Your favorite pizza places?

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Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/09/23 13:05:20
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My Partner ...he loves Donatos in Ohio....are you sure that McD's owns them and not Wendy's???
Donato's is owned by McDonald's. Donato's founder Jim Grote sold the company to McDonald's a few years ago, but he still runs it.
plumgoodie
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/09/29 20:42:22
If you are in Connecticut....Heaven is a clam pie at Pepe's.
Ace Holleran
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/01 16:29:17
quote:
Originally posted by Willly

Let's not forget Colony Grill in Stamford CT.
Ace Holleran
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/01 16:31:19
Forgot to add to the quote. Don't even talk to me about East of Chicago pizza in Ohio.

Sure, I LOVE Saltine crust with Chef Boyardee sauce.

Go to Colony, Pepe's, Modern, Luigi's--all in Southern CT. Then tell me about pizza.

Ace in CT
tamandmik
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/01 16:38:54
quote:
Originally posted by Ace Holleran

Forgot to add to the quote. Don't even talk to me about East of Chicago pizza in Ohio.

Sure, I LOVE Saltine crust with Chef Boyardee sauce.

Go to Colony, Pepe's, Modern, Luigi's--all in Southern CT. Then tell me about pizza.

Ace in CT


I've been to Pepe's and stand by the white clam being the all time champion. But I have never heard about Luigi's. Do tell about this restuarant. Is it worth a switch the next time I go through CT? There was another topic in the Miscellaneous forum about how far you would drive, and I forgot to site Pepe's. I have driven from NJ to New Haven just to have the white clam pie. Is Luigi's just as good?
FrankieShots
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/08 14:20:58
In NYC, Lombardi's on Spring St and John's on Bleecker St
In Brooklyn, Patsy Grimaldi's on Old Fulton and Totonno's in Coney Island...BTW, Lombardi's started it all with the first pizzeria in the U.S. opened in 1905...Totonno, Patsy and John all apprenticed under him...
Kristi S.
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/08 15:48:01
Dumpy but good-old Little Italy in a strip shopping center in St. Pete, FL. Big, salty, cheesy pies and killer Stromboli.
emmymom
Hamburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/08 17:24:52
Almost any Brooklyn Pizza is good - huge greasy slices - it is a genre to itself. Cool to see Lenny's Pizza on 86th St. mentioned - it was the pizzaria at the beginning of "Saturday Night Fever"!

I was thrilled to see CheeseWit mention HiWay Pizza in State College PA. That was my ORIGINAL pizza, and the standard by which I judge all others (grew up there.) Square slices, somewhat thick crust, just really good!

The Ray's Pizza on 11th St. and 6th Ave. in Manhattan is the REAL one - beware of many, many imitators. Good stuff.

Grotto Pizza in Delaware, especially in Rehoboth Beach, is reliably excellent. Although they are somewhat chintzy with their toppings.

But my all time favorite is Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizza. I know, I know, it's a chain -- but the thin crispy crust, roasted tomato sauce, fresh basil, and balls (not grated) of fresh mozzarella get me every time.
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/10 21:18:21
quote:
Originally posted by tamandmik

quote:
Originally posted by shaynas_mom


Over here in Jersey, I can say that so far I like Masso's pizza the best. Masso's has a deli on one side, the pizza, roast pork, steak sandwiches, etc., on the other side with inside seating (nothing fancy; "luncheonette-ish"), and, in a separate building, a custard and water ice stand with outside tables. It's in historic Gibbsboro, NJ, on beautiful Route 561, across from where they park the school buses.






Shayna's_Mom:
Masso's sounds interesting. I would love to try some. I don't know the area very well, though. Could you give me directions from Springdale Ave, heading south? I would definitely like to go there soon!



