A Tale of Two Pizzas . . . And Then Some
Under the Brooklyn Bridge
Lucky enough to be in New York City for business, I spent the weekend with my older brother who made the move to the Big Apple a few years ago. What do we do every time I visit? EAT! For me, a trip to NYC is not complete without downing that cheesy, saucy, tomatoey (it could be a word!) pie known as pizza. Although I’m a West Coast girl, I can fully appreciate the uncomplicated masterpiece that is New York pizza: incredibly thin, crispy crust, thin slices of melted mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, a sprinkle of fresh basil.
Knowing that I cannot hold back when it comes to this style of pizza (“Thinner crust means fewer calories,” I tell myself), my brother and I decided to work for our lunch. Our destination was Grimaldi’s, one of the city’s finest pizzerias housed in an unassuming building tucked underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. So what better way to burn off our anticipated calories, than to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge before lunch?
Two extra-larges later, and only a few slices wrapped up as left-overs, we trekked back across the bridge, albeit much slower than on the way there, but it was a beautiful clear day and we were in no hurry. No trip to New York is complete without pizza and if you find yourself on the Brooklyn side of the bridge, Grimaldi’s is definitely a must try!
Keeping it Classy in Tallahassee
I’d consider myself to be fairly open minded, so when it comes to pizza, I don’t ever discriminate. Thin crust or deep dish, plain cheese or all the toppings – you name it and I’ll give it a try. After a recent trip to Tallahassee, FL – I’ve added a new favorite to the ever-expanding list of pizza places I couldn’t live without: Momo’s! With the slogan “Slices as big as your head” and an eclectic vibe perfect for any rumbling tummy, this place is right up my alley.
If there’s one thing cheesier than my blog postings – it has got to be the pizza at Momo’s. They don’t skimp on any of the toppings!
While I may regret admitting this, I feel that it’s only fair to say that I frequented Momo’s twice in a four-day time span during my trip to Tallahassee – if that doesn’t scream delicious then I don’t know what does. I tried the sun-dried tomato and artichoke, mushroom, buffalo chicken with blue cheese and plain cheese – each as delicious as the next. So if you ever find yourself rooting for the FSU Seminoles or just enjoying the Florida sunshine, be sure to check out Momo’s – it’s worth the trip!
If you don’t find Tallahasse or Brooklyn in your upcoming travel plans, here are a few other recommendations from the FH Foodie Team:
Joey Chapman: “Luigi’s Pizza! It’s on Stockton Blvd. and they just opened another one downtown; there is nothing better.”
John Caffrey: “You can’t beat Round Table – I like the combination.”
Kim Bedwell: “Luigi’s Pizza Parlor at 3800 Stockton Blvd.”
Steven Frith: “Chicago Fire’s Deep Dish Pepperoni”
Christine Moravec: “Mary’s Pizza Shack (originally from Sonoma, but franchises are popping up across Northern California) – Margarita Pizza, extra thin crust with a side of ranch dressing. Second runner up is Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Company in San Francisco.”
Maria Chacon: “I love Pizzeria Classico in Folsom – they have the most delicious BBQ chicken pizza. A close second is Original Pete’s Pizza on J Street. They also have amazing, tender artichoke hearts deep fried to a light crispness in a tasty beer batter and served with a mild garlic butter. Oh, and the pizza’s great, too. My favorite there is the veghead pizza.”
Vanessa Smith: “Non-local: George’s Pizzeria in NYC…really any pizzeria in NYC…all cheese all the time! Local: Giovanni’s Pizza does a pretty good job on NYC style pizza.”
Melinda McRae: “Giovanni’s on Folsom Blvd. New York style with a thin, crispy crust with a good chewy bite to it. Our favorite is the Da Bronx Bomber with fresh ricotta, garlic and tomato sauce with generous-sized meatballs. They also make their own sausage and offer roasted red bell peppers, yummy! The slices are super huge, so ask for a double-cut if you don’t plan on eating it New York style (folded in half). Our other favorite is Garolbi’s Hot City Pizza at 5642 J Street – they do a whole wheat crust, so we think we’re eating healthy.”
Alison Liebich: Our favorite pizza place is at home. Bob makes the best pizza! Our Superbowl Sunday creation was a thin crust topped with mushroom, olive and onion.