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Cheesesteak Review #20: Vino’s Pizza of Lafayette Hill

August 14th, 2010

2.5 out of 5 stars

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A few people who read my blog recommended that I review a cheesesteak from Vino’s Pizza in Lafayette Hill.  I ordered the usual of a plain cheesesteak with provolone and fried onions.  I wasn’t too sure what to expect and this was the first time I actually tried a place based on someone elses’ recommendation.  I did a little research first before visiting Vino’s and I read mostly good things about them, so I figured it was going to be a good experience.  Boy, was I wrong.

Bread-The bread itself was a little stale.  I did try the cheesesteak for dinner, so it was late in the day, but I was still expecting it to be somewhat fresh.  Other than that I guess the bread was ok.  It did get a little soggy from the meat so it didn’t do a great job of soaking up the grease which kind of bother me as well.

Cheese-There was barely any cheese and I was extremely disapointed.  Once or twice while eating the sandwich I even checked it to make sure there was cheese.  There was but it was such a small amount that you could barely even see it and you couldn’t even taste it at all.  I was sure to order a cheesesteak with provolone, but the cheese was basically non-existent.  Due to this, there was no way I could give them a high ranking.  Believe it or not cheese is an important part of a cheesesteak.

Meat-By far the best part of the sandwich. The meat was very tasty and it was cooked to perfection.  There were no burnt pieces and and it was very good quality which means there was no fat or gristle with the meat at all.  It was a little greasy but I can live with that because typically the bread soaks it all up.  As long as its not dripping with grease and the bread isn’t soggy I typically don’t mind it.

Amount-It was tiny.  You can see from the picture that the last 1.5 inches of the bread on each end didn’t include any meat.  I would say the roll was 10 inches long but only around 7 inches of it contained anything.

Fried Onions-Just so-so.  There were a ton of fried onions included, but they could have been fried a little more as some of them were close to being raw.  I only wish they included as much cheese as they did fried onions, because if they did I would have given them a much higher score.

In closing I really don’t have much to say.  The cheesesteak was mediocre at best, and I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone.  There’s another place in Lafayette Hill called Tonelli’s and even without trying them I can almost guarantee that their cheesesteak is going to be better.  This was the third of fourth cheesesteak in a row that I have been disappointed with.  I’m not really too sure why.  I like just about anything (those of you that know me can vouch for that), and for me to not like something there must be something terribly wrong with it.

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