Why Comfort Food is Good for the Soul

Comfort FoodYou’ve heard the famous line, “You can’t go home again,” but that’s not totally true. Sure, places change over time, and people come and go, but, in general, you can actually go home again. “Home is where the heart is,” right? There’s something very comforting about being home and/or coming home. Home is about family, tradition, and, most importantly, love.

When you think of growing up, do you have a favorite meal your mom made you? It didn’t have to be anything fancy. Maybe it was her macaroni and cheese, or a certain soup, or the way she prepared vegetables that cannot be duplicated. In life, we find comfort in certain foods. Hence, they’re called “comfort foods.”

One of the best comfort foods is pizza. Considering there’s a pizza place in nearly every town, small or large, and people can’t seem to get enough pizza, it’s obviously popular. Pizza is a great comfort food because it evokes good thoughts and warm feelings. Eating pizza improves your sense of well-being and even makes you feel less lonely. It sounds corny, but pizza is like a really good friend.

Now one thing’s for sure: Buffalonians love comfort food. With the cold, snowy winters, there’s nothing better than a hot, tasty pizza from Bocce Club Pizza.

During the past couple decades a lot of our friends and family moved away from Buffalo. Since they’re far from home, they probably check the Buffalo News website to keep tabs on what’s happening in the area. They probably try to visit once in a while, especially at Thanksgiving or Christmas. They’ll tell you they miss home, including certain foods like beef-on-weck and Bocce Club pizza.

Well, here’s something you should know: Bocce can actually mail people pizza! So, if you or a friend/relative is far from home, have Bocce mail them a pizza to remind them of home. Comfort food can be shipped!

What are the Best Ways to Eat Leftover Wings?

Chicken WingsEveryone loves wings at any time of the year. In the winter, the spice and heat can remind you of the joys of summer, while at summer they can be a great treat after a day spent lounging on the beach. We almost can’t get enough of wings – but, sometimes we can order too many. So what do you do when you need to reheat wings the next day? Let’s look at a few of our favorite options.

Toaster Oven

Not everyone has a toaster oven, but if you do, it’s a fantastic way to reheat those leftover wings. Grab a bit of tin foil, crimp up the edges and place the wings inside. If you have leftover sauce or a favorite at home, add a little on top to keep the wings flavorful as they reheat. Give them a few minutes until warm, and enjoy!

Regular Oven

If you only have a regular oven, you can use it to reheat your wings as well. Preheat the oven to 350 and grab a baking sheet to line up your leftover wings. Cover them in foil to help keep them from drying out in the oven, and bake for 15 minutes or so. As with the toaster, adding extra wing sauce can help keep the flavor, too, and help to keep the moisture of your wings consistent.

On the Grill

It is summer after all, so if you ordered wings last night but are grilling today, why not refresh those wings on the grill? It’s easy to do – just place the wings on the top rack for a few minutes, flipping after a few minutes so that they warm back up. Plus, you’ll also get a little extra flavor and color from the grill, giving you taste reheated wings to go with your burgers, dogs or anything else!

Chilled

The last option is the simplest – don’t reheat them at all! Just take them out of the fridge, put a few on your plate and enjoy cold wings. They’re safe to eat if they’ve been properly refrigerated, and during the hot heat of summer can make a great cold meal alternative to deli sandwiches. Plus, whether hot or mild, they’ll still pack the heat – even if not in the actual temperature!

Of course, to reheat wings, you need to have wings, and there’s no better place to get your fresh, delicious wings than Bocce Club Pizza. We offer six distinctively delectable flavors to choose from, whether fresh from the fryer or over-the-pit style. Order yours today from either our Amherst or East Amherst location!

Which Beverages Go Best With Pizza?

PizzaIf you’re like most Western New Yorkers, you like to drink a dark cola like Coke or Pepsi when you’re eating pizza from Bocce Club Pizza. There’s just something about the taste of fizzy cola that goes well with the combination of bread, cheese, meat and sauce, you know? Dr. Pepper and Root Beer work well, too.

