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2003/10/25 09:16:21 (permalink)

Greek Pizza

Perhaps this is another New England-y topic, but if you haven't had Greek-style pizza, well, you've led an unexamined life.

I believe the basic style mandates a pan, with a not-so-thin, not-so-thick crust. Olive oil is usually spread on the top; this is a "moist" pie, no doubt.

My favorite, hands-down, is Beverly Pizza in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. There are a few stores called Captain's in the Bpt. area that do Greek "ah-beets," plus Famous in the South End.
Anyone got their own? Wanna try some--post back here for directions and info!

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    Ace Holleran
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/10/25 09:18:13 (permalink)
    Man, how parochial am I?! We're talking the state o' Connecticut here!

    My bad,
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    .6 miles from Sper Duper Weenie
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/10/25 11:40:16 (permalink)
    Ace, is there still a Jerry's Apizza on Pequonnok (sp) Street in Bridgeport?
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/10/25 12:16:25 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    Ace, is there still a Jerry's Apizza on Pequonnok (sp) Street in Bridgeport?


    Sorry to say, there is not. And it's Pequonnock, so you're not far off. The old Jerry's had that great sign: "Tomato Pies" outside.

    Very few old apizz' places in Bridgeport: Mario the Baker is still on North Main, by the Brookside Shopping Center, across from Merritt Canteen. Jennie's moved from Grand to Main Street and is now in Monroe. There's a great site for Bridgeport old-timers at http://www.east-enders.itgo.com. It has pictures, old and new--albeit poorly organized. Scroll way down the hompage to get to the link to photos.

    Drop a line sometime--there's an informal web group of Bridgeporters out there.

    Ace
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/10/25 13:01:46 (permalink)
    I have a few Greek pizza encounters. The first was Greek bar and restaurant in Greektown, Chicago. I can't remember the name for sure, (many beers consumed there) but I want to say it was something like Zorba's. My college classmates and I would go there for late night eats before heading back to the studio at UIC to pound out our architectural masterpieces. This was Greek pizza in that it was supposed to be Italian pizza as prepared by Greeks, ie: bad Italian pizza. Best consumed with many pitchers of beer.

    At home we make a white garlic pizza with fresh basil, oregano, and black olives that may pass for Greek pizza. The dough is spread with a mix of good olive oil, crushed garlic, and chopped basil before being topped with olives cheeses and oregano. Its a fav with my teenage daughter.
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/10/25 19:50:11 (permalink)
    I once had a Greek Pizza in Northern Manhattan around 190thst/Highbridge Park.
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/10/25 21:49:41 (permalink)
    Round No VA our version of Greek pizza is a pie with tomato sauce, onions, fresh tomato slices, gyro meat, and topped with feta and mozzarella. I happen to love it that way!
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/10/26 01:16:01 (permalink)
    Just for clarification,the Greek version of pizza is not promoted as "Greek Pizza". It is just pizza as served by an owner who happens to be Greek.On the East Coast,one would be surprised maybe by how many restaurants with Italian names are actually Greek owned.
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/10/26 09:51:15 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Billfish

    Just for clarification,the Greek version of pizza is not promoted as "Greek Pizza". It is just pizza as served by an owner who happens to be Greek.On the East Coast,one would be surprised maybe by how many restaurants with Italian names are actually Greek owned.


    Yes, B-fish is correct. All the places I've been just vend "pizza," with no Hellenic overtones.

    Ace
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/10/26 16:35:01 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Ace Holleran

    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    Ace, is there still a Jerry's Apizza on Pequonnok (sp) Street in Bridgeport?


    Sorry to say, there is not. And it's Pequonnock, so you're not far off. The old Jerry's had that great sign: "Tomato Pies" outside.

    Very few old apizz' places in Bridgeport: Mario the Baker is still on North Main, by the Brookside Shopping Center, across from Merritt Canteen. Jennie's moved from Grand to Main Street and is now in Monroe. There's a great site for Bridgeport old-timers at http://www.east-enders.itgo.com. It has pictures, old and new--albeit poorly organized. Scroll way down the hompage to get to the link to photos.

