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(NBC Chicago)   Turns out New York was right and Chicago has the second best pizza in the country. Providence, RI has the first   (nbcchicago.com) divider line 109
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2013-12-13 08:00:51 PM  
I'll concede, if that is what it takes, that in Chicago it's a "casserole". Fine. But it's so much better than that cardboard NY puts out as "pizza". Holy crap is that awful. Dollar for dollar, I'll go for Malnati's over a shingle any day.
 
2013-12-13 08:03:13 PM  

Fear the Clam: Sin_City_Superhero: I am unfamiliar with these "pizza strips". They don't sound too appealing, though. What are they? Who makes/sells them? Are they sold as meals, or for snacking?

Basically they're Sicilian-style pizza (thick, chewy crust, lots of sauce, cut into rectangles) that have no cheese. They're served at room temperature. You can buy a box (and entire pizza) for a meal for a family, but the squares also come individually wrapped in plastic and you'll see them at checkout counters of liquor stores and convenience stores. When I was a kid they used to come the from same local bakery that made our birthday cakes. You can find a list of places that make them here:

http://www.quahog.org/cuisine/index.php#pizza

I'll admit, they are odd, but they're not that different from eating cold pizza the next day. (Especially if you have a cat that like to eat the cheese off in the middle of the night.)

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The local grocery store's bakery department used to make bagels like that. I haven't seen one in over 20 - 25 years now, though. That makes me a little sad, but I'll just make a homemade pizza with a butter crust this weekend and that will make everything better.
 
2013-12-13 08:04:45 PM  
Detroit Sicilian style. Shield's, Buddy's, etc.
 
2013-12-13 08:09:27 PM  
Yay pizza thread. Im gonna have to say Chicago style deep dish wins 62 to negative 8 cuz DA BEARS!
 
2013-12-13 08:18:41 PM  
What do you know. Pizza does taste better when you are not eating it on a high horse.
 
2013-12-13 08:20:09 PM  

FarkinHostile: Well, as the owner of a successful critically acclaimed gourmet wood grilled pizza catering company based out of Federal Hill, Providence, I have to agree.










https://www.facebook.com/pages/Federal-Hill-Wood-Grilled-Pizza/12003 35 10976


Why is food always acclaimed when you drizzle chocolate sauce over it?

Aren't we tired of farking food art yet?
 
2013-12-13 08:21:24 PM  
CT, NJ, and RI have the good pizza these days because thats where all the italians who left new york moved to.

If you see someone in a pizza parlor in NYC and you think they are italian, they are more likely to be albanian or some other imposter breed.
 
2013-12-13 08:26:40 PM  
The pizza category is invalid because they exclude Detroit from their survey of cities. Even if you don't like Detroit-style pizza (which unlike some cities you for the most part purchase in the suburbs) or Detroit for that matter, a better question to answer is what style of pizza do you like, and where is the best place to buy that style of pizza.

I doubt that any place outside of New York City has better NYC-style pizza, if indeed you like that style (not to my taste---too thin).
 
gja
2013-12-13 08:29:36 PM  

I'm an Egyptian!: Pardon my French....but you're an asshole!


Pardonnez mon français , mais vous êtes un anus
 
2013-12-13 08:33:13 PM  
Nothing like a RI food thread to make me homesick
 
2013-12-13 08:35:12 PM  

HairBolus: http://www.travelandleisure.com/americas-favorite-cities/2013/categor y /food-drink-restaurants/pizza
1    4.66    Providence
2    4.62    Chicago
3    4.59    New York City
4    4.30    Philadelphia
5    4.20    Portland, Maine
6    4.15    Portland, Oregon
7    4.12    Boston
8    4.08    San Francisco
9    3.99    Nashville
10    3.96    Denver
11    3.95    Savannah
12    3.93    Kansas City
13    3.92    San Diego
14    3.85    Minneapolis/St. Paul
15    3.83    San Antonio
16    3.76    Austin
17    3.76    Houston
18    3.76    Los Angeles
19    3.73    Phoenix/Scottsdale
20    3.73    Seattle
21    3.64    New Orleans
22    3.64    Orlando
23    3.60    Honolulu
24    3.60    Memphis
25    3.57    Charleston
26    3.55    Las Vegas
27    3.54    Baltimore
28    3.47    Atlanta
29    3.40    Washington, D.C.
30    3.38    Dallas/Fort Worth
31    3.35    Santa Fe
32    3.26    Miami
33    3.20    San Juan, Puerto Rico
34    3.16    Anchorage
35    3.15    Salt Lake City


Farking Anchorage is on the list, but, no St Louis!  Wonder why?  BwaHaHaHaHa!!!
 