Of course, another favorite beverage for Western New Yorkers to drink when they’re eating pizza is beer. The beer of choice around Buffalo is Labatt Blue. That said, you can try any beer with pizza until you find your personal favorite. Since pizza is known as an acidic food (thanks to the tart tomatoes), it’s a good idea to pair it with lightly acidic beers. Interestingly, the combination of acids end up making it all taste less acidic, which has something to do with science or whatever. For a treat, try an amber colored malt with your pizza which will have you saying, “This tastes like candy!”

As many of you know, pizza has been associated with Italy and Italians for a long time. In Italy, pizza lovers generally drink beer or Coke with their meals. The carbonation found in Coke and other cola products seems to aid in digestion. Carbonation can also be found in some mildly carbonated or sparkling wines. Have you ever tried an Italian wine with your pizza? It might be worth a shot to see whether or not you like it. Try a high acidity red wine (like Piedmont or Burgundy) because its acidity helps cut the fat in the cheese.

Of course there’s the old standby: plain water. While it’s not very adventurous, it’s good for you and helps wash the pizza down your throat and into the stomach.

Which beverage to you like to sip on when enjoying Bocce’s Pizza?

Why Pizza and Wings Are the Ideal Options to Serve at Parties

Pizza Parties True story: Uncle Bud lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. He does not have a good pizza and wings place anywhere near him. Uncle Bud loves to eat pizza and wings. Therefore, when he comes back to Buffalo, a place he grew up, he cannot wait to eat pizza and wings from Bocce Club Pizza. “God I love this stuff, God it’s good!” he proclaims.

You can travel the world but you’re not likely to find pizza as good as the kind Bocce makes. There’s just something so tasty and comforting about it. Then, of course, Buffalo wings in Buffalo are the best– that’s just a no-brainer right there.

So why are pizza and wings the best options to serve when hosting a party? Well, ask around and you’ll soon discover that the majority of Buffalonians love to eat… pizza and wings. If you had the choice between kale and wings, which would you choose? How about pizza versus tofu?

Parties are meant to be fun. Pizza and wings are the best party foods because they taste so good– it’s like giving your mouth a prize. Sure, you could eat boring foods, but why not feed yourself something so good that you’ll smile as you wipe your fingers on the nearby napkins and say, “Damn, that’s good!”

There are some staples people like to eat, including cheese, meat, tomatoes and bread. With the right “spices,” these foods satisfy us in a way that we actually look forward to eating them. The nice thing about Bocce pizza and wings is that they come prepared for easy access at parties– open the boxes and let people pick up the pieces with their hands and “go to town.” You don’t have to use plates or silverware if you don’t want to– it’s not fancy.

For your Buffalo party pizza and wings, call Bocce. Here’s the contact page for the numbers and/or to order online: http://www.bocceclubpizza.com/c-16-contact-us.aspx

Is This The Future of Pizza Making?

Pizza MakingPizza has been made by hand for years. But what if pizza was made… by robots? There’s a tech startup in Silicon Valley, California, that’s called “Zume” and they’ve built a robotic pizza-making operation that’s almost totally automated. While a human still preps the dough, the machine takes over to flatten it out. Then, the flattened dough goes down a conveyor belt where a robot applies sauce and another robot spreads the sauce around. Later on, some humans put on cheese and various toppings. Then a robotic arm puts the concoction into a tray. Interestingly, these machine-created pizzas aren’t cooked on-site. Instead, they’re made with the intent that a delivery truck brings them wherever they need to go.

Could this revolutionize the way pizzas are made? Yes. According to one of the co-founders of Zume, “We’re going to be the Amazon of food.” Basically, the company wants to cut costs concerning human labor such that these robotic/machine-made pizzas are very, very profitable.

Zume represents the Silicon Valley of today, whereas it involves automation, the on-demand economy, and something people love: pizza. Like Uber changed the taxi world and Airbnb changed the hotel world and Napster/iTunes changed the music world, could Zume change the pizza world? Time will tell.

