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Oct 10, 2012 12:28 PM

Louie & Ernie's - Bronx

Been hearing about this place from friends for a while and finally got down there this afternoon. While I am someone who usually hates places that are raved about, I can't say anything bad about it. As a Brooklyn boy, raised on the epic Queen Pizzeria, I have been craving real pizza since moving to Westchester. Well, I finally found it. Had a sausage pie (since I was told their sausage is famous) and can say it was as near perfect as I've had recently. Perfect thickness....none of the new wave of skinny pizzas in this joint. Nice char, but not at all burnt. Perfect seasoning, so as not to taste like the other 5000 pizza places in NY. The cheese is melted, but doesn't stretch for six feet when you bite it. The sausage....nice chunks which burst with flavor. The crust is perfect. Not to crunchy, but not to flimsy.

It's a rare occasion when I don't have to add some sort of seasoning to make today's pizza places edible, but this was by far the best pizza I've had in a long time. And before people start raving about DiFara's or the other place under the bridge, I've never been to DiFara's, but as two life-long Brooklynites (and one who I had never met) said "DIFara's? I'm FROM Brooklyn....never heard of it."

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  1. May your next slice be L&E's WHITE slice.

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    1. re: Mike R.

      Sounds like a plan. Usually do get white.

    2. Since you're in Westchester, try Frank Pepe's in Yonkers. Clam pie is quite tasty.

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      1. re: Sluggo1407

        Clam is right up my alley, but I've heard the Pepe's in Yonkers pales in comparison to the the one in Fairfield. Have a friend that will drive to Fairfield even though he lives ten minutes from the Yonkers one.

        1. re: jhopp217

          Haven't been to the Pepe's in Fairfield, but the clam pie at the Yonkers Pepe's tastes real good to me. Clams are briny and not rubbery. I took a couple of slices home once and they even reheated well in my toaster oven.

      2. Try the fried calzone next time. Very good, although House of Pizza and Calzone in Brooklyn remains the king.

        1. jhopp217, where is Louie & Ernie's?

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          1. re: roxlet

            On Crosby Ave, off the Buhre Avenue stuff. L&E's is pretty famous.

            1. re: NewYorkNewHaven

              and it's damn good. difara's is still my top pick -- and has been since i lived out in flatbush circa 1986 or so -- but L & E is top five, maybe top three, definitively behind only DiFara and Totonno....

              1. re: debinqueens

                I live in Westchester, and rarely go to the Bronx, but this sounds like I should make an exception. How do the pies travel? Could I take one home, heat it up in the oven, and still come up with a reasonable facsimile?

                1. re: roxlet

                  My friend took one home and said it was fine. He actually had them cut a little hole in the box so it wouldn't steam. It's definitely worth it. The sausage was delicious, but I'm definitely going to have to try the white and from what it sounds like the calzones (I am not a huge calzone fan, but what the hey).

          2. You have to get there calzones, they deep fry them....AWESOME