I'm sorry for not getting back to you sooner. To Masso's: Just take Springdale Road south till you reach Route 561 (also known as Haddonfield-Berlin Road, also known as Berlin Road, also known as Lakeview Drive or whatever they renamed it). Get in the left turn lane. You'll see a Fleet Bank on your left when you're getting into that lane. After you turn left on 561, you'll be passing a shopping center on your right with an Acme in it, and also you will see the marquee for the Ritz Theatre. Keep going and it won't be long at all. When you see that split-off in the road with the Shell station, make sure you just stay on 561 and the Shell Station should remain on your right. Pass the American Legion post (or is that a VFW?) and you should see Masso's coming right up on the right, after the cricket field. It's a neighborhood kind of place, so come as you are. If you need a menu I can try to stop by this weekend and grab one & scan it to you. Let me know!

Harriet (Shayna's Mom)
Argent
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/10 23:04:04
Local to the Wash dc area , We have 3-4 Il fornos , All wood burning Fresh made on site sauce and dough, Wide varityof topings , My favorite in the area,
TFitz
Hamburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/11 09:26:01
In Baltimore, my favorite place is Matthew's pizza on Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. It's been around since the 40's and it hasn't changed. Agree with the other posters on Pepe's in New Haven, Geno's East in Chicago. Had a bad experience at Lombardi's in NYC. The service was rushed and the pizza was cold.
Sugarkube
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/12 12:35:26
Well, if any of you ever come to Waco...go to Mazzio's. It's the best we've found here. Anyone from Harrisburg,PA? I have a question for you.
spadoman
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/14 15:36:59
I'm making a list of all these places and if I ever get to travel to any of em', i'm stoppin'!

Here in Minnesota, pizza is not the best, at least I haven't found "to die for" pizza like in Chicago or New York.

Frankie Brocolli has a slice of new york place in Hermosa beach, CA. It is really good pizza.You could get it by the slice so I think that's the name of the place, but I'm not sure. (short term memory loss, I lived there in 1997)
Otherwise, if anyone has had a good pioe in Minneapolis, let me know. I've done most all of them in St. Paul.
BTW, even though Punch, the Napolitan wood fired pizza place in St Paul is very very good, I guess when I think of pizza, i'm thinking traditional red sauce w/ cheese.
peppertree
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/18 19:34:02
quote:
Originally posted by peppertree

quote:
Originally posted by arbusjones

Finding good pizza or any Italian food in Minnesota is like finding good skiing in Miami in
August. However, Cossetta's at 211 7TH ST W near Downtown St.Paul is pretty good.



Look up my post on Sammy's Pizza. They are all over Minnesotta and a few other nearby states. I am from Brooklyn, NY and I KNOW pizza. They are very good and are worth a road-trip.



I wish there was a Sammy's near me. I went to one in Winona. Is 100 miles too much to travel for a good pizza? There may be a Sammy's closer to you.
peppertree
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/18 19:49:03
Look what I found.

http://www.sammyspizzahibbing.com/
peppertree
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/18 19:58:22
And this for Winona, Minn.

http://www.winonaradio.com/sammys/pizza.shtml
oldfrt
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/10/31 23:55:43
We live in Colorado now and are having a hard time finding a "good" pizza. So far the only ones that we have come up with are Beaujo's Pizza, which has several locations but the one we like the best is in Idaho Springs. Here in the town the closest thing to a good pizza is Granelli's Pizza (the owner originates from the Southside of Chicago.

Chicago is the place for pizza. We love JC's Pub in Crestwood for their Garden Pizza with lots of ingredients and the thinnest of crusts. Also, Traverso's in Orland Park (Far South Suburbs) great pizza with a bottle of Ruffino Chianti.

Going back in the past I remember pizza at Giovanni's which was the best pizza. The grease just sat on the top but the flavor was the best and so were the seasonings. Also, Nino's Pizza and of course Chucks Pizza (which brings back a lot memories) There are just too many great pizza places to mentions. But Chicago is the place for pizza along with beef sandwiches and great hot dogs......

Pat and Don
Castle Rock, Colorado
olphart
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/12/31 17:33:08
The Chicken Caesar Salad pizza from Romeo’s in Austin.
The “Blondie” pizza from Spaghetti Western in Houston.

