National Pizza Day - What's Your Favorite?

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Yesterday was National Pizza Day. What's your favorite style? Where's your favorite place to eat it? Do you make your own? (From scratch, that is.)

    My favorite style is the Sicilian pizza I ate in school in Rhode Island - rectangular with thick crisp crust. Also found in NYC of course. Detroit style is similar.


    My favorite place is Caserta's in Providence. I haven't been there in years so I didn't know if it's as good as it used to be, though the restaurant is still open.

    I have been working on making my own at home. Just got the right pizza pan.
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  2. TubeLife

    TubeLife Gretschie

    Jan 23, 2020
    I love pizza of all kinds.....Deep dish and brick oven thin and everything in between..

    I do make my own from scratch, the way my mom (born n raised in Italy) does it. I have a degree in culinary arts so that helps too....

  3. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Country Gent

    May 14, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    I like a nice hand-tossed baked in a proper brick oven.
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  4. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    I was going to ask you what were some take-aways from your time in RI, what did you see, do, like. The Sicilian is a style to itself, my 2nd favorite to NY (even though I have Sicilian ancestors and you would not believe what they called pizza). Caserta is the name of a town that my Grandfather came from. I recently got the "right" pan, following advice from, I have always made my own. I followed their recipe and it was too short, too much oil, cracker like. The pan was good, but I'll stick with the stone.
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  5. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Gretschie

    Aug 11, 2020
    DiGiorno's for sure.....

    Ok....ok.....put your pitchforks and torches away :)

    Sadly, I don't live in an area blessed with really good pizza joints......We have the chains, of course (Domino's, Pizza Hut, Little Caesar's)....and a few "specialty" pizza places....but to be honest, although all are.......ok.....none are particularly good in my book.

    There's a city not too far away that makes really good wood-fired pizzas that have unusual (but not ridiculous) toppings....I've had that a couple times and really liked it.

    Probably the best I've had was at a place whose name I forget in NYC, and another in San Francisco that was really good.

    I've also made it from scratch, and really like my own....BUT.....I can never get the sauce to taste like "real" pizza least not the sauce I'm really TRYING to emulate.

    Gotta admit....that pizza that Tubelife made looks pretty darned tasty.....
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  6. I think this topic is more controversial than politics. Coming from the tri state area, it is my belief that the recipe for good pizza gets evaporated when you cross those state lines. It has baffled me since i moved away from joisey, why a simple recipe of dough, sauce and cheese in an oven can get screwed up so easily. That being said, I’m not moving back.
  7. TubeLife

    TubeLife Gretschie

    Jan 23, 2020
    I quickly checked out the barPizza site and there’s some useful info there. I agree with grating your own mozzarella cheese, it’s a must. Also for the sauce it’s really that simple...

    I sometimes use my folks sauce which they make from scratch and jar up themselves. To be honest tho, I usually save that for pasta and use canned San Marzano crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper and a tad of olive oil. That’s it!!

    I use a totally different dough method/recipe than the “Bahh Pizza” method... I make it the way my ma makes it, basic and simple.
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  8. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Bronx Pizza
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  9. YaDaddy

    YaDaddy Gretschie

    Mar 16, 2020
    Marietta, GA
    Cracker thin crust with Italian sausage, broccoli and pineapple. Yeah I went there! Mozzarella and super fresh tomato sauce, of course.

    When I lived in Birmingham back in the 90s there was place called Baker's Pizza where the owner (last name Baker) was an insane person that made his insanity work on his absolute dedication to making the best pizza that he learned how to make when he lived in Italy. The man made is own tomato sauce from scratch.

    Best friggin' pizza I have ever had. Nothing has even come close since then.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2021
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  10. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
  11. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Dating myself, but when Pequods in Morton Grove IL opened up, it became my favorite.

    Been a long time, but love that pie.
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  12. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Just this past weekend I made my gluten free Celiac-American wife the first pan pizza she's had in 14 years.
    Not the best by any means, but it turned out well enough that I'm not sure I would have been able to tell that it was gluten free, and if you've been subjected to gluten free bread/baking products, you will know that that's high praise.

    As for myself, I don't really have a single favorite. I like a stripped down Neapolitan and Chicago deep dish alike. And while it may be heresy to some, I've got no problem with a good old cardboard crust frozen pizza. It's what I grew up on, and I still like it. My current go-to:
    And a side of Hidden Valley Ranch for dipping. Yep. I said it.
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  13. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Hand tossed New York style is always good to me.
    I like mine with anchovies and mushrooms, but I’ll basically eat any pizza topping with the exception of olives.

    However, I’m OFF the pizza pie for now.
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  14. TubeLife

    TubeLife Gretschie

    Jan 23, 2020
    Sorry to derail the thread...
    The recipe is simple but so many things come into play here. Type of oven, cooking temp, pan etc etc. I recently started blind baking the dough, which simply means I cook it without toppings for like 5-8 minutes. I then add toppings and blast it in a 450-475 oven to finish it off. The oven is so important here, which is why a restaurant style za usually comes out different than an at home za. Now my ma does not do any of this, (it’s the chef in me) she just does it normal per se and cooks it at 400 or so until done.

    One other thing, I started using bread flour in place of AP flour. Bread flour is a tad crispier/chewy and the all purpose rises more and is more airy, softer if that makes sense.

    4c Flour
    2 1/4 t Dry yeast
    2 t Kosher Salt
    1 t Sugar
    1 1/2 c Water (cold tap then heated to 110ish)
    2 T Olive oil


    Then let it rise. I usually make mine a day ahead to let the dough relax. Here it is rising....
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  15. mrcoffee23

    mrcoffee23 Gretschie

    Sep 23, 2009
    Virginia, USA
    Push come to shove, NY style. But there are many, many, many fine pizzas out there. Tonight we are having sausage, green olives and extra cheese from a run-of-the-mill mid-Atlantic mom and pop style place.
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  16. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Back when I still could be bothered(and had an oven) I made them thin and crunchy from bread flour. Good tomato sauce with a sprinkle of fresh basil and oregano is a must. From there it’s salami, some chopped green peppers, depending on mood maybe some onions, olives and/or mushrooms, covered with a grated well matured cheese(I’d say Gouda is the bare minimum). I don’t like Italian cheeses on my pizza, but that’s probably cause I don’t have access to the good ones.

    What is a Sicilian pizza?
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  17. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    I’m a born and raised California boy who lives in a beach town..

    Make mine Hawaiian.

  18. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    I've made my own. It's a lot of work for me and it came out well:


    But my favorite is just a mile or so down the road, at Luigi's:

  19. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    I love pizza, Hawaiian and BBQ chicken are my go tos but as long as it doesn't have olives, mushrooms or anchovies I'm happy.

    My wife is gluten and dairy intolerant so when we get pizza it's always on a gluten free base with vegan cheese, now that might not sound fantastic but I would highly recommend it as it's pretty good.
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  20. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Thin Crust
    Pesto, no tomato sauce
    Garlic, onions, mushrooms, spinach and chicken.
    Mozzarella and a bit of parmesan.
    Can't have too much garlic.
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