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NY Style Pizza-DFW?

chickstein Jan 1, 2007 06:53 PM

Ok, so we moved here three weeks ago from Atlanta, and we are having a heack of a time finding really good pizza. We are looking for a REAL new York pizza complete with the Grande cheese. We live in the "mid-cities" area, but will drive for good pizza.

Thanks in advance.

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    eqqalized Apr 29, 2012 08:57 AM

    OK OK...just got back from NYC...and the best slice I've had there was Bleecker street pizza. As far as Dallas goes there's only one place that comes close and don't knock it til you try it...go to market street grocery....they sell slices...there foldable and delicious .....they recently changed there recipe to NY style....I was shocked and you will be too. Tried Brooklyns in McKinney....horrible...thick crust...awful...grimaldis is good but if want a slice ...market street is the best.

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    1. re: eqqalized
      Jon G Apr 29, 2012 07:31 PM

      I dug up somewhere in a corner of the internet that Pizza Villa on Main Street in Richardson has good pizza by the slice. Anyone have experience there? I am born and bred NY kid and can't find anything even close. I succumb to Grimaldi's and Coal Vines and order pies. Would love to fold up a real slice and chow down.

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        LewisvilleHounder Apr 29, 2012 08:03 PM

        PizzaVilla has a loyal following but it is just one notch above Totinos in my book. I had the pizza once and vowed never to return. The crust is thin and crispy not foldable

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          Jon G Apr 29, 2012 08:18 PM

          Non-foldable is a non-starter. Thanks for helping me not waste my time and dollar.

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          twinwillow Apr 29, 2012 08:07 PM

          I'm an old ex-New Yorker as well and my absolute faves are Cane Rosso on Commerce Street in Deep Ellum and, Olivellas. Try Olivellas newest location at Abrams and Mockingbird. More comfortable than their original location on McFarlin off Hillcrest across from SMU.
          http://www.ilcanerosso.com (my favorite! And, they'll be featured on Diner's, Drive-ins, and Dives Monday night 4/30 at 9:00PM.)

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            Jon G Apr 29, 2012 08:20 PM

            Thanks for the recs -- I will check 'em out. Nothing will ever beat Sal & Carmine's on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but that's 'cause I've been eating their slices since the '80s.

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              LewisvilleHounder Apr 29, 2012 08:33 PM

              I have never been to Olivellas but have heard some good things about em

              I really like Il Cane Rosso and they will be your best bet.

              Also look at places like Cavalli in Irving, Corky's in far SW Arlington and Alongis in Flower Mound.

              Cavallis is the only other certified pizza place in town. I was kinda dissapointed the few times I have been but you should make you own decision. It is better than Sal's and several of the others that have been recommended.

              Corky's in Arlington I tried when they first opened and it was my go to spot considering no one had a wood fired pizza oven besides strangely enough University of North Texas Union. The pies were always awesome and the owner was a longtime stalwart in Hartford, CT.

              Alongis is more of a store like Jimmy's in East Dallas than an actual restaurant. They will make a pizza any way you want it. I usually go for slicing some of the salami that they have in the case (hot sopressata) and use that instead of sausage and the like. I think they still use a better "deli" version of pepperoni rather than the Hormel crap.

              And as a side note I know you are looking for a foldable slice but I really like Bryan Street Tavern's crispy pizza and they have a LivingSocial right now! Get the one with the spicy Jimmy's sausage!

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                Veggo Apr 29, 2012 08:55 PM

                Cavalli is flavorful but their pies are scrawny. But I'm a spoiled pizza brat from New Haven and I grew up on Pepe's, Sallys, and Modern.

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                  twinwillow Apr 29, 2012 09:40 PM

                  Ha, ha. Note my avatar. It's a white clam pizza from Pepe's.
                  Nonna does a white clam pizza. Very good, too. The only one in town. However, I've been trying to talk Jay Jerrier from Cane Rosso to add one to his menu.

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                  Jon G Apr 30, 2012 08:10 AM

                  Excellent, thank you. I will go hunting.

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                eqqalized Apr 30, 2012 07:58 AM

                I try new pizza in Dallas all the time. If I find anymore foldable slices other then MARKET STREET ...I will let you guys know. I am always looking for the best EVERYTHING...from donuts to burgers to dogs.

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                  topeater Apr 30, 2012 10:39 AM

                  Has anybody tried Dough Pizzeria Napoletana on Preston Rd?

