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looking for good pizza in Oakland county help [DTW]

Im looking for some authentic pizza, not a chain pizza help where can i find it?

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    1. re: GrueLurks

      A very loud second to this recommendation. Fresco is wonderful.

      1. re: Wakeley Bridge

        An enthusiastic "third" to the Fresco recommendation. It is the truest-to-Neapolitan-style pizza in the area.

        1. re: jjspw

          So happy to see that this place is catching on!!! It is our favorite as well.

    2. Oakland county is a large and winding shaped area. Which town is your home base?
      Fresco is quite good to me also. Also Crust and Tomatoes Apizza. There are a couple places now in Royal Oak, too. Here is a good thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/586364. Happy pizza-ing.

      1. Loui's Pizza in Hazel Park is my go-to pizza joint.

          1. re: coney with everything

            alibi is our go to for eat in or non-chain carry out (jets)

            also like cust in rochester, fresco, and the gathering place in troy for square.

            1. re: coney with everything

              Alibi's used to be our favorite when it was a tiny little hole in the wall. I lived a couple streets away and our family used to buy pizza from there every Friday. The pizza was a whole lot better then. Their fish dinner is still great and so are their salads like the greek and the anitpasto. Would skip the pasta to be honest.

              1. re: lovetoeat1985

                I'm a former Michigander now living in Arizona and also used to live a couple blocks from Alibi. I was in MI last summer and got carryout pizza from Alibi on two occasions and it was as good as I remember.

                1. re: HeyImBack

                  The pizza has changed though from when it was a small little bar, though many people never knew about them back then. They use different mushrooms and they don't add cornmeal anymore to the bottom. I guess we were just spoiled from eating there way back when I was a kid. (We lived 2 streets away from the Alibi on DeEtta street and my brother and I used to walk up there Friday nights and get the weekly pizza and fish meal for the family) Their fish is just as good. Can't find a better fish dinner! I guess it is just a matter of personal taste.

            2. 1. Tomatoes a pizza!!!!! I prefer the on on 14/middlebelt
              2. Fesco
              3. Georgios in downtown Rochester

              I am very excited for crispelli's to open in berkley
              Also, not in Okaland county, but dying to try cellar 849- they are certified

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              1. re: christyar

                Christy, I share your interest in Crispelli's, though I was holding off mentioning it, pending a prelude post by berkleybabe. ;-)
                I was a bit turned off by their statement that they aspire to "be the next Panera." That's fine for their bank account, but not for my indulgence. Anyway, I hope to soon check it out.

                1. re: VTB

                  oooh, a new pizza place! I will remain totally loyal to Fresco, because I love that place and the people who run it are so nice and I want them to succeed. However, I will try this place despite their questionable statement (seriously??? the next Panera?????).

                  Georgio's isn't bad, but it's a different style.

                  1. re: VTB

                    I've walked by Crispelli's and peeked in the window...looks like a wood burning oven in the middle of the room. And the outdoor seating by Woodward could be way fun in the summer on a Saturday night.

                    Hope they're good and especially excited about the bakery component. The Job Opportunities listed on their website include one for a baker with "artisan baking" skills.

                2. We are pizza lovers and will drive out of our way for good pizza.

                  We have found the best deep dish is:
                  1. Loui's pizza on Dequindre by 9 mile. Hazel Park
                  2. Pizza Papalis (Downtown Detroit, Troy)
                  3. Buddy's (Rochester Hills and Warren)
                  4. Franco's on Vandyke in Warren

                  Best thin crust:
                  1. Tony's Pizzeria in Troy (Dequindre & 15 mile) (Great pasta also) (248) 588-1636 They serve thin crust pizza that tastes great, but you have to ask for the pizza to be well done to get it crunchy. They are somewhat stingy on portion sizes.
                  2. Fresco Pizza in Rochester Hills Awesome!
                  3. Georgio's pizza in Rochester Hills is okay- a lot of garlic. FYI- The pasta is not good and expensive for a tiny portion.
                  4. East side Mario's in Rochester Hills at M-59 & crooks is really good. The pizza is over looked in this restaurant. Their pasta is awesome too and if you eat inside you get unlimited salad and fresh garlic bread with every entree. They always have a buy one get one free entree coupon in the VAL pak too. Great atmosphere.
                  5. The Green Lantern (A smalll bar) on John R and 11 or 12 mile in Madison Heights is a great, greasy, hand tossed pizza with tiny pepperonis. Just a good tasting pizza. People drive far for their pizza.

