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Baltimore: Iggies

Iggies may not be the full-on, completely hand-crafted artisanal pizza that drives many hardcore pizza enthusiasts crazy late into the night, and that's OK. What it offers is one of the finer examples of thin-crust pizza I have tried. These thin disks topped with good combinations of fresh, bright flavors, are executed more competently than most of the other Baltimore pizzerias offering the same style. They're examples of what can happen when quality ingredients, pride, and care are put into a pizza. More

Staten Island: Pier 76 a Kissing Cousin of Joe & Pat's

Clockwise from top: If you want a sort of impromptu "making-of" slideshow, click the top image; it's more bonus material than anything, though. An individual-size vodka pie. A large half sausage–half plain pie. [Photographs: Adam Kuban] Pier 76 76 Bay Street, Staten Island NY (near Slosson Terr.; map); 718-447-7437; pier76si.com Getting there: I assume most Staten Islanders have cars and can drive. If you're coming from the other boroughs, it's a short walk from the St. George Ferry Terminal—just make sure to exit near where the buses land and not on western exit. Walk toward SI Borough Hall and... More

The United States of Pizza: Arkansas

With the help of a few friends and Arkansas-based writer and food critic Kat Robinson (the Arkansas Times), I explored some of Arkansas' most-loved pizza places. Robinson says that Arkansawyers love their thin crust, but of course there are a number of places where they happily stray from that crispy status quo. More

John's Pizzeria: Former Chicago Standout Lives On In Indiana

Serious Eats Chicago contributor Daniel Zemans (of Chicago Pizza Club) checks in with another piece of intel on the Windy City pizza scene. —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Daniel Zemans] John's Pizzeria 247 Ridge Road, Munster, IN 46321 (map); 219-836-8536; theoriginaljohns.com Pizza Style: Thin-crust Oven Type: Gas The Skinny: South suburban institution no longer operating in Illinois but still putting out delicious pies with spectacular sausage Price: Medium with one topping, $16.20 In 1943, Sicilian native Phil Bacino opened John's Pizzeria in Calumet City just south of Chicago. Over the next 60-plus years, the place was an institution that passed down through... More

The Ingenious Crust of Gotham Pizza

Quite some time ago I received the following email about Gotham Pizza from Deb Perelman of the popular food blog Smitten Kitchen: This email is entirely about pizza, and this dinky slice place (Gotham Pizza) that just opened a couple blocks from my apartment that I'm kind of in love with. It's not brick-oven, they don't import mozzarella from anywhere, there are no fancy toppings and its MO could be aptly summed up as, "Hey, at least we're not Ray's."But seriously, as much am I waiting with baited breath for Co. to freaking open [I told you this was... More

Super Thin-Crust Pizza at Michael Angelo's II

Michael Angelo's II 29-11 23rd Avenue, Astoria NY 11105 (b/n 29th and 31st streets; map); 718-932-2096 Pizza Style: Ultra-thin crust New York–style Oven Type: Conventional steel-deck gas oven The Skinny: Make sure to order the "thin-crust pizza." There's a regular crust, but the thin is seriously the way to go I spent a large part of the weekend in Astoria and had a nice couple a slices while there. I had some squares from Rose & Joe's Italian Bakery, which were good (and which Slice has covered here), but what I really want to focus on are the slices... More

Is Chicago's La Madia a Pizzeria or Restaurant? Who Cares?

Jonathan Fox was the CFO at Maggiano's Little Italy when decided to go back into the kitchen. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, he had previously spent time working in a variety of cuisines, including French, Greek, and New American. He did not have a professional background in pizza before opening La Madia last October, but you wouldn't know that after trying his pizzas. Fox did extensive research and travel, particularly in Italy, before opening La Madia, but he was surprisingly slow in answering when I asked what his favorite pizzerias were. He eventually settled on Da Michele in... More

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