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                    twinwillow Apr 30, 2012 01:00 PM

                    Yes. Very good but IMHO, does not compare to Cane Rosso.

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                      RRM19 May 1, 2012 04:13 PM

                      I'm from the New York area and I've eaten pizzas all over America for 50 years, including the abominations they serve on the west coast. The very best NY style pizza, hands down, is Sam's Pizza and Subs in Cedar Hill. It's the "real deal", not some place that just slaps "NY style" on its menu. You get an incredible folding crust, each slice supple and hot, with that sheen of oil on top. If you want authentic NY pizza, Sam's is the place to go. While you're there, try their garlic knots, and Italian sub sandwich, with its incredible dressing. Seriously, if you really truly care about pizza, Sam's is the only place in northern Texas. I'm not affiliated with Sam's. But one of the joys in life is finding a truly great pizza place, where the pie has that smell and heft and taste of authentic pizza. Mary and I found it at Sam's. Thank God we only live a few miles away.

                      1. re: twinwillow
                        CocoaNut May 2, 2012 06:25 AM

                        He was on DDD a couple of nights ago.

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                          twinwillow May 2, 2012 08:29 AM

                          I know. I watched the show. I thought his segment was way too short!
                          I've been jonesing for a Cane Rosso pie ever since. My favorite is the Regina Margherita with hot Sopresetta.
                          Hmm, I think I'll head to Cane Rosso for lunch today.
                          Also love their Balsamic salad.

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                            CocoaNut May 2, 2012 08:53 AM

                            Maybe it's me, but it seemed a little more reverent??? :) Feiri didn't do his usual razzle-dazzle spiel - "that's money", etc. (Mine's the Ella with the sospresetta!)

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                              twinwillow May 2, 2012 09:54 AM

                              Maybe because he was in awe of being with the king of pizza in Dallas?

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                                LewisvilleHounder May 2, 2012 11:46 AM

                                Might want to ask for some off menu options...Montanara or the Honey Badger!! I will have to try to remember some others I have had in the past.

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                ecclesiastical Aug 17, 2010 06:47 AM

                My wife grew up in NY and I can honestly say, 99% of all places in the DFW area that say they serve "NY Style" Pizza really don't.

                We have been in the DFW area for 6 years and over 25 pizza places now (That were supposedly "the Best") and have only found ONE place that does it NY Style and Flavor...
                Amore Pasta and Pizza in Bedford / Colleyville...
                (not to be confused with the "other" Amore's out there..YUK )

                This one is on CheekSparger Rd ...it is BY FAR the best for NY Pizza. AWESOME.
                No, I don't think they dont have a website and they rarely advertize...I only found them because of friends of mine... but they do have a loyal following...

                If you love NY pizza like we do, Amore is THE place.

                Amore Pasta & Pizza
                1009 Cheek-Sparger Rd, Colleyville, TX 76034

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                1. re: ecclesiastical
                  Scagnetti Aug 17, 2010 07:38 AM

                  Well as I will never see the light of day in this faraway place called Colleyville, of the 25 pizza places you tried, which ones in Dallas proper would you consider tolerable?

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                  bolivarez May 9, 2007 07:19 AM

                  I've eaten lots of pizza in NY during business trips, and Pastazio's www.pastazios.com (owned and run by ex-NYers) is the closest thing to NY style pizza that I've tasted here in Dallas.

                  1. captainshen Jan 30, 2007 08:31 PM

                    Hey-- how close are you to arlington? Try The New Yorker on collins, just barely south of I-30 (across from lincoln square).

                    My grandparents introduced me to it-- they're from New York. Of course, I've never been to new york, so all I can say is it is PERFECT for a 'flat thin wide pizza' craving (which I've been told is NY style). For 'big thick awesome thick not-new-york pizza,' there is no other place but Mamas Pizza. ( http://www.mamaspizzas.net/ )

                    1. irodguy Jan 28, 2007 05:38 PM

                      Yep no question Sal's is nothing special.

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                        BellaDonna Jan 28, 2007 03:46 PM

                        Coal Vines is too "upscale" for a pizza place in my opinion.

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                          toejam Jan 27, 2007 12:10 PM

                          FWIW, I just moved here from NYC and CoalVines is the closest I've had...
                          Nice atmosphere (we had an early dinner before the crowds hit) and a good value for the money.

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                            piggygirl Jan 23, 2007 07:05 PM

                            Try Joe's Pizza, Pasta, and Subs-locations in the mid-cities...these are all NY Italian guys who are either in the Witness Protection program, or have discovered the fact that there are no good pizza joints in the mid-cities!