    Drop a line sometime--there's an informal web group of Bridgeporters out there.

    Ace
    I'm not from Bridgeport, I'm from New Haven. My wife was from Bridgeport -- West Taft Avenue -- and she's the one who introduced me to Jerry's. I do remember the Tomato Pie sign.

    I checked out the East-Enders site. I loved the photos from Pleasure Beach. My wife's parents had a cottage out there, and I remember the dances at the Pleasure Beach Ballroom, and the rumbling while driving over the bridge to Lenny's.

    By the way, I played football for Hillhouse, and those Harding games were always tough.
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/10/26 23:23:13 (permalink)
    In the baltimore Md area, There are a number of egyptian Pizza places. Quite good w/ wood burning ovens. here topings include Schrama a gyro like meat.
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/12/18 15:09:08 (permalink)
    hey Ace !! what about that other great pizza place on fairfield ave. ???
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/12/18 20:19:03 (permalink)
    Hello Ace, Thanks for the Bridgeport memories. I have been to all of the places you mentioned.
    I have a few Bridgeport favorites myself.
    Besides Famous, which I think was the best Greek style:
    Denito's - Madison Av. Northend. (no longer exists - real Italian style)
    Napoli Pizza, Park Av.

    Say, you East-enders wouldn't happen to have some photos of the old Twin Drive-ins, The Candlelight and the Pix?
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/12/19 07:51:17 (permalink)
    Yes--Marty's Pizza is just down the street from the Bev--a Black Rock newcomer. Must try: the bacon-and-onion pie. Fabulous.

    Ace

    Lotta Bridgeporters here--maybe we should start a new thread!
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2003/12/19 08:07:40 (permalink)
    I've started a new thread in the regional "Where Should I Eat" forum for Bridgeport-area rewsidents, alumni, devotees and drive-byers.

    Stop by and chip in.

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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/16 15:48:19 (permalink)
    We have Athens Pizza here in Atlanta. Thinnish crust, feta cheese, no tomato sauce, pepperoni, green peppers, olives, mushrooms, onions, and some other kind of shaved meat. An acquired taste (the feta cheese throws off the newbies), but a wonderful one.
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/16 16:45:32 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Ace Holleran

    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<div style="border: 1px #999999 solid; background-color: #DCDCDC; padding: 4px;">Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

    Ace, is there still a Jerry's Apizza on Pequonnok (sp) Street in Bridgeport?


    Sorry to say, there is not. And it's Pequonnock, so you're not far off. The old Jerry's had that great sign: "Tomato Pies" outside.

    Very few old apizz' places in Bridgeport: Mario the Baker is still on North Main, by the Brookside Shopping Center, across from Merritt Canteen. Jennie's moved from Grand to Main Street and is now in Monroe. There's a great site for Bridgeport old-timers at http://www.east-enders.itgo.com. It has pictures, old and new--albeit poorly organized. Scroll way down the hompage to get to the link to photos.

    Drop a line sometime--there's an informal web group of Bridgeporters out there.

    Ace
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/16 16:54:14 (permalink)
    Sorry about the blank reply.....I'm new here.
    Ace that website was great.As a fellow Bridgporter I loved it.
    I personnally am not that big a fan of Greek pizza....or as I call it Grease pizza. Beverly is good though. Captains is way too greasy for me.
    some other great BPT pizzarias
    Pizza Time on Madison Ave.--great huge NY style pie.place has been there at least 40 yrs
    Napoli on Park Ave---used to eat there when I was little kid.It is no longer Napoli.New owners I believe.
    San Remo--north end--they are Portuguese but make a heck of a pie and inexpensive.
    Goodfellas Pizza--north end---MY NEW FOUND LOVE.....their Margharite pizza is to die for.I highly suggest this place
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/16 17:17:51 (permalink)
    I have another great Connecticut Greek pizza place -- Post Corner Pizza in Darien, CT on Rt. 1 (Post Road). Great pizza (love how it is cut into squares not wedges, and their salad is so good too!
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/17 10:34:02 (permalink)
    VMS -- We lost our Post Corner in Westport a few years ago and I miss it. While I like a New Haven style pie, or tavern style (like Colony Grill), every once in a while I long for the not too substantial, oily crisp crust of a Greek pie.

