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Best Pizza in the Camden/Rockland Area?

I would like to get others views on where to get the best pizza in the area. Some of the usual suspects, in no particular order (not all considered "take out"):

Rockland:
In Good Company (flirts with perfection)
Bricks (decent brick oven pizza)
Amatos (a Maine staple)
Primo (also flirts with perfection)
Snappy's (mezza mezza)
Thorndike Creamery (one of the best "take-outs", though $$$)
Pizza Hut (do I need to leave a comment on that one?)
Dominos (ditto)
South End Market (had it, don't remember it?)
Atlantic Baking Co. (I've heard/seen that they now do pizza...haven't had it)

Rockport:
West Street Market (usually very good)
Dead River (pretty darn good for 5 bucks)

Camden:
Elm Street Grille (just recently had it for the first time, LOVED it)
Paolina's Way (good thin crust)
The Shack (haven't had it)
Megunticook Market (tasty doughy pizza)
Camden House of Pizza (haven't had it)

Lincolnville:
The Edge (love their all you can eat Sundays!)

Am I missing any?

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Paolina's Way
10 Bayview Landing, Camden, ME 04843

Thorndike Creamery
385 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

Atlantic Baking Co
351 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

In Good Company
415 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

Megunticook Market
2 Gould St, Camden, ME 04843

Camden House of Pizza
12 Mechanic St, Camden, ME 04843

West Street Market
201 West St, Rockport, ME 04856

Elm Street Grille
115 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843

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  1. I wish we had a great pizzaria but for my money it's Snappy's all the way. Snappy's has the most history around here, I think that helps when your talking about great pizza. Great pizza has some history behind it. They make there own dough, sauce, cheese blends on premise instead of buying it all in like most of the "take out places." Some the other places you mentioned have great pizza but are not what I'm looking for when I think of eating pizza. I've been waiting for a reason to brag up Snappy's, thanks for the chance.

    1. Wow, I think Snappy's has terrible, franchise-like pizza! I do like Primo's and most of the time In Good Company's, but for my real fix of good pizza, we grill it at home, either making our own dough or using the dough we buy from Micucci's in Portland. I have liked Thorndike's pizza in the past, but agree that's it's gotten too expensive and now they're using some sort of Sysco cheese mix, which i hate. We get Brick's occasionally, which is ok, but have never tried the Elm Street Grille's, which I've heard good and bad about. I quite like the pizza they do at Atlantic Baking Company, and sometimes I buy it, bring it home and heat it in a pan on the stove (the best way to heat up pizza, in my experience). Oh, we've bought Megunticook market dough, too, for our home-done pizzas, and it's good. I grew up in New England (and lived away for many years in many places), but closer to where a lot of Italians live, so I think Maine is pizza-challenged, to be sure. I just had some terrific Neapolitan-style pizza at an amazing restaurant in Woodstock, Vermont, called Pane e Salute, so don't know why they can't do it like that right here in Maine. Oh well, we have more pressing problems in life!

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      In Good Company
      415 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

      Elm Street Grille
      115 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843

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      1. re: Shooley

        Order Snappy's Sicilian pizza with a feta cheese topping, and you just might change your mind. The thin crust with deliciously greasy garlic goodness is hard to beat, and feta adds just the right tang.

        1. re: Shooley

          i think you have to have grown up on Snappy's to really appreciate it. I know it's not gourmet but it's just one of those things. Like a Wasses dog.

          1. re: mainecoastchef

            Snappy's- definitely not gourmet, but just right when I want a pizza and beer on Friday night. And this from someone who did not grow up on it!

            I also like other fancier places- I had a great four-cheese pie at Paolino's Way a year ago, but have heard they've gone a bit downhill? Can't confirm. And a fabulous pizza at Primo with Morrocan lamb meatballs and mint this winter. That said, pizza to me is something that I can have with a bottle of beer or a coke and a movie- and Snappy's is really pretty great for that.

            1. re: happybellynh

              I concur. Except for the Paolinas Way assessment. They use a rolling pin for their pizza...bad...very bad. could be good but not doing it right.

              1. re: mainecoastchef

                Paolina's Way was excellent when it very first opened, when Stefano, the Italian guy was there. It tasted just like pizza we had in Italy. Sigh...

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                Paolina's Way
                10 Bayview Landing, Camden, ME 04843

                1. re: mainecoastchef

                  Can't get on board with Snappy's...always found it to be average. And they are now dead to me. You wan't to talk bad...the past two times I went there the girl working the cash register took my cash, gave me change, then proceeded to go immediately back to working a pizza dough. Call me crazy, but that's one of the biggest no-no's there is.

                  1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

                    I'm a fan of Paolina's Way! We were in Italy last summer, and eating at Paolina's Way takes me back there! The pizza is the BEST - yum!

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                    Paolina's Way
                    10 Bayview Landing, Camden, ME 04843

                    1. re: gcyang

                      I've stayed in Camden several times, have a weaknes for good wood-fired pizza and scour the boards for food finds and this is the first I've heard of Paolina's Way. I had to have walked right past it at least a dozen times. How can that be? Staying at the Lord Camden in August so I won't miss them this time. Thanks all for a good thread.

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                      Paolina's Way
                      10 Bayview Landing, Camden, ME 04843

                      1. re: RC51Mike

                        Still love the wood-fired, thin-crusted pizzas at Paolina's Way in Camden--especially the fresh tomato with capers and the clam pizza. Looking forward to a detour there on our way up to Mt. Desert Island.

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                        Paolina's Way
                        10 Bayview Landing, Camden, ME 04843

          2. I had a fabulous pizza today at Rustica in Rockland! The goat cheese pie pizza: artichoke, roast red pepper pesto, fresh spinach, grilled balsamic onions, goat cheese, pizza cheese, roasted garlic was laden with plentiful ingredients so you really got lovely rich-tasting mouthfuls. I wouldn't hesitate to have it again. And the mussels were phenomenal, sweet in sauce both rich and bright-light; possibly the best tasting way I've ever tried.

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            Rustica
            315 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

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            1. re: FeastFinder

              Thanks for the heads up. I've been to Rustica many times, but never had the pizza. I do love their other stuff though...they seem to fly underneath the radar for some reason.

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              Rustica
              315 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

            2. We just had lobster pizza (chalk board special) from Paolina's Way and it was outstanding. Not large chunks of lobster but smaller pieces spread throughout, fresh tomatoes, shaved Parmesan and pea shoot greens. Very thin crust with the perfect amount of chewiness. Also had the shrimp pizza on the regular menu and it was nearly as good. I have to say those were among the most memorable pizzas we ever had.

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              Paolina's Way
              10 Bayview Landing, Camden, ME 04843