Best region for pizza in the U.S.

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2004/09/09 18:09:00 (permalink)

Best region for pizza in the U.S.

My vote(admittedly I'm biased as I am a native)is Buffalo,N.Y.
We take unfair raps on a lot of things, but one thing we do well around here is food, and pizza is right at the top, although I've found that since I've moved from the city to the country, the pickin's are a little more lean.From "Just Pizza" to "LaNova" to the legendary "Mr. Pizza" Buffalo rules the pizza world! I've also lived in Tampa, Pittsburgh and Rochester(NY) and nowhere else compares!
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/09 18:29:40 (permalink)
    I gather you've never been to New Haven.

    Tell me, is there still a bar in Buffalo called Cole's?
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/09 19:17:34 (permalink)
    Get thee to New Haven and New York City.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/09 21:14:04 (permalink)
    OK--I'll get in trouble here--Chicago style trumps NY anytime!
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/09 21:17:08 (permalink)
    Best pizza in the world is in Austin, MN. Spamtown USA. Fly over country. Don't dismiss it until you've tried it.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/09 21:53:22 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Theedge

    Best pizza in the world is in Austin, MN. Spamtown USA. Fly over country. Don't dismiss it until you've tried it.


    I dismiss nothing until I have tried it, but, have you tried pizza in Naples, Rome, Paris, or Buenos Aires? Granted, they are outside the US, but the world loves great pizza. As do I. It is my universal quest. Do you know NYC and New Haven pizza, or the old roadhouse dives or taverns that do it up the way it was first made, and is still made, when the likes of good flour and yeast are at hand? Real coal or hardwood fired? That's the difference, too. If you do not smell the pizza baking -- before you enter the pizzeria -- leave (a Yogisim, maybe).

    As an aside, I have, and I search my grail. Pizza is the key to life. I make my own pizza every week in an 600° oven, but I made pizza in Uruguay in a wood fired clay oven that was more like 700°, and I would challenge the pizza gods on its outcome. Humble? Not moi.

    Nevertheless, I have made a note! The grail is yet to be found. Austin, MN is on the list.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/09 22:43:06 (permalink)
    To me, it's either the Northeast (NYC and New Haven) or Chicago. I'm hugely partial to the former, but of course I live there.

    tbelk, I'm from just outside Buffalo, so it pains me to disagree with you. But, I've got to vote with my heart/stomach. Change the subject to wings, beef on weck, or even sponge candy or loganberry, and I've got your back!
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/09 22:52:29 (permalink)
    tbelk, I agree with Spudnut, New Haven and NYC metro are the best crisp thin crust pizzas. You also mention that you spent time in Pittsburgh. I've been very satisfied with pizzas I've had there at Aiello's, Mineo's and a few other places close to the downtown area. The dough and sauce have a very fresh taste that I have not experienced elsewhere.

    I have spent a fair amount of time in Buffalo too, and I have not been impressed at La Nova or anywhere else, except for beef on weck and Ted's Hot Dogs.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/09 23:04:02 (permalink)
    Sign me up for the New York/New Haven side on this one. I never have cared for "Chicago style" pizza.

    Nor do I like the pizza available in N. California for the most part. There are some decent pies here, but I've not found an exemplary one.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/09 23:07:44 (permalink)
    I still think -- next Roadfood meet should be New Haven!
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/09 23:58:18 (permalink)
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    I still think -- next Roadfood meet should be New Haven!


