So, we have people from all over the place that all have their favorite pies, and some will rant and rave about how good Chicago style deep dish is, -vs- New York's thin crust, etc...

My favorites are the original Pizzeria Uno in Chicago, not to be confused with the chain restaurants that are popping up everywhere. I am refering to the one on Ohio Street in River North. The chains use totally different ingredients, crust, etc, and tastes nowhere near the caliber of the original.

Another favorite would be Delorenzo's Tomato Pies on Hudson Street in Trenton. We frequent "Delo's" every Thursday night with a bottle of vino, and it is absolutely to die for.

My old favorite would have been Charlotte's in Barrington, IL which closed when I was a kid. They were located right at Route 14 (Northwest Highway) and Ela Road, and I have fond memories of the place.

All of that said, let your rants and raves begin. Who makes your favorite pie?

-mJ
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I like Pizzeria Regina in Boston’s North End. There are several locations scattered around Boston but I prefer the original store. My favorite pie is the Margherita with tomato sauce, fresh chopped basil with mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheese.

Other favorites include the deep dish cheese and sausage pie from Gino’s in Chicago and Mama Santa’s on Mayfield in Cleveland’s Little Italy.
in Tacoma, WA there was a place relatively close to school called Rock Pasta that actually specialized in wood-fired Pizza's... a girl i was going to school with who was local to the area turned me onto a pizza called the White Christmas - cream sauce, mozzarella, ricotta & swiss seasoned with garlic... mmmm, gnarly

Rock Pasta Wood Fired Pizza

also, when i visited Italy, in the courtyard adjacent to the Trevi Fountain in Rome there was a little pizza place that was very memorable... the pizza was in windowed counters like at a bakery, and you measured how big of a piece you wanted by the distance you placed your hands on the glass... the guy behind the counter would then cut the pizza to that size (it was in big square sheets), wrap in paper, and out you walked with your pizza... probably the best mushroom & pizza dough ever
I've been all over Italy and, to my surprise, the best pizza I found was in one of the most touristy spots in the country: Le Arcate in Anacapri on the isle of Capri. It definitely beat out the famous Neapolitan pizza by a good margin.

The second best I've had is a place like what kumazan described in Rome, but my spot was just north of Termini, the main train station. They had a pizza caprese (raw tomatoes, slightly melted mozzarella and fresh basil) that was to die for. It's all about the quality of the dough.
Cannot identify the best ever - too many good pies - I love all pizza, but as a general rule I prefer:

1. Thin crust, crispy baked at high heat in wood-burning oven

2. NY Style slice pizza - a la Joe's Pizza used to be on Bleecker and 6th Avenue -

3. Deep dish Chicago style - Sicilia's in Providence is perhaps my favorite of this style -
You have to go to the real... the first... the original. That's the one on 12th street and 6th ave. All the others are imposters, and not related.

Nope, never been to Tony Boffa's, but I seem to remember hearing about them. Maybe the Star Ledger Munchmobile did pizza one summer, I'm not sure.
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Originally posted by kumazam:
in Tacoma, WA there was a place relatively close to school called Rock Pasta that actually specialized in wood-fired Pizza's... a girl i was going to school with who was local to the area turned me onto a pizza called the White Christmas - cream sauce, mozzarella, ricotta & swiss seasoned with garlic... mmmm, gnarly

Rock Pasta Wood Fired Pizza


I've had that same pizza at the Lynnwood location. It is pretty good, and they craft their own beers, too.
But as I've never been to Chicago (or NYC, thought I'm heading there in a couple weeks)I'll be the first to admit that I've never had a really 1st class pizza. I did have an unusually good one at an "Italian" place in the Dominican Republic, though. Bleu cheese and bananna slices on a traditional red sauce pizza. Sounds terrible, but tasted great!
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Bleu cheese and bananna slices on a traditional red sauce pizza. Sounds terrible, but tasted great!


It may have tasted good but that is not a pizza Smile

You're probably right.
In retrospect, it may have tasted better because I was lounging on a wide, white, sandy beach next to an azure sea and sipping on a fruity rum drink, while watching the parade of topless eurochicks go by. Cool
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Bleu cheese and bananna slices on a traditional red sauce pizza. Sounds terrible, but tasted great!


It may have tasted good but that is not a pizza

You're probably right.
In retrospect, it may have tasted better because I was lounging on a wide, white, sandy beach next to an azure sea and sipping on a fruity rum drink, while watching the parade of topless eurochicks go by.


THAT would do it Smile
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I've had that same pizza at the Lynnwood location. It is pretty good, and they craft their own beers, too...

that was the 1st cream sauce pizza i ever liked, and being a cheese lover it was delicious... extremely thick & rich, but very tasty
Many times, a group of us drove from NY to Chibougamau for fly-in fishing. (We now go to Nunavut where catch-and-release is required.) On the way north, between Shgawinigan and Roberval, is the town of La Tuque. The main highway splits onto local streets in town. On the right side of the northbound street in the middle of town is an Italian restaurant. We stopped there for dinner once and ordered the special pizza. It was the best I've ever had. Every year thereafter, we stopped there for pizza. When my wife and I were in Quebec City, on a rainy day, I suggested the 100 mile (or so) drive each way for great pizza. She told me I was nuts. Perceptive woman.
di fara's, in brooklyn, by far. but it just got closed AGAIN, due to health violations. so he touches the money and your pie with the same hands.... Eek

grimaldi's a close but definate second. Razz

totonno's third. last time i was there, mario batali was sitting next to us. i think that's a thumbs up... Wink
Haven't been in about 20 years, but Toscas in San Diego was just amazing. Like most things, has probably gone downhill.

