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I found Longobardi's in Wappingers Falls to be pretty good, but I haven't found a truly excellent pizza place up here. I grew up on pizza from Staten Island and Brooklyn, so it's hard to find anything that is even close. Any suggestions?

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  1. A bit of a drive from Wappingers Falls, but Plaza Pizza (originally from Brooklyn) & Picnic Pizza (originally from Italy) both in Kingston, NY.

    two totally different styles, but both my fav's. I worked at Plaza as a teenager in the late 90's.

    I would kill for either of them now. There is a shortage of good pizza here in Vegas. I'm convinced it's the dry air, it makes it hard to make a good crust.

    1. several suggestions:

      Village Pizza in Rhinebeck (on Market St, which is the main drag)
      Four Seasons in Kingston (in a strip mall near Burlington Coat Factory and Staples on Rt. 9W
      Emiliano's on Main St. in Poughkeepsie down toward the waterfront
      Giacomos acroos Rt 9 from Marist College

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      1. re: Mike in Rhinebeck

        Nooo not Village! i find it tasteless (and can tell that they cook their pasta sauce in old aluminum pots or something of the sort....it tastes like pennies)

        1. re: Mike in Rhinebeck

          Village pizza is terrible! But CJ's in Rhinebeck is actually quite good. I think they only do pies, but we got one on a fairly regular basis when we lived up there (we live in Brooklyn now, and previously), and were pretty happy. They also do a really tasty whole wheat crust, if that interests you at all. WW with sausage and spinach was our staple.

        2. ok - my likes on pizzas in nyc - original ray's (11th/6th) because of the cheese/crust, and joe's on downing/6th (before it closed). i am NOT a fan of pepe's/grimaldi's/brick oven, though i understand those who do. that's my background.

          amore's in pleasant valley is nice, consistent, good for up here. not worth driving long distances for.
          four brothers (around) is either love it or hate it.
          just tried gino's (poughkeepsie) last night, good if you live in poughkeepsie but not worth driving for.

          cosimo's is a thinner style pizza.

          i've heard aloy's in poughkeepsie (which has a website) is supposed to have distinctive / good old-fashioned pizza. i haven't been, but it was discussed here on hound:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/318903

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          1. re: bob gaj

            we just had aloy's pizza. it's a rectangle pizza, 8 large slices. it's thinner, but not the new haven kind of thin pizza.

            we thought it was good, but not good enough to go back to (the drive there was about 15 minutes). i'd reco it to people in poughkeepsie who are somewhat near the main post office / poughkeepsie journal, but not as a 'must go' for the pizza.

            however...it has been around almost 80 years, and we're probably going to try it for the italian restaurant section at some point.

            1. re: bob gaj

              Brother's Trattoria on Main Street in Beacon has good food and their pizza looks good. Worth a try, perhaps?

          2. Like applesauce 23, I'm also grew up on NYC pizza and moved to Kingston about two years ago. I love living here in the Hudson Valley but I haven't found any really good pizza places in this neck of the woods. Plaza Pizza, Picnic Pizza, Four Seasons, Cosmos, all in Kingston are OK; the same with Village Pizza in Rhinebeck, and the pizza joints in Pt. Ewen and Red Hook. I've been known to travel up to 30 miles for a good slice so any suggestions for REALLY good pizza would be appreciated.

            1. upstate has a lot of good food but one thing i have found is it's lacking in pizza. there is one place though, a touch of naples on violet ave. in poughkeepsie. it's truly delicious; the pizza slices are huge but it's authentic pizza that's comparable to pizza in brooklyn. when you're really missing "real pizza" this is definitely the place to go.

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              1. re: radioactivebetty

                radioactivebetty: Thanks for the tip. How do I get there from Route 9?

                1. re: jayjay

                  it's right off of route 9. it's actually pretty convienent. i actually go to the cia so it's minutes away. depending on which direction your coming from on route 9 you'll be making a left or right onto west dorsey lane. you'll then take that straight up until you hit violet avenue (there will be a stop light) and make a left. it'll be on your right hand side. you'll probably miss it the first time you pass it since it's very modest looking on the outside. for a hint, it's right next to a dunkin' donuts. if you love pizza, you'll really love this place.

              2. The best pizza in the area, hands down is Joe Cristiano's Pizza in Hyde Park. Just a take out and delivery place with a few tables; pizza is right out of NYC -- thin and crispy.

                It's on 9G north 1/2 mile north of East Market/Crum Elbow intersection.

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                1. re: gordon345

                  Lorenzo's, Rte 28 in Kingston.

                  1. re: gordon345

                    I tried Cristiano's just recently since I happened to be in the area. It was quite decent, reasonably thin, good cheese/sauce/crust ratio. My one complaint: the crust was just a touch underdone; I would have liked it more crispy.

                    It was good but "best pizza in the area, hands down" is an exaggeration. Best in Hyde Park? Quite possibly--I'd get pizza from there again if I happened to be in town. However, I noticed that Rocco's has opened up in the old Squier's building on Rt. 9 near the CIA. The Rocco's in New Paltz is very good, so this could be some serious competition.

                  2. In Marlboro, right on Rt. 9W there is Village Pizza, owned by the Triolo family. There is also Cosimos on Union in Newburgh near Wal-Mart.

