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Wood-Fired Pizza in Ann Arbor

ooroger Jun 24, 2011 04:48 AM

Watching an episode of Man vs. Food Nation, in which the challenge was to eat a pizza topped with ghost chilis, got me hungering for traditional pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven (ghost chilis not required).

Any recommendations for really good wood-fired pizzas here in Ann Arbor? I prefer NY-style pies, with a thin, chewy crust, and simple Neopolitan toppings.

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    Quit2Chef RE: ooroger Jun 24, 2011 06:08 AM

    Certainly not "world class" but the pies at Jolly Pumpkin Brewery are quite good. A few brews doesn't hurt the taste either ;)

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      ooroger RE: Quit2Chef Jun 27, 2011 06:25 AM

      Thanks for the recommendation. I have had 1-2 of Jolly Pumpkin's pizzas. The crust was very nice and the toppings of high quality.

      What surprised me, at least for the ones I had, was the absence of a tomato sauce on the base. As such, the pizzas were very dry. Are all their pizzas made without sauce?

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      toro RE: ooroger Jun 24, 2011 10:08 AM

      try mani osteria, it has potenital to be really good,

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        bellmont RE: toro Jun 25, 2011 10:41 AM

        Ditto on Mani. Their wood fired pizzas are very good - thin, crispy chewy crust and simple toppings. They do go overboard with the salt in some of their dishes; I can't remember if the pizza was overly salted, but watch out.

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          ooroger RE: bellmont Jun 27, 2011 06:27 AM

          Thanks. I just looked at the mani website - their homepage graphic is a picture of a wood-fired pizza! Will definitely check it out.

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