I still love Zachary's in Berkeley, and this little bohemian hole in the wall in the SF Fillmore District that I can't quite remember.

But, as several have noted, NYC pizza is amazing, just about anywhere you get it.

A couple in Indy I love, Bazbeaux, and Eh Formagio!
Cool Two examples come to mind. The first was years and years ago, in Oklahoma City, OK. A place called My Pi. Not sure if it's still around, but it was amazing. The second was when I was a kid. My dad, a Yugoslav right off the boat, would, a couple times a year, make pizza at home from scratch. I've not had a pizza to compare...
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Another vote for the Original Ray's - so good my husband even thinks it is worth a trip into the city for a few pies to go. Big Grin Big Grin
K... I don't know if this is what you are refering to, but they also have frozen pies you can take home and cook yourself. We did it once, and baked it on a pizza stone. Not as good as when you get them in the store... but still a heck-of-a pie.


By the way, I should also add another great place...

Papa Dell's in Champaign, IL.
When I was in college the guys in the dorm were arguing about where you got the best pizza. Everyone picked his hometown place.
One summer, a few of us visited another guy, and went to his pizza place, and it was universally agreed that his place was far and away the best.
The place was called "Slices" and was in Jersey City.
Now, this was in around 1972, and I have no idea if it is still there.
actually, i need to shout out to a hole in the wall place in my town called Maria's Italian Deli (not to be confused with the chain Maria's Italian Kitchen)... little Italian deli/restaraunt with ridiculous pizza, and run by Maria herself with a few other older Italian ladies behind the counter. actually they make a crazy good Chopped Salad too but thats another post... two types of pizza - traditional think crust and square, deep dish Sicilian style... i love going in there, type of place where no matter what dish you order your plate is a pile of tomato sauce. Cool when you get your pizza, every time, Maria opens the box for you to see and ALWAYS says, "pretty good, eh?" it's classic... $3.50 pitchers of domestic as well, $4.50 for beers like Sierra Nevada... they have wacky hours too, and the best way to do it is go near closing, order a pitcher and a slice and you inevitably get sent home with the left over pies in the counter Big Grin i love that place and cant believe i forgot about it with this thread
Ok, this is kind of what NOT to do. I'm a native New Yorker (LI) who moved to St Louis about 10 years ago for work. One week in, my roommates and I (all just moved in from out of town), needed pizza.

So, just down the street was a place we saw called Imo's - looked like a pizza place, can't be too bad, right? Go in, smells ok, order a large, get the box, go home.

When we opened the box we saw: a round circle with cheese and sauce right to the edges CUT IN SQUARES?!??*&$!!? The crust was thin, with no body or chew. Basically, to a New Yorker, it was a large matzo covered in crap, like the worst appetizer you can imagine. The cheese is some abomination that sticks to the roof of your mouth (what the hell is provel cheese?).

I later find out this Imo's is actually a chain.

Don't eat pizza in St Louis.
Al Forno's - in Providence, Rhode Island - best grilled pizza.

Geppetos' - in Georgetown, DC (now long gone) - they put the most awesome amount of pepperoni on a pizza I had ever seen.

Somewhere in Milwaukee - an incredible deep dish pie. I wish I could remember the name.

Getting decent pizza in South Florida is next to impossible.
I can't believe none of you New Yorkers have mentioned Lombardi's yet. Their meatball pizza with a little bit of extra garlic is my favorite pie in the city. Manhattan, that is. Grimaldi's, Di Fara's and Totonno's are all great as well. And T-Bird, I think Di Fara's has reopened (for the second or third time in a month it would seem).
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Al Forno's - in Providence, Rhode Island - best grilled pizza.

Geppetos' - in Georgetown, DC (now long gone) - they put the most awesome amount of pepperoni on a pizza I had ever seen.

Somewhere in Milwaukee - an incredible deep dish pie. I wish I could remember the name.

Getting decent pizza in South Florida is next to impossible.


Lots of good options if you came further South.
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I can't believe none of you New Yorkers have mentioned Lombardi's yet. Their meatball pizza with a little bit of extra garlic is my favorite pie in the city. Manhattan, that is. Grimaldi's, Di Fara's and Totonno's are all great as well. And T-Bird, I think Di Fara's has reopened (for the second or third time in a month it would seem).


As former residents of Manhattan, MLV and I have always liked Lombardis. I think it has gone down hill since it expanded though. I remember eating there in 95 or so, on the roof in the summer drinking anchor steams - it was great.
Agreed that it doesn't seem to be what it used to since the expansion, but I half suspect it's merely the idea of the refurbished and expanded venue that makes the pizza seem slightly less transcendent - that's why I only get it via delivery now. Smile

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