It’s football Sunday at Edie’s Pizza and Subs in the Village of Hamburg and Bills fans are keeping the phone ringing and the seats full. A half-dozen employees are hard at work in the back, tossing wings, building pizzas and putting together salads for what, on this day, is a robust take-out business.
Edie’s has been a mainstay in Hamburg for nearly two decades, though it was a 2010 renovation, adding a dining room and expanded menu, that made the family-owned business a weekly ritual for many customers.
Edie’s isn’t your old-school pizzeria. Though you’ll order at the counter, the dining room has the vibe of a traditional eatery, with comfy booths lining one wall, plenty of tables and even bar-style seating with a view of South Park Avenue and the roundabout.
A pair of televisions are always on (both are tuned to the late NFL game) and the dining room is decorated for the holidays. It's a warm atmosphere.
Everything Edie’s prepares - pizza, wraps, subs and daily specials - is cooked in an open kitchen so you can venture over and watch your meal come to life. As we waited for our meal, more than one family entertained their youngsters by hoisting them up to watch pizzas being pulled from the ovens and sliced up.
Two things to love about Edie’s pizza is that they offer a gluten-free pie and have plenty of pizza combo specials. Among pizza deals on the regular menu, you can grab a large one topping and 20 wings for $31.99, or, for a bigger gathering, a sheet pizza and 50 wings for $55.99.
If you have a hankering for a pie, Edie’s has some of the more creative specialty pizzas in the Southtowns. The chicken fajita pizza ($7.99-$20.99) offers a nice kick in the sauce, and the taco pizza ($7.99-$20.99) stands out among nearly a dozen specialty offerings.
Edie’s also offers all of their specialty pizzas by the sheet ($32.99-$35.99).
Look up when you are at the register and you’ll notice a framed Patrick Kaleta jersey hanging overhead. The Southtowns native and former Sabres enforcer has his own sandwich at Edie’s.
I passed on the pizza to give the Kaleta Club a go, and it was delicious. It was packed with ham, turkey, bacon and cheese, then toasted and topped with lettuce, tomato, onions and ranch ($9.29). It's under the specialty subs section of the menu, if you are in the mood to eat like No. 36.
If you are looking for a quick-hit dinner after a long day, Edie’s has a separate entrance and register for take-out orders, guaranteeing you’ll get in, out and home while your food is still hot and fresh.
Whether you are in the mood for char-broiled wings (10 for $10.99), one of a dozen dinner salads ($6.49-$10.49), or the traditional pizza (four sizes from individual to large), Edie’s has you covered. The menu is big, the food is fresh, and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual.
380 Buffalo St., Hamburg (646-0030)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday.
Delivery available: $3 delivery charge, $15 minimum order.
Gluten-free options: Yes, gluten-free pizza.