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The Elusive Pizza Strip

EATTV Apr 22, 2011 12:39 PM

I have been hearing about the non-cheesy Pizza Strips of Rhode Island forever but have never tried them. I sampled my first PIzza Strips today at Superior Bakery in Cranston which was recommended by an Ocean Stater. Is Crugnale, Palmieri or DeFusco much different? So far I am a bit underwhelmed in an english muffin, jar sauce kind've way. What am I missing?

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  1. CapeCodGuy RE: EATTV Apr 22, 2011 12:42 PM

    Nothing at all, IMHO.

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      invinotheresverde RE: CapeCodGuy Apr 24, 2011 02:52 PM

      +1. Those things are nasty.

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        joe777cool RE: invinotheresverde Apr 24, 2011 09:25 PM


        turn in you Rhode Islander card immediately

        whats next - you dont like dels?

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          invinotheresverde RE: joe777cool Apr 24, 2011 10:07 PM

          Love Del's, but pizza strips are foul.

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            Bob W RE: joe777cool Apr 25, 2011 09:37 AM

            Hey, more strips for the rest of us! I can definitely see how they'd be an acquired taste (or a never acquired taste), like many oddball RI specialties.

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            invinotheresasister RE: invinotheresverde Apr 25, 2011 02:41 PM

            Live and work in RI, and I also detest pizza strips.

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              invinotheresverde RE: invinotheresasister Apr 25, 2011 02:55 PM

              We're not RI enough for 'em.

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                joe777cool RE: invinotheresverde Apr 25, 2011 03:00 PM

                tagteam - no fair!

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                  invinotheresasister RE: invinotheresverde Apr 25, 2011 03:32 PM

                  I will say that we get Superior pizza strips delivered to the store and people LOVE them. I can't figure it out.

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                    joe777cool RE: invinotheresasister Apr 25, 2011 05:09 PM

                    Superior are by far the worst too! oh well. When you get then hot and freash from the bakery they arent half bad, but in the stores they are dry and tasteless.

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            Gin n Tonic RE: EATTV Apr 22, 2011 06:37 PM

            CCG is right. Pizza strips suck. I think the only way you can appreciate them is if you were born in RI and remember having them at your sixth birthday party.

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              AikiLou RE: Gin n Tonic Apr 23, 2011 06:03 AM

              I grew up with them when they first beCAME a Rhode Island thing...early 50s...Rhode Islanders eat them, but, I think we do not know WHY we eat them. They are 100 per cent "what you see is what you get."

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                Bob W RE: Gin n Tonic Apr 23, 2011 09:01 PM

                I think there's a lot to this. I like them, but then again I live in Virginia and might eat a couple once a year. My first memory of them is of a box of pizza strips on the counter at Dutchland Farms -- I think they cost $0.07/strip.

                Good for the lactose intolerant, too!

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                  AikiLou RE: Bob W Apr 24, 2011 05:54 AM

                  And my first memory is Norwood Bakery(PostRoad-Warwick)...circa 1954-1955--.10 cents a strip

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                joe777cool RE: EATTV Apr 23, 2011 10:02 PM

                The best pizza strips are at Calvitos and DePetrillos. Crugnale really arent that good, Superior are even worse, and DeFusco's.....well they have been closed down. It is pizza dough with sauce, however, so I would temper your expectations. A box of "party pizza" never last very long at my house though!

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                  RIRN2008 RE: EATTV Apr 25, 2011 04:10 AM

                  I like the pizza strips from Buono's Bakery.

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                    barfly RE: RIRN2008 Apr 25, 2011 09:36 AM

                    A bad pizza strip is truly nasty. If they're not fresh they can get really soggy, and obviously since they're only sauce and dough you need to have great versions of both to succeed.

                    A good pizza strip (I can only vouch for Calvito's in Wakefield and Narragansett) with a nice bite to the crust and a tangy sauce can be pretty darn satisfying!

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                    sarabean RE: EATTV Apr 25, 2011 12:10 PM

                    my favorite strips (and i am a reluctant fan) are from pauly penta's. the tomato topping is thick, sweet, and olive-oily. i usually go for a corner.

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                      Frank Terranova RE: EATTV Apr 25, 2011 03:05 PM

                      Many years ago pizza strips were not that bad. They used Black Heavy Pizza Sheet Pans which conducted the heat and force a nice crispy bottom. Most sheet pans are lighter aluminium pans which will not give the crispy bottom. RI is only state who made pizza in sheet pans this is one reason the strip was presented. I make them a lot at home when I get bored and look for a 1/2" thick dough.

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                        FjmArch RE: Frank Terranova Apr 25, 2011 04:47 PM

                        You are better off getting the big brother (small round) of the Pizza Strip at
                        Zaccagnini's Pastries Inc
                        701 Oaklawn Avenue
                        Cranston, RI 02920-2814
                        (401) 943-4567

                        They also have pizza strips that are much better than any others as well.

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                          Frank Terranova RE: FjmArch Apr 25, 2011 04:57 PM

                          I dont eat them much anymore. I prefer the paper thin NY type. Like I said If I get bored I will make a rectangle sheet and cut it into strips.

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                            kiki47 RE: Frank Terranova May 1, 2011 02:09 PM

                            I second RIRN's opinion of Buono's. Since pizza strips consist of basically two ingredients(dough and sauce) they both have to shine. The bread at this bakery is my favorite in RI. Many times when out to eat if the bread is great I'll ask where it's from, 9 times out of ten it's Buono's.

                      2. menton1 RE: EATTV May 2, 2011 03:10 PM

                        Ahh, Rhode Island, a food wonderland! Pizza strips, coffee milk, cabinets, stuffies, clam cakes, chowda, and best of all, NEW YORK WEINERS!!

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