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Cheesesteak Review #70: Ardmore Pizza of Ardmore

December 3rd, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

5.0 out of 5 stars

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My 70th review took me to the community of Ardmore located on the Main Line, west of Philadelphia.  For this review I ordered a cheesesteak from Ardmore Pizza located within the historic Shopping and Arts district of Ardmore located right off of Lancaster Avenue a few blocks away from Haverford College.  Ardmore Pizza claims to have been around for over 35 years, and I definitely believe them because it seems like they really have their act together as you will be able to tell by continuing to read this review.  As usual I ordered a regular cheesesteak with provolone cheese and fried onions.

Bread-The bread used was a standard 12 inch Italian roll.  If I had to guess it was of the Amoroso variety.  The outside of the bread was a little crispy which was a little weird because it’s not like the cheesesteak was toasted or anything.  Other than that the roll was very fresh and it had a nice doughy taste to it.  The roll was also able to soak up most of the grease produced from meat, which wasn’t much, but it still did a great job.

Cheese-The cheese was pretty outstanding.  They used a really tasty provolone whose brand that I can’t quite put my finger on at the moment.  Anyhow, they melted it throughout the entire cheesesteak which is a huge plus.  They included a lot of it as well which is also a huge plus because who doesn’t like a lot of cheese?

Meat-By far the best part of this cheesesteak was the meat.  It ranks near the top of  some of the best tasting meat I have had recently.  It was seasoned pretty well, but the pepper definitely overwhelmed everything else.  The cheesesteak wasn’t too peppery, it was more of me being surprised by it that threw me off more than anything else.  I’ve had a few other cheesesteaks in the past that were a little heavy on the pepper and surprisingly they all received high ratings.  Anyhow, the meat was diced up in too small pieces like I am used too so, which is a big plus.  All of the meat was cooked evenly as I wasn’t grossed out by any under-cooked or burnt pieces.  In all the meat seemed like it was pretty high quality.  There was very little grease produced from it and there wasn’t any excess fat or gristle that I struggled to down.

Amount-This cheesesteak was pretty large.  As I mentioned earlier the roll was 12 inches.  The entire cheesesteak was stuffed with meat from end to end.  By the time I was done with the cheesesteak there was enough meat left over that fell out of the cheesesteak on to my plate to satisfy the hunger of a normal person.  There was also a ton of cheese included as well.  The amount of fried onions included was pretty much on par with most other places.

Fried Onions-The fried onions were only average.  They were mixed throughout the entire cheesesteak which is the primary thing that I look for when rating the fried onions.  Other than that the onions were diced into  tiny pieces and they were all evenly fried, so there weren’t any raw pieces nor any onions that were too soft and soggy.

In closing this was one really outstanding cheesesteak.  I typically don’t give out perfect ratings but there wasn’t anything bad about this cheesesteak.  So kudos, to Ardmore Pizza, the cheesesteak you created/served me is one of only 4 other cheesesteaks that I given 5 stars to out of 70 cheesesteak reviews that I have written over the past year and a half or so.  Keep up the good work!  I’m not too sure how anything else ranks on their menu as I only ordered a cheesesteak, but I’d imagine everything is probably pretty amazing from this place.  Their menu includes most of the same stuff that all other pizza places around this part of the state provides.  Ardmore Pizza only offers take-out and delivery services, so just a heads up if you are in the area and want to give them a try.

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