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Jan 26, 2009 08:46 AM

New York Pizza - Charlotte

No, I'm not starting another pizza fight here on the board. This one is about a new pizza place that just opened at South Blvd and Archdale (in same plaza as Japiur and Pho 98) - New York Pizza.

My wife and I were real excited when we saw the sign go up, as we live in Starmount and this is walking distance to us. We stopped in on Monday for a slice each with really high hopes - you call it NY Pizza and that is what I expect. Gotta say - it was pretty darn good.

The pizza is handmade, with big floppy slices, just the right amount of sauce and cheese. The crust has that familiar chew - you pull it off with that snap-like consistency, and then it is charred and chewy and delicious.

We went back on Friday for a full pie - 16" with big slices, very good. Our 16" cheese was $12 and we only ate half of it... great value I think.

They also do dinners (baked ziti, manicotti, stuffed shells, chicken/eggplant parm) as well as sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Cannoli's and cheesecake looked great.

Frankly, we only have had the pizza but we will be back for more.

It is a family run place that looks like a pizza place - counter up front, booths/tables, paper towels, cheese/red pepper/oregano shakers on the tables.

I'm not going to get into a ranking thing, as we all have ideas of what makes a pizza good and which we like best - but as a NY transplant I think this pizza is really, really good.

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  1. Thanks for the headsup, mcap! I work nearby and will have to check this place out for lunch sometime soon.

    1. Wow, these pizza places are popping up all over town.

      I live in South Charlotte and in addition to Carmella's, Palone's and Marino's, newly opened around here are Lorenzo's (corner of Marvin & Ardrey Kell Rds) and Brooklyn Pizza Parlor (Colony Rd). All of which serve traditional NY/PA pizza.

      Do you suppose there is a mass exodus of pie makers out of the northeast making there way down here in search of warmer weather and hungry transplants?

      I think it's great. Now, if only I could find a decent hoagie served up on a good roll.

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      1. re: lynnlato

        I know this is totally inconvenient for you but I had a cheese steak at LaSpada's in Cornelius a few weekends ago and it was delicious. I wonder if their hoagie is as good:

        1. re: HungryGrayCat

          I gotta try this place, and I will and get back to you.
          PS: is a hoagie a sub? -:)

          1. re: GodfatherofLunch

            Haha, good catch. It is on the west coast (where I'm from) so I didn't flinch.

            While you're up there in 'burbs, check out Ferrucci's Market too.

          2. re: HungryGrayCat

            Hmmm, this is interesting. It appears that this place is part of a family chain. It originally started w/ Tony, an Italian immigrant living in Chester PA. He opened the first store in Jersey and then his son John opened several stores throughout the tri-state area. John Jr. moved to South Florida in the 70's and opened several more stores before moving to the Orlando area and opening yet more stores. Now, his son, a 4th Generation LaSpada in the biz, has started operations in NC.

            Interesting. Honestly, I'm a little leery of the chain aspect but I'd like to try it. In looking at their menu and the pics, they don't look like what I consider to be a traditional hoagie. I've never seen a hoagie w/ meat wrapped around the LTO like they apparently do in their FL shops ( This is maybe a special thing they do.

            1. re: lynnlato

              That place on East Blvd inthe Harris Teeter shopping center... Little Village or something??? ...closed. I can't even remember the name.

          3. re: lynnlato

            There is a place in downtown Gastonia named Cantalupe's. VERY GOOD Italian. They get their rolls from Cassone's Bakery in Yonkers (sold now by US Foods). Very reasonable prices. Cute little place if you are ever down that way. Haven't eatn dinner there as it's kind of a hike from Matthews. Give it a try.

            1. re: BDM1

              Good to know, thanks. I have a friend in Gastonia who is originally from NJ. I'll have to ask her about it. You had me at "They get their rolls from Cassone's Bakery in Yonkers (sold now by US Foods). "

              1. re: lynnlato

                Cantalupe's ...Now open on Union Rd in Gastonia, took over the old Carolina BBQ place between Garrison and Hudson on Union Rd. The phone we had was great , nice place , good service, we needed another Italian place, this one is good.

                  1. re: CharlotteChowhound

                    LOL! I was wondering the same thing earlier. God knows I love my phone but I have never tasted it.

