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Louie & Ernie's - Bronx

jhopp217 Oct 10, 2012 12:28 PM

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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    Mike R. Oct 10, 2012 09:03 PM

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

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    1. re: Mike R.
      jhopp217 Oct 17, 2012 12:17 AM

      Sounds like a plan. Usually do get white.

    2. Sluggo1407 Oct 11, 2012 05:14 AM

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

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        jhopp217 Oct 17, 2012 12:18 AM

        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
          kdgchow Oct 17, 2012 05:14 AM

          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.

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        kdgchow Oct 12, 2012 05:39 AM

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

        1. roxlet Oct 12, 2012 04:07 PM

          jhopp217, where is Louie & Ernie's?

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            NewYorkNewHaven Oct 12, 2012 09:46 PM

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

            1. re: NewYorkNewHaven
              debinqueens Oct 12, 2012 09:49 PM

              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
                roxlet Oct 13, 2012 01:26 PM

                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
                  jhopp217 Oct 17, 2012 12:16 AM

                  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).

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            juicemann2 Oct 15, 2012 09:40 AM

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

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