This is a story of three pizzas.
The first pizza was at Lucali’s in Brooklyn. It is what I judge all other pizzas by. I managed to eat there three times whilst Jen was living in NY and each time the experience was perfect and excelled any attempts by all other pizza joints (be it in Italy, NY or elsewhere).
My summary at the time was the “best meal I have had in NY and one of the better ones I have ever had” (and this was just after going to Momofuku Ko). Annoyingly as the taste fades in memory my desire to go back there grows. The plain pizza with basil was perfect. No point going further. The calzone was good, though not for me, too much ricotta and too little crude backstreet calzone action. Having been raised on thumping chunks of calzone that leak their ingredients all over the table it was a bit too classy.
The plain pizza though…. Praise be. Ever since then I have had a slight reticence when I go to pizza places as they can only disappoint and, well, Pizza East and Storey Deli did just that.
The second pizza was from the new E1 pizza kid on the block; Pizza East. From the reviews I have read everybody seems to love it. Quite frankly I miss the T Bar. The service, room, etc. are all fine but the pizza base is unfortunately hard and unyielding and looks like furnace tempered cheddar cheese. The toppings are better though.
The third pizza was from Storey Deli (iphone picture above) which has been around for ages but I last ate there years and years ago. They used to do great salads and pizzas, they now seem to do just pizzas. Well they call them pizzas but it is more like puff pastry with some toppings in the middle. The problem with puff pastry is that it is a cruddy pizza base and crackles and crunches rather than rewards (see picture). This is a shame as the toppings were delicious.
- Prices – US$46 for two at Lucali’s, £25ish at Pizza East and Storey Deli for two.
- Addresses – different