Extra extra: more summer pizzadventures!

I promised the remainder of my summer pizzadventures yesterday, and by golly, I’m going to keep that promise.

I had almost forgotten about my lunchtime trip to Lazzara’s in midtown New York. Lazzara’s is probably one of your best bets for legitimate pizza in the midtown area, and by and large, it didn’t disappoint. Their pies are thin and rectangular; pictured above is the margherita in a half-pie size (perfect for one person if you’re usually starving by lunchtime, like me). The place was packed and we sat at the bar; service was pretty quick. Sprinkled with sliced basil and whole tomatoes, it’s a bit messy (and I’m not a fan of whole tomatoes), but apart from that and the slightly burned crust it was a satisfying bite.

Angelina’s Fireshack & Pizzeria in New Hyde Park on Long Island boasts Man vs. Food-esque food challenges and quirk-ily titled dishes. We ordered two pies; the Grandpa, pictured above (mozzarella cheese, onions, seasoned bread crumbs and marinara sauce) and the Desi, pictured below ( baked Tandoori chicken, basmati rice, cilantro and mozzarella cheese). The toppings seem to be the real focus here, and on both pies they really excelled. The Grandpa pie was salty, full of tomato flavor and punctuated by crunchy breadcrumbs.

The Desi was creamy and full of mild, spicy Indian flavors. Between the rice and large chunks of chicken, it’s basically a meal on a pie. It’s heavy and VERY filling –  we both could have easily filled up on one small pie. The toppings really shone and the crust honestly just seemed to get in the way; it was roughly chewy and didn’t add anything to the full variety of flavors offered by the chicken, rice, and cilantro.

This summer I also tried two more slices at Sullivan Street Bakery. Excuse the crappy photo, I snapped this mid-consumption on the street as I stuffed my face like a starving lunatic. Above is the potato slice, which was like eating the most satisfyingly oily, mushy yet crisp hash browns (onions included) you’ve ever had on top of the crispiest, most flavorful bread you’ve ever had. I told myself I’d only eat half but I could. not. stop. The slice is seasoned with the perfect amounts of salt and pepper (and apparently rosemary according to this photo, but as a rosemary-hater I can tell you it wasn’t very detectable).

As for the other slice… well, this is all the evidence that remains -an oily bread bag (half was eaten in the middle of a bar – shameless – and the other half immediately as I sat down on the train home). It was the pizza bianca, which if you’re really cutting it down to the simplest terms, is a slice of pizza dough with olive oil and sea salt. No sauce, no cheese; just the most basic elements. It’s as if you were at a restaurant and plucked the most perfect slice of bread from the bread basket, dipped it in olive oil, and sprinkled on some salt. All of these elements are there, in perfect ratios, and only slightly less messy to consume.

Lazzara’s Pizza: 221 West 38th Street, New York, NY; http://lazzaraspizza.com

Angelina’s Fireshack & Pizzeria: 1302 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY; http://angelinasfireshack.com (they appear to have 2 websites – I just picked one)

Sullivan Street Bakery: 533 West 47th Street, New York, NY; http://www.sullivanstreetbakery.com/

Until next bite! xox

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Theater District: Merilu & Sullivan St Bakery

While you can argue what district or neighborhood these pizzerias are located in, Scott and I stopped at both Merilu Pizza al Metro and Sullivan Street Bakery today before going to see Magic/Bird on Broadway. Both of these are counter-service with a small seating area.

The first stop was Merilu, which makes their pies long and Roman style. They had about six choices out, but we went with the Margherita. All the menus and reviews I’ve seen advertise many other types of pies, so I guess it depends on the day.

The crust is thin and crunchy, softened on top by the cheese but solid on the bottom. The cheese is stringy and salty, which contrasts nicely with the sweet sauce.

The crust certainly holds up without sagging. I’m not entirely sure what the grated cheese was as the description only includes mozzarella.

Next up was Sullivan Street Bakery. I tried the zucchini slice while Scott went for the pomodoro. They’ve got a small seating area at the window where the sunshine just poured in on this lovely day!

This slice had so much crunch to it, between the deliciously hearty crust (bread is a big thing at Sullivan Street Bakery, after all) and the crispy cooked zucchini. There’s also gruyere cheese in the mix. There’s clearly plenty of zucchini, and it becomes the star of the pie rather than the cheese.

The inside was porous and light and the bottom of the pie an excellent browned color, reminding me slightly of foccacia.

I found the pomodoro to be slightly less impressive, especially since their slices are served cold – but Scott seemed to enjoy it all the same.

Definitely hit these places up if you’re in the area. They’re far enough west that you can avoid the massive tourist crowds as well – which is always my preference.

Merilu Pizza al Metro, 791 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10019; http://merilupizzaalmetro.com/

Sullivan Street Bakery, 533 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036; http://www.sullivanstreetbakery.com/