Walery's Pizza

I met a soldier who was just returning to Salem after spending a year fighting in Iraq and I asked him what he missed about Oregon. His answer was, "eating at Walery's Pizza." That was probably the best word of mouth recommendation that any restaurant could ever expect to get. But that is not the only time I have heard people in the community speak highly of the West Salem pizza parlor next to Safeway on Edgewater Street. They have been recommended to me by everyone from firefighters to football referees.
Walery's is the place to be for families on weekends in West Salem. The restaurant is filled with people of all ages enjoying large thin crust pizzas made with fresh ingredients and salads piled high from the salad bar. There's a game room and rides for kids, but not so much stuff that they forget about eating. This gives you time to relax and order a cold beer or wine and have some adult time before the pizza comes. A great deal that they offer is a large two topping pizza for $11.99. This is more than enough for 3 to 4 people to eat and you will want to take the rest home for leftovers. The pizza is one of the best in town. That means a lot because Salem has so many good places to eat pizza. If you add it all up, great pizza, family atmosphere, fun for the kids, cold beer, and great prices, Walery's is the best pizza parlor in town on either side of the river.

29 comments:

-s said...

I never wrote them up because I never paid for it (and I didn't want to embarrass the people I went with), but Walery's is terrible. Terrible crust, terrible sauce, terrible cheese, just terrible.

D. Lamkid said...

Walery's crust is what real pizza crust is, thin and crispy, not cakey and soft.

I have eaten pizza all over this town, and this place beats them all.

If it were so terrible...they wouldn't have been here so long! Look how many others have come and gone.

Great pizza, great place for meeting family.

Anonymous said...

Never been to Walery's, but it sounds a lot like Padington's which I hate but most people love. Lots of toppings do not make up for bland, cardboard crust. It all depends on personal taste. I almost always agree with "-s" (who writes a better blog btw) so I won't be going to Walery's.

Anonymous said...

Padington's Pizza is like Pizza for people who don't want pizza, BLAND!!!

-s said...

Anon #1 -- aww, thanks :)

Real pizza crust is like a great bread, not an overly fermented saltine cracker. It can still be thin and crispy, but it shouldn't come apart in weird layers like Walery's does. And their taste is just bad.

I won't argue about how long they've been in business and their popularity. Everyplace has foods and restaurants who's popularity boggles the mind, and northwestern pizza parlor pizza is one of those for me, because it reminds me so much of Totino's frozen pizzas.

EazyMoney said...

I mentioned in another thread that Walerys is a cheap version of padingtons. I prefer thin crust myself. But Walerys is crap.

I also mentioned Padingtons seemed to be going downhill in the past few years. But I don't find them to be bland.

Anonymous said...

I used to work at Walerys and the ingredients aren't as "fresh" as everyone thinks. It's disgusting in the back, they hardly ever clean. The only time they do is when the Health Department comes for a day to check but they call in advance. I'd be careful of what I eat over there.

Radio Gretchen said...

I love Walery's. They have the best crust ever! Pizza crust is very subjective and I know there are those who don't care for the kind Walery's makes. Walery's is a place that is very rare to find these days. It's not a chain, it's not self-important or trying too hard. It is an extremely popular neighborhood pizza parlor. I've never been in there when it wasn't packed.

Anonymous said...

Walery's pizza is delicious. It's low price keeps me coming back, and i love the unique flavors of pizza they offer. i especially love the pizza that they offer with the pepperocini's. It's my favorite!

Anonymous said...

Canned mushrooms. Feh.

Anonymous said...

Walery's Pizza was such a disappointment. I had heard that it was great and we noticed many cars there every time we passed by. So does every pizza joint in Salem use canned mushrooms ?? This was our 2nd try at pizza while travelling through town on the way to Lincoln City. And this place had canned mushrooms, too.
YUCK !!!!!!!!!

Dsperin said...

What I've noticed at both Wallerys and Padingtons is that you simply need to request FRESH mushrooms instead of canned. It's no big deal, they do it with a smile and without charge. I 'm not sure why both establisments automatically use canned, but it's really not that big a deal.

I like both Padingtons and Wallerys. I really dislike thick, bready pizzas. I prefer to not feel stopped up after eating pizza (or a whole loaf of bread). I go for Padingtons first, but Wallerys for their lunch buffet or when I'm feeling cheap.

Thick crust pizza sucks.

Anonymous said...

Both Wallerys and Padingtons's pizza are quality places. Both have lunch specials Wallerys is a better deal. On the weekends Padington's still has their lunch pizza til 3pm. Both are always packed at dinner time. Thanks for the last comment my girlfriends only complaint is they use canned mushrooms. I will have to try and ask for fresh mushrooms for her. Although I prefer canned on my pizza. Best pizza in Salem.

Anonymous said...

Walery’s serves its purpose for those who like good (common) pizza without the frills and fancy ingredients. The pizza is good. The pizza is similar to Paddingtons, Pietro’s, Abby’s, JC’s, Garlic Jims, or Round Table. Most pizza in the area will fall into this category. It’s all kinda the same. You may want to try Lefty’s, Straight From New York or Michelangelos if you want a thin crust east coast style pizza. I’d like to strongly suggest Christo’s or Gepetto’s, for those who want a higher end pizza. Christo’s is truly the best in Salem for fresh ingredients……hands down. Don’t take my word on it though. Go to these different places, watch them make your pizza, then go to Christo’s. You’ll see what I mean.

