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  • Post #211 - June 23rd, 2014, 3:33 pm
    Post #211 - June 23rd, 2014, 3:33 pm Post #211 - June 23rd, 2014, 3:33 pm
    @JeffB: "Coalfire would be destination pizza in NY." I absolutely 100% agree.
  • Post #212 - June 24th, 2014, 6:04 am
    Post #212 - June 24th, 2014, 6:04 am Post #212 - June 24th, 2014, 6:04 am
    With the caveat that I think JeffB is being a bit too harsh, as a New Yorker (I live there during the week; in Chicago weekends), I absolutely agree that in NYC Coalfire would be a destination place. I think its on par with John's of Bleeker Street.
  • Post #213 - June 24th, 2014, 8:35 am
    Post #213 - June 24th, 2014, 8:35 am Post #213 - June 24th, 2014, 8:35 am
    JeffB wrote:I have never had a single good walking slice here,


    JeffB, it's not NY-style but I really enjoyed the takeout slice I got from Armand's on Division. Very rich, full-fat flavor to the cheese, sauce that wasn't too sweet, crisp crust and juicy sausage. For NY style, the best I've had here was at Boiler Room.
  • Post #214 - June 24th, 2014, 8:55 am
    Post #214 - June 24th, 2014, 8:55 am Post #214 - June 24th, 2014, 8:55 am
    I take it JeffB doesn't like Jimmy's pizza? That's a solid walking slice of NY style pizza in my book.
  • Post #215 - June 24th, 2014, 1:11 pm
    Post #215 - June 24th, 2014, 1:11 pm Post #215 - June 24th, 2014, 1:11 pm
    turkob wrote:I take it JeffB doesn't like Jimmy's pizza? That's a solid walking slice of NY style pizza in my book.

    Regardless of style, terrific pizza!
  • Post #216 - June 26th, 2014, 12:19 pm
    Post #216 - June 26th, 2014, 12:19 pm Post #216 - June 26th, 2014, 12:19 pm
    The best NY pizza in the city is Tony and Bruno's in the Merchandise Mart. Superb dough and excellent ingredients. Don't hate on it because it's located in the Mart and give it a shot.
  • Post #217 - June 28th, 2014, 4:34 pm
    Post #217 - June 28th, 2014, 4:34 pm Post #217 - June 28th, 2014, 4:34 pm
    My wife and I just came back from Pizzeria Serio on Belmont. The margherita with added pepperoni and sausage was marvelous, floppy and foldable. Some of the best pizza that I have had in Chicago.
  • Post #218 - June 28th, 2014, 4:40 pm
    Post #218 - June 28th, 2014, 4:40 pm Post #218 - June 28th, 2014, 4:40 pm
    I love Serio. Great tip.
  • Post #219 - June 30th, 2014, 7:30 pm
    Post #219 - June 30th, 2014, 7:30 pm Post #219 - June 30th, 2014, 7:30 pm
    Wouldn't you consider Serio to be more Neopolitan than traditional NY pizza?
  • Post #220 - June 30th, 2014, 9:54 pm
    Post #220 - June 30th, 2014, 9:54 pm Post #220 - June 30th, 2014, 9:54 pm
    gullit wrote:Wouldn't you consider Serio to be more Neopolitan than traditional NY pizza?


    No, IMHO, Serio is more like New York-style thin crust with big, floppy, foldable slices with bright tomato sauce rather than Nella/Spacca Napoli-like Neopolitan pizza with a watery center (inimical to that style).
  • Post #221 - July 1st, 2014, 6:21 am
    Post #221 - July 1st, 2014, 6:21 am Post #221 - July 1st, 2014, 6:21 am
    ld111134 wrote:
    gullit wrote:Wouldn't you consider Serio to be more Neopolitan than traditional NY pizza?


    No, IMHO, Serio is more like New York-style thin crust with big, floppy, foldable slices with bright tomato sauce rather than Nella/Spacca Napoli-like Neopolitan pizza with a watery center (inimical to that style).


