Ok this one's going to be a bit on the longer side but I really want to give this place a fair assessment and believe people need to know about this.
To start with, the positive:
The pizza is fantastic! Probably the best in town and authentic NY style which is hard to find around here. Good sandwiches too although the desserts are way too sweet for my taste.
The location is great; the back area has picnic tables located in the pretty downtown courtyard where you can catch some live music on weekend nights.
Great value for the money. Hard to find a quick bite to eat downtown that doesn't break the bank and the service is good and speedy.
Now for the negative:
Normally, I would have given them 4 stars. I work downtown and used to stop in several times a week. But a few months ago I noticed the cashier was visibly ill (sweating profusely and coughing uncontrollably) and when I asked him what was wrong he told me he had the flu. Angered, I asked him why on earth he would come to work that sick, especially having to work around food and direct interaction with customers. He said he tried to go home but his boss wouldn't allow it! With the flu!!!
To me, that is absolutely unacceptable, ESPECIALLY in the restaurant industry. I have two small kids and this is one of the worst flu seasons on record. As a manager, you shouldn't even allow someone to work that sick. It's extremely irresponsible imo.
I had hoped that this may have been an isolated incident but every consecutive time I've been there, I saw someone else behind the counter, very obviously sick. Once a very short guy with dark hair and the next time a short girl. Each time I walked right back out. I'm sad to say, but they have lost my business. At least until flu season ends. Honestly, I'd happily wait a few extra minutes for my slice of pizza if they are understaffed due to illness than risk missing a week of work or having to worry and tend to my sick children.
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