                  FYI: The CRUST pizza place is closed in Rochester Hills. I never got to try it either !!!!!!

                  We have not tried Tomatoes A pizza but from all the hype on here we are going to make the long drive to try it for sure!

                  Anyone else have any other pizza places they love....please share.

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                  1. re: lovetoeat1985

                    112 Pizzeria Bistro in Rochester Hills does a superb New York style pizza.


                    1. re: GrueLurks

                      We just tried 112 Pizzeria Bistro in Rochester Hills. OMG EXCELLENT thin crust pizza and on the way home from my husband's work. Looks like he will be stopping once a week there! LOVE LOVE LOVED it! If you haven't tried it...you are missing out. Great tasting cheese, excellent thin crispy crust. We got our's with mushrooms and extra sauce. It was delicious. The mushrooms were fresh and cut up in tiny pieces. When I first saw it, it looked strange, but it was great that way. If you like a little more sauce then I would suggest asking for extra sauce. Of course they offer a lot of no sauce pizzas on their menu too.

                      1. re: lovetoeat1985

                        Had 112 Pizzeria Bistro tonight and was really disappointed in the pizza. I guess it depends on who makes the pizza. Hate that. We will give them more chances though. We did have their pasta and it was awesome. Sort of skimpy on the portion size for $12 but still very tasty.

                        1. re: lovetoeat1985

                          You are right goatgolfer, I guess I didn't really add any details about the pizza. I should have done that! The reason we were disappointed was that there was hardly any cheese and they were just VERY skimpy on the toppings. We did ask for extra sauce and even offered to pay for it, but not get it in our opinion. It was $15 for the pizza too, so like grouper says below, you do expect just a little more. The taste was good though. Their cheese is quality and the sauce tastes great so we will go again and see how it goes. There is a CRUST pizza in the Emagine theatre in Rochester Hills. Is that the same Crust? We always wanted to try them.

                          1. re: lovetoeat1985

                            Yes, it is the same Crust. Sadly it's the only location left. I haven't had any thing there as I don't really want pizza at the movies, so I don't know how it is.

                        2. re: lovetoeat1985

                          We tried 112 Pizzaria this week and really liked it as far as taste. My son had mushrooms and as liketoeat said they were chopped up but the taste was good. I had half with sauce and half without, loved the taste of both. However, at $12 per pizza I really expected more than two artichoke leaves and three slivers of basil per piece. Had I cut each piece in half instead of folding over, it would have been one per. Since I prefer thin crust and miss Crust I'll probably visit again but I won't expect a lot of topping on the pizza. Alibi is just to doughy for me.

                    2. Tomatoes Apizza; Farmington Hills (14 Mile) location now
                      serves beer. Sadly; I saw only two [2] taps and I believe it
                      is InBev/A-B swill.

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                      1. re: rainsux

                        You know, I really need to make it back here sometime. You took me there for my first outing, and I've never made it back, but I do recall liking it quite a bit. And since I don't drink beer, that doesn't bother me one bit! ;)

                        1. re: boagman

                          > since I don't drink beer, that doesn't bother me one bit!

                          I wish they'd alter the beer selection to match their excellent
                          pizza. Strikes me as a bit incongruous.

                      2. Tomatoes Apizza @ Farmington Hills ...

                        Has expanded their draft beer selection beyond Miller Light. They now off Peroni and Oberon.

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                        1. re: rainsux

                          We are definitely going to try them. We don't drink beer either so the beer selection is not a problem. With all the recommendations for Tomatoes Apizza, I can't wait to try them. Thank you for the info!

                          1. re: lovetoeat1985

                            I'm picky about my pizza (perhaps unfairly so), and I happen to really like TA. Rainsux took me there once for the lunch buffet, and I have to say that I was *very* skeptical, but much to my surprise, I liked it, and that quite a bit. Mind you, it didn't topple Loui's Pizza at the top of my list, but it's a very different kind of pie, too, and it's hard to account for that.

                            That being said, very, very tasty, and a great texture, even in a ::shudder:: buffet experience. Recommended.

                            1. re: boagman

                              the lunch buffet at TA is the greatest pizza experience in metro Detroit.

                              For me, anyway.