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Jul 2, 2007 10:42 AM

Have that Urge for NEast-Style Pizza? (DFW)

I can't call it true NY-style, because honestly, I've never eaten pizza in New York. However, I'm familiar with the pizza I used to find in the Philadelphia area (which I refer to as NorthEast Pizza).

If you're looking for something close to that and you're in the HEB area, head down to Napoli's Italian Cafe, located at 3008 W Euless Blvd, Euless. They call their pizza "New York Style" and I bet it's darn close.

The pie slices are large and floppy, just right for folding. The ratio of cheese to sauce is just right, with neither overpowering the other. Sauce is your basic tomato concoction, and without too many spices, like some places do. It still has plenty of flavor though, and compliments the cheese mixture well. A slight dribble of grease will drip off the point when you fold the slice in half, just like it's supposed to. Not a puddle, just a drip. The crust is fairly bland, but nice and puffy and soft. It's the kind of pizza I grew up with, and the best I've found around in this area (I admit I have not tried Broadway yet).

The prices are cheap, cheap, cheap, with the largest (giant 18" pie) costing you $11.95. Not bad, considering the last pizza I bought here was 16", $14.95 and not as good. Toppings are a buck each, and are your basic pizza additions. Sad to say, no meatballs on the list of toppings, but they do have a meatball parm sub, so I may ask if they can slice and add to a pizza.

The place also sells a variety of subs, stromboli, calzone and pasta dishes. They offer cheesecake, cannoli and italian ice for dessert.

If you're over in the MidCities, go check it out.

(817) 283-2541
(817) 283-2876
M-Sat 11am to 10pm
Sun 12pm to 8pm

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  1. Queen, you are true royalty. I may have to try this tonight.

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    1. re: chickstein

      chickstein, if you go, please let me know what you think.
      It's the exact same pizza I grew up on in the Philly suburbs.

    2. Can you get them to open a Dallas branch? I'm in the pizza doldrums over here.

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        1. re: Scagnetti

          Scagnetti, have you tried this place? I'm not sure if it's near you or not.

          Olivella's Pizza
          3406 McFarlin Blvd.

          1. re: QueenB

            Yes, it is near me. Didn't they just get a good review in the DMN?

            1. re: Scagnetti

              Have no idea. I don't read the DMN.
              I saw it on the Star-Telegram's webpage.

            2. re: QueenB

              I went last week (after I saw the guidelive review). I thought it was quite good. I tried two pizzas: margherita (standard with sauce, fresh mozz and basil) and San Danielle (with sauce, prosciutto and arugula). Overall, I enjoyed them both. I have minor criticisms... the sauce was too sweet for my preference, and I wish they'd chop the arugula (rather than using whole leaves) and the prosciutto was a bit sparse. I'd also, ideally, like a thinner and more crisp crust. But there were a lot of good things too - the crusts were a little charred, the way I like them, and the dough had good flavor (not too bland). There was a bit of crispness, and a nice chewiness. And the quality of the toppings seemed good.

              I also like the place - it's really small but cozy. I got takeout, but it seems like a really nice environment for dinner (if you can tune out or enjoy the bustle during busy times). They also had a couple of tables set up outside. And the staff were really friendly, despite being incredibly busy.

              All in all, I'd put it in the tier of pizza places with Campania, CoalVines and Fireside Pies. Since I've had both really good and not-so-good pizzas from these three places, I'd say that my one visit to Olivella's was better than the average of these three.

              1. re: gavlist

                Anyone ever try Al's Pizzeria on NW Highway in Dallas? I'm not a NY Pizzza afficionado, more of a Chicago Deep Dish expert in my opinion as I'm from the Windy City. Anyways, to my point, it seems to have all the characteristics that Queen B was talking about. Good sauce to crust ratio, you fold in half and have that nice dribble of oil that comes off. My fav there is just a simple sausage and cheese pizza. They do something differently though which I've never encountered elsewhere. I believe they take there italian sausage and either slice it or shave it thin on top of their pizzas not like the crumbled or chunks of sausage that I'm used to. Regardless I actually like it the way they do it.

                1. re: gavlist

                  I tried it this weekend, and I would say it was great! It's by far the closest thing to "real" Italian Pizza I have had in DFW.

                  1. re: irodguy

                    Glad you liked it! Yeah, I just wish I lived closer to Al's. I typically get Brother's Pizza which is just right across the street and quick to get vs hopping in the car, fighting traffic, and getting Al's on NW Highway. The owner's have that thick European accent, just not sure from where. Did you get the shaved sausage?

                  2. re: gavlist

                    We tried Olivella's on Sat night. Geez - that place is small! We sat at the counter, which I really enjoyed because you can see the pizzas go in and out of the oven.

                    Ordered the Caeser which, aside from really good anchovies on top, was very ordinary. Next time, I'll probably order the Cheese and Meat plate instead.

                    Tried a large pizza, half Truffle and half Pancetta. I agree 100% with gavlist on the crust. Truffle pizza was ok, but I didn't taste any Truffle oil. I did add anchovies to it, which was probably too strong for it, but I still would expect a hint of truffle flavor. Both pizzas had sun dried tomato which I had to pick off. It was just too hard. Cheese and Pancetta meat was VERY good. The sauce is a bit sweeter here, but I liked it.

                    For dessert we tried the Nutella dessert pizza with marshmallows and pears. I really liked it, but probably not as much as Campania's Nutella pizza.

                    I plan on going back just to try the Al Gorgonzola pizza with Gorgonzola, hazelnuts, and pear. Although I'm not sure if that's the entree or dessert....

                    1. re: Webra1

                      I have been going there nearly every Saturday after trike riding. The only complaint is that they burnt the crust a bit last Saturday.

                      1. re: Webra1

                        Webra1 - I went again last night, and coincidentally ordered the same 1/2 and 1/2 pizza as you (honestly... it was a concidence :) This time, the sauce on the pancetta half was not as sweet as on my previous visit - in fact, it was fantastic. Just a very fresh tomato taste. Now I wonder how much variation there is in the sauce.

                        Both pizzas were good - but there's still room for improvement. I was able to taste the truffle oil, but not as strongly as I could smell it :) I did not add anchovies, so perhaps that's the difference. The pancetta was cut into big slices - I'd prefer smaller pieces and more crispness. Also the sundried tomatoes were dried - not marinated in oil, which I think would have been better.

                        Of course the crust was burned, but not overly so. I think that their reliably judicious burn is the main reason I keep coming back.

                        1. re: gavlist

                          Man, thanks for hijacking my thread and turning it into a thread all about a different place...


                          1. re: QueenB

                            lol - sorry. I was thinking that perhaps it should be a new thread. Who brought up Olivella's here anyway?... :-)

                            1. re: gavlist

                              I didn't know that it would get all the attention!

                2. Queen, have you tried the new Coal Vines in Southlake? Hubby and I went last week. Very good wood burned pizza. Wine list is incredibly affordable. We will go back.

                  4 Replies
                  1. re: chickstein

                    Haven't been there yet. Where is it...Southlake Blvd?
                    How much do they charge for a pizza?

                    1. re: QueenB

                      The same shopping center as Central Market. The pizza was around $16.00

                      1. re: chickstein

                        Excellent...I know exactly where that is.

                        1. re: QueenB

                          Coal vines is EXCELLENT! I go to NY just for pizza and trust me - this is as close as you can get wihtout boarding a plane! Also try the green salad with grated pears and candied walnuts with gorgonzola dressing - yum! A nice glass of wine and for $35.00 you just can't beat it.

                  2. Testing this out...

                    Napoli's Italian Cafe
                    3008 W Euless Blvd, Euless, TX 76040