Cheesesteak Review #63: Berwyn Pizza of Berwyn
3.0 out of 5 stars
For my next review I ventured into Chester County and stuck to the Main Line. I order the usual cheesesteak with fried onions and provolone from Berwyn Pizza located right off of Lancaster Avenue. Berwyn Pizza has gotten some great reviews online when it comes to cheesesteaks so I was excited to give them a try. I figured the close to 30 minute drive to there, would be well worth it and pay off in the end when I was biting into a great cheesesteak, however that was not the case.
Bread-It tasted like they were using an Amoroso roll but it was kind of difficult to tell. Unlike most other places they decided to throw the roll on the grill for a little to toast it and to make it a little crispy. I won’t lie, I was not a fan of this. The end of the roll ended up getting burnt and the middle portions of the roll ended up getting too crispy. Other than that the taste of the bread was only average. Toasting the roll really screwed up this cheesesteak.
Cheese-While the cheese was really tasty they didn’t mix it throughout the entire cheesesteak. Instead after toasting the roll they just lined the inside of it with slices of cheese. They included a lot of cheese which I like, but I prefer that the cheese is melted throughout the entire sandwich.
Meat-The meat was actually my favorite part of the cheesesteak. It tasted like high quality stuff and it was not greasy at all. There also were not any pieces of meat with fat or gristle. It was seasoned perfectly and for the most part cooked pretty evenly. The meat was also diced up in to small pieces which I am a huge proponent of. I guess my only complaint about the meat was that there were some pieces that were over cooked just a bit too much and the meat kind of dried out and a little tough to chew. This was the case for only a small portion of the cheesesteak so I’m not too upset about it.
Amount-Overall I was kind of disappointed with the size of the cheesesteak. They used a 12 inch roll but for at least an inch and a half on each end there was no meat. The cheesesteak included a ton of cheese though, so that sort of makes up for the amount of meat. Other than that, the amount of fried onions was a little below average. I was still very hungry after eating this cheesesteak which means that it didn’t do well in the size department.
Fried Onions-The fried onions were only average. They were grilled pretty well and evenly and mixed throughout the entire sandwich. Other than the amount of them included which I touched on above I didn’t have any complaints with the fried onions.
Berwyn Pizza’scheesesteak was average at best but it was still a lot better than some of the cheesesteaks listed under the Worst Cheesesteaks page on this blog. To recap my major complaints were the cheese not being melted throughout the entire sandwich and also the amount of meat and fried onions. The roll which was toasted was also a pretty big deal. If the menu said it was going to be toasted I would have asked for it not to be. I don’t think anyone should ever assume that you want a roll toasted no matter what type of sandwich it is that you are eating. You definitely need to ask or at least warn someone while taking the order. Other than that Berwyn Pizza is a nice little pizza place with plenty of seating and parking. They have a decent amount of seating in their dining room area. Being a pizza place they have a huge menu with pizza, hoagies, pasta, etc… so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding something to try. I would however try to stay away from the cheesesteak from Berwyn Pizza unless you want to be eating an average cheesesteak.