For now, know that Bocce Club Pizza is made by humans for humans. Bocce Club Pizza uses only the freshest, most natural ingredients, with dough made from scratch and hand-stretched daily– the way pizza should be made!

In business since 1946, Bocce Club Pizza has become a Buffalo food staple– one of the area’s favorite places to get pizza. To order yours, call the East Amherst location on Hopkins Road near Williamsville North High School at 689-2345 or the North Bailey Avenue location in Amherst at 833-1344. Your pizza will not be made by robots.

 

What Are Your Favorite Pizza Seasonings?

Favorite Pizza Seasonings

One of the best things about pizza is that you can completely customize your pie. From toppings to spices, different cheeses, and so on, you can just about add anything to make it delicious.

From the time of pizza’s invention, it was just cheese or cheese and pepperoni, but now the varieties are never-ending, which makes pizza even more delectable, enjoyable, and desirable.

One of the easiest ways to spruce up a pizza pie is by changing the flavoring with spices and different seasonings.

Here is a few of seasonings you might have tried and love and maybe you’re looking for a new flavor and here is a bit of help deciding.

Sriracha – this seasoning is a mix of red chili peppers, garlic, and vinegar. This combination adds a spicy hot and tangy flavor to your pizza.

Parmesan – this grounded cheese adds a unique and subtle flavor that is just enough to enrich the taste of pizza.

Salt and Pepper – the perfect combination, salt, and pepper complement each other so well and really amp up food.

Sweet Basil – this classic herb will sweeten up your pizza and will cut out some acidity of the tomato sauce traditionally used on pizza.

Red Pepper Flakes – this seasoning adds some spice to pizza and not as much hot taste like Sriracha would.

The flavorings mentioned above can be added to your pizza pie. You can choose one or more spices for a unique taste.

If you want to spice up your pizza with different flavor combinations, Bocce Club Pizza can do that for you.

We delight in creating unique blends of seasoning to top our pizza and we always welcome feedback from our customers.

You can customize your Bocce pizza to your liking with various spices. Feel free to mention your favorite flavor combinations while ordering your next pizza at one of your favorite locations today!

Pizza Tattoos For Free Pizza?

Pizza Tattoos For Free Pizza?

A good pizza pie can do surprising things to its fans. Pizza has remained a favorite comfort food for years.

With all of the variations of dressing it up with unique toppings or keeping it simple with the basics of cheese and pepperoni, you can’t go wrong with ordering a pizza.

Some pizza fans are willing to go to the extreme for their favorite pizzeria, as we have seen with &pizza in Federal Hill in Washington, D.C.

Co-founder of the pizza chain, Michael Lastoria, has created a very unique and out of the box advertising plan that &pizza fans have been willing to succumb to.

For a free pizza each week for one complete year, &pizza fans agree to have the chain’s ampersand logo tattooed onto their body.

Previously only available to employees, &pizza is now offering this perk to the first five customers willing and eligible to get the tattoo.

If you are already into tattoos, you get an awesome deal of one free pizza for a week for an entire year.

Due to the uniqueness of this offer, on opening day of the new pizzeria, a long line formed where freebies were given to those less adventurous customers as well as temporary tattoos to those not interested in anything permanent.

Pizza lover and third in line, customer Eddie Davis, decided to take this plunge for free pizza because it matched his spirit for spontaneity that drives his life. In his words “you’ve got one life to live.”

It is amazing to see the dedication pizza lovers have for this delicious and famous food.

That is exactly how we feel about pizza and because of that, we do all we can to make our pizza the very best and our prices absolutely affordable.

Bocce Club Pizza has a variety of pizza options for you to choose from. You can view our selections right on our website, you can click here.

When Did You Fall In Love With Pizza?

Fall In Love With Pizza

Living in Buffalo, New York, there are pizzerias on just about every single corner or at least every few.

The people of the city of Buffalo love their pizza and visitors to this fine city can’t leave without having a slice of a pizza pie.

There is something to be said for a cheesy, gooey, saucy, and doughy tray of pizza. Pizza is the ultimate comfort food that feeds the soul and really never gets old.

