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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Originally posted by Hunter:

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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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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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.

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