Is anybody here from Dallas? Wondering if anyone has tried Pappas Pizza there. They used to have two Pappamia’s in Houston but they both closed. They had marvelous pizza there. I was wondering how their new pizza place is.
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/12/31 17:54:33
It USED to be Teatro Pizza on West 44th Street in NYC before they abruptly closed this year. In my neck of the woods, it's Pizza Paradiso either on Dupont Circle or in the Georgetown section both in Washington, D.C.
DanaJ
Hamburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/12/31 19:07:41
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Originally posted by tamandmik

recently had
#4 PeacePizza. WOW! There is one nearby my house in Haddonfield NJ, that I will have to make a return trip to, after enjoying slices at the King Prussia PA location. This Friday night sounds good!


It sounds familiar. I think I've probably passed it many times when I'm in the KOP area.
I'm trying to remember where exactly it is.
Cheesewit, is this the place you're referring to. What makes it so good, and I'm guessing this means giving it a try!
DanaJ
Hamburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/12/31 19:16:34
We have a Donato's by me that just opened up not too long ago. I have never tried it. Just never had the urge to do so.
That's weird that it's owned by McDonald's" />
45013
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2003/12/31 23:38:41
quote:
Originally posted by DanaJ

We have a Donato's by me that just opened up not too long ago. I have never tried it. Just never had the urge to do so.
That's weird that it's owned by McDonald's" />


Not long ago I heard that Mickey-D's sold the Donato's concept back to its original owner, Jim Grote.
DanaJ
Hamburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/01 05:01:04
Talk about confusing. Any ideas on why they sold it back to the original owner?
45013
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/01 20:23:57
quote:
Originally posted by DanaJ

Talk about confusing. Any ideas on why they sold it back to the original owner?


My only guess is that the people at McDonald's thought that Donato's wouldn't be as profitable as their Boston Market and Chipotle brands, Dana. Then again, I think Donato's has a rosier future than Boston Market.
JimInKy
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/01 21:06:43
The pizza landscape in Lexington was deplorable until Joe Bologna moved here from Detroit. Before Joe arrived, most people here had never had a really good pizza. Joe Bologna's Restaurant - housed in a former synagogue - still turns out terrific pies.
CheeseWit
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/02 00:10:41
quote:
Originally posted by DanaJ

quote:
Originally posted by tamandmik

recently had
#4 PeacePizza. WOW! There is one nearby my house in Haddonfield NJ, that I will have to make a return trip to, after enjoying slices at the King Prussia PA location. This Friday night sounds good!


It sounds familiar. I think I've probably passed it many times when I'm in the KOP area.
I'm trying to remember where exactly it is.
Cheesewit, is this the place you're referring to. What makes it so good, and I'm guessing this means giving it a try!


DanaJ: Peace a Pizza is in Ardmore, Rosemont, Wayne, and other locations including KofP. I like the crust and I'm wild about their wild toppings. You have got to try some of the chicken based toppings including bbq, ranch chicken, buffalo chicken with bleu cheese, etc.
Try it, you'll like it!
Check out their website: www.peacepizza.com
DanaJ
Hamburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/02 02:20:46
Thanks cheezewit for the info!
I'm a vegetarian so I won't be trying the chicken pizza. If we do go I'll let my SO know, since he really likes chicken.

I know I've seen it before recently, but it's one of those deals where I can't rememeber exactly where it was.

I'll check out the website:)
DanaJ
Hamburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/02 02:29:54
Oh okay now that I checked out the website, I remember where I saw the one location. It was on Gulph Rd in KOP.
I had no idea there was one in Exton. I work about 5 miles from Exton, so there are a few easily accessable locations:) I am going to have to check this place out. Some of those pizzas sound really good
RC51Mike
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/05 15:56:47
Never thougtht of Grotto's as good pizza. Pizza by the shore should be excluded because anything tastes palatable in the salt air. When my son was about five he had a slice of Grotto's and pointing to the oily pool on top, proudly and authoritatively announced, "See that Dad? That's the grease!" He has long since developed a more refined appreciation for pizza.
45013
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/06 00:40:32
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Originally posted by RC51Mike

Never thougtht of Grotto's as good pizza. Pizza by the shore should be excluded because anything tastes palatable in the salt air. When my son was about five he had a slice of Grotto's and pointing to the oily pool on top, proudly and authoritatively announced, "See that Dad? That's the grease!" He has long since developed a more refined appreciation for pizza.