                    1. Try Nick's Pizza in Hopewell Junction. Casual, cash only type of place, with really great pizza!

                      1. There's a relatively new Italian cafe in Newburgh on 9W, next door to the Alexis diner, called Andiamo. They're making a brick oven pizza with a nice tomato sauce, fresh mozz and basil. Make sure you order the brick oven pizza, not the gas oven. They're made in the same brick oven, but they are using the saltiest aged mozzarella ever on the gas oven in place of the fresh mozz. The Andiamo salad is a nice counterpoint - endive, roasted beets and bleu cheese in a nice balsamic vinaigrette. Enjoy!

                        1. I would have to say that Plaza Pizza is probably the best pizza in Kingston. Four Seasons is really good too...they don't deliver to my house though. :)

                          1. My love of good pizza was forged during my childhood in Ridgewood, Queens (on the north Brooklyn border). When my family moved up to Hyde Park many years ago, it was quite a challenge to find pizza comparable to what we'd left behind. Although I don't think you'll find anything here that's on the same level as the best-of-the-best in NYC (e.g., Coney Island Totonno's or Harlem Patsy's), you can find GOOD pizza in quite a few places. The others have made some good recommendations, and now I'll put in my own two cents.

                            Touch of Naples in Poughkeepsie (near Hyde Park) is on a par with the better NYC neighborhood slice joints. Their giant slice is massive (the size of two regular slices) and a bargain at $2. They also offer "Joe's style" pizza, which is a thin square pie topped with hard grated cheese--some of you may know this style as "grandma pizza." For many years, this pizzeria was known as Joe's and they were famous locally for this square pie--so even though the place has changed hands and names, they continue to offer it. I usually go for the round pie, though.

                            Plaza Pizza in Kingston was my regular stop for pizza when I worked in Kingston circa 1999-2000. Very good.

                            Aloy's in Poughkeepsie offers a good, unique take on the "grandma" style. My review was linked earlier in this thread.

                            New Paltz, being a college town, has a s**tload of pizzerias of varying quality. My favorites are Rocco's on Main St. and Village Pizza on Chestnut St. I used to really like LaBella, but they've been inconsistent in recent years. My Hero on Main St. is worth mentioning if only for their great retro atmosphere--it reminds me of the pizzerias of my early '70s youth. Their pizza is not terrible, but I never cared much for their sauce.

                            CJ's in Rhinebeck: we'll get a pie from there every now and then when visiting my sister. It's good.

                            Here's a few places I USED to like but haven't visited in a long time--20 years in some cases--so I can't vouch for their present-day quality: DD's, Gino's and Tony's Pizza Pit in Poughkeepsie, Frank's and Longobardi's in Wappingers and Pizza Town in Marlboro.

                            I'm sure there are some great places around here I don't know about; but when I find a good place, I tend to stick with it and not stray until it disappoints me.

                            --Dave
                            myspace.com/phantomplayland

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                            1. re: NewYorkDave

                              Just a followup: I don't get over to Hyde Park often, but I was there last week and stopped in T.O.N. for a couple of their "giant slices." Man, they are deee-licious--as good as what I used to get in Queens, I'd say.

                              Google reveals that they got a little write-up in the local paper recently:

                              http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?ne...

                              1. re: NewYorkDave

                                well, we tried out touch of naples in poughkeepsie last night. overall: good stuff.

                                wife called, said the accent on the phone was definitely new york. she liked the garlic knots, the pizza was very good for up here. similar in style to new york (not the 'classic' places, but the most common, but good, nyc places); cheese was good, the crust could have been a little dough-ier, the tomato sauce had a little too much something (garlic?) in there, but i'm being real nitpicky here. it's better than almost all the places we've had in the poughkeepsie area.

                                we'll still get most of our pizzas from amore (pleasant valley) because on wednesday, when they have their discounts, the pies are quite good...and we live right near it. however, we'll definitely go to touch of naples from time to time (it's on my wife's way home from work), and i'll try out their regular italian food, perhaps lasagna, at some point.

                                1. re: bob gaj

                                  See, I love the fact that their crust is thin, crispy and NOT doughy; it's such a welcome change from most of the pizza you get around here. And I do like a little garlic in my sauce.

                                  I don't get out to PV much, but I will check out Amore sometime.

                            2. I prefer La Florentina, buried between the mall and uptown Kingston in a strip mall off 9W (same location as China Rose, an excellent take-out/eat-in Chinese). La Florentina has a brick oven so the crust is thin and crisp. They do a non-traditional take on pizza with nice seasonal combinations and a special, secret sauce (that could have sesame in it.... sounds wierd, but it's good). Soups are excellent as is the walnut -pear salad. Highly recommend and the price is right!

                              1. three guys from the bronx in pawling have a hot sausage, red pepper and onion pizza to die for

                                1. Pizzeria Lauretano in Bethel, CT and The First & Last Cafe in Danbury are both out of this world great! Lauretanos owner apprenticed in Naples, has all the traditional ovens and just makes some darn good pie!

                                  First & Last Cafe is on Rt 37 just a few mile up from 84 when you get off at exit 5 in Danbury. Its a bar/ restaurant, the bar is a total local joint kind of a dive but the food in the back is out of this world.... The pizza is second to none!!!

                                  Try them both, its worth the trip!