    Serio is great, but it's neither Neapolitan nor New York.
  • Post #222 - July 5th, 2014, 11:48 pm
    Post #222 - July 5th, 2014, 11:48 pm Post #222 - July 5th, 2014, 11:48 pm
    deepdish wrote:In my humble opinion, the best NYC pizza in Chicago is:

    1) Coalfire;


    No doubt about that one - Coalfire is better than a number of the coal-fired pizzas I've had in NYC (certainly better than Totonno's and Grimaldi's). Haven't been to all of them, but I doubt too many would stand much higher than Coalfire.

    The Chicagoan in me is partial to the "Meat" pizza there - how can you go wrong with sausage topped with more spicy pork products? :)
  • Post #223 - July 7th, 2014, 11:06 am
    Post #223 - July 7th, 2014, 11:06 am Post #223 - July 7th, 2014, 11:06 am
    @Fredipusrex: My man- it's great to see you over here at LTHforum! From my own personal experience, Coalfire's sausage recipe is far superior to the "sweet sausage" used at Totonno's. I thought the crusts were similar at both places, but Coalfire's sausage is definitely better. I've never had sausage that good out East. Only here in Chicago (and Milwaukee, too). So with sausage that good, does that make Coalfire's sausage pizza a NYC pizza with a Chicago twist (i.e. great sausage)?

    Good Eating As Always,

    cpd007
  • Post #224 - July 18th, 2014, 12:25 am
    Post #224 - July 18th, 2014, 12:25 am Post #224 - July 18th, 2014, 12:25 am
    The closest I've come to NY Neapolitan style pizza is Grimaldi's which I had yesterday in Denver, and twice in Vegas. I though it was a great pizza, but the sausage can't beat what they have at Coalfire (Bari Sausage right?). Not only that, but in addition to the fennel sausage, Coalfire uses whole milk mozzarella on their sausage pizza, not fresh mozzarella that Grimaldi's uses. I still get the original sausage pizza Coalfire had, not the current one that has more toppings on it. And always extra sauce on the side to dip my crusts in. One of the best.
  • Post #225 - December 16th, 2021, 7:13 pm
    Post #225 - December 16th, 2021, 7:13 pm Post #225 - December 16th, 2021, 7:13 pm
    Ram4 wrote:I was over at Dimo's Pizza on Clark after the Cubs game Saturday and I have to say that it was one of the best NY street style slices I've had in Chicago so far. I haven't had any that blew me away in my lifetime, but most have been pretty good. I've never been to New York proper to have the real thing, so I can only go by what New York transplants have served me, or locals trying their own attempt. I ordered a simple plain cheese slice and it was excellent, with a sweet sauce and I loved the crust. This place is a slice mecca, as they have tons of strange toppings and combos such as Chicken and Waffles Pizza (which is very popular), Spicy Chicken Taco, Tortellini, Portabello Pesto, or Mac N Cheese. The selection of specialty slices is impressive if you like variations, but you have to ask what the hell anything is because nothing is labeled. A chaotic small space where people eat and get out quickly. Totally for the bar crowds around the area.

    Dimo's Pizza
    3463 N Clark St
    Chicago IL
    773-525-4580
    http://www.dimospizza.com/

    Dimo’s Pizza, a Madison, Wisconsin-style pizzeria, plans to open a location at 4647 N. Lincoln,

    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/9/28/226 ... ttractions
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  • Post #226 - December 20th, 2021, 1:13 pm
    Post #226 - December 20th, 2021, 1:13 pm Post #226 - December 20th, 2021, 1:13 pm
    It's funny to see my old comments having just been to dozens of pizzerias on the East Coast this year and what my expectations for NYC style pizza was and now is. I haven't been back to Dimo's since 2014 apparently.
  • Post #227 - December 20th, 2021, 2:45 pm
    Post #227 - December 20th, 2021, 2:45 pm Post #227 - December 20th, 2021, 2:45 pm
    I don't think I'm saying anything too controversial, but Paulie gees now serves the best NY slice in Chicago. I don't think it's that close.

