Aleo Lincroft Pizza Rustica - Eat this pie!
I called Aleo to order what I thought would be just another grandma style pie, Pizza Rustica. What I got was a doughy, thick crust covered with sauce and a mixture of breadcrumbs and olive oil amoung other things with no discernable cheese.
I'm not sure what kind of face I made when I tried that first bite but it likely wasn't pretty. Yet there was something about that combination of flavors besides carb overload, something that brought me back to italy. Even now as I eat a reheated slice, if I close my eyes I am back in Rome or Florence. and, with the economy the way it is, this is the closest I am likely to come to italy for a while.
The kicker is that the pizza is just as good reheated. I don't care how good the pies are anywhere, but how many of those great pies are as good reheated? This is serious food and an experience not to be missed.
The whole pies at famous places like Da Baffetto in Rome is most certainly thin crust. But the stuff you can buy by the cm from any one of about a million take out places and eat as you walk is more like focaccia or sicilian style thick crust. The Pizza Bianco with no toppings except a dash of salt was one of my favorites, but there were always some pies with more unusual makeups.
Anyway, the point is, this pie from Aleo reminds me of those pies. and, even if you've never been to Italy, it is different enough to warrant your attention.