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                              irodguy Jan 25, 2007 07:02 PM

                              If it's the same Joe's as in Plano, Dallas, Frisco etc, they are from New York but actually not Italian, they are Albanian. I believe the entire chain is owned by cousins etc. all related. I would agree that their food is quite good. We go to Fat Joes in Plano on a regular basis.

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                              bigballoon Jan 23, 2007 12:03 PM

                              Another nod for Coal Vines very good pizza + excellent value.

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                                dinobob Jan 23, 2007 09:51 AM

                                I'm from the upper west side, and Joe's in Westlake by the Marriott is about the best I've had outside NYC. Bit hard to find. But very good. Don't get it confused with the Joe's in Southlake though..

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                                  munchie1 Jan 4, 2007 02:55 PM

                                  I also agree that Coal Vines is probably the closest NY Style. Had a traditional pepperoni and it was very tasty.
                                  Most toppings imported from Italy, and crust (dough) sourced from a pizzeria in New York.
                                  Can get very crowded on weekends, but stays open very late on Fri-Sat. They are opening another one in Southlake which will be much closer to you than the current Cedar Springs location.

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                                    Kirk Jan 4, 2007 01:29 PM

                                    I agree, Teegee. Coal Vines' crust is the closest thing to New York style that I've had in a long time. I've only had their lox pizza (at brunch), though, so I can't vouch for their "traditional" New York toppings.

                                    1. teegee Jan 4, 2007 12:57 PM

                                      Coal Vines is the truest New York style pizza i've had in dallas. the owner is from new york and goes specifically for the coal-oven aesthetic.

                                      pastazio's isn't bad, tho the crust is a little too kinda "crunchy"

                                      coal vines link:

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                                        TexasToast Jan 28, 2007 07:24 AM

                                        Coal Vines over Sal's any day!


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                                        BJD1r Jan 3, 2007 02:12 AM

                                        I'd recommend Pastazio's in either Addison or in Uptown. In my opinion, their pizza is the next best thing to being in NYC.

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                                          Raynickben Jan 2, 2007 08:48 PM

                                          I'll put my vote in for Joe's Pizza in Plano, at Parker and the Tollway. You must order the "Giant" size to get the best cheese/sauce ratio.

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                                            BellaDonna Jan 2, 2007 01:59 AM

                                            I don't know if you would consider this real NY pizza but Nizza Pizza has some pretty good and cheap pizza. There are several locations in Arlington. The owners are from NYC.

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                                              dl72 Jan 1, 2007 11:43 PM

                                              There's always Sals. It's a good standby NY pizza. Large slices that you fold in your hand. Have to eat it there though as it doesn't make the drive home very well. Plus depending on pizza/dough maker in the back the consistency of the dough seems to vary at times from excellent to just ok. The original is on Wycliff Ave in Dallas.

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                                                TexasToast Jan 28, 2007 07:24 AM

                                                Sal's is NOT good. I'm always surprised when people recommend this place for NY Style pizza. I wonder how many of these people have actually ever had pizza in NY?


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                                                  missmaggie Feb 1, 2007 08:04 PM

                                                  Yes, I am always intrigued by people who recommend Sal's, and there seem to be a lot of them.
                                                  I just had pizza in New York over Christmas, and it was an awesome experience- Rosario's and Grimaldi's....still thinking about those slices.

                                                  Back to Sal's- I work at a place where they used to order pizza from Sal's every month for a group of 40-50 people. The general consensus was that Sal's is BAD PIZZA. Often burnt, with horrible toppings. So bad, that last month, we started ordering from Domino's, and everyone was so relieved to have not bad pizza. Is there some secret handshake to get good pizza at Sal's?

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                                                    Scagnetti Feb 2, 2007 07:29 AM

                                                    In Sal's defense, they used to serve a decent pie but that was a long time ago.

                                              2. QueenB Jan 1, 2007 09:23 PM

                                                Chickstein, have you tried the NYPD (New York Pizza & Deli) on Industrial Blvd in Euless?

                                                Here's their website: http://www.nypddeli.com/index.html
                                                Their menu is there. I haven't had their pizza yet, but it looked good when I was in there. I had a sub, which was very good and the counterperson was extremely friendly.

                                                Other than that, I've resorted to making my own, because I've struggled to find real NorthEast pizza here. Not that the pizza here is all bad...it's just different than what I'm used to.

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