    We can combine it with the CT Hot Dog Tour, coming to the Nutmeg State October 30th, I hear. And I, too, vote for New Haven for Best Pizza Region, although my pizza-world view is quite limited (NY, NH, Chicago, LA, SF).
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 07:55:35 (permalink)
    without a doubt--the Northeast coastline!!! sure,you can get good pizza in other places here and there---but over all---darn near any place on the NE coast that sells pizza is usually good and MANY are great!!!!!
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 08:02:55 (permalink)
    My vote is New Haven.
    We have Modern Pizza, Pepe's, Sally's, and Papa's in Milford (Next door to NH).
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 08:24:41 (permalink)
    No question about it in my mind. I agree with the majority above. Connecticut (not just the New Haven area) and New York City are at the top of my list. Soooo many great places!
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 09:20:28 (permalink)
    No offense to Theedge, but it's hard to believe Austin Minnesota would have the best pizza, as much bigger Twin Cities have few quality pies. As a Minnesota native, I can say unequivocally that the best pizza I've ever eaten has been from New Jersey, as well as the best subs.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 10:06:43 (permalink)
    Obviously I was being a bit sarcastic. I always like to poke at the "there's no good pizza X amount of miles from Y location. I haven't traveled extensively, but from the places I've been, and from what others have told me, we've got a couple of the best joints around. If any of you get over this way it'll be my treat.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 11:19:14 (permalink)
    Theedge- You have just set a new standard for the roadfooder review front page. Where it asks how far you would drive to go to the place being reviewed???? We need to change that that to "How far would you drive to have someone buy you a meal at XXXX?" Now that would be a standard I could understand and appreciate!
    When you said "It's on Me" ! I started to pull out my road atlas!
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 11:33:17 (permalink)
    Funny you should lead off with Buffalo. I pulled off the highway in a snow storm in 1973 and wandered Buffalo in search of something good to eat and found a pizza that I remember to this day, quite possibly "the best ever", but the name of the place has faded from my memory
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 11:39:53 (permalink)
    I would say from Utica New York east to Springfield Ma. north to Saratoga and south to Poughkeepsie. This slice of upstate N.Y. and western Ma. has the best Pizza in the United States.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 12:11:18 (permalink)
    quote:
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    I would say from Utica New York east to Springfield Ma. north to Saratoga and south to Poughkeepsie. This slice of upstate N.Y. and western Ma. has the best Pizza in the United States.


    Santacruz: What are your faves in Western Mass?
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 13:19:22 (permalink)
    What is it that makes New Haven a haven for pizza lovers? What makes it so good? Sorry if I missed the thread discussing this!
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 13:49:49 (permalink)
    Michael posted an article from Gourmet a while back, but I cannot find it. Try looking here in the meantime: http://www.sliceny.com/archives/000474.php
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 14:03:02 (permalink)
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 14:29:23 (permalink)
    I grew up in NYC and think they got the best selection of pizza joints. However, the best I've ever had was in New London, CT at a place called The Recovery Room restaurant. Brick oven, thin and slightly charred crust, made to order. It was great.

    There is another great spot in Brooklyn, NY - just under the Brooklyn Bridge (forgot the name), but they make great thin crust, brick oven pizza.

    I now reside in Phoenix and found a couple of places, most notably NYPD Pizza. Its a small chain out here, but they have got a very close clone of NYC pizza.

    Ezra
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 14:44:08 (permalink)
    don't forget boston. regina and giorgio's in the north end, and sartarpio's in east boston. i agree that new haven is number one, but i personally would put the best boston pizza ahead of the best ny pizza. i have eaten at john's, lombardi's, grimaldi's, and regina is significantly better than than those three holy grails of ny pizza.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 14:46:16 (permalink)
    Please accept my apologies for the lack of capitalization in the last post. I just was in the middle of a long email thread about last night's Colts-Pats game, and I neglected to switch back to the polite mode of online communication.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 15:14:26 (permalink)
    I like New York style Pizza and New Jersey has some great examples. I have never had a Connecticut slice. Who is going to organize the SLICE TOUR 04!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 15:39:22 (permalink)
    I was once at LaNova with friends from Buffalo. One of them ordered a side of blue cheese dressing to dip his pizza in. Enough said.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/10 16:59:45 (permalink)
    quote:
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    I was once at LaNova with friends from Buffalo. One of them ordered a side of blue cheese dressing to dip his pizza in. Enough said.



    In the interest of curiosity (and fairness): did he/she actually dip the entire pizza, or just the leftover crust? I don't actually have much of a problem with the latter.
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    RE: Best region for pizza in the U.S. 2004/09/11 11:01:27 (permalink)
    I hate to trample on Buffalo, because I LOVE Red Hots, Weck and Wings. But I remember my first (and only) pizza eating experience in Buffalo back in 1982. I was in the High School Band (tuba of course!) and we had an exchange concert trip to Buffalo. I remember a bunch of us stopping for Lunch at a Pizza restaurant. All I remember is that it took a very long time for the Pizza to come out (made to order??) and when it did, all I could taste was the thick crust. I don't even remember there being any cheese or sauce on the Pizza if there was then it was completely tasteless. It was just completely disgusting and dissapointing. Having very little exposure to the world outside of NYC and vicinity at the time, I asked my bandmates why the Pizza tasted so "different" they replied that Pizza is usually pretty bad outside of the NYC area. Of course years later I disagree considering the few exceptions (Chicago, Pittsburgh, Providence, etc)
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