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A saucy new game is in town: Big Gs Pizzeria

WANNA SPLIT A SLICE? Big Gs Pizzeria offers pizza by the slice, as well as a variety of other sizes, as part of an extensive menu. Photos by Lizz Schumer.
SPRINGVILLE Theres a new pizza place in town, at a location that has long been known for just that. George Ferner has opened Big Gs Pizzeria, at the corner of Routes 39 and 240, and the new owner said he has some ideas that will make his restaurant thrive.

Ferner has been in the restaurant business for almost a decade, as the former owner of the Elm Street Inn in Canandaigua. That restaurant, a sit-down place with takeout options, did what Ferner described as a brisk business, turning out more than 250 pounds of fish on fish fry Fridays and hosting prime rib dinners, in addition to pizza, wings and standard dinner fare.

HOW CAN I HELP YOU George Ferner shows off the menu, at his new pizzeria.

The structural engineer decided to come back home and open Big Gs, as a semi-retirement project, since the location is smaller than his former restaurant and just two miles from where he lives.

It wasnt big enough to be a sit-down place, but its just the size I want, to be a fun little project, Ferner said, of the restaurant. I made my money, working up and down the East Coast, and I was doing some remodeling [of my former restaurant] when this place came available. It didnt need much work and it was close to home, so I thought Id give it a shot.

The East Aurora native bought a house in the area, four years ago, and said he likes the Big Gs location because it is situated at a major intersection, with traffic coming from Colden, Sardinia, West Valley and Springville.

In this town, there are only [four] other pizza places, he added. A lot of towns have 10 or more. Were on the other end of town, from a lot of the other ones, so if customers dont want to head all the way down there, or theyre headed up this way from the [Gentner] auction, were at the perfect place for them.

Big Gs will also be instituting what Ferner called meet you delivery, in which a delivery person will meet a customer, at a pre-designated spot, halfway between the restaurant and the customers home.

A lot of people live way out in the boonies, where itd be too far for us to deliver, but they dont want to come all the way into town, either, Ferner explained. This way, we can set up a place to meet people, good customers, so we can get their business and they dont have to come too far.

Although Ferner said he kept the set-up the same as he found it, he did institute a widely varied menu, with subs, hoagies, burritos, salads, sandwiches, wraps, paninis, calzones and more.

I like to give people a lot of options. The ladies like different things, and I want to make sure everyone can get what they want, he said. Ferner has three different pizza sauces available: hot garlic, his own take on a traditional sauce and basil.

I did [the different sauces] in Canandaigua, and it went over well, he said.

The restaurant opened on Aug. 26, so Ferner and his staff could get the kinks out, as he put it, before the Gentner Auction market day on Wednesday and the Labor Day weekend. He said he plans to run football game-watch specials, holiday offers and more, as the business gets going.

We wanted to make sure we were all ready to go, he said. We had a good first few days, and are hoping for more.

Ferner has 10 employees, all of whom came recommended by his nephew, as ready to help him run his pizza-making business.

My nephew knew kids who had been in the business; who was good, who wasnt good, he said. You want people you can rely on.

As for the owner himself, he does some cooking, runs the register or whatever else has to be done. I do what Ive got to do, to get my hands dirty with the guys, he said, adding that he had to go in the back and make dough.

Ferners favorite menu item is the steak and spinach sub with mozzarella cheese. Its a little different, from what you usually see. A lot of what weve got is a little different, but its all good.

Big Gs Pizzeria is located at 689 East Main St. in Springville. The business is open Monday Thursday and Sunday, 10 a.m. 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Ferner said he may expand his hours, depending on interest.

The business can be reached at 597-7865.

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2013-11-02 | 21:18:37
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:18:44
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:18:54
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:05
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:13
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:14
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:15
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:16
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:16
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:16
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:16
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:17
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:17
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:17
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:17
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:17
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:17
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:18
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:18
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:19
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:19:19
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:45:25
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:45:32
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-02 | 21:45:44
Big G's a Big Downer
Me and my Family have given Big G's a few chances and they keep failing. With other Pizza places around you'd think they would step up their game but they disappoint. You call to order something and they tell it's not on the menu even though I'm looking at it and reading it right off the menu. I wanted to order a fish fry today and even though it says on their menu they serve fish fry's every day I was told they did not serve fish fry's. No more chances for this piece of crap place.
2013-11-04 | 20:05:00
Leland L. We get your point. You don't have to be a #
2013-11-04 | 20:06:37
Leland L doesnt know what he is talking about
Mr Leland. The food was great. Why would you go to a pizza place for a great fish fry?
2013-12-03 | 21:52:41
The WORST EVER!
Was in Springville hunting n stopped there for food too go. Ordered two large meat lovers told them to add hot peppers too. Had them give us a double order of fingers also. Got back to our motel room to find out there was no ham on the pizza or the peppers I paid for. Then the fingers had no blue cheese ..Too top it off I cut into one of my chicken fingers n see that it's completely raw! How do u have a uncooked finger in with cooked one's? $48 for the worst service n food I've ever gotten. I'll never stop there again n I'm in springville every yr during hunting season! Oh the owner was there working too. HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!! Just glad no one got sick in my crew!!!
2014-01-29 | 16:28:39
Ordered from here once and absolutely wont again.... They screwed up my order and made me wait with no apology and the owner could care a less. I wont feel sorry for him a bit when it eventually closes. ANY successful business knows that treating the customers well brings them back ...and everyone that they told.And thats why every day when i drive by and see the parking lot empty... I just smile.