Phat Boyz New York Style Pizzeria in Perry has pizzas in all shapes and sizes

Telegraph correspondentJuly 20, 2012 

How many ways can you eat pizza dough? Phat Boyz New York Style Pizzeria has them all. We had dough stuffed with sausage and pepperoni (stronboli), dough filled with ricotta and mozzarella (calzone), dough filled with pepperoni and romano (pepperoni roll), rolled dough filled with pepperoni and sliced into bites (pepperoni poppers) and even fried dough served with powered sugar and sugar glaze (zeppas). That’s a lot of dough!

Good thing it’s good dough. The standouts are the pepperoni rolls, which have a thinner dough that reduces the dough-to-filling ratio, and the calzone, a humongous crescent filled to overflowing with cheese and then brushed with butter.

When you enter the restaurant, you walk up to the counter to order and your number will be called when your order is ready. There were plenty of tables available and the kitchen is visible if you have little ones who want to see what’s going on back there.

If you’re looking for something lighter, perhaps you would like the fried items. We tried the cheese sticks, the chicken tenders and the fried pickles, all of which were crunchy and not greasy.

After all these starters, we almost didn’t have room for the pizza, so we tried the Not Just Your Regular Veggie Pizza, with the usual veggies plus broccoli, roma tomatoes, spinach and jalapeno peppers.

By the time we tried it, though, we were stuffed, so you’ll need to try it yourself when you go.

Your other choices are the Phat Boyz Deluxe, the New Yorker and the Manhattan Meat Extravaganza. You can choose a traditional pizza like the White Pizza with mozzarella, ricotta, Romano, garlic and sun dried tomatoes, or the Margherita pizza with just olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, Parmesan, tomatoes and basil.

On the other hand, you could try a crazy pizza like the Taco Pizza or Super Spud. The Taco Pizza is topped with refried beans, ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and corn chips.

The Super Spud is topped with mashed potatoes, bacon, ham, cheddar, chives and ranch dressing. Another interesting one is the Hot Time in the City pizza, with three kinds of peppers plus pepper sauce. There is even a peanut butter and jelly pizza.

The down side to these unusual pizzas is that you have to take a $15 chance on something you may not like. Medium pizzas are $15.50 and large ones are $17.50.

Specials include the Tuesday night all-you-can-eat wings for $9.99 and the work day lunch special: two slices with two toppings and a salad for $4.99.

In addition to the zeppas mentioned earlier for dessert, there are also brownies and cannolies, which are pastry shells filled with sweet cheese, cherries and chocolate chips.

Phat Boys has a fun local feel and we really enjoyed the music that took us back to our childhood, from “YMCA” to “How Deep is Your Love.” The clientele chatted with each other and welcomed strangers.

If you’re looking for a great place to relax for dinner and you’re not on a carb-free diet, try Phat Boyz out.

Phat Boyz New York Style Pizzeria

Address: 1365 Sam Nunn Blvd., Perry

Phone: (478) 224-7428

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, closed Sundays

Payment: Cash, credit

Smoking: No

Alcohol: Yes

Kids Menu: Yes

Noise Level: Low

Health Rating: 96

Price range: $5.99 and up

Rating: 2.5 stars

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