I have a confession. I've moved to NYC from the South and haven't really enjoyed any of the pizza everyone raves about. I just got used to the thick-crusted pizzas with multiple toppings of the South. Am I the only one like this? Anyone have good recommendations for some spectacular pizza places in NYC?
Here's my rant on pizza from my blog:
I think maybe stick to Sbarro pizza shops or Famiglia's. They fall somewhere between the stuff you described down south and the "decent" stuff we crave up here. I really think it's the toppings you're hooked on. In NYC, when NY'ers speak about good pizza, they're speaking highly about the sauce, the crust, and lastly, the cheese. Toppings always come last. I think eventually you'll come around.
I think there's a chance that you may, as you propose on your blog, might not be a pizza person. There's nothing wrong with preferring toppings on your pizza, of course, but if you find yourself bored with plain ones, then either you're not a pizza person or you're not eating the right pizzas. I suggest that you try Patsy's on 116th and 1st Ave., which I think is better than the two you tried, but especially Di Fara's in Brooklyn. The latter has a thicker crust and has some wonderful toppings. But it's going to be hard to find the kind of pizza slathered with five kinds of meat that the big chains provide.
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Try John's of Bleeker (Bleeker between 6th and 7th) - very popular, thicker-crust "american-style" pizza. Enjoy!
There is still hope. I know several people who used to load up on the toppings but now can only tolerate at most 2 toppings and even prefer just tomato sauce and fresh mozz cheese. Sorta like chocolate for me. I used to like to try every possible flavor combination, but now I prefer just plain chocolate because the extra flavors are simply distracting. However, I have a weak spot for La maison du chocolate's creations, they really are out of this world and have their own unique identity.