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By Andrew Kochirka staff blogger
Food has been an integral part of Andrew's life from a young age; from cooking with his mother and grandmother to creating recipes in his own kitchen. Now he scours the area's non-chain restaurant scene to find the best of the best of local food from chicken wings to French cuisine.   Read more about this blog.
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John’s Wildwood Pizzeria

After nearly seven years of living in Erie, I finally made it down to Edinboro to try John’s Wildwood pizza.

We got on the road around 6 o’clock.  The drive down on Route 99 is a nice one and takes you straight to John’s.  Since school is no longer session, it was pretty dead when we arrived.  John’s doesn’t offer any specialty pizzas, though they do have gourmet toppings like grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, and feta cheese.  All of their pizza can be made ranch, white, or with their traditional marinara sauce.  I ordered my usual; a large half pepperoni half cheese and then I made my own with ranch, grilled chicken, and bacon.  Fifteen minutes seemed like forever, but we grabbed some seats and waited.

The pizzas came out, and they looked awesome.  I started with the plain cheese, and it was just that, plain.  I thought that the crust was on the tough side.  It was a little leathery and rather chewy.  It could have been a little heavier on the toppings but what was there had a great taste.  The sauce was flavorful, and the cheese had a great salty/greasy taste.  The pepperoni half had a lot more flavor, and dipping it in ranch only made it better.  I think the grease from the pepperoni slices actually let the flavors soak into the crust a little and made it softer.

The chicken bacon ranch was fantastic.  The crust did not get as tough, and the toppings were great.  The ranch wasn’t overpowering, and the tastes of the chicken and bacon came through.  The cheese on top got nice and dark but still stayed chewy.

Because John’s Wildwood Pizza is so close to Edinboro University as well as one of the only pizza shops in town, I can totally see why it is so popular with the locals.  Packed wall to wall during school, it is definitely a top choice for students.  Would I go out of my way to drive down and get it? Maybe. I would stop if I happened to be passing through.  I have also heard incredible things about their wings and subs so I will surely be returning to try the rest of the menu.  To order yourself, call 814.734.7355.

Until next time,

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2 Responses to John’s Wildwood Pizzeria

  1. JA Cooper says:

    The wings are very good but they have a limited range of flavors, since that is the range nowadays.

    The sub to try is the Super Combo. It is cholesterol death on a bun, but also death by satisfaction. Incredibly greasy deliciousness.

    The best drunk food is the simple chicken fingers and fries. Sounds lame, but they are incredible at 2:30am.

  2. Brittany says:

    best pizza hands down. I order mine with cheese only easy on the sauce and its amazing! the salads with the homeade house italian is great and you can`t for get the waffle fries with the “special seasoning”. If you have never tried it your crazy and if you dont like it your even crazier!

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