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Jan 19, 2008 04:19 PM

Where to Find Pizza with Fennel Seed Sausage?

Sausage pizzas abound in NYC, but most seem to be fennel-free. If you know of any places serving fennel sausage pizza, please share!

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  1. If I remember correctly, Waldy's uses Italian sausage with fennel seeds in it. (And even if I'm wrong, the sausage is much better than everywhere else--i.e., it doesn't taste like sweet breakfast sausage.)

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    1. re: jakew8

      Thanks for the suggestion. I'd never heard of Waldy's before.
      I tried some of their pizza the other night based on your suggestion.
      I had a pizza with sweet and spicy sausage (sans the roasted peppers).
      The pizzas others were ordering all looked very appetizing, the wait was very short for a pizza made from scratch, and the serving size (I had a medium) was generous.

      However, the intense flavor of their cheese mix was overwhelming. I ordinarily seek out intense flavors, and I love all sorts of cheese, but this particular flavor mix didn't work for me. (I didn't even like the way the cheese smelled as I walked into the restaurant, or the way it smelled wafting from the carryout box.)

      1. re: racer x

        It's too bad that you didn't dig the cheese. You're right that it's strong (and it gets stronger--their penne with roquefort sauce is atomic).

        Did you at least like the sausage, though? Haha.

    2. Just wondering, did you try the one at Pizza Mozza and hence you are looking for it in NYC?

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        Pizza Mozza? Is there one in NYC?
        Yes, just looking for fennel sausage pizza in NYC, Manhattan or the other boroughs.
        In LA, I've recently had a slice from Abbot's in Venice (never again!) and Casa Bianca (I'll definitely be back - pizza was very good, if not great, but loved the ambience, service, value for money, and all the non-pizza dishes we had).

        Mario Batali (and Joe Bastianich) famously own Otto's here in NYC - I visited right after it opened some years back. I'm happy to just leave it for the tourists.

        1. re: racer x

          why leave it for the tourists??? if you go for lunch, you can avoid the insane wait and the pizza is good. not going to call it the best, but they do a good pie.

          perhaps you can make the trip to Brooklyn and try franny's.

          1. re: racer x

            Pizzeria Mozza in LA has a very famous pizza with fennel sausage and everyone who had been there raved about it. That's why I thought you might have tried it and wanted to find similar ones in NYC.

            however, Pizzeria mozza is also owned by Batali...

            1. re: kobetobiko

              Yeah, I read about P. Mozza during one of my LA trips, but haven't had a chance to go there.
              I'm just craving the great sausage I used to get on pizzas as a kid in Chicago.
              (Incidentally, it even takes a fair amount of legwork to find really good kielbasa in NY, by comparison to Chicago or the Detroit area years ago. It was easy to find fantastic kielbasa in any grocery store or deli back then).