The taste of New York style pizza....

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  1. stringertom

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    While in NYC here's a sure-fire way to discover great pizza...take any subway line to any of the three connected boroughs from Manhattan. Get off at a busy station (King's Hwy. on the "D" in Brooklyn is a prime example). Walk upstairs/downstairs (as that line is elevated there) and look for a real close-by pizza shop...the closer-in ones pay big rent and they can't survive selling garbage product. I guarantee it will be the best stuff you'll ever eat!
     
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  2. adamX012

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    Which restaurant are you talking about in Bay Area? Why don't you come to NY and figure it out? or, ask for FedEx delivery.
     
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  3. sureshs

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    Everybody knows that Chicago pizza is the best
     
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  4. adamX012

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    Hello Sureshe, how are you doing? I don't eat pizza anymore to keep a nice shape! I know Chicago pizza is the best... I had that a lot when I was a student not far from Chicago though :)
     
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  5. adamX012

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    OP, go to NY to have a NY pizza. Go to chicago to have a chicago pizza. my 2 cents :)
     
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  6. LeeD

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    Hey GS...
    Do you like Cheeseboard pizza? Vine and Shattuck in Berkeley?
    Or Betty's pizza by the slice? At 4th st. and Hearst in Berkeley?
    I find them much better than Zachary's Pizza's, almost as thick, but without the crunchy crust.
     
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  7. GS

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    Yep, Cheeseboard and Betty's slices are much better than Zachary's. Zach makes a mean deep-dish pie, though.
     
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  8. heycal

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    Sounds iffy... Not unlike the advice that one should eat where one sees trucks on the highway since truckers know the best places. Skeptics would say truckers eat where they can park.
     
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  9. Bartelby

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    There's a website for everything including pizza reviews for NYC.
     
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  10. volleygirl

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    No pizza compares to the pizza I have had in NY. The closest thing I have had to it is a pizza shop in Evansville Indiana from a guy who moved down there from NY.
     
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  11. LuckyR

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    Coal fired is the hottest oven and leads to a very different crust (and cooks wicked fast, since it is thin to start with) than gas. There are likely very few coal ovens outside of NYC.

    Wood fired ovens are almost as hot and are all over the country, but usually are used on nouveau (read: thicker) pizza, which IMO loses the potential impact of the hotter oven.

    Gas ovens are the norm and can produce any quality of pizza from trash to great, but cannot duplicate coal fired NYC pizza, by definition.
     
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  12. Bartelby

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    Yes, the coal has to be the biggest factor. Cuisines usually develop when traditions come to terms with new environments.
     
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  13. BeGreat

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    i lived in ny for about 10 years, in rego park. i could go to any pizzaria there, or any of the other boroughs, and all the pizzas tasted almost identical. all incomparably good. same exact taste! same consistency in sauce, same type of dough...it was as if there was one magical place where all the orders from across nyc were taken.

    here in canada, pizza is not the same. there are great pizzas here, as i'm assuming there are in any other country or city. but, that taste that was particular to nyc is nowhere to be found. i have yet to solve this mystery.
     
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  14. SoBad

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    This is one of the craziest things I have read on this forum. Why would you even eat pizza if you’re blessed with a home in rego park? You have a nice Shurpa for breakfast, maybe lamb shashlyk twice a day, manty, chebureki, that sort of thing…
     
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  15. Fugazi

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    Best pizza I've had, by far, was a Napolitan pizza from a pretty well known place in Barcelona, which was recommended by the Lonely Planet. It was incredible: the dough melted in your mouth, the sauce was simple yet effective (San Marzano tomatoes I suppose), and the cheese was amazing (bufflon cheese). No other pizza that I've had in Montreal comes remotely close.
     
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  16. Nuke

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    Um, yeah. So many NYC pizzerias get the same provisions from the Roma delivery trucks, and cook the pizzas in the same Bari ovens. Of course a lot of them taste the same.
     
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  17. hollywood9826

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    I played a wiffle ball tourney one time in Brewster NY. We went to get somehtign to eat and drove by this little pizza shop at the bottom of what looked like a ski slope. It was somewhere in CT around Danbury. It was called Rocco's Pizza and it was the best pie I have ever had.

    Im pretty sure this is the place.

    http://roccosrestaurant.net/

    Next closest place is right by house in perryville MD. Old school pizza shop called Ercole's. Get the Roma deliveries like any other respectable pizza shop.


    And there are tons of places in Norhern PA that have coal fired ovens. The closer you get to the mountains west in PA the more coal you see. I had a pie in Sunbury one time that was pretty good cooked from coal fired oven.
     
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  18. heycal

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    Really? Shocker.
     
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  19. Fugazi

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    lolll It's not like Montreal is a village!
     
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