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The 5 Greatest Pizzas I Ate In 2022

One other yr. One other roundup of a number of the greatest pies I ate. From ramps and pumpkin to crispy hen cutlets, no topping was left uneaten this previous yr. 4 of my prime 5 pies have been consumed within the Higher New York space, with a visitor look from out West. Let’s rely ’em down!

Of us Pizzeria
Costa Mesa, CA

In a purchasing & eating complicated about one hour south of Los Angeles — a couple of miles from the seashores of Orange County — you’ll discover Of us Pizzeria. Nestled between a boutique clothes retailer and a health middle, it won’t be the likeliest of locations to search out a number of the greatest pies I’ve had in SoCal. That includes naturally leavened dough — leading to a robust pizza bubble recreation — the pizzeria options ten 14-inch pies which every feed 2-3 individuals. My favourite was a mushroom pie, which got here with mozzarella, fontina, thyme, garlic oil and a robust serving to of roasted garlic.

Hudson & Packard
Poughkeepsie, NY

The primary “half and half” pie to ever make this record hails from the Hudson Valley. The sq. pies at Hudson & Packard rival a number of the most famed Detroit model pizza — each out and in of Detroit. In actual fact, it’s a borderline vacation spot pizza place that hasn’t but blown up. And probably the greatest components about it’s the truth that they’ll mix any of their choices, which led me to concoct a close to good mixture that includes their Firebird pie (ranch dressing, buffalo sauce, crispy hen cutlet, purple onion) and their PYT pie (tomato relish, mozz, pesto, aged balsamic, parm). Two nice choices for the value of 1!

Andrew Bellucci’s Pizzeria
Astoria, NY

A battle of epic pizza proportions just lately passed off in Queens. I’ll spare you all the main points proper now (they could proceed to develop over time) and as an alternative concentrate on the mouthwatering pies being produced by Andrew Bellucci’s Pizzeria. My favourite is a play on their Vodka-Roni pie (contemporary Mozz, pepperoni, vodka sauce, parm, black pepper), however swapping out the pepperoni for pesto. If proprietor Andrew Bellucci is there, as he usually is, he’ll come over to your desk and grate some cheese in your pie by hand. It’s a pleasant contact.

Wizard Hat Pizza
Brooklyn, NY

Is there something extra 2022 than a pop-up pizzeria within a Brooklyn bar? Most likely. However I’m a sucker for something containing ramps and this pie from the oldsters at Wizard Hat Pizza was thoughts blowing-ly scrumptious. That includes a hefty serving of ramp leaves together with a serving to of ramp bulbs, this pie is focused at these obsessive about this spring leak (responsible as charged!). Wizard Hat Pizza operates out of Any Time bar in Crown Heights, which is connected to a ramen spot named Names. Perhaps we are able to stay up for a ramen pie in 2023?

Basking Ridge, NJ

In October, I discovered myself at a fall competition in Bedminster, New Jersey the place there have been slim pickings for meals. A cell pizza operator appeared like the most effective wager, and boy am I glad with that call. Testo touts itself as a “Farm To Desk Wooden Fired Pizza Trailer” that always pops up at farmer’s markets, breweries, and vineyards within the New Jersey space. There have been solely three pies on the menu on the competition, however the one with pumpkin and gorgonzola was calling my title. The chewy Neapolitan model dough was topped with pumpkin chunks and sauce. The gorgonzola was not too pungent. And a touch of basil was the of entirety on my favourite pie of the yr.


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