There are endless varieties of pizza from the traditional cheese and pepperoni to meat lover’s pizza and pizza with an assortment of vegetables and even some pineapple fruit.

It is quite funny how much attached people can get to pizza. If you take a poll of favorite food among a large group of people, we can guess that answer will be pizza.

The first time you taste it, it is hard to forget it, which is why it becomes such a popular food.

We’d like to know exactly when it was that you fell in love with pizza’s deliciousness?

Was it at an event or a just because you didn’t feel like cooking or dining at a restaurant one night?

Birthdays, Super Bowl parties, rainy days, cold days, holidays, charitable events and so forth are just a few of the occasions suitable for a pizza party.

In all honesty, however, you don’t really need a reason for ordering a pizza, all you have to be is in the mood.

One thing we know for sure is, Bocce Club Pizza makes some of the best made-to-order pizza pies you’ll find around. We have a wide variety of flavors, toppings, and sauce choices for you to choose from.

If you are craving a particular type of pizza, please don’t hesitate to contact us at either of our Amherst locations. We are here to help satisfy your craving for great pizza!

Artvoice’s Best Of Buffalo 2016 – Vote For Your Favorite Pizza!

Artvoice’s Best Of Buffalo 2016

It’s that time of year again, Artvoice is currently holding its 2016 Best of Buffalo Readers Poll, and Bocce Club Pizza is in the running for the Best Pizza of the Best of Buffalo Dining category.

 

First and foremost, this is a competition for the Best of Buffalo, so only Buffalo-based pizza shops are considered, national chains do not qualify.

 

The top five finalists will be announced in the May 19th edition of the Artvoice paper. The winners will be revealed at the annual Artvoice Best of Buffalo Party.

 

Here’s the slice on the voting – you must vote before May 12th, so don’t slack. And in order for your vote to count, you must register and only registered votes are allowed.

You can register and vote online here.

 

If you’re short on time you can answer just the pizza category here!

 

At Bocce’s, we’ve proudly served award-winning pizza to the residents of Buffalo since we opened shop in 1946. With our two great Amherst locations, we are happy to serve all Buffalonians our delicious pizza, wings and more.

 

Our secret recipe pizza sauce and dough are made daily, and we use only the best and fresh ingredients such as 100% whole milk Sorrento Mozzarella. Want a gluten-free pizza? We can make that for you.

 

As if this isn’t enough reason to be a Bocce Club Pizza fan, we are one of the few pizza places in Buffalo that offer nationwide delivery to our loyal customers.

 

Thank you for supporting Bocce Club Pizza and if this post makes your mouth water, order your favorite pizza today!

 

 

The Scientific Reasons Why Pizza Tastes So Good

Why Pizza Tastes So Good

In the world, there aren’t many types of foods that everyone can commonly agree are delicious.

 

Most culinary experts might say it is because there are not many foods that can be made that everyone will enjoy, no matter what they are made of.

 

And that is what makes pizza great – because pizza can be crafted and baked in a myriad of ways, to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

 

But why does pizza taste so good to so many for as long as it has? It’s science of course!

 

What’s The Science Behind Pizza’s Deliciousness?

 

It is all in your taste buds. The ingredients in the pizza appeal and are like stimulants to your taste buds. With every slice, the umami from glutamates in the ingredients triggers that fifth taste, making the pizza as savory and delicious as it was the very first bite.

 

So it goes without saying that pizza makers try to give you as much flavor as possible, by adding as much glutamate as possible.

 

Tomato sauce, cheese, beef, pork, chicken, and fish – all typical ingredients that make up your pizza – are all packed with glutamate and umami.

 

These toppings attack the taste buds enhancing the flavor, making it addicting and us wanting more. You could say that the glutamate is the perfect marketer for pizza and its deliciousness.

 

At Bocce Club Pizza, we create amazing Buffalo pizza that appeals to all your taste buds. From the Original to the Gluten-free, we have a plethora of toppings you can add to your pizza for all to enjoy.

 

Check out the menu, call your nearest location and grab yourself a Bocce’s pie today!