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TheColoradoKid

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Biz delivers slice of N.Y.
to pizza fans

 

Say cheese! Ed Powers (left), founder of I Want N.Y. Pizza, smiles with one of his suppliers, Anthony Minissale, of Nunzio's Pizza in Babylon, L.I.
Long Islanders who move to Pennsylvania, Maryland or Florida don't miss the high property taxes.

But they do miss the pizza.

Some try, but it seems impossible to replicate that genuine New York pizza taste outside metro New York.

In response, a Long Island man has launched a company that delivers authentic New York pizza across the country. The pies are frozen and vacuum sealed and delivered with a half-dozen garlic knots and a copy of the Daily News.

What's more New York than that?

"There are a lot of philosophies out there as to why New York pizza is New York pizza," said Ed Powers, a Brooklyn-native who in November launched I Want NY Pizza.

"I knew a guy in Texas who was shipping in water from New York," he said, citing the belief that the secret ingredient is New York water.

"But it wasn't the same."

And bigger, out-of-state companies that pretend to offer New York-style pizza often fall flat, he said. For instance, many use a press to push the dough into a circle. "That's not our motto," Powers said. "You gotta squeeze it with your hands and get some air in that dough. And stretch it and spin it and flip it."

Powers uses two family-run pizzerias on Long Island, and has lined up two more in Manhattan. When customers place orders at iwantnypizza.com, the order is immediately beamed to one of the network restaurants.

From there, the pizza is prepared, sealed, frozen and shipped the next day to as far away as Hawaii. The order is placed in a real pizza box alongside iced Gel Packs.

The pizza box is placed into another package filled with soft packing peanuts, and the day's copy of the Daily News.

"The Daily News to me epitomizes the New York experience," Powers said.

"People aren't just purchasing pizza. They're getting a slice of New York as well."

The company is shipping about 70 pies a day, and has received numerous requests from pizzerias hoping to join the team. But to do so, a restaurant has to pass I Want NY Pizza's three-person quality review board, which boasts 90 years of pizza-making experience.

And the board has a strict criteria, Powers said.

"We have a tremendous responsibility to deliver the best product," he added, "and come as close as possible to that experience of walking into a New York pizzeria and ordering a slice at the counter."

Originally published on December 27, 2005


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I wonder who makes the best New York pizza in New York?


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My favorite was always Rizzo's on Steinway Street.  But, I picked up a few pies this weekend, and it's just not the same any more.  Can't exactly put my finger on it, but it certainly isn't the pie of my youth!
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I agree Janet with my childhood favorites, as well.  Don't know if its the ingredients they're using or that my tastebuds have changed.  Janet '72

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There's a place in Cornwall, NY, that's been doing this for about ten years already. However, his pies aren't as good as the ones I remember from the old neighborhood.
Sunnyside Pizza, on Greenpoint Avenue, between 45 and 46 Sts. made a fair pizza. Place up here (Frank's Pizza, Pasta and Wimgs) is pretty good, his thin crust pie is like the pizza I remember. They get their dough from the city and that's the trick. The dough is mixed with city water. Others try adding city water to their mix, but it's not the same. The dough itself, has to originate from the city.

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Over the years, Flushing has had a large influx of Chinese immigrants.  So many in fact that Flushing has a larger Chinese population than Chinatown.  I used to live in Taiwan & walking down Main Street, Flushing is like walking down any shopping street in Taiwan.  In fact, if you blindfolded me, put me on a plane for 16 hrs & then dropped me off at Main Street & removed the blindfold, I would think I was in Taiwan.  The language, the people, the sounds, the sights, the smells, the stores, the noodle shops, the food stores, etc., they're all the same.  Anyway, I'm digressing.  So, let me return to the subject at hand.

 

One place is still the same on Main Street  --- Barone's Pizza.  In my opinion, they have the best Sicilian Pizza in NY.  Everytime I come to NY, I make a special trip to Barone's just to eat their pizza.

 

BTW, back in the early 60s, their was a song by Norman Fox & the Robroys called Pizza Pie.  Anybody remember it?

