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NY style pizza?

Anybody have recommendations for NY style pizza in the Twin Cities?

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  1. Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza is probably the closest you'll find to NY style. It also happens to be hands down the best pizza in town, in my opinion. And if you go, order a salad to share - you wouldn't expect much from a salad in a pizza joint, but I would give their salads best in TC's honors, as well.

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    1. re: keithinmpls

      Thanks! This place is in our neighborhood, but I have never been and didn't know it's like NY style.

    2. If you search you will find a long and passion-filled thread about Twin Cities pizza.

      I also wanted to recommend this blog, which has reviews of just about every pizza place in the area:
      http://s4xton.com/

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        1. re: LiaM

          Thanks, that is an AWESOME link! I don't even know if I have to read the entries, the pictures themselves tell a good story.

        2. Try Joey Novas in Plymouth, Hwy 55 just west of 169 (turn at Arbys). They also have a store near Excelsior. This is a North Jersey opinion. Slices are available. I don't care for their sausage. Just had a take out, got it unsliced, at home put it on bottom oven rack of 450 oven for a few minutes, this made it really special. I also am a fan of Cosetta's in St. Paul.

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          Joey Nova's
          5655 Manitou Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331

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          1. re: stymie

            Thanks, my husband is from NJ too, and turned me on to the NY/NJ style. I'm sure he'll appreciate your opinion, thanks!

            1. re: grad_girl_1

              In that case, you would do well to try the East Coast tomato pie at Papa's in NoMi. It's billed as a taste of Trenton, and it is tasty. Whether it is tasty in the way that Trenton pizza is tasty, I have no idea, but the texture seems a lot closer to East coast pizzas generally.

          2. Hiawatha Pizza
            2740 Minnehaha Avenue
            Minneapolis, MN 55406-1542
            (612) 465-8586

            Ramy's Pizza
            15265 Galaxie Ave
            Apple Valley, MN 55124
            (952) 432-3121

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            Ramy's
            3724 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

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            1. re: Bill Roehl

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7032...

              NJ style...NY style....Minnesota bumpkin style...Whatever. Joey Nova's make good pizza. I like to eat it fresh on the spot. Taking it home ruins it IMHO.

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              Joey Nova's
              5655 Manitou Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331

              1. re: Bill Roehl

                Anything change from over a year ago on Hiawatha Pizza? Otherwise IMO it is a definite scratch from any Twin Cities NY-style pizza list.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6093...

              2. MSp has great food, NY style pizza is not one of the many choices. Black Sheep is probably the closest and the owner is a really nice guy. The other pizza jfood thought was pretty good was Nea in NE. Other than that, there are too many other great choices that jfood is enjoyed.

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                1. re: jfood

                  jfood,

                  Have you ever tried joey nova's?

                  1. re: kriminalrat

                    After all of the praise Joey Nova's has received on various NY style threads on here I checked it out last week. It was good, better than tavern/midwestern-style for sure but it's not good NY style pizza and for people to rant and rave about it is just silly.

                    The sauce was tasteless. Absolutely and utterly tasteless and thus I ate cheese on dough. However, the rest of the pizza was fine. It acted and looked like NY style, it just didn't taste like anything I have had before.

                    Just to make sure that Minnesota (and my choices on my routine visits back to the area) hadn't changed my opinion, I brought along a ex-NYer who had just been there a few weeks prior to visit his family and ate plenty of it. He concurred: the sauce was weak and toned down to meet Minnesota tastes.

                    *shrug*, I won't be back.

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                    Joey Nova's
                    5655 Manitou Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331

                    1. re: Bill Roehl

                      We take what we can get here. Better than 99% of anything else in Minnesota. Tried Broders the other day. Also tasty but the sauce was a wee bit too sweet.

                      1. re: ilikepeas

                        I agree however Joey Nova's certainly didn't live up to the expectations set. I still contend there are several other places in MN with far better pizza than Nova's.

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                        Joey Nova's
                        5655 Manitou Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331

                        1. re: Bill Roehl

                          When exiled in MN from NY you learn to adapt to your surroundings. I like Punch for what it is. Black Sheep is no Grimaldis, and certainly not a Co. Haven't been to Lola yet, will check that out. But Bill I would love to know of any better NY style pizza out here.

                          1. re: ilikepeas

                            I hear that. Suffered through several months in NYC a few years back; there isn't a decent burrito on the entire island of Manhatten. But you learn to make do.

                          2. re: Bill Roehl

                            Thanks for the review. Never had a NY pizza but all I know is I like Nova's. To me it has a great ratio of dough/sauce/cheese. Alot of places around here either have too much sauce...too much dough...etc. I'd rather have bland sauce then overspiced. There is a place by me called Gina Maria's and their sauce is over spiced and sweet and their pizza sucks because of it. I think the stereotype that Minnesotans can't handle spice is BS. My fridge is full of sauces made with Fatali, Habanero, and Naga peppers.

                            1. re: kriminalrat

                              Joey Nova's is gone. My husband tried to go to lunch there today as he works nearby. It was open yesterday. Today, even the sign is gone!

                              1. re: justalex

                                The one in Tonka Bay or the other or both?

                                1. re: Bill Roehl

                                  I'm sorry. I should've stated the location. The JN I posted about is in Plymouth. I don't know about the other one.

                        2. re: Bill Roehl

                          Bill, thanks for taking one for the team. Saved us all a trip.

                          1. re: KTFoley

                            Went to Black Sheep the other ngiht after a Twins Game. Wow, that place is making some great pies. We had 2 Pizza's, the sauage one and the meatball one and both were outstanding. I would recommend this place to anyone!