2013-12-13 08:38:11 PM  

sendtodave: Aren't we tired of farking food art yet?


No.  We will never grow tired of farking, food or art.
 
2013-12-13 08:38:59 PM  
Can't stand deep dish, but I dunno if that has to do with the fact I had to work with it for all those years or I just had the lame shiat (at the Giardano's I worked at).

It was a godsend whenever me and my friends had munchies though!!!!
 
2013-12-13 08:39:53 PM  
New Jerseyite who has worked in Illinois for a few longish stretches and developed a thing for deep dish. My coworkers ship me Lou Malnati's for my birthday every year. I wasn't aware RI had noteworthy pizza, but New Haven sure does.
 
2013-12-13 08:41:05 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: MagicBus: SInce I visit Rhode Island once or twice a year, and have had good but not great pizza -- any recommendations for great pizza in Providence or north?

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x640]

PIZZA PIZZA!


Good to know I'm not alone on thinking they're the best! I've had many a pizza across many a land, and worked at a pizzeria, but something about LC makes them taste like so much cardboard.
 
2013-12-13 08:41:52 PM  

iron_city_ap: Chicago deep dish in winter and New York in summer. Just like how I prefer, dark, heavy beers in winter, and light crisp beers in summer. Each has its own place and time of year.


You I like
 
2013-12-13 08:42:36 PM  
I'm not going to lie, this thread is making me awfully homesick.  I gorge myself on pizza strips the whenever I am back in RI!
 
2013-12-13 08:44:11 PM  

HairBolus: http://www.travelandleisure.com/americas-favorite-cities/2013/categor y /food-drink-restaurants/pizza
1    4.66    Providence
2    4.62    Chicago
3    4.59    New York City
4    4.30    Philadelphia
5    4.20    Portland, Maine
6    4.15    Portland, Oregon
7    4.12    Boston
8    4.08    San Francisco
9    3.99    Nashville
10    3.96    Denver
11    3.95    Savannah
12    3.93    Kansas City
13    3.92    San Diego
14    3.85    Minneapolis/St. Paul
15    3.83    San Antonio
16    3.76    Austin
17    3.76    Houston
18    3.76    Los Angeles
19    3.73    Phoenix/Scottsdale
20    3.73    Seattle
21    3.64    New Orleans
22    3.64    Orlando
23    3.60    Honolulu
24    3.60    Memphis
25    3.57    Charleston
26    3.55    Las Vegas
27    3.54    Baltimore
28    3.47    Atlanta
29    3.40    Washington, D.C.
30    3.38    Dallas/Fort Worth
31    3.35    Santa Fe
32    3.26    Miami
33    3.20    San Juan, Puerto Rico
34    3.16    Anchorage
35    3.15    Salt Lake City


Wow! San Juan beat Anchorage!

To be fair, that's a pretty low bar.

/Chicago style RULES! Haters gonna hate.
 
2013-12-13 08:49:42 PM  

Fear the Clam: Sin_City_Superhero: I am unfamiliar with these "pizza strips". They don't sound too appealing, though. What are they? Who makes/sells them? Are they sold as meals, or for snacking?

Basically they're Sicilian-style pizza (thick, chewy crust, lots of sauce, cut into rectangles) that have no cheese. They're served at room temperature. You can buy a box (and entire pizza) for a meal for a family, but the squares also come individually wrapped in plastic and you'll see them at checkout counters of liquor stores and convenience stores. When I was a kid they used to come the from same local bakery that made our birthday cakes. You can find a list of places that make them here:

http://www.quahog.org/cuisine/index.php#pizza

I'll admit, they are odd, but they're not that different from eating cold pizza the next day. (Especially if you have a cat that like to eat the cheese off in the middle of the night.)


That's disgusting and the cat thing is kinda gross too
 
2013-12-13 08:56:20 PM  
Meanwhile the rest of the contry wishes New York and Chicago residents would just STFU about their pizza.
 
2013-12-13 09:01:37 PM  
I'm writing this post about a quarter-mile from Roger Williams Park, so I'm getting a kick...

Seriously, though, it's pretty cool to see all the RI Farkers come out of the woodwork for this thread. For me, a transplant from NY, I'd have to say that what really distinguishes Providence pizza are the grilled pies, as pictured upthread. The cheeseless strips are damn tasty, but I'm hesitant to call 'em pizza. If you want soupy, undercooked casserole, there's always Sicilia's stuffed pie. Yum?
 