                    1. re: southernitalian

                      I've always thought that Yankees had odd ideas about food, but this takes the cake...

                  2. re: emts

                    my daughter and Ijust returned from Cantalupe's. I have now eaten in all three different locations, the original location in the old gas station, the downtown location, and Union Rd ex Carolina Country BBQ location. Our pizza was terrible, the crust was simultaneously burned, soggy and strangely sweet. My daughters penne w/pesto and chicken was , at best , edible. I really should have ordered the phone....

                1. re: BDM1

                  Hope you were there quickly - sounds like they closed due to "landlord issues". Supposedly they will reopen somewhere close by.

              2. Mcap, Thanks for a great referral. I stopped by today for a slice. When I first pulled in I noticed Pho 98 is closed. I saw Japiur looked pretty busy, I have to get back in there for the Indian lunch buffet soon. I was at first concerned as I did not see any New York Pizza. Good thing I'm persistent and found it all the way over to the right. This pizza is the real deal. First it passed the fold test. NY'ers don't use a knife and fork to eat pizza. We pick it up and give it a fold in the center. If its got the real NY thing going on it stays straight and does not bend and that what this slice did. The crust was right on, crunchy, crispy with that head jerk Lynnlato speaks of. All the components work together, the crust the sauce and the cheese all come together in pizza bliss. The cheese is gooey, stringy and flavorful just the way I like it. Call me old school but I gotta you I was in a fancy gourmet pizza place in town recently and I just didn't get it. They promote the crust as the most important part of the pizza experience and then make it so thin you can hardly taste it. The Pizza at New York Pizza had harmony it all just worked to create a real old school New York pizza pie. For me it was real pizza pleasure at a fraction of the price. So Hats off to you mcap!!!!!!

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                1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                  Okay, I could totally eat pizza for breakfast right now. Man, I want a slice!

                  1. re: lynnlato

                    Its the breakfast of champions! Move over Wheeties

                    1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                      We have NY Pizza here in the Triangle area. Is it the same people? Their pie is pretty awesome here.

                      1. re: Suzy Q

                        I don't know it as a fact but I very much doubt it.

                        1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                          Glad you liked it GFL - I find myself craving it regularly now. In my opinion, their crust is the best I've had around here.

                          I think NY Pizza here in Charlotte is a local spot - it is a family run business. They moved down from Connecticut after 20 years of making pizza up there...

                          As for Pho 98, it seems to be open some days, closed others. It's a total crapshoot - since I live nearby I pass it everyday. Sometimes open at lunch, sometimes closed. Saw it closed on a Friday night, open Saturday afternoon. Not sure what is going on..

                          Jaipur - love it. Might not be the "best" Indian in town, but I love their weekend dinner buffet - naan is great, and love the goat curry. They are always pretty busy, and the service is great.

                          1. re: mcap

                            Totally off the pizza thing but what the heck is going on with Pho 98? They continue to put out that huge buffet although business is way off (when it is open). That's got to be a huge financial drain. They need to stick to the basics (pho!), be open consistently, and ALWAYS have at least one person on staff who speaks English. I hate to think of that place closing!!! Now the NYer in me will get back to pizza - Anzi's pizza in Stonecrest. Really close to the real thing! I still think Carmella's might be a smidge better.

                            1. re: southernitalian

                              A quick update on Pho 98 as per the conversation above -

                              walked by there this weekend and there is a sign on the door saying they are having trouble with kitchen equipment and had to close down for a couple weeks to repair everything.

                              They ask their "friends" to be patient and "come back to us when we re-open". There was no exact re-open date...

                2. i went here, and it was amazing. not only was the food good, but the service was good too. Its a great family environment, and has a real pizzeria feel to it. I suggest everyone go by there and try it, you won't regret it!! If for nothing else, the ladies will appreciate the guy that will most likely be making your pizza!

                  1. Thanks for the review! I go that way once in a while and can always use a good slice on my travels Gotta love these NY style joints that sell by the slice! Makes me not so homesick!
                    By the way this is on the same South blvd. that has Luigis pizza with the upside down sign? what in the world? lol
                    I might have missed out on some of the best pizza in Charlotte and I'll never know.But I could not bring myself in there due to that stupid sign.