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Feb 8, 2008 07:36 PM

Rosie's New York Pizza Downtown San Jose

The place has been open maybe a couple of weeks and already half of their neon sign is burnt out. Maybe it's more New Yorky than we could have dared imagined. Certainly the mob scene here is something more commonly witnessed in Gotham than in sleepy SJ. Why does the flow of people never seem to end? Why does it take an hour to get a pizza? Probably because it's a really really good pie, the likes of which have not been seen in these provincial parts. Good pizza in San Jose, when you are pressed to find even a single good one in this collosus of a state whose name translates roughly into "Pizza Oven"? Yes it has arrived and and the hand tossed pizza dough magically transforms in to a near perfect crust that is sturdy but supple enough to tear easily with each bite. The toppings are generous, fresh tasting and well proportioned and the large pizza is a behemoth big enough to feed your hyper family driven mad by the wait.
Rosie's, if they don't implode by the overmatched demand or start pulling out frozen pizza dough , may mark the beginning of new life along the long stretch of the Alameda that meanders its way darkly from SCU to the Shark Tank.

Rosie's New York Pizza
1285 The Alameda
San Jose, CA
Open Tues-Sun 11A-10P

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  1. Here's an article about what is up and coming in that area with a little mention of Rosie's

    Keep an eye out for Che Grill & Market, specializing in Argentine food.

    Rosie's sign ... in working order

    Rosie's New York Pizza
    1285 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

    3 Replies
    1. re: rworange

      Thanks for that article link. Has anyone out there tried El Palenque which opened in early January?

      1. re: rworange


        Whatever happened to Che Grill & Market?

        Thanks in advance.

        1. re: boopa

          I guess they never opened. The only thing on the web is reports of their pending opening and a Jan 2008 post on yelp by the owner saying they would open soon.

          Searching on the phone number, the owner has a posting elsewhere that they would open in Spring 2008. Craig's list had a listing offering free rent at the address.

      2. Thanks for the tip on Rosie's! The husband who grew up in NY and could eat pizza everyday will be very happy to hear this. Can you buy a pre-made slice instead of having to wait for a whole pie?

        Indeed, that stretch of The Alameda could use some life. We were in the neighborhood at the end of December to visit one of my old SCU haunts, Mission Coffee Roasting (coffee not so good), and I noticed some promising development going on. I've wanted to try Greenlee's Bakery, but they're always closed when I drive by...

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        1. re: Carb Lover

          Pizza is also sold by the slice. There other assorted non pizza items on the menu.
          The sign is burned out on the side other than was photographed.

          1. re: Carb Lover

            I actually went to Greelee's today, and while I was there I was told by a family member of the establishment that the same woman ie. "Rosie" who own's Greenlee's and Rosalinda's Cafe ALSO owns "Rosie's New York Pizza"! It is great stuff. Now, I don't have to always go to Amici's when I want great "Za". :)

            1. re: Vaelsung

              Good to know the connections. Thanks for mentioning it.

          2. How does it compare to Slice of NY in SJ?

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              1. re: Ken Hoffman

                BUT, does Rosie make a Scilian pie buy the slice like NY Slice? They have bar none the best NY Sicilian pie. I know a good Sicilian slice when I taste one. My Grandfather was from Sciliy and had his own bakery in NY. We grew up eating his pizza. That was the best and, I'm glad to have the recipe. NY Slice comes very close to my Grandfather's pizza. can Rosie top that?

                1. re: Ken Hoffman

                  I have to disagree. I've been to Rosie's twice. I still think Slice of NY and Amici's are better in the South Bay for NY style, and that Speederia in San Carlos and Pie in the Sky in Berkeley are better if you're willing to drive farther. Giovanni's in Sunnyvale has a great rustica pizza with chicken, basil, and tomatoes (skip their cheese and pepperoni pies).

                  That said, Rosie's is above average and I'd eat there if I was in the neighborhood.

                  Speederia Pizzeria
                  711 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070

                  Pie In The Sky
                  2124 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

                  A Slice of New York
                  3443 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95117

                  Giovanni's New York Pizzeria
                  1127 Lawrence Expressway, Sunnyvale, CA

                  Amici's East Coast Pizzeria zxcc
                  225 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

              2. Pizza is great!! Front counter horrible. Been there 2 times, each time they lost my pizza order. Waited and waited... Need to better train their staff. Back to Jake's on Lincoln for now.

                1. Placed an order for 3 pizzas on sat night, they told me about how long it'd be (35-40min) and they were ready when we got there. Staff was friendly, including Rosie. Pizzas were delicious and I love having a large pizza that is, actually, large (18"). A welcome addition to the neighborhood.