View Full Version : Great Pizza Find In The Boondocks

February 26th, 2009, 03:41 PM
Being an ex-New Yorker and a big fan of NY style pizza, I mostly gave up on finding a quality slice of the stuff here in Central Florida. Most of what is available here in Ocala is a poor imitation of real pizza, and even at the few red-checkered-tablecloth Italian restaurants here in town there has always been something lacking, be it the sauce, the crust, etc.
Once you have had the real thing--ie; a slice from a storefront pizza joint in the City-- you are forever spoiled.

The other day, I needed some repair work done on the window tint on my car. The guy who runs the shop said it could take about an hour and that my time could be well spent having a beer at the Italian restaurant next door.

It's a skinny storefront, a tiny place with only five tables that opened about three months ago and the moment I walked in the door and took a whiff of the atmosphere I deja-vu'd directly into Gotham. The walls are plastered with New York street scenes, including a little tribute to the Twin Towers, and the owners are ex-Queens Italians, ethnics who speak in Calabrese and who used to have a restaurant in Astoria; they hand-toss the pie and cook it in a proper oven, the same one they used in the old place. They even make their own pastas and had a pot of Marinara sauce bubbling away in their kitchen.

They advertise a "Hometown Special"-- two slices and a soda for seven bucks. There was even Frank Sinatra selections playing softly on their sound system.
It was PERFECT!!!

I asked the owner why it was so damned good, and he told me that they get all their ingriedients (except the meats they use) shipped to Ocala from their old suppliers in the City. Then he said something that instantly made me a patron forevermore--they even import the WATER from New York !!!
He went on about how they have a couple hundred gallons sent in every few weeks, just to make the crust the right way.

Their limited menu includes several pastas and what looked like authentic lasagna; they even have Doctor Brown's egg cream soda.

What a find.
I intend to walk my way through their menu. I'm gonna be eating there from now on--as a matter of fact, as soon as I put a period to this sentence I'm out the door and after another "Hometown Special".

February 26th, 2009, 05:01 PM
The water, surprisingly, matters. I think that is why Manhattan pie tastes different than Shore pie. They are both great.

But being down south, a lot of the places I have been to have really "soft" tasting water. No easy way to describe it. I think if they looked around, however, they could probably find some decent tapwater a bit closer to keep their costs dwn a bit.

As for other things, it is good that they import. So many other communities just do not understand the importance of the right tomato sauce, cheese or whatever, and their pies turn to crap.

"7 Star", complete with islamic scripture all over the wall, is a good example.

There is nothing wrong with Islam, do not get me wrong, but I am not exactly going for Knish in Chinatown! ;)

Good to hear you found a place! $7 is STEEP for a hole-in-the-wall! (Hoboken has the $5 2-slice and a soda deal). I guess when you import everything, and have no real GENUINE competition, you can afford the price hike......

March 1st, 2009, 05:50 PM
The water also affects the mozzarella.

March 1st, 2009, 06:20 PM
I saw a pizza place on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles that did the same thing, import water from New York.

March 8th, 2009, 03:34 PM
I have one Brooklyn Pizza restuarant in Los Angeles. I have also seen Greco's Pizza in Los Angeles. I have not see any Pizza places in New York City. Until I will be in New York City on vacation this summer.

January 12th, 2011, 07:34 AM
I have found a great restaurant of _________________ I like its all menu. My fave i:


Tangy salsa, onion, ground beef, fresh lettuce, sour, cream, cheddar cheese 2 pizzas 15.50 20.40 24.40 Single 11.00 14.90 17.40

January 12th, 2011, 10:49 AM
This must be the famed pizza thread!

January 12th, 2011, 11:25 AM

This guy needs a smarter spider.

January 12th, 2011, 12:48 PM
Those people in India sure know good pizza.

January 12th, 2011, 01:45 PM
But ZIPPY!!!!!

Curried Spam Pizza is the BEST!!!!

In Vancouver!!!!!!

In WINTER!!!!!!

(during a snowstorm......)

January 12th, 2011, 07:04 PM
When I went to Vegas last May, we stayed in the New York New York Hotel & Casino. It was amazing, it had little streets inside named after NY streets and on one of them was a little pizza place. You could pick any slice for $3 and they were massive compared to a "large" pizza we get from Domino's over here. So yummy too, we went for the boxing and ended up having quite a late one and when we decided to crash we went for pizza, couldn't decided what to get so we got 2 large pizza's and obviously couldn't finish them...but there's nothing like cold pizza for breakfast!!!

I didn't actually go to a pizza place in New York, will need to put that on my to do list for next year! Any particular one which is "the best"?

January 13th, 2011, 09:01 AM
Difficult to say as many have different virtues.

Everything from cost to originality.

There are also styles, things such as Sicilian, white pie, or even a seafood topped pizza would be some quick examples.

I do think we have another thread around here somewhere that describes NY pizza (as well as the surrounding boroughs in NY and NJ).

If you are used to Dominoes as a standard, you aint tasted nothin' yet.

January 13th, 2011, 09:27 PM
Domino's is the main big brand around but its handy when your having a lazy night plus on Tuesday's. But we have loads of other places, don't know if they are international, Snappy Pizza's, PHD, of course good old Pizza Hut. But to be honest the best pizza for me is a meat feat large stuff crust from....Asda! Baked fresh while you do your shopping then you collect as your leaving. Superb!

January 14th, 2011, 12:18 PM
I gave Domino's a try last year after they revamped their recipe or whatever. Tasted like matzoh pizza.

January 14th, 2011, 02:12 PM
You mean not like Elios or like PitaPizza?

It still tastes like generic "FOOD" to me.

fiona, I do not mean to ruin anything for you, but once you taste the real thing, it is hard to go back to Dominoes or Pizza Hut.

Kind of like the difference between an authentic Basil Beef and generic pre-processed slimy Chicken Chow Mien (which I LOVED until I learned better! ;) )

January 14th, 2011, 02:50 PM
I see where your coming from, I dont "LOVE" domino's, but its not too bad and great hangover munch.

There's a little place here which does a pizza with duck, plum sauce and spring onion...its by far my favourite here.