    I always thought that pepperoni and onions worked well on a greek style pie. People who don't know the style should be told that the pepperoni is often placed UNDER the cheese.
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/17 10:52:10 (permalink)
    Ridgefield pizza On Route 7 has good greek pizza (Ridgefield, CT). One on my favorite pizza places growing up was Trading Cove Pizza/Isle of Rhodes restaurant in Uncasville, CT. The place is now overshadowed by the Mohegan Sun Casino. I have no idea if they are still in business of if their pizza is still as good as it used to be.
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/17 11:50:00 (permalink)
    For those not in the know, the essential difference between Greek pizza and Italian pizza on the East Coast is the crust. For not only is it made in a pan, you see, the employees line a bunch of pans with dough and leave them somewhere near the oven. So the dough proofs further in the pan, gets softer and more oily and less crusty, almost biscuity sometimes. Greek and Italian pizza are two different animals.

    I think it's cooked at a lower temp than Italian pizza as well. And the toppings seem different, at least when they're cooked. I have noticed over the years that the Greek pizza's cheese is not nearly as good as its counterpart. I think they are blending in some cheddar or other non-approved pizza cheese.

    The best I've had was at the House of Pizza in Worcester MA, followed bu Bell's pizza in Amherst MA.

    Greek pizza is tasty when it's good, but bad Greek pizza boggles the mind, and it's bad more often than it's good.

    Can you tell I've spent a long time thinking about pizza?
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/17 12:21:24 (permalink)
    I had one of these delights while in western Colorado of all places. It was a little place called Dinosaur Pizza in Fruita, CO. Mighty tasty!
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/17 14:33:07 (permalink)
    This thread made my mouth water for an old favorite, and thanks to efuery, I was reminded that we have a good Greek-style pizzeria nearly around the corner for home. So, guess what I had for lunch today? I posted some notes and other pictures in the logbook, and will return to do a review.

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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/17 15:57:56 (permalink)
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    You have a cruel streak in you, don't you Michael?

    that's a good looking pizza.


    It was...

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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/17 16:55:01 (permalink)
    Blame this all on me; I started the thread! Nice work, Michael. I think you have clarified the notion that Greek pizza is NOT a regular pizza with feta, gyro meat, etc. on top, but a pan-baked slider as you have pictured here!

    Ace in Bridgeport, CT
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/17 17:05:36 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Stern

    quote:
    Originally posted by clothier

    You have a cruel streak in you, don't you Michael?

    that's a good looking pizza.


    It was...




    If I don't see grease where an apizza used to be, I'm not a happy camper.
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/17 17:09:23 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Ace Holleran

    Blame this all on me; I started the thread! Nice work, Michael. I think you have clarified the notion that Greek pizza is NOT a regular pizza with feta, gyro meat, etc. on top, but a pan-baked slider as you have pictured here!

    Ace in Bridgeport, CT


    Ace,

    Curiously, Ridgefield Pizza, where I ate the pepperoni one today, does have a "Grecian Pizza" with olives, feta, sliced tomatoes, and oregano. But for me, Greek pizza ALWAYS must have pepperoni.
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/17 17:16:04 (permalink)
    Yes, that's very important to the world.
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    RE: Greek Pizza 2004/02/17 17:52:19 (permalink)
    Perhaps this is evdience that I don't know what I'm talking about, but my favorite Greek pizza approach is this:

    Start with a Greek salad. Where I do Greek pizza--mostly Berkshire County, Mass.--the salad always comes with too much feta. Keep the empty salad vessel, still laden with dressing, feta, onions, and scraps of lettuce, when the pizza arrives. Add some salad detritus to each slice.

    It's brilliant. Really.
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