Grotto has four locations in the Scranton-Wilkes Barre area of Pennsylvania. Check out [url]www.grottopizza.com[/url], as well as [url]www.grottopizzapa.com[/url].

I happened to order pizza from the Wilkes-Barre location four years ago, and it was pretty darn good!
bravehearteire
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/22 00:59:37
In Atlanta, the best place is Marcellos Pizza and Subs on Roswell Road. It's perfect!
Oz Pizza in Decatur GA is a close second.
And I'll always remember Pappy's Pizza and Oregano Alley in Virginia.....RIP.
But for a chain, Donato's was great, even though they didn't last down here. Who would have though McDonalds could make good pizza?
peppertree
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/24 20:56:43
What about Pappa Gino's in the Boston area? I have not had a slice there for over five years. Are they any better than they used to be?
spweimerskirch
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/24 21:18:12
Pizza,
Secret Pizza Place In Chicago that not many people know about "Brick's Pizza" it's close to Lincoln Park and is out of this world. When I lived in the city it was an once a week stop. Loved it.
S
zussers
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/31 21:18:16
The best pizza in East Tennessee is Big Ed's Pizza in Oak Ridge(Just outside of Knoxville)! The atmosphere can't be beat! On Friday/Saturday nights, people are lining up outside the door just to get in. They don't really even have a menu! There's no such thing as an apetizer at Big Ed's! Its just pizza, beer and softdrinks! You eat off of little paper plates! Its the kind of place where you can watch the pizza being made and if someone is having a birthday the whole restaurant sings! It's mostly a local hangout but definately worth the trip!
JimInKy
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/01/31 23:16:53
quote:
Originally posted by zussers

The best pizza in East Tennessee is Big Ed's Pizza in Oak Ridge(Just outside of Knoxville)! The atmosphere can't be beat! On Friday/Saturday nights, people are lining up outside the door just to get in. They don't really even have a menu! There's no such thing as an apetizer at Big Ed's! Its just pizza, beer and softdrinks! You eat off of little paper plates! Its the kind of place where you can watch the pizza being made and if someone is having a birthday the whole restaurant sings! It's mostly a local hangout but definately worth the trip!

I was in Oak Ridge on a sentimental, sightseeing visit not too long ago, and we never thought about Big Ed's until after we returned home. Boo.
Route 11
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/01 10:47:28
I miss Western Mass. pizza. Ciro's, Family, Roma, Village..and of course Papa Ginos, which is long gone but not forgotten.

See? Now I'm hungry.
anselmo1
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/01 22:49:42
The Buffalo, New York areas has some of the best pizzerias in the country. Here are my ratings for the area:

1. Dino's Bocce Club---established in 1946 Amherst, NY
2. Just Pizza---Buffalo, NY
3. Bozanna's Pizzeria--Clarence, NY
4. Mazia's Pizzeria----Clarence, NY
5. Mattina's Pizza-----Kenmore, NY
6. Besta Pizza---------Getzville, NY
7. Martino's Pizza-----Kenmore, NY
8. Pizza Junction------N. Tonawanda, NY
9. Sorrentio's Pizza---Williamsville, NY
10. La Nova Pizza-------Buffalo, NY

The price for cheese & pepperoni large pizza ranges in price from $6.99 to $12.75. Of course Buffalo is noted for its chicken wings which are usually part of a pizza/wing combo. The best chicken wings period are in the Buffalo, NY area.
peppertree
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/02 17:13:08
quote:
Originally posted by pdxyyz

Marco's Pizza St Ann de Bellevue west island Montreal. DOn't know if it's still there. It was good enough that when my mother would travel home to visit her parents she would pick up 5 half cooked and drive 300 miles back home.

Capone's in Tualatin Oregon. Great all around Italian place.

Escape from New York Pizza, 23rd St, Portland Oregon. Massive NY pizza by the slice.