 

 


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PIZZA PIE
(Norman Fox)
Norman Fox & The Rob Roys - 1959


Well, we were standing on the sidewalk
Just admiring the view
And we thought that we would go down down
And find something to do
And we saw this place upon the corner
And it looked real swell
So we opened the door, we went inside
This is what we yelled
Now pizza pie-i-i-i-i-i-i-i
Hey pizza pie-i-i-i-i-i-i-i

Well, I got a chick I really dig
I'm gonna love her all of my life
I'm gonna take her home and marry her
And keep her for my wife
And when the people come and ask me the question
I'm a-gonna tell them why
'Cause she stands in the kitchen
And makes me all those great big pizza pies
Now pizza pie-i-i-i-i-i-i-i
Hey pizza pie-i-i-i-i-i-i-i

Well-oh-well-oh-well, the time went by, we had some kids
And they're the apple of my eye
And they're growing big and strong and tall
They got their heads right up to the sky
And some may wonder why they're so healhty
This is my reply
'Cause they were born in bread and always fed
On great big pizza pie
Now pizza pie-i-i-i-i-i-i-i
Hey pizza pie-i-i-i-i-i-i-i

Well-oh-well-oh-well, now I'm getting old
Hey brother, and I'm getting ready to die
But there's one request that I must make
Before I hit the sky
And that request is something no man in his right mind
Did not deny
'Cause when they put me six feet under
I'm taking a great big pizza pie
Now pizza pie-i-i-i-i-i-i-i
Hey pizza pie-i-i-i-i-i-i-i
Hey pizza pie-i-i-i-i-i-i-i

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Quote:
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One place is still the same on Main Street  --- Barone's Pizza. 

 

Main Street and where?

BTW you want to try a sightly different pizza,

Try Kosher pizza.

Several pizzerias along Main Street between Jewel Avenue and Vleigh Place.


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In The Bedford Park(Fordham, Botanical Gardens) section of THE Bronx - not to be missed is

              Mike's Pizza on Bedford Park Blv'd -E of Decatur Ave and 2 blocks W of Webster Ave.  $10 for well -made lge pie.  Does a land office business here even w/ Rocco's across the street.  Video material there for staff and clientele!


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The complaint  that pizza doesn't taste like it once did makes me wonder if the ingredients being used today are more "heart healthy"....Is it possible that the cheeses are processed in a different way to remove some fat content?...Is it possible that less salt is being used?....I am sure that foods containing more fat and more salt taste better...I'll bet the problem is not with our taste  buds, but with the ingredients the pizza makers are using.. ...KJF'66.

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My favorite place for pizza in NYC is Rose and Joe's Bakery under the el at Ditmars Blvd. They make it the way that Lenny's -- the pizza place that used to be at the corner of Ditmars and 31st before it burned down -- used to make it. They were selling Sicilian pizza before anyone knew what it was.


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Rose and Joes under the El on 31st Street, Alba's on 37th and Ditmar's.  My favorite growing up was Maria's Pizza on the corner of Broadway and 124th Street (LaSalle Street) in Manhattan under the #1 train. 

 

Then Ray's on 6th Avenue and 11th (or 12th).  First time I ever used a knife and fork on pizza.  I thought I was committing a mortal sin doing that.

 

 

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First time I ever used a knife and fork on pizza was on a slice with everything on it. If I'd tried to pick it up, I probably would have dropped everything on the floor.


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A small, new pizza place/restaurant opened up in Astoria on 23rd Avenue, just off 31st St.  Cute little outside eating area (not now sillies).  Their pizza is very good......extremely thin crust!  Was never crazy about Rose & Joe's pizza....heard a lot about it so I tried it a few times......to each his own.  Another pizzeria/restaurant in Astoria is Porto Bello's, which is in the LaGuardia Shopping Center at Ditmars & 46th.  Pizza is OK (Grandma Pizza is real good), but their food is wonderful (love the potato croquettes).  I've yet to have something I didn't like.  And very reasonable prices. 

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Is Rose and Joe's the place right at the bottom of the el's stairs? I remember a place there that made a Sicilian pie with onions in the sauce. Best Sicilian I can remember, even if the owners were Greek? Got into a few "discussions" with other Pizzerias over whether or not onions were to be considered extra toppings, or standard fare!
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