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Madison WI pizza - where do I go?

I am new in town - am from the East Coast and am trying to get a handle on Madison's food scene. The pizza I have seen so far doesn't look very good - are there any good spots to get good pizza in Madison?

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  1. If you're looking for really good wood-fired pizzas, try Cafe Porta Alba (Neapolitan-style) or Greenbush Bar. For just your standard pie done well, go for Glass Nickel.

    I hope those aren't the places you've tried already... :)

    1. I moved here from NY last year and I have yet to find a good slice. Pizza di Roma on State is the closest approximation to east coast style but the crust is tasteless (among other offenses). It looks like the real thing, but it's not quite there. I'd be interested in your opinion of it.

      Roman Candle and Glass Nickel aren't terrible, you just have to think of them in a separate category. If you start comparing them to east coast pizza you'll just end up depressed.

      1. So many kinds of pizza, three suggestions, each quite different, Pizza Oven on Monona Dr. very flat crust, Angelo's, also on Monona Dr., and Paisan's.

        1. OK, I've heard from several people in my neighborhood very positive things about Cafe Porta Alba so I'll have to run over and try it. I have to say I tried Glass Nickel and it did depress me..... I haven't heard of Greenbush Bar or the 3 Darkdawn suggests so I will have to try those as well (anyone else care to weigh in on those??). Pizza di Roma, well, I appreciate ramensaurus's frankness so sounds like I should skip it!! (tasteless crust, I can do without). I am encouraged there are some possibilies....I will try them!

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          1. re: pizzalover

            I really like Roman Candle. Specifically the Professional and the Pastoral. Their menu is online.

            I also like the pizzas at Tutto Pasta. I haven't been to Greenbush yet (I'm new here too) but I've heard really good things from one of my foodie friends.

          2. You need to check out Ian's Pizza by the slice. There are two locations - the original location at 319 N Frances St and the newer location at 115 State Street (one block down from the Capitol building). http://ianspizza.com/locations.html. Check out the website. They have a lot of different combinations. My personal favorite is the Black Bean, Feta, Tomato, and Avocado slice. Amazingly good. Everyone that I have introduced it to loves that slice. I live on the East side, so Rosati's is my favorite place for take out. It has really great thin crust - homemade. Gino's Italian Restaurant has great pizza - this restaurant is located on State Street. On the west side, my Picasso's pizza, just off Verona Road - before PD, has absolutely amazing pizza and other italian dishes.

            I hope this helps.