I have eaten at Escape From NY Pizza in Portland and on Haight St. in San Francisco and I was impressed. They have a memorable west coast pizza.

capnhank
Hamburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/02 19:18:28
Really? Escape from NY? I'd always sort of ranked them with Blondie's, but not quite up to the Arinell standard for NY-style pizza in the Bay Area.
Given the choice (on the West Coast, that is), I'll take North Beach Pizza any day! Super greasy, excellent crust, mmmm.
I also really like Zachary's in Oakland, but that's such an oddball pizza. Not really a deep dish, not really a stuffed pizza; it's very good, though. Think of it as somewhere between a pizza and a lasagne.
Sorry, New Yorkers! I know that's not "real" pizza. Our California minds must be addled by all this sunshine.
loyalmac
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/11 23:50:03
i am from CT but live in CO now. I have been desperately seeking New Haven style pizza for three long years with no success. Any suggestions? I live in the Denver area, but am willing to travel....I NEED MY PIZZA!!! Places I have tried here are: Beau Jo's (ok, not great...crust is too grainy) Woody's (just not right) and a few other mom&pop places that had a cardboard crust.

I have a new favorite in New Haven, BAR on crown street. Their pizza is excellent, and the service exists! Plus they have a great selection of beer. In the end, pizza should be served on a cookie sheet.

Thanks,

loyal
oldfrt
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/13 21:30:52
LOYAL, I live here also. From Chicago and the pizza is not what we are used to in Chicago and NY. Found a place that is close and good stuff. Fiorie's just North of Holly and County Line Road if you live near Denver. The owners are from Chicago and make a pretty good thin crust pizza!

The place is in a mall on the Northeast side of the intersection and is also a bar. (Sportstbar)

Email me and I can find out exactly where if you need help.

Don
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/15 10:19:45
quote:
Originally posted by capnhank

Really? Escape from NY? I'd always sort of ranked them with Blondie's, but not quite up to the Arinell standard for NY-style pizza in the Bay Area.
Given the choice (on the West Coast, that is), I'll take North Beach Pizza any day! Super greasy, excellent crust, mmmm.
I also really like Zachary's in Oakland, but that's such an oddball pizza. Not really a deep dish, not really a stuffed pizza; it's very good, though. Think of it as somewhere between a pizza and a lasagne.
Sorry, New Yorkers! I know that's not "real" pizza. Our California minds must be addled by all this sunshine.

Hank --didnt know Arinells was still around--remember their grand opening--i was delighted to find real pizza in Calif---but after a few yrs i beleive the place was sold because both the locations i went to went downhill rapidly. How are they doing as of late?
kathyb
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/20 01:13:06
First time posting; all the Chicago places mentioned do far are really good (Lou Malnati's, Giordano's, Gino's, Uno/Due, etc), and visitors are encouraged to try any of them, but the best, to me, has got to be Pal Joey's in West Chicago (not the West SIDE of Chicago). In a small strip mall on the south side of Rt 38 (Roosevelt Rd) just before Rt 59. Great crust (I've only had thick), sauce kind of sweet, fresh ingredients. The favorite of mine and my husband's for over 20 years.
Howard Baratz
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/20 11:09:51
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Originally posted by kathyb

First time posting; all the Chicago places mentioned do far are really good (Lou Malnati's, Giordano's, Gino's, Uno/Due, etc), and visitors are encouraged to try any of them, but the best, to me, has got to be Pal Joey's in West Chicago (not the West SIDE of Chicago). In a small strip mall on the south side of Rt 38 (Roosevelt Rd) just before Rt 59. Great crust (I've only had thick), sauce kind of sweet, fresh ingredients. The favorite of mine and my husband's for over 20 years.


My wife grew up in West Chicago and has always stated that Pal Joey's is her favorite pizza place of all time. We make sure to go there whenever we visit her folks, who still live in the area. She loves the deep dish with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Green Olives. The green olive thing sounded weird to me but the salty tang of the olives really added to the flavor. Good call, kathyb.
sauceman
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/20 12:22:57
zussers:

Glad to know Big Ed's in Oak Ridge is still thriving. I used to eat there when Big Ed himself lurked around the place. He had to be one of the widest humans I've seen. It was always fun to go there and watch the engineers from the federal facilities attempt to unwind.

