NYC-style thin crust pizza
- Ian Jul 8, 2004 11:26 AM
I'll be in Toronto in a few weeks and was wondering if anyone knows of good, thin crust, NYC-style pizza there. Preferably cooked in a brick oven.
First, I have to say I don't know what a NYC-style pizza is. All I know, in TO yellow pages, a place called New York Pizza, 96 Gerrard St. East, advertises "authentic Italian Food". Their Phone No.: 416-977-1836 - Hope you find what you want!
I've lived in the Toronto-area my whole life, with they exception of the last few years - in NYC.
I've never seen or tried pizza in Ontario that vaguely resembles NY pizza. Why... I'm not sure. But I think your best bet is to try and forget about a NY style pizza, and try and enjoy good "Canadian pizza" for what it is (although, man, it's tough when you've had a good NY pie).
Lombardi's on Spring Street is the city's oldest pizzeria (1905), albeit at slightly a new location. Amazing (try the meatballs)
Patsy's (Harlem location - don't be afraid) is another terrific, very simple-style New York pie.
If you want to cross over into Brooklyn, give Grimaldi's a try, then swing by the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
(and if you're in the mood for the ultimate Chowhound experience, take the rather extended trip to the Coney Island area for a square slice at DiFara's)
The key to a New York pie is the relationship of the crust to the sauce to the cheese. I find the tendency in Canada is to load up pizzas with a ton of toppings. Try to avoid this in New York - single item pizzas cook a lot more evenly, and you'll get a much better end result.
Have fun! (and be sure to comb the Manhattan and outer borough boards for a zillion great recs)
Never been to New York, but for thin crust, we love ordering from Gerrard Pizza (Daforth and Coxwell). Very thin crust, delicious toppings. They don't deliver however; eat in or pick up only.