Anonymous said...

Walery's pizza is fantastic! I LOVE it. The crust, the sauce, and everything else is wonderful as well. The environmant is great too. =D

Anonymous said...

I'm no food snob but every time I have been the cheese seems to be very low grade, and the crust is not stellar. For better pizza of the same style padington's or pietro's is a much better bet.

Anonymous said...

very cheap horrible place can't imagine why people go cheap usually means poor

Anonymous said...

horrible is being kind if it was $2.99 for a large i wouldnt go back i feel sorry for the place very low quality

Anonymous said...

This website is over-run by mostly negative comments.

Walery's is crispy pizza with not too many toppings and is totally awesome. Padington's is very similar but more expensive. If you are expecting some whole-wheat, deep-dish, stuffed-crust, sundried tomato, feta cheese, "NY Style pizza then Wallery's is not for you. And please don't give them a second chance because it is always packed in there and I don't want you to take up table space.

It's just something about how Wallery's Pizza is so common that makes it sooo good. Also be sure to get some Ranch to dip your crust into. That Ranch dressing is a real homerun.

Anonymous said...

Walery's is a long time family favorite! We usually go several times a month or do pick up for a dinner with the extended family. You can't go wrong. Yes, you have to like their style but in our opinion, it just can't be beat!
I second the ranch comment... I always get a big container to go!

Anonymous said...

well as far as "canned mushrooms" Walerys offers both canned and fresh on the pizzas, all you have to do is ask....no difference in price, and as far as the product goes, everything is made fresh and daily in the building, dough rolled, sauce mixed, and cheese ground daily, nothing frozen here...and I asure you all the products sld are the best on the market, I have been eating here for over 15 years and will never find a better tasting pizza.....if you don't like the pizza, the salad bar has plenty of toppings and there are also burger and sandwiches......your insane not to like the food from this one and only place with great prices.

Anonymous said...

Is this pizza exclusive to the Oregon area? I am from Philly and I've never seen this type of pizza before out east.

KandN said...

Anon, I'm not sure what you mean about that pizza. Can you be more specific?

Chuck Bradley said...

For my 65th birthday lunch I went to Walery's today. The atmosphere is pure pizza parlor from stem to stern. It had a nice fresh looking salad bar that was getting plenty of activity. There is a game area for the kiddies which is, mercifully, separated from the main dining room. They offer several beers on tap by the mug, small or large pitcher. I ordered a small combination sans green peppers. (No mention was made of it on the menu, but I later observed they have an individual size also, which would have been a better choice for a solo diner.) The toppings were very generous. Most places serve a pizza with a substantial margin of crust after the toppings end. Here the goodies extended to the very crust's edge and beyond! It was very good. Although not at the very top of my list of pizza joints in Salem, it's close. I recommend this place.

Note: The big bones of contention in the posts above seems to be the difference between New York style (Thin crust) and Chicago style (Thick or deep dish, bread loaf dough). If you have a preference, you should call and inquire as to which an establishment serves. This has always worked for me.

Chuck Bradley said...

I'm not usually a Salad Bar guy. But Walery's looked so fresh and crisp yesterday, I gave it a run. (The only not-so-appetizing ingredient was the Peas which were well past their prime.)

The deal is all-you-can-eat for $5.95. The plate size is such that once through will be plenty for most folks.

It was a fresh, delicious, healthy lunch.

Note: I’m puzzled by all the negative comments. I’ve always rated Walery’s in Salem’s top 3 Pizza places. (w/ Padington’s and Church ST) NY type Crust, to me, is the only way to go. If I want Bread, I go to Great Harvest!

Anonymous said...

Walery's is the best pizza in Salem. No doubt about it. It's a local institution. And far as the whole canned mushroom thing, all you have to do is ask for fresh mushrooms. In N Out doesn't advertise animal style and Jamba Juice doesn't advertise the White Gummy Bear, but that's what makes em so great. If you're not willing to ask about your food- then continue to suffer in silence and take your business to Lil' Caesars

Anonymous said...

cheese quality and sauce flavor are bad, that is being nice 15 other pizza places better if not more.

Anonymous said...

I live just down the hill from Walery's. I don't go there anymore, bc I agree w/ the previous poster. I hate the cheese and the canned mushrooms. In my opinion, if they have fresh mushrooms available by request that should be clearly posted somewhere. I'd even pay extra. However, when you get canned mushrooms on your pizza you assume they only offer them. The salad bar is not bad, plenty of choices when they bother to re stock it. It is a very large and loud place where the noise echoes. For my dollar I'll stick w/ Church St. Pizza.

Anonymous said...

wow, what a bunch of whiners. No one seems to complain about canned pineapple, or canned black olives? From what I have gathered from a friend that owns a parlor, is that canned mushrooms are used because alot of the water has been cooked out of them before they go onto the pizza.......the water cooks out of fresh mushrooms onto your pizza, making it mushy, nobody likes a mushy pizza right?. you folks from salem should be thankful you have several options available, there is nothing decent south of salem, other than ciddicis in albany and maybe papa's pizza in corvallis. just an opinion.