Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Quest for Pizza

Tripadvisor has another one of those top-10 lists out, this time the top 10 pizza joints in the U.S., as chosen by its users.

Nice try here, Tripadvisor, but if pizza joints in New York (and all right, maybe Philly and Jersey also) don't occupy the entire top 10 list, that list is not reliable.

One of the (few) things I truly miss about living in Arizona now is the unavailability of good pizza -- which is however made up for by the availability of great authentic Mexican food.

Well-meaning friends here keep recommending various pizza places in Tucson that are said to have pizza like New York -- sorry, none pass the test, including the very good (but not really up to New York standards) Brooklyn Pizza joint by the University of Arizona campus.

And sorry, bujt there is no such thing as decent "Chicago-style" pizza. Does not exist.

Anyway, the Tripadvisor list:

1. Lombardi's, New York City
2. Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder, Chicago
3. Modern Apizza Place, New Haven, CT
4. Flour + Water, San Francisco
5. Vito's Pizza, Los Angeles
6. Pizzeria Regina, Boston
7. De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies, Trenton, NJ
8. Dewey's Pizza, St. Louis
9. Tacconelli's Pizza, Philadelphia
10. Fellini Pizzeria, Providence, RI



ChefNick said...

Get thee hence to Luzzo's's.

James said...

It's clear to me (ex-New Jersey) that when you have people who don't know pizza rate pizza, then the ratings are meaningless.

Every visit to my parents back in NJ features two special meals: pizza, and a pastrami sandwich. (Not at the same meal!)

Kevin said...


Authentic Neapolitan pizza, of which New York style is a derivative, is easy to master at home. San Marzano D.O.P. certified tomatoes from Naples, Caputo 00 Antimo Pizza Flour from Naples, sea salt from Sicily, extra virgin olive oil, fresh oregano and basil and Mozzarella di bufala is all you need.

DOUGH (makes 12 pies)
2lb, 8.5oz flour, chilled
5 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoon yeast
1/2 cup olive oil
3 1/2 cups water, ice cold (40°F) - 50 minutes

Stir together the flour, salt, and instant yeast in a 4-quart bowl…With a large metal spoon, stir in the oil and the cold water until the flour is all absorbed...If you are using an electric mixer, switch to the dough hook and mix on medium speed for 5 to 7 minutes

The sauce is uncooked and takes 2 minutes to make. Happy to walk you through it, including tools you will need. We have this pizza 2 to 3 times a week. Friends won't eat pizza out any more. It's the real deal.

Kevin Mitchell

ChefNick said...

Well, blow me down with a feather. If you want pizza . . . go to my 8-pizza blockbuster evening at

I learned a lot from Luzzo's!