Fred Sauceman
Johnson City, Tennessee
forurlungsonly
Hamburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/24 11:33:36
I live in Albany now, but Orange County, New York is "home," and when I'm home I make sure to have at least one meal from Main Street Pizza in Chester (located on Route 94). The owner is Portugese and everything he makes is delicious. I've had pastas, pizzas, if he makes it, I'll eat it! This is my absolute favorite.
BPTHC
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/02/24 12:14:23
quote:
Originally posted by anselmo1

The Buffalo, New York areas has some of the best pizzerias in the country. Here are my ratings for the area:

1. Dino's Bocce Club---established in 1946 Amherst, NY
2. Just Pizza---Buffalo, NY
3. Bozanna's Pizzeria--Clarence, NY
4. Mazia's Pizzeria----Clarence, NY
5. Mattina's Pizza-----Kenmore, NY
6. Besta Pizza---------Getzville, NY
7. Martino's Pizza-----Kenmore, NY
8. Pizza Junction------N. Tonawanda, NY
9. Sorrentio's Pizza---Williamsville, NY
10. La Nova Pizza-------Buffalo, NY

The price for cheese & pepperoni large pizza ranges in price from $6.99 to $12.75. Of course Buffalo is noted for its chicken wings which are usually part of a pizza/wing combo. The best chicken wings period are in the Buffalo, NY area.


There are just to many to list in CT
Anselmo1 as in Phil Anselmo ???
marcbla
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/03/03 11:16:33
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Originally posted by stanpnepa

Old Forge, PA style. Square pies (we call 'em "trays") with a slightly sweet, tomato-laden sauce. Cheeses are often a blend from American (somehow it works) to Monterey Jack. It's goopy, it works...and it tastes like nowhere else.
i like the victory pig's pie best!
Burp!
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/03/05 00:03:09
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Originally posted by john_1

San Diego is not the pizza capital of anywhere, but a couple stand out.

One is Di Crescenzo's in Rancho Bernardo. They have pretty good Italian Beef sandwiches too. Not as good as in Chicago, but pretty good.

Another is a chain, though I don't know how big they are. I do like BJ's Pizza. I know they have at least a couple in San Diego (one is in La Jolla in La Jolla Village Square, or whatever it's called now.

I used to work at Royal Menu in Riverside, IL, and loved their pizza and Italian beef sandwiches. I don't know how they ever made a profit 'cause I was always dipping into the beef with chunks of bread.

Went to colleg in Champaign IL at UIUC. We are planning a trip back there and Papa Del's is high on the list.

Anybody have any other suggestions for San Diego? I will have to check out the rest of this list.




As a small kid growing up in the early seventies, the parents of my best friend across the street took us to a small hole-in-the-wall place in Cardiff. It was very greasy, but verrrah good! We ate there until around high school, and then for some unknown reason we stopped going there. On my most recent trip down to SD over X-Mas, I saw that it was still there, and looked to be still w/o any corporate parents. I checked a website for an address just before writing this suggestion, and according to the site this place has now been in business for 39 years. That's got to count for something in a business as brutal as the restaurant business.

Besta Wan Pizza House
148 Aberdeen Dr.
Cardiff, Ca.
jamesb
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/03/05 01:01:42
Franzone's in Bridgeport, PA I live in Oregon now and have for years but I still keep a menu of theirs around and wish they would deliver. Thin , bubbly crust, good sauce, try the mushroom pizza, and have a birch beer while you"re at it.
jjessers
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/03/06 15:36:43
I have to say, I am bias to Brooklyn Pizza.
Lenny's on 86th st. in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn is the best.
The crust is the right thickness, the sauce is great. Over all a great pie. Not to mention the specialty pies. WOW so goooood, and off track slightly , the rice balls are the best I've ever eaten.
peppertree
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/03/20 20:30:38
I like Lenny's on 86th Street. It has everything that a great pizza should have. Even an el overhead (subway).