2013-12-13 09:15:15 PM  
RI'er here, too.

My personal rule of thumb: If you're in Providence, go up to Federal Hill: Caserta, Sicilia's, Bob & Timmy's.

Outside the city, look for any place calling itself their town's "House of Pizza." Never fails.

Strips are best bought from Italian bakeries (check the label on the wrapped slices at the packy and go direct to the source).
 
2013-12-13 09:16:51 PM  
LOL Providence, suck it New Haven.

/have had both and guess what?  yup it's still just farking pizza.
 
2013-12-13 09:24:55 PM  
Sally's, Pepe's, and Modern. That's the story.
 
2013-12-13 09:31:00 PM  

doglover: Chicago Pizza is for faeries.

[cosplayers.acparadise.com image 850x1269]


i184.photobucket.com

Disagrees.
 
2013-12-13 09:31:59 PM  
I grew up in central Illinois, so deep dish is where it's at for me. Shout-out to my awesome hometown place: Papa Del's in Champaign-Urbana. Not really Chicago-style deep dish, but damned thick and supremely gooey and delish. I crave their pepperoni and green olive.

Now I live in West Hartford, Connecticut. They just opened a Pepe's 5 minutes from my apartment. That. Shiat. Is. Great. Made me appreciate thin-crust.

Cheese, meat and sauce on a crust. What's not to love?
 
2013-12-13 09:32:24 PM  
Worthless without pics of real Chicago style pizza .

img.fark.net
 
2013-12-13 09:41:03 PM  

freakingmoron: Pizza is like sex, even if its bad its still pretty good. Unless its DiGiorno, then its just crap.

/totino's


So somebody from Chicago tell me why the entire food concession at the United Center is devoted to Digiorno pizza, with big signs like this is a good thing.  Go there for a Blackhawks game, and you can't find a decent slice of pie, or even a Chicago Dog.  W T F  I can only figure that it's a mob thing, with the contract delivered to some "family business" that has no desire to offer decent food (or beer for that matter)
 
2013-12-13 09:45:06 PM  
Every deep dish pizza I have ever had tastes like the crust is made from an old grease-soaked sponge. Toppings are good, but I just can't get past that crust.
 
2013-12-13 09:57:12 PM  
ok Providence guy here.  i have no clue how or why we won that.  there isn't really a definitive Providence pizza.  every place here has their own type and they are ALL different.  but if i had to choose i would go with Bob & Timmy's
 
2013-12-13 09:58:20 PM  

zimbomba63: HairBolus: http://www.travelandleisure.com/americas-favorite-cities/2013/categor y /food-drink-restaurants/pizza
1    4.66    Providence
2    4.62    Chicago
3    4.59    New York City
4    4.30    Philadelphia
5    4.20    Portland, Maine
6    4.15    Portland, Oregon
7    4.12    Boston
8    4.08    San Francisco
9    3.99    Nashville
10    3.96    Denver
11    3.95    Savannah
12    3.93    Kansas City
13    3.92    San Diego
14    3.85    Minneapolis/St. Paul
15    3.83    San Antonio
16    3.76    Austin
17    3.76    Houston
18    3.76    Los Angeles
19    3.73    Phoenix/Scottsdale
20    3.73    Seattle
21    3.64    New Orleans
22    3.64    Orlando
23    3.60    Honolulu
24    3.60    Memphis
25    3.57    Charleston
26    3.55    Las Vegas
27    3.54    Baltimore
28    3.47    Atlanta
29    3.40    Washington, D.C.
30    3.38    Dallas/Fort Worth
31    3.35    Santa Fe
32    3.26    Miami
33    3.20    San Juan, Puerto Rico
34    3.16    Anchorage
35    3.15    Salt Lake City

Farking Anchorage is on the list, but, no St Louis!  Wonder why?  BwaHaHaHaHa!!!


Thank you! There is never any love for St Louis pizza in these threads. Rules all as far as I am concerned.

But I love pizza, all sorts.
 
2013-12-13 09:58:57 PM  

RottenEggs: Worthless without pics of real Chicago style pizza .

[img.fark.net image 600x399]


That could be any pie out of Buffalo....

Not something to be proud of.


As a NYC scamp at heart, I just don't get the doughy foccaccia that some places insist is pizza, nor the travesty of a giant can of hunts in a breadbowl called pizza.

However, as with many things - especially food - tastes vary wildly. Regionally, individually, and even over time. So I don't fault them their "styles" of pizza. Now, wings on the other hand; Buffalo is king. The rest of the country can suck a bag of d**ks. Except maybe for New Haven - they have very good wings in New Haven.
 
