Every small town has its own hometown pizza place. In fact it’s a requirement for borough status in Pennsylvania.
(OK that’s not true, but that would be a law I could get behind).
In Blandon, the hometown pizza place is appropriately named Hometown Pizza.
The former home of Rocky’s Pizza isn’t much to look at from the outside. The building looks more like a house than a restaurant. The minimal signage doesn’t do much to draw attention to it from Route 73.
But there is plenty of parking, a good thing because there seemed to be a steady flow of take-out customers coming through the doors.
We were the only ones who had decided to dine in, and it seemed like dine-in customers were a rarity for the restaurant. There’s only a handful of tables and booths, but there was a big screen TV showing the NFL game of the week.
Julie took a seat while I placed our order at the counter – a small holiday pizza and an order of fries.
Holiday pizza is a white pizza with broccoli, spinach, tomatoes and ricotta.
Unlike the white pizza that I described in our Paolo’s blog, this is the kind of white pizza that I love, and it’s the ricotta cheese that makes the difference.
Mozzarella is great, but in the absence of tomato sauce, a pizza requires a more flavorful topping. The sweeter ricotta cheese provides that in dollops throughout the pizza. There was also mozzarella on the pie, ensuring cheese on every slice.
What Julie and I really enjoyed about this pizza was the crust. There was a hint of sweetness in it that was pleasantly unexpected. It may not have been the best overall white pizza that I have ever tried, but the crust put it close to the top of the list.
The fries actually arrived to the table first, about 10 minutes before the pizza.
I love ordering French fries because even though it’s a simple side, everyone does it differently. So I never know exactly what I’m going to get.
Hometown’s fries were the battered type. The golden brown fries were extra crispy, similar to those we had at Esposito’s a few weeks ago.
Whether it was the oil they were fried in or the batter that they were made with, I found them just a little less flavorful than the same version at Esposito’s. They were fine, but nothing outstanding.
Honestly, the pizza would have been more than enough on its own. Hometown doesn’t offer small pizzas, just medium (14-inch) and large (16-inch). Fourteen inches is a lot for us so we took half the pie home.
Add on a couple drinks and our total bill was about $20 so we had absolutely no complaints there.
We left feeling pretty good about our meal overall. It’s probably not a place that we would go for a sit-down meal in the future, but I would definitely grab takeout from there again if it was convenient.
I would say that Blandon has a good hometown pizza place in Hometown Pizza.
504 Main St
Blandon, PA 19510