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Thin-crust pizza in Raleigh?

Just got back from a trip to Boston where we had pizza from Upper Crust in Beacon Hill. Great, super thin crust with a light, homemade tomato sauce. And fresh spinach.

All the pizza around here, and I've lived here for years, is too thick. Anyone had good pizza with a thin crust?

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Upper Crust
1702 US Highway 17, Richmond Hill, GA 31324

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  1. I haven't been there yet - but it looks like this new place at North Hills, Piola, might fit the bill:

    http://www.piola.it/food.php?menu_num...

    It's a chain - but it's a chain direct from Italy. It's across the street from North Hills, where the new Harris Teeter is. It looks really cool. I'm anxious to check it out.

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    1. re: cackalackie

      Piola does do thin crusts, and they're pretty good. They have a wide selection of pizzas including a few Napoli style options. I wasn't as impressed with these as I was with some of the Napoli-style pie slingers in DC with the Napoli certifications and whatnot. But, I would go back. And the wine prices are very good - $5 for a decent Montepulciano or Chianti. Their crusts have a nice flavor and crispness to them.

      1. re: dinersaurus

        That's good to hear. I'm anxious to check it out. Looks like nice salad and carpaccio options as well.

    2. My favorite thin crust pizza is Capital Creations. It is pickup or delivery - no dining in. Very good, creative combination's, quality ingredients.

      In the past I had some very good pies at The Point. Then the quality and service became erratic to the point that we just stopped going. Might be worth a try if you catch them on the upswing. When they were at the top of their game they were great!

      1. Pizza Italia on Westgate and Fuggedaboutit on Six Forks. Both have their good days and bad days, like any authentic pizzeria, but when they hit it - especially Pizza Italia - the crust is great. Both are NY-style, neither are "gourmet." Fuggetabouit is has a few more creative options, Pizza Italia is old-school traditional.

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        Pizza Italia
        6405 Westgate Rd, Raleigh, NC 27617

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        1. re: rockycat

          Bella Monica on Duraleigh & Edwards Mill and Vivace on Lassiter Mill Rd (North Hills) both specialize in thin crust pizza. A bit more upscale than those suggested so far but pizzas are reasonable. I think either of these would be more what you are looking for and they are NOT chains.

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          Bella Monica Restaurant
          3121 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612

          Vivace
          4209 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27609

        2. When you say thin-crust do you mean NY style or are you looking for more of a cracker type crust? I'm guessing you're thinking of basic neapolitan if you're talking about Boston. My faves in Raleigh/Cary are Fuhgeddaboudit and NY Pizza. Dominic's, Bada Bing and Casalinga are also decent. And there's a brand new place in Cary called Bella Mia that's doing coal-fired thin crust. Definitely need to check it out.

          I've got more details on my blog but don't want to post link since I'm not sure if they're ok with it here on Chowhound...

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          Fuhgeddaboudit
          7321 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

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          1. re: RonboNC

            Pizza Italia and is very good, as are their Steak subs. Brixx and Stromboli's are not bad. Pioli was thin but not cooked well on my only visit. Fuhgeddaboudit is my favorite.

            All these places are a little inconsistent, depending on who made the dough and who cooked it. I made dough and thousands of pizzas as a teeneager working for a mom and pop joint in D.C. Making really good pies is an art.

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            Pizza Italia
            6405 Westgate Rd, Raleigh, NC 27617

            Fuhgeddaboudit
            7321 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

            1. re: RonboNC

              Bella Mia is definitely something special. Imported ingredients, local produce, humanely treated animals, all that fun stuff. The only caveat would be that its a tad expensive- about $13 on average for a 12 inch pizza. The wings (also cooked in the coal fire oven- marinated with rosemary and served with caramelized onions, are the best I've ever had)

              1. re: raleighboy

                Alright, great to hear that they're doing pizza right at Bella Mia! The wings sound awesome too. If it makes you feel any better, I paid $25 for a large sausage pizza ($5/slice) at DiFara's in Brooklyn. But in all honesty, it was totally worth it!

                1. re: RonboNC

                  And I've had a night where two of us dropped $50 at Totonno's. You can't compare Dom's or Totonno's to anywhere else. One, because they really are that good and, two, all the hype associated with them. They can get away with it *because* they are Di Fara's and Totonno's. They'd have a lot of trouble getting away with those prices anywhere else. It's not a fair comparison.

            2. Seems that Bella Mia on Harrison in Cary near Bonefish Grill and An is going to be big soon enough.. See Varmintbite's article below

              http://varmintbites.com/2010/06/30/co...

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              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                Had dinner at Bella Mia last Thursday. It was ridiculously good. We had the Margherita, the pizza with broccoli rabe and sausage, and the pizza with fresh prosciutto and arugula. All three were perfect.

                I have a hard time describing the crust other than to say that it was not chewy at all, in a good way. The toppings were simple and excellent. It was a great meal.