Have you ever tried another Lenny's? There is one on Fifth Ave. next to the Prospect Expwy and a Lenny's in Queens near Queens Blvd. and the Queens Mall.

Lenny has turned out to be a good name for pizza.
Shara
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/03/20 21:35:15
I grew up in central New Jersey, where you can get wonderful "Tomato Pie." This regional specialty (few places outside the Trenton, NJ area make it I think) is very thin crispy crust--but nicely chewy edges--with a sauce made from olive oil and fresh tomatos and very little to no cheese. It is really really really good.

The place to get it is Delorenzo's on Hudson Street in the Chambersburg (Little Italy) section of Trenton. It's always mobbed and tiny (and no bathrooms!) so most folks--who stand on line in all weather to get this stuff--do take out.

A very good pizza (thin crust and a bit more cheese) can be had at another Delorenzo's (different owners but same family) on Hamilton Avenue in Trenton.
tfrielin
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/04/13 13:53:15


The best pizza I ever ate was at Cafe Italiano on 20th St. in downtown Birmingham. It was the sauce--it was really dark and almost bitter. I have no idea what made it so distinctive but it was great. And lots of cheese that covered the sausages so they stood out as bumps on the pizza.

It was run by the family of one of my classmates (Bobby Williams are you out there somewhere and do you have your Mother's pizza sauce recipe?). This was in the mid '60s.

Cafe Italiano is long gone, but what I wouldn't give to relive one of those meals my family ate there all those years ago.
lmariaschneider
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/04/13 15:05:21
I agree that Mineo's and Aiello's in Squirrel Hill are great Pittsburgh pizzas. For some yummy, idiosyncratic Pittsburgh pies:

Jioio's in Greensburg and Latrobe, PA for a thin, slightly sweet pastry crust pizza that is best eaten in. If you take it home, heat it on a baking sheet to restore the crust's full glory.

Stroll Inn in Kennedy Township, PA for a Sicilian-style rectangular pie with a bright-tasting tomatoey sauce and plenty of quality toppings. Try the sausage--it's excellent, local hot sausage.

Aaahh... a Jioio's EBA (everything but anchovies) or a Stroll Inn sausage, pepperoni and extra cheese! Add some beer, and experience heaven. In my twisted opinion, anyway...

Lauren
Willly
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/04/13 15:27:21
Frank Pepes
Sallys
Colony Grill
Modern
Roseland

All within an easy drive...
mikeyjake
Junior Burger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/05/19 13:02:13
Any list leaving out Joe's can't possibly compete. Plus, Merrick over Grimaldi's? Who we kidding?
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Originally posted by wanderingjew

This is a tough decision, but here it goes.

1. Famous Rays NYC (the one on 6th ave and 12th street)
2. Di Fara's Brooklyn NY on Avenue J
3. Violetta's Merrick NY
4. Mineo's Pittsburgh PA
5. Pepe's New Haven CT


How about the worst

1. Every Chain (pizza hut, domino's, godfathers, little ceasar, etc
2. Every local pizza joint in Seattle (believe me, I tried them all
santacruz
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/05/19 15:35:37
As a kid growing up in the 50's I used to love a great little place called Rickies in North Troy N.Y. very simple thin pizza with sauce that must have been cooked for days.

Also in Lansingburgh N.Y. a place called Verdile's FANTASTIC WHITE PIZZA (not greek) I think they are still there.

Out here in the bay area it's the Cheeseboard in Berkeley, Not New York but one of the best in the west.

Also great pan pizza's from Binghamton NY area it might be Vestal Bakery, They are huge and delicious square baked.
DinoS
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/05/19 16:32:01
If you're ever in Milwaukee, Fillipo's on Lincoln is the best that city has to offer. So says my friend Ando, who hasn't figured out how to post to this forum.

Dino
tonemonster2
Cheeseburger
RE: Your favorite pizza places? 2004/05/19 16:32:58
quote:
Frank Pepes
Sallys
Colony Grill
Modern
Roseland


Amen to the Colony !
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