Dominic’s, Syracuse NY

Dominic’s does an astonishingly good job of balancing quality, price and service. All the food is at least “very good” and quite a bit is excellent!

They have great red sauce and home-made soups, and do very nice salads with an awesome home made dressing. The garlic pizza is especially tasty, as are the home made meatballs and desserts.

The Italian Platter contains a good sized portion of lasagna, stuffed shells, ravioli and some other stuff I can’t remember right now. It’s excellent and huge and if you get it, not only will you be stuffed with a great dinner for less than $15, you’ll have plenty left over for the next day.

They do a really nice job with pretty much the entire menu, including the burgers, steaks, and pasta, although the chicken parmesan needs some work. For some reason they tend to skip pounding it out, which makes it overdone on the thin side, and too chewy on the thick side. Other than that, it’s really hard to go wrong with anything on the menu.

My favorites are

  • Chicken Riggies – Rigatoni with chicken in a slightly spicy tomato-cream sauce. It’s my new #1 favorite!
  • The Italian Platter
  • Salad with house dressing and crumbly blue cheese
  • Spaghetti with meatballs and sausage
  • Garlic Pizza
  • Sausage, Roasted Red Pepper and Mushroom Pizza
  • Antipasto
  • Any of their soups (all home made).
  • Oreo Cookie Pie

Dominic’s is always busy, and sometimes has a wait, but the wait isn’t usually very long and is well worth it. The prices are very good, and they have an informal atmosphere. If you walk in wearing jeans or shorts, nobody will stare at you, but if you wear a tie, they might.

They take cash and credit cards and there’s a ton of parking behind the building.


Dominic’s has taken a long downhill slide since Dominick Tassone Jr. (the owner) passed away.

While the pizza is still good, the food is inconsistent and they alternately get OK and terrible heath inspection reports in the newspaper. While I’m not sure exactly why, the leftover chicken parm tastes “off” the very next day. I feel bad watching another fixture of my past fade away, but wouldn’t bother going unless you want pizza or have to meet friends there.

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