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Sep 5, 2008 06:24 PM

Louie and Ernie's Pizzeria

I managed to trek to Louie and Ernie's after an Arthur Avenue trip this week.

We ordered one pie. Half regular and half white. The white was amazingly delicious and so completely covered in creamy ricotta that the slightest twist might have called a mud (ricotta?) slide. Awesome. The regular half was delicious and has taken the place of San Marco as my idea of the ideal NYC slice of pizza (ignoring of course the godly work of ei. Dom, etc. I mean a standard NY stereotypical slice done right.)

Any similar experiences?

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  1. Absolutely.

    I made a pilgrimage this past spring, from Queens - over an hour by subway - and wasn't disappointed. I preferred the regular slice to the white, which was way too heavy for me. That said, it was good, and, along with their fried calzone, is apparently their stock-in-trade. Liked everything about the place; the vibe, the service, how off-the-beaten-path it is.

    Louie and Ernie's gets some respect on these boards from faithful die-hards, no doubt. But, I can't help but feel that if it were in Brooklyn or Manhattan, it would get much more attention. Much deserved as well.

    1. Exactly...'a standard NY stereotypical slice done right' favorite NY slice anywhere. The white pie is certainly a specialty of theirs. The ricotta is from a deli down the street as is the sausage. A white pie and a sausage/onion pie are the standards whenever I go with my family...yumm
      And beside how good their food is, the restaraunt is owned by one of the nicest families in NY. The husband started working there when Ernie was still alive and running the place and he managed to take over the business while maintaining the high quality that has been there since I have been going in the early '80's. You may even get a chance to talk to their adorable little girl who sometimes helps around the tables. It is great to see a small family owned business in action.
      And really, the pies are that perfect NY pizza style and they have not changed for over 20 years. Worth a trip from anywhere in the metro area.

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      1. re: SpiceJunkies

        You can't be any more true about the owners and I also preferred the regular slice. They were so nice. We were a bit lost getting there from Arthur Avenue and in the middle of operating a business they directed us on the phone for about 10-15 minutes till we were outside while switching between people on the phone so others could work.

      2. totally agree. the husband and i love this place for it's neighborhood feel, friendly service and great food. we love their regular slice. thin crust with a nice bit of char, tasty sauce, not too much mozz and just the right amount of oregano. i've had their white slice and while delicious, is just too much cheese for me. and, their eggplant & broccoli rabe calzones are tdf.

        1. Sausage Pie, the best there is! I havent been there is about 6 months will be going there this week after reading this.

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          1. re: Jim P

            The white is sublime. Nice people. Far away from Park Slope and Manhattan = few chowhound crowds but the food, as one poster pointed out, would certainly draw significant action and comment were it not in the Bronx. Too bad for some. Great for others. Enjoy! Don't pass up the sausage, it's true, some of the most flavorful sausage I know...but somehow it combines with the actual sausage pizza in a weird way at times. Anyone have this experience?

            1. re: Jim P

              After reading this, I'm on my why now before my erands!

            2. I live a couple of miles from Louie and Ernies, yes we have those in the outer boroughs and I have agree with everything said about it. I like it as much as if not better than diFara's really (not as salty in fact) but no attitudes, they bring your pie or slices to your table and you can watch the ball game on the old tv in the corner. It's a great pizza shop in every way. The homemade sausage is amazing. A real neighborhood NYC pizza experience without any pretense, just super great "apiz" and oh, yes they even have the classic manhattan special espresso soda.

              Manhattanites, if you havn't been go. It's worth the shlep.