5.26.2010

We Heart More Pizza

As promised, here is a continuation of my pizza ponderings brought on by the Travel Channel a few months back.

New York Pizza Company
8208 Gorgoza Pines Rd, Park City

First off, NYPC is not to be confused with NYPD from my first pizza list. Just take a look at those logos. See? Totally different. Okay, okay, this place is, in fact, pretty much identical to NYPD (not to mention Big Apple and Este). But hey, the more the merrier as far as I'm concerned. So next time you're shopping at the Kimball Junction outlets and start to hanker a floppy, foldable slice of heaven, just remember New York Pizza Company is only a few miles up Parley's Canyon off the Jeremy Ranch exit.

Pizzeria 712
320 S State Street #185, Orem

Taking "local" to the next level, Pizzeria 712 uses locally farmed produce, meats and cheeses whenever possible, and their menu changes regularly based on what's in season. We tried the margherita pizza and speck pizza, both of which were excellent. At one point I had to briefly pause from eating while I held up a slice to marvel at its paper thin center and bubbly, perfectly charred outer crust. Yes, unfortunately it's in Orem. But since readers of a Utah County newspaper once voted Panda Express best Chinese food in the valley, perhaps they need to experience a higher standard of dining. The atmosphere tips toward upscale, so Kristen and I felt slightly embarrassed by Eddie's antics (loudly chanting "pizza!" and repeatedly asking "wazzat?" as he pointed at other patrons). As such, Pizzeria 712 might be better suited as a date night destination while the kiddies stay home.



Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana
260 S 200 W, Salt Lake

Here you can find a brick oven pie similar to Pizzeria 712—charred and bubbly crust topped with sparing yet bold flavor combinations. But Settebello goes beyond the many regional styles of pizza. In fact, they go all the way back to Napoli, Italy where pizza was first created. So says their menu, “Our pizzas adhere to the strict standards set forth by the Verace Pizza Napoletana. The VPN was established by pizza makers in Napoli, Italy to protect the origins and integrity of pizza as it has been made in Napoli for over 200 years.” Translation: this is how pizza was meant to be made.

Sweet Home Chicago
11587 S District Main Dr, South Jordan
1442 Draper Parkway, Draper

When it comes to Chicago-style pizza, most people's first thoughts (mine included) run to deep dish. And Sweet Home Chicago does make a monster deep dish stuffed pizza. The cheese and toppings are situated between two layers of crust while the sauce resides on top. Weighing in at four plus pounds, this is a knife and fork pizza if there ever was one. What I didn't realize until reading their menu is that Chicago also has a popular thin crust pizza, though it is a little different than New York-style. The crust is crispier, flakier, more pastry-like, and the pie is cut into squares instead of slices. But you don't have to choose between deep dish and thin crust. Every Tuesday after 5:00 is Buy 1 Get 1 Free night, so you can get one of each.

5 comments:

Jessica said...

question for you then... you have reviewed both ny style and chicago style.. do you have a preference??? I still need to check out pizzaria 712

Kristina Carter said...

Good to know, we bought pizza at Rock Creek last week and it was disgusting.

Dave said...

NY-style has long been my favorite, but the Neapolitan-style offered by Pizzeria 712 and Settebello has been rapidly gaining ground lately.

Krissy said...

We ate at Rock Creek once and it was too expensive for the low quality pizza. Might as well pay $5 for hot and ready ;).

Jess said...

The home-made sausage at Sweet Home Chicago is pretty tastey.