HOME > Chowhound > Pacific Northwest >
What have you made lately? Share your food adventure

Where oh where is the real NY pizza?

Sharoneonta Feb 3, 2011 03:38 PM

I live in Eugene, we have a few passable pizza joints, Sy's and Mezza Luna are ok but let's face it, it's not home.

Once I called to order a pie and they asked me if I wanted apple.

Is there ANY killer pizza in the PNW???

  1. tracylee Feb 5, 2011 02:37 PM

    I've not had pizza in New York, but people say that Straight From New York here in Salem is pretty close. I know it's super yummy!

    2 Replies
    1. re: tracylee
      NWChef Mar 16, 2011 10:01 PM

      Straight From NY pizza in Salem is the closest to authentic New York slices I have found in the NW. I work in Salem two days a week and eat there way more than I should. There are a couple of places in Portland that have very good pizza, but they are not New York pies. NY pizza is pretty specific. Big floppy slices that you fold in half to eat. The sauce should be flavorful and balance with a good quality mozz. Crust should have the light crispiness on the outside and be light and chewy on the inside. Crust should have hints of carmel. I've tried a lot of places that say they have New York pizza that are more NW pizza. I miss living in NY and never having to worry about finding a good slice.

      1. re: NWChef
        Amecameca Jun 24, 2011 06:23 PM

        Wow, it's great to know that Salem has something going for it! I think SFNYP is opening up a store in Portland. That would be a first -- that a Salem restaurant opens a branch in Stumptown!

    2. l
      laurachow Feb 5, 2011 11:14 AM

      This is a favorite in Bellingham. Not NY-style pizza, but wood-fire pizza with some incredible toppings. I just had the Major Grigio for the first time recently with curry roasted veggies, something I would probably never have ordered but someone else was doing the ordering. It was sooooo good. Couldn't stop eating it!


      3 Replies
      1. re: laurachow
        bbqboy Feb 5, 2011 11:20 AM

        I'm trying to imagine how curry roasted veggies would go over in NYC. :)

        1. re: bbqboy
          laurachow Feb 5, 2011 11:24 AM

          Not very well. To steal some bumpersticker wisdom: Keep Bellingham Weird!

          1. re: bbqboy
            sedimental Feb 5, 2011 11:27 AM

            Probably not too well!!!! Lafiamma is truly a PNW pizza place! A really good one too!

            I have had NY pizza by the slice in NYC on several occasions. Not a big fan of it! But I can appreciate that someone who IS a big fan of it would miss it "around these parts". Very different pizza.

        2. s
          Sharoneonta Feb 4, 2011 07:22 AM

          Is it the water? Like bagels?

          There's a Rays every 12 feet at home..can't I have just one?

          3 Replies
          1. re: Sharoneonta
            bbqboy Feb 4, 2011 08:07 AM

            yeah, but how many Northwest style pizza places are there in NYC? :)

            1. re: bbqboy
              Sharoneonta Feb 4, 2011 09:46 AM

              Good point. Maybe I should just appreciate what I have and look forward to my annual week long pizza eating pig out in NY.

              I am going to try that place in Bellingham though. It's worth a try.

              1. re: Sharoneonta
                sedimental Feb 5, 2011 09:42 AM

                It is not in Bellingham. Here is an urban spoon review of it :


                It sounds like NY Pizza is in the eye of the beholder.Have you tried to make your own pizza?

                I will try it out when I am up there next.

          2. JillO Feb 3, 2011 09:08 PM

            Apizza Scholls up in Portland does a great pie. I am a transplant from Brooklyn, NY - Bensonhurst is where I lived. I love their pizza. It is very thin crust and almost a bit closer to New Haven, CT style, but it is the closest I have found, and it is delicious.

            Just do not go on a Sat. night, you will wait forever.

            281 N 3rd Ave, Stayton, OR 97383

            1 Reply
            1. re: JillO
              scott123 Feb 4, 2011 05:23 AM

              Apizza Scholls makes great pizza, but I don't think I'd classify it as either NY or New Haven. With the sourdough starter and multi-day fermentation, I think it's in it's own category. The best descriptor I can come up with would be along the lines of 'Artisan-NY'

            2. s
              sedimental Feb 3, 2011 08:12 PM

              I would imagine "real NY pizza" is in New York.
              The PNW has killer pizza all over the place- especially wood fire pizza, custom crusts and artisan cheeses. Not NY style.
              I think you will be disappointed if you seek regional specialties out of their region.

              1 Reply
              1. re: sedimental
                gt1485a Feb 3, 2011 08:49 PM

                I beg to differ. I lived in NJ, 24 miles east of the City, for 7 years and Number 1 New York Pizza actually pulls it off. You don't go here for the atmosphere but it's got real NY style pizza. Garlic salt and oregano on the table, you get yelled at for ordering more than 3 toppings and they throw you out if you ask for fruit on your pizza. Give it a try it's worth the trip for a slice of NY pizza.


              2. bbqboy Feb 3, 2011 07:36 PM

                If you are going to limit it to NY style, I'd venture no.
                If you are interested in other types, I'd vote yes.

                Show Hidden Posts