2013-12-13 10:04:42 PM  
Sure, Bob & Timmy's has good pizza, but the service? Terrible. From my Yelp review:

I almost don't know where to begin...after being seated, I made it patently clear to our waitress that my 4yo and I wanted a "plain cheese pizza." I even pointed to it on the menu, and said "No, I don't think he'd like gorgonzola.  I want a Plain Cheese Pizza."
Twenty minutes later, another waitress comes by with a four-cheese pie, covered in onions and who knows what else?  I sent it back, which meant we had to wait another 20 minutes for what we'd ordered in the first place.  So now we're at 40 minutes, with a hungry, antsy 4yo child.  Finally the pizza comes, we eat, we enjoy.  Is it one of the top 25 in the country, as advertised?  Eh...maybe not. Our waitress apologized, saying it was only her 3rd day on the job, but when you're being backed up by two more slow, inattentive waitresses, that's hardly an excuse.
Knowing that I was going to wait in Limbo for one of them to come by to pick up the check I had to go to the register myself, where my $19 bill was ignored and instead charged $91 on someone else's check.
Good pizza, 4 stars. Crap service, 1 star.  Costly inattention to my bill, 1 star.  Average 'em, 2 stars.  I won't be back.
Update: Examining my receipt, I discovered that they'd also charged me for the more expensive pie.  I went back and demanded the manager give me my money back. He did, grudgingly and with enough resistance that the entire restaurant heard my complaint.  Am I a jerk? Perhaps.  Was I in the right?  I think so.  GFY, B&T's.
 
2013-12-13 10:11:41 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2013-12-13 10:12:05 PM  
Rich people problems.  Also, RI sucks.

/from RI
//who goes out to eat anymore?
 
2013-12-13 10:13:16 PM  

Fear the Clam: Sin_City_Superhero: I am unfamiliar with these "pizza strips". They don't sound too appealing, though. What are they? Who makes/sells them? Are they sold as meals, or for snacking?

Basically they're Sicilian-style pizza (thick, chewy crust, lots of sauce, cut into rectangles) that have no cheese. They're served at room temperature. You can buy a box (and entire pizza) for a meal for a family, but the squares also come individually wrapped in plastic and you'll see them at checkout counters of liquor stores and convenience stores. When I was a kid they used to come the from same local bakery that made our birthday cakes. You can find a list of places that make them here:

http://www.quahog.org/cuisine/index.php#pizza

I'll admit, they are odd, but they're not that different from eating cold pizza the next day. (Especially if you have a cat that like to eat the cheese off in the middle of the night.)

[theperfectbite.typepad.com image 750x476]


In Rhode Island this is called bakery pizza (or beach pizza as my family refers to it),  Even though it appears that it does not have cheese, most bakeries sprinkle on grated Parmesan cheese when the pizza comes out of the oven and the cheese melts into the sauce.
 
2013-12-13 10:21:06 PM  

MagicBus: SInce I visit Rhode Island once or twice a year, and have had good but not great pizza -- any recommendations for great pizza in Providence or north?


Tommy's Pizza on Chalkstone.  I live about 10 blocks away from it.

And yes their real and their fantastic.
 
2013-12-13 10:29:34 PM  

tonguedepressor: MagicBus: SInce I visit Rhode Island once or twice a year, and have had good but not great pizza -- any recommendations for great pizza in Providence or north?

Tommy's Pizza on Chalkstone.  I live about 10 blocks away from it.

And yes their they're real and their they're fantastic spectacular.


Fixed. For reference's sake.
 
2013-12-13 10:31:29 PM  
Just gonna leave this here...

http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2012/10/a-pizza-my-mind-why-yo u- should-eat-more-bad-pizza.html

Jhonnie Walker sucks, but the rest is pretty valid.
 
2013-12-13 10:34:47 PM  

HairBolus: http://www.travelandleisure.com/americas-favorite-cities/2013/categor y /food-drink-restaurants/pizza
1    4.66    Providence
2    4.62    Chicago
3    4.59    New York City
4    4.30    Philadelphia
5    4.20    Portland, Maine
6    4.15    Portland, Oregon
7    4.12    Boston
8    4.08    San Francisco
9    3.99    Nashville
10    3.96    Denver
11    3.95    Savannah
12    3.93    Kansas City
13    3.92    San Diego
14    3.85    Minneapolis/St. Paul
15    3.83    San Antonio
16    3.76    Austin
17    3.76    Houston
18    3.76    Los Angeles
19    3.73    Phoenix/Scottsdale
20    3.73    Seattle
21    3.64    New Orleans
22    3.64    Orlando
23    3.60    Honolulu
24    3.60    Memphis
25    3.57    Charleston
26    3.55    Las Vegas
27    3.54    Baltimore
28    3.47    Atlanta
29    3.40    Washington, D.C.
30    3.38    Dallas/Fort Worth
31    3.35    Santa Fe
32    3.26    Miami
33    3.20    San Juan, Puerto Rico
34    3.16    Anchorage
35    3.15    Salt Lake City


I'm somewhat surprised that New Haven, CT didn't make the list.
 
