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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Pizza Pizza!


Does anyone besides me remember those Little Caesar's commercials? "Pizza pizza!"


Anyway, cincymoms.com has a highly readable thread on best non-chain, non-LaRosa's pizzas. Cassano's (Daly and Galbraith), AA Pizza (NKy), Dewey's and Italianette show up a lot. That thought process of great pizza spots inspired me to swing by Trotta's last night and give it a try. I grew up eating Trotta's on the West Side - we're talking pigging out at pizza parties in grade school (some things never change) - then all the chains closed, and only one location remains - Trotta's Drive Thru, 3501 Werk Road in Bridgetown. It's the only DRIVE-THRU pizza place I have ever heard of! But they do it up right. I'm a fan of the thick crust, Sicilian pizza. There's some spice on the crust - garlic, and maybe a bit of pepper, that makes you want to eat the crust first. It's just GOOD, and it tastes homemade. (And the picture shows what was left after I ate most of it on the drive home.)

What's more - you can get goetta pizza here. Go figure!


9 Comments:

at 12:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the goetta pizza! We hadn't been for a while, before going in late December. Good stuff!!!!

IMHO, way beats out the declining-quality, increasing-quality of LaRosas

 
at 12:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops...meant increasing PRICE, not quality...doh!

 
at 1:07 PM Blogger Renee said...

Thanks for the link to the thread. We moved recently from Connecticut, and although we're enjoying most of the food here, the pizza we've found so far is a serious disappointment. Looks like we need to look for what other newbies are calling "NY" pizza. We think of it as New Haven pizza -- hand-thrown, very thin crust, baked in a super-hot brick oven, so there are patches that are a minute from being burnt.

 
at 1:15 PM Blogger Earl said...

I agree with the Dewey's recommendation. Pomidori's has nice wood fired oven pizzas. Don't forget to try their apple pizza for dessert. Order it when you get your food and it'll be their when you're ready.

I'll have to try the Italianette spot.

 
at 3:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Non-Larosa's? Why bother.
Larosa's and Skyline are must haves for me when I'm in Cincinnati.

 
at 4:21 PM Blogger Julie Gaw said...

Renee - I found this link
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/360198
to some other New York style Cincy restaurants. They seem to cluster up north. I tried either Flying Pizza or one in Sharonville last winter, but it didn't make a strong enough impression to make the drive to go back. (Could have been Rockafellas). And while I am NOT a New York style pizza expert, I think Lucy Blues, which you can get by the slice, is nice and greasy and fun to eat folded over. Not sure about the Covington location but the one in Over-the-Rhine is great for late nights! and one in Mount Lookout.
http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Dining/detail.asp?RestID=10451

 
at 9:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My new fave is Jean Paul’s Paradiso on Clough Pike (http://www.cloughpikemarket.com/paradiso2.html), especially the Northern Woods, with wild mushrooms and goat cheese. They even offer free delivery in the nearby area until 8:00 Mon.-Thurs. and until 9:00 Fri. Alas, they’re closed Sundays. Jean Paul has also taken over the former Silverglade’s on Clough Pike a few doors down, which offers produce, deli, meats, wines, JP’s bakery goods and a fun brunch in the store.

 
at 9:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a vote for NYPD in Northside (on Chase just east of Hamilton Ave. Although I'm not sure that it qualifies as New York style, the crust is relatively thin, the toppings are great quality, and the price is right. They also have a location in Cheviot, but I've never had pizza from there.

 
at 11:53 AM Blogger Renee said...

Thanks for the chowhound link and advice... looks like we need to do some more exploring! I've started making my own pizza at home, using a frozen dough I found at Kroger's, called Tiseo's, which is pretty good, and spreads easily to the edge of the pan, so I can make a thin crust. Whenever I've made my own dough, it's too elastic, and springs back. Preheat a pizza stone to 500, and you've got a great crispy pizza in about 15 minutes! And I don't put sugar in my sauce...

 
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