Extra cheese and additional toppings cost extra.
Atmosphere: Luca’s offers both dine-in and carry-out options. However, due to the circumstances, we were not allowed to dine in. The one complaint I had was how small the parking lot was. We ordered on a Friday night, a busy pizza night, and there were only 3 available spaces to park your car for the workers to come bring it out to the customer. I had to wait with my blinker on a busy road for multiple minutes until a space became available. Not a fan.
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Pizza: I would definitely order from Luca’s again. I am a fan of the thin New York style. The sauce was incredible with a favorable crust. The pizza is a little on the greasy side, but that’s just one of the qualities of that style of pizza!
Rating: Out of 10 slices, the Akron Pizza Task Force rates this pizza joint 7 slices.
Luca’s New York Style Pizza 3451 Darrow Rd, Stow, OH 44224