2013-12-13 10:46:33 PM  
Thnx phamwaa.  So if this is consensus,(ahenh) then I'm literally 2,600 ft away from the Best pizza in North America.
 
2013-12-13 10:46:43 PM  

art_shamsky: Sure, Bob & Timmy's has good pizza, but the service? Terrible. From my Yelp review:

I almost don't know where to begin...after being seated, I made it patently clear to our waitress that my 4yo and I wanted a "plain cheese pizza." I even pointed to it on the menu, and said "No, I don't think he'd like gorgonzola.  I want a Plain Cheese Pizza."
Twenty minutes later, another waitress comes by with a four-cheese pie, covered in onions and who knows what else?  I sent it back, which meant we had to wait another 20 minutes for what we'd ordered in the first place.  So now we're at 40 minutes, with a hungry, antsy 4yo child.  Finally the pizza comes, we eat, we enjoy.  Is it one of the top 25 in the country, as advertised?  Eh...maybe not. Our waitress apologized, saying it was only her 3rd day on the job, but when you're being backed up by two more slow, inattentive waitresses, that's hardly an excuse.
Knowing that I was going to wait in Limbo for one of them to come by to pick up the check I had to go to the register myself, where my $19 bill was ignored and instead charged $91 on someone else's check.
Good pizza, 4 stars. Crap service, 1 star.  Costly inattention to my bill, 1 star.  Average 'em, 2 stars.  I won't be back.
Update: Examining my receipt, I discovered that they'd also charged me for the more expensive pie.  I went back and demanded the manager give me my money back. He did, grudgingly and with enough resistance that the entire restaurant heard my complaint.  Am I a jerk? Perhaps.  Was I in the right?  I think so.  GFY, B&T's.


dont have a 4yo.
 
2013-12-13 10:58:42 PM  

MagicBus: SInce I visit Rhode Island once or twice a year, and have had good but not great pizza -- any recommendations for great pizza in Providence or north?


Really??

My farking county is larger than RI. Are you too goddamned lazy to drive through RI?
 
2013-12-13 11:23:57 PM  
People realize that we rarely eat Chicago style pizza here in Chicago right? That crap is for tourists. Lou Malnati's thin crust is where its at.

Anyways, our hot dogs do destroy you mind and we have this place called Back Alley Burger. Not joking, you would geed your first born to Alligators for a shot at eating there. Mary better pop that baby out soon to ensure 2nd generations of BAB.
 
2013-12-13 11:42:16 PM  

traxan: Caserta Pizza on Federal Hill. That place just owns.

thread ovah.

 
2013-12-14 12:02:58 AM  

95BV5: MagicBus: SInce I visit Rhode Island once or twice a year, and have had good but not great pizza -- any recommendations for great pizza in Providence or north?

Really??

My farking county is larger than RI. Are you too goddamned lazy to drive through RI?


Plus we just had it re-carpeted.
 
2013-12-14 04:05:56 AM  
The best, most authentic pizza is in Italy. It  is nothing like  Chicago 'pizza' , nothing like RI pizza and colosest to pizzerias in New York. The Italian variety is nearly always prepared in a wood-fired oven and it thin but not crispy, and puts most of the pizza made in the US to shame.
 
2013-12-14 04:07:53 AM  

phartman: The best, most authentic pizza is in Italy. It  is nothing like  Chicago 'pizza' , nothing like RI pizza and colosest to pizzerias in New York. The Italian variety is nearly always prepared in a wood-fired oven and it thin but not crispy, and puts most of the pizza made in the US to shame.


Oh, and iPads suck for posting on Fark. You can't correct typing errors.
 
2013-12-14 07:00:29 AM  
Al Forno in Providence has been famous for its grilled pizza for the last 20 years.

www.alforno.com
 
2013-12-14 07:38:44 AM  
www.inquisitr.com

Did "Mystic Pizza" take place in Rhode Island, or somewhere else in New England?

Surprised to see no mention yet.
 
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