Has there ever been anything more easy and delicious than a wonderful pizza pie? You can make it at home. Pick up your phone and get it delivered. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, go out to eat and…order pizza. Everyone has it. I’ve been to many a Chinese buffets and seen, nestled amongst the fried crab rangoon and moogoogaipan, pizza. There are sole Twitter sites devoted not to a particular company, but the food itself: Pizza.
Pizza entrepreneurs have discovered how much the people want the pizza, especially after a few drinks. Pizza shops are usually just around the corner, if that far, from bars. Located not far from the Washington Tavern and Professor M. Barley’s on Quail St in Albany, NY, is Mild Wally’s, a pizza shop nestled just off of Western Ave and a convenient stop for college students walking back from downtown.
I used to live on Quail and have had Mild Wally’s pizza several times, always cheese. The pizza is, well, mild. It isn’t amazing, it isn’t spectacular. I like the sauce the most about it, which is a little on the sweeter side. The crust is, average. It really is just your average pizza. So, other than location, why is there always a line out the door on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights? Because cheese slices are $1 each from 9-close those nights, and you can’t beat that anywhere in Albany.
I do have some contention to speak of with the Mild Wally’s slogan, “Open way past your bedtime.” It is definitely one of the first pizza shops to close up on the weekend. Last summer (granted the college crowd was home) I walked in a little after midnight to get a slice and was told, “Yo- we’re closed up.” Midnight, on a weekend, after a few drinks, certainly is not “bedtime” for this 23-year-old.
All in all, if you’re driving or walking past Mild Wally’s looking for an actual meal, keep going. Madison’s Pizza and Paesan’s Pizza are a few blocks away and will serve you well. If you’re walking past, a few drinks in you, on a weekend night, stop in and give a cheese slice a try.
If you are looking for another opinion on the best pizza in Albany, check out “All Over Albany’s” annual Tournament of Pizza, which just started (and I don’t think they will be featuring Mild Wally’s…)