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NY style pizza in MN finally

stymie May 10, 2007 12:29 PM

Joey Nova in Playmouth on Hwy 55 just east of Hwy 169. I no longer have to have to travel home to north Jersey to get the Pizza I grew up loving. Have been in MN for 30 years and this is the best (to my liking) that I have found. Thank you Joey Nova.

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    Danny RE: stymie May 10, 2007 01:14 PM

    I'll have to check that out. Uncle Frankie's just opened up a second outpost in the same area. That means they'll be a taste of Chicago and a taste of NY in the same area.

    1. Chris Mitra RE: stymie May 10, 2007 05:09 PM

      Have you tried Broders pizza, from their deli?

      I'm also a former north Jerseyan who has sought out NY pizza wherver I have lived -- and I think Broders does a good job.

      I have not tried Joey Nova's yet.

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        FishMPLS RE: Chris Mitra May 10, 2007 07:47 PM

        Joey Nova is the real deal. Not that I endorse the idea that NY pizza trumps all. But it's pretty good. Now, if we can just get Two Boots to open up here . . .

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          faith RE: FishMPLS May 11, 2007 12:15 PM

          I just checked out joey nova's website and it looks like some fancier toppings
          and other items compared to the typical nyc joint. I called to see if they would
          deliver to my address and found out they make all their sauces from scratch,
          which makes me want to check them out further. I'll report back if I get to try the

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            g rote RE: faith May 11, 2007 01:21 PM

            I live right by there...are you sure it's EAST of 169? Where?

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              Foureyes137 RE: g rote May 11, 2007 02:12 PM

              It's west of 169.

      2. Foureyes137 RE: stymie May 11, 2007 01:33 PM

        I work near 55 and 100 and went here today for lunch.

        This pizza is good, not as good as actual NY "style" pizza though IMO, and I really wanted it to be! The sauce was a little too thick, the cheese was too heavy and the crust just wasn't light enough. The pizza wasn't bad, it just wasn't as good as any pizza I've had in NYC. Perhaps they aren't using soda water in the dough? Who knows, but the people were all super nice and I will definitely go back!

        I am comapring to Grimaldi's, Di Fara and John's (in the village).

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          katebauer RE: Foureyes137 May 11, 2007 01:52 PM

          This isn't related to Joey Nova's but they just opened a Grimaldi's in my hometown and I tried it last week. Their pizza has a thinner crust than typical NY pizza, although in general their taste is right on with my childhood memories of NY pizza. The crust just needs to be a tad thicker and chewier. They may be the best pizza in NY, but not quite NY style pizza IMHO.

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            FishMPLS RE: Foureyes137 May 11, 2007 02:00 PM

            Well, was just in NYC, and have been many times, and IMO there is no one "NY style pizza" and to me, this pizza is certainly better than some NYC pizza I have had, both in the NY style.

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              Foureyes137 RE: FishMPLS May 11, 2007 02:09 PM

              Oh, it's better pizza than I've had in NYC, just not as good as the best I've had in NYC.

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              Danny RE: Foureyes137 May 11, 2007 08:01 PM

              We went for dinner tonight. I wouldn't quite call it actual NY "style" pizza. The crust was too thick, and there was way too much cheese. We enjoyed it, but we found it to be less like a NY pizza and more like a Davanni's pizza with better ingredients.

              Broder's is far and away the closest to true New York Pizza in the Twin Cities. Soho Cafe also does a decent job, although there's been something missing whenever we've been there. (I think it is the lack of a good rim around the outside of the pizza..

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              stymie RE: stymie May 12, 2007 08:14 AM

              sorry, just west of 169, same shopping center as Rainbow, Bachmans, Arbys

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