Monday Morning Open Thread: Favorite 🍕🍕 Joints
I went to college at Columbia University, in New York’s Morningside Heights, where my local pizza joint was a place called Koronet Pizza. Koronet is famous for a NYC slice that is, square-inch-wise, as big as your average complete pie from other spots:
In the olden days when I was an undergrad, a Koronet slice was $1, making it a bargain for a college student on a budget (at $4.50 a pop now, it’s still a pretty good deal). The Koronet slice isn’t amazing, by any stretch, but it’s still pretty solid stuff, and I ate the hell out of it when I lived nearby.
For today’s Monday Morning Open Thread, why don’t we all share the details of our favorite pizza joints, fancy, quotidian, or otherwise. Add links if you have them!
I lived in DC for much of my adult life; I'm an Old and when I got there in the 90s there wasn't a lot of great pizza (no great slice places like NYC). My timing was good, though - soon the entire food scene started to improve, jump-started in some ways by Mark Furstenburg's excellent bread. Pretty soon we got amazing Neopolitan pizza at 2 Amys, but our go-to place in our neighborhood for most of our time there was...Comet, of Pizzagate fame. Not the best in the city, but pretty darn good (especially the Steel Wills with the addition of anchovies). I'm in NYC now with access to a lot of fantastic pizza, high and low, but I do miss the DC places, especially Comet, Pete's (New Haven-style), and Etto. Thanks for the memories!
Another great pizza topic! Growing up in small town Iowa, we had no pizza joints. Pizza Hut was about 22 miles away, so I didn't grow up with it. When I went to college in the Twin Cities, my favorite became Green Mill Pizza, where I first fell in love with deep dish. The original location was not far from campus, though now they have many, and I don't know if they were able to keep the quality or not, since I haven't been for many years. https://www.greenmill.com/menu/
Another long time fave is in Phoenix area, Spinatos. The signature spinach pizza with their homemade sausage and sauce....nothing like it anywhere else. We could walk to one of their restaurants from our home in N Central Phx. SO good. Thin, thin crust....Chicago tavern style square cut. https://www.spinatospizzeria.com/
A completely different style, just 4 blocks from my home in Jax, and a regular neighborhood spot. Crispy's, great flavor in the crust and pretty consistent, but honestly depends who is making it, whether it's at its best or not. But I still support them as much as possible. These days I mostly make my own, but always like a good pizza out too. http://www.crispysspringfieldgallery.com/
There are more but those are the highlights! Have a great week everyone!