    And I'm glad someone mentioned Tony and brunos at the mart many years back. Because of all the other mediocre options there, I've completed dismissed it. I will definitely try it next time I head to the office.
  • Post #228 - December 20th, 2021, 3:53 pm
    Post #228 - December 20th, 2021, 3:53 pm Post #228 - December 20th, 2021, 3:53 pm
    I figured Da Beef's recent roundup was part of the recent activity. Guess not.

    Here it is fwiw: https://chibbqking.blogspot.com/2021/12 ... o.html?m=1
  • Post #229 - December 21st, 2021, 10:21 am
    Post #229 - December 21st, 2021, 10:21 am Post #229 - December 21st, 2021, 10:21 am
    Zaza's Pizzeria on Clark and Barry is serving good NYC Style Pizza.

    I had a couple of the slices of the White Cheese slice; which was made kinda 'gourmet' by adding blobs of Ricotta and fresh Basil; and it had been sitting around for a while. But it was still good enough that I want to go there and get a freshly made pie. They serve slices for a limited time only.

    The cute thing is they have a kind of a Shrine built for Dolinsky's Pizza Book! I am guessing they are praying to be put on his tour! :-) And the large Tomato cans they have for putting your pizza on the table are actually full. I have a feeling they will stop doing that once people like me start making away with those!

    Zaza's Pizzeria
    3037 N CLARK STREET
    CHICAGO, IL 60657
    (773) 661-6389

    HOURS OF OPERATION
    TUESDAY: 4PM-10PM
    WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY: 12PM-10PM
    SUNDAY: 12PM-9PM
    MONDAY: CLOSED
  • Post #230 - December 23rd, 2021, 9:46 am
    Post #230 - December 23rd, 2021, 9:46 am Post #230 - December 23rd, 2021, 9:46 am
    bweiny wrote:I figured Da Beef's recent roundup was part of the recent activity. Guess not.

    Here it is fwiw: https://chibbqking.blogspot.com/2021/12 ... o.html?m=1
    This past May as a local warmup for my two East coast pizza related trips I went on in the fall (44 places - 7 of them twice) NY, NJ, Philly, New Haven, New England, etc) I went to the following for NY style slices:
    Paulie Gee's Wicker Park
    Paulie Gee's Logan Square
    Craft Pizza
    Cafe Luigi
    Boiler Room
    Gigio's Uptown
    Jimmy's

    Most were very good to great, with Cafe Luigi falling short (sauce was not that good). I wanted to try others but some were either not open or I had to order a whole pie and I was only doing slices. Now that I have had most of the best I can go back and re-evaluate plus try some more. Zaza's has my attention - especially the grandma slice.
  • Post #231 - December 23rd, 2021, 10:32 am
    Post #231 - December 23rd, 2021, 10:32 am Post #231 - December 23rd, 2021, 10:32 am
    Ram4 wrote:I wanted to try others but some were either not open or I had to order a whole pie and I was only doing slices. Now that I have had most of the best I can go back and re-evaluate plus try some more.
    I'm not a big fan of NY-style, I appreciate it when I'm in Manhattan but don't crave or think about it much. I will however try the new one DeSalvo's on Central down the street from me once it opens. I'm sure you'll get to it regardless of my approval (maybe a nightmare could keep you away?).
    http://www.desalvospizza.com/
  • Post #232 - December 23rd, 2021, 2:28 pm
    Post #232 - December 23rd, 2021, 2:28 pm Post #232 - December 23rd, 2021, 2:28 pm
    There's an outpost of Brooklyn's Roberta's at the recently opened food hall on Washington just West of State. Not quite NY, not quite Neapolitan. Good but not great.

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