Before I begin, I want to take a moment to dedicate this to all of my fellow people who grew up in the North East, and later on in life moved to the South/Midwest. Only this select group of people will truly understand the struggle.
Throughout my life, I have eaten pizza more times than I can count. It has always been my favorite food, and at this point, I’d like to call myself a pizza aficionado. I am forever on a journey to find great pizza, no matter where it’s from. On the East coast where I grew up, there was a pizza shop on just about every corner, and it was tough to find a shitty slice of pizza. Now looking back, I wish I hadn’t taken that luxury for granted. You see, when you grow up in a place where there’s great pizza on every corner, and that’s all you’ve ever known, a huge amount of disappointment washes over you when you move out of state and realize that’s no longer the case.
When I moved to Dallas 8 months ago from Pennsylvania, I had no idea that I wouldn’t have access to the delicious pizza that I grew up with anymore. I expected to miss out on cheesteaks, soft pretzels, Wawa, and all of the other things that were associated with my home state, but I never thought I’d miss out on pizza. I was under the impression that pizza was pizza, and it would be hard to screw it up. Boy, was I wrong.
If you’ve ever lived in the North East, you’re probably used to New York style pizza like I was. The crust is the perfect thickness, it’s fluffy, and has a little bit of crunch to it. Apparently, Texas does not know how to create this type of crust. 99% of the pizzas I’ve seen here have been VERY thin crust. Long story short, it’s like eating cheesy cardboard. Now while thin crust pizza can be tasty and flavorful, it’s not the style of pizza that I prefer, and it’s certainly not the style that I’m used to. Every time we wanted pizza, we would look for a place that claimed to have “East coast style pizza,” and each time we were disappointed with more cardboard-like thin crust pizza.
So here was my question… WHERE’S THE REAL PIZZA? Since we’ve moved, we were able to find ONE place that actually makes New York style pizza. It has all of the thickness and fluffiness that I’ve been missing. (Piggie Pies, if any other Dallasites were wondering!) This is one place out of a thousand restaurants in the city. It is the only place that gets it right. I’m glad that I’ve finally found one place that can fulfill my craving, and that I don’t have to hop on a plane just to find a good slice.
I’ll post some pictures below, so that if you’re like me and you love New York style pizza, and can’t imagine living without it, you can commiserate along with me. As always, comment below if you have any thoughts on this crazy pizza scenario, and if you’ve found any other great pizza places, let me know! My quest for great pizza is never ending!