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Jan 23, 2007 04:05 PM

Any Good Pizza Parlor in Cary?

Can anyone recommend any NY style pizzerias in the Cary area? Any decent pizza around?

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  1. I like Cinelli's, specifically their grandma pie. I can't say whether it's authentic Ny-style. It's super thin and in half and then cut into strips.

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    1. re: Tom from Raleigh

      Tom try Tony's Pizza in Raleigh off Glenwood Ave, the slices are big and it's really NY Style pizza.

      They also make really good spinach calzones. I live in Cary but I like this pizzeria the best.

    2. Cinelli's is not bad. I've just had mixed experiences when I've gone there. I haven't been in a while, but the pizzeria near BJ's on Harrison (I think it may be called New York Pizza - now there's creativity for you) was always pretty decent.

      By the way, ever notice that the more a pizza place emphasizes NY or Brooklyn in their name the less likely it is that their pizza is any good?

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      1. re: rockycat

        Rockycat if you're in Raleigh off Glenwood Ave try Tony's Pizza. The slices are big just like in Brooklyn or Manhattan. This is the closest pizza I found around here that resembles NY style.

        Tony's also makes really good spinach calzones

      2. As a matter of fact, my pizzeria of choice in Raleigh is Pizza Italia on Westgate (off Glenwood). It does not "resemble" NY style - it *is* NY style. Having grown up in Brooklyn near both Totonno's and DiFara's I think get NY pizza. I don't claim Pizza Italia is anywhere near as good as Totonno or DiFara, that's simply not possible. It is, however, as good as a good neighborhood slice joint, all that I'm asking for in this area.

        Since you asked specifically for Cary I shared my admittedly limited experience with pizza in Cary. However, given your exuberance for Tony's (which no one on this board has professed familiarity with) in both this and past threads, I find myself wondering if you have a connection with the place.

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        1. re: rockycat

          no connection, is new, clean, slices are cheap... Next time I am in Raleigh I will try Pizza Italia,then I can compare the two.

          Any good bakeries or delis in the triangle you can recommend?

          1. re: claudia008

            Delis- There are no Jewish or Jewish -style delis in the area that I know of. Another unfortunate gap in the local dining scene. As far as Italian delis go, many people on this board like Conti's in downtown Raleigh. I'm not one of them. I was impressed with Giacomo's in Greensboro. Closest to a real salumeria I've seen in a while but I only get to Greensboro once or twice a year on business.

            Bakeries - Depends on what you're looking for.
            Bread - Wellspring used to be good. Now they put everyting in plastic and that's the end of that. I'm at a loss for good bread in Raleigh. I've been told Weaver Street in Carrboro is worth the visit.
            Pastry - No Italian. Gugelhof is Durham is good for Mittel Europa style baking. Herghity's in Raleigh has gotten good recs but I haven't tried it yet. Edible Arts on Hillsborough does a beautiful job on custom decorated special occasion cakes.

            I bake quite a bit so I generally only use bakeries for things I can't make well myself. That means I don't use bakeries here that much. What I wouldn't give for some decent sfogliatelle (which Giacomo's has. Almost did backflips out the door when I saw that.).

            Check out past threads for other recommendations.

            1. re: claudia008

              Gourmandises de France is a great, authentic French bakery in North Raleigh. It's next to the Food Lion in the shopping center at Millbrook and Creedmoor. Not as fancy as Herghity's and there is no cafe, but I like it better. Their croissants and pastries are to die for...

          2. NY Pizza (tryon and kildaire) or Cinelli's

            1. Rockycat, I wish I could go with your recommendation on Pizza Italia, but I've tried them twice and been sorely disappointed both times. NY Pizza is probably the most consistent pizza I've had in Cary, although I'd recommend branching out and trying Lilly's on Glenwood sometime as well. I don't know if Lilly's is "authentic" New York-style 'za, but it sure is good.

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              1. re: Suzy Q

                I can't really argue with you too much. I've found at most pizza places that the taste can be a day to day thing. It can be dependent on the person who made the dough that day or the person who stretched the dough. It can also depend on how long the pie has been sitting (if you've ordered a slice). That's the nature of a hand-crafted product. I never seen a pizza place that doesn't have off days. We have friends who either love the Pizza Italia or can't understand what we see in it. You have to look at the overall picture.

                There's also the possible conclusion that while this is to my taste it may very well not be yours. I've always maintained that the best pizza place in the world is the one on the corner where you grew up.

                As for Lily's, no, it's not NY style but it is very good.

                1. re: Suzy Q

                  Suzy Q, try Tony's in Raleigh off Glenwood Ave.We order a large pie, slices are super big, my kids are pretty picky when it comes to pizza, it's the only pizza they like around here. Most Saturdays we drive about 30 minutes and head over to Tony's. I haven't been disappointed yet.