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AF6872

10-Year Member
We Have Sally's and Frank Pepe's here. Where is your best Pizza joint? Which town and who is the best? Wife and I have a great problem between Sally's and Pepe's.
 

AF6872

10-Year Member
Forgot about Arthur's Avenue. Born in the Bronx spent some great years on Secore Avenue right around the corner from 233 St and Dyer Avenue.
 

fencersmother

10-Year Member
Founding Member
My DH would go to his grave with Freeport (NY) House of Pizza. I have no idea if it is still there.

Having grown up in a dang weird place, I thought "pizza" came in a yellow box and had Chef-Boy-R-Dee on it. Was not a fan. Then, discovered Connie's Pizza on Chicago's south side, and later, Gino's East on the north side... that stuff in the yellow box, well, pizza was a lie.
 

tug_boat

5-Year Member
Thats not really a fair question. There are too many variables that must be considered. Your mood, the company your attending with, the beer to match the pizza, thin crust, thick crust or cracker type crust. A big part of it is the artistry of the pizza joint. Many have their own unique style and ingredient source that can diffintly make a business work.

Or just go and have fun!!

Push Hard, Press Forward

Antanucci's pizza here is SoCal. They put love and suffer over every pie they make. You just can't put a price tag on that!
 
We tried Gino's Pizza on Long Island where we stayed for a few days after SLE. The pizza will go down in our family as the best pizza to date. We also tried a place near the 9-11 Memorial that was delicious.
 

Capri120

Parent
Giordano's in Chicago.

Had this when we chaperoned DD's high school band for the 2015 McDonalds Thanksgiving Day Parade...smallest band in the parade.
 

Capt MJ

10-Year Member
I still dream of Pizza à Metro, Vico Equense, vicino di bella Napoli, Italia. It's still there, 30 plus years after my last visit. And the hole in the wall trattoria down the street from my apartment in Pozzuoli, where I was treated like a daughter of the family. Sigh.
http://www.pizzametro.it/en/index.html

Closer to home, whenever I visited USMMA on business, I made it a point to swing by Umberto's in New Hyde Park for a slice. Featured on the Food Channel as Chef Alex Guarnaschelli's favorite. There's a sit-down restaurant side, and a more casual pizzeria side. I always took USAA co-workers there when we were doing business at KP, just to watch Texans who had never been out of state eat their first NY slice. There were some decent places in Great Neck too.
http://www.originalumbertos.com/

Around Annapolis, pickings are a little slim, if acceptable. My mom introduced me to NY-style pizza as a kid, in NYC, and a tour in Naples introduced me to the birthplace of Pizza Margherita and the delights of mozzarella di bufala, so there is pizza I dream of, and pizza that will do. I actually am rather fond of the little place in the same strip mall as Graul's Market, on Taylor Ave., across from the Navy Stadium. They always have a wide selection of interesting slices for a quick meal. The crust is made there, and is quite acceptable. I am a crust fan.

My neighbors own the Italian Market on Defense Highway. They are from Naples, and their pizza is consistently good, though they make an American-style pie rather than Neapolitan. I usually have the Insalata Caprese and gelato after...
 

fencersmother

10-Year Member
Founding Member
Boriello Brothers right outside USAFA has good NY style pizza - they should since they're from NYC.

Ahhh, Giordano's... I was still a bigger fan of Gino's East, but Giordano's would have given them a run for their money back in the day. Are they a chain now? Seems somewhat sacrilegious to have chain pizza.
 

Capri120

Parent
Boriello Brothers right outside USAFA has good NY style pizza - they should since they're from NYC.

Ahhh, Giordano's... I was still a bigger fan of Gino's East, but Giordano's would have given them a run for their money back in the day. Are they a chain now? Seems somewhat sacrilegious to have chain pizza.
No. Not a chain. But I could feel my arteries clogging.
 

AF6872

10-Year Member
Buy a slice anywhere from the Times Parking Garage north and then walk up to see Wicked or Phantom of the Opera. The kids loved it.. The Pizza wasn't bad either. I think one of the best places might be called John's.
 

USMCGrunt

5-Year Member
And as a New Yorker I just have to say........Chicagoans tend to have very odd ideas when it comes to what pizza is.
I was raised in NJ and second the sentiment above. I have lived in Chicago for 18 years and still can't understand the fascination with deep dish. Gino's, Lou Malnotti's, Connis's or Giordano's.

I have been all over the country and nothing beats NY/ NJ pizza. Practically any hole in the wall in that area serves a great one. And while I am at it, you have to eat pizza by picking up the slice and fold it so the grease drips off the end. I can't stand the flat cardboard slabs or worse yet... eating a slice with knife and fork!
 

parentalunit2

5-Year Member
We were all so sad when the original John's Pizza closed down. I'll be in the city later this year and will have to check out the new one! I too learned about folding the slice on about my very first day in NY. I remember the first time I took my kids to Full Moon in the Bronx. An actual quote, "Mommy, this slice of pizza is bigger than my head!" Welcome to New York kids!
 

Wishful

"Land of the free, because of the brave..."
5-Year Member
In NYC try Patsy's Pizzeria, in East Harlem, 1st Ave, East 117 to to East 118 Street. Coal-fired pizza's to eat-in/take out. This restaurant has a Frank Sinatra story. As the story goes, he was despondent after his recent separation from Ava Gardner & spent almost all of the days in this restaurant. The night before Thanksgiving, Sinatra told the owner he'll see him tomorrow. The owner, who planned to be closed & already given the staff off, then ordered the staff to come in tomorrow so Frank would have a place to be for Thanksgiving. The staff had their families in for dinner. Sinatra never found out until many years later.
 

madhttr

AROTC Dad
NY and Chicago style are great, but in Denver, it's Beau-Jo's "Colorado-Style" pizza, piled with mountains of ingredients and a hand-rolled crust that you finish with honey. There's one in Idaho Springs and Steamboat if you're on your way to the mountains.
 

Capri120

Parent
Over Thanksgiving weekend, our DD introduced us to a new place in Colorado Springs called MOD Pizza. It is similar to a subway sandwich shop in that you select your crust, toppings, sauce, cheeses, etc. and then they bake it for you. It was actually pretty good and allows you to put toppings, you might not otherwise consider, onto your pizza.
 

Capt MJ

10-Year Member
Over Thanksgiving weekend, our DD introduced us to a new place in Colorado Springs called MOD Pizza. It is similar to a subway sandwich shop in that you select your crust, toppings, sauce, cheeses, etc. and then they bake it for you. It was actually pretty good and allows you to put toppings, you might not otherwise consider, onto your pizza.
I just saw one of these in Annapolis, near Panera in Festival at Riva shopping center. This location has had a number of failed eateries, and the Chili's inthat center closed last year. DH and I will add it to our date night options soon, and perhaps will add it to Annapolis restaurant thread. I will try not to be prejudiced about crust going in.
 
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