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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Take-out Pizza, The Great American Phone Call!



As all you veteran readers of my blog know, Friday night is Pizza Nite at the Buffalo household. Well, today was Thursday and my wife and I had a mutual, simultaneous, not-to-be-denied urge for a pizza NOW! As laziness, poor planning, and a large dose of apathy all hit us at once, we made The Call. We are blessed with a multitude of good pizza places within 2 miles of our home that will deliver a pizza quickly to our doorstep! The one that gets The Call 90% of the time is Florentines. Over the years, they have gotten to know us (and our various Airedales!)and if the new kid on the phone says the wait is 40 minutes, the guy at the oven sees our name and it's here in 20! After jumping in and out of my car in 35F weather making sales calls all day (with a sore foot!), somebody bringing me supper sounded like a great plan. I have never gotten a bad pizza from these guys (is there such a thing as bad pizza?) and this one hit the spot. The size pizza we order is like my kids are still at home, so leftovers are a given!
OK, here's your assignment: What's the name of the best pizza place that you go to regularly? Give location if you want. And: What size do you order, and what toppings?

P.S. Tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of me becoming a father for the first time! It's all about me, isn't it? Happy Birthday to my son, Rich!!!!!

21 comments:

Paul Champagne said...

As a transplanted New Yorker, I can tell you there is indeed such a thing as a bad pizza. In fact they abound here in the Southwest.

Happy Father Anniversary!

Jen said...

Happy Birthday to your son!!!

Look at you all pictures now, are you trying to compete with Pinknest's food pics? ; )

Mu favorite pizza has tons of cheese and ham, lots of ham! I usually order Dominoes. Haven't found a good pizza place in the UES yet.

Mel said...

I live in the boonies, there is no pizza delivery here. There is a Pizza place in town its called "house of Pizza" and the pizza is ok I guess but they dont deliver.

Of course its all about you, you had a major part in his coming into the world :)

Odat said...

Hey I live in NYC where they have the "best pizza in the whole wide world", altho I do admit that picture you posted does look like a decent pie. I'm live on Staten Island and there's a pizza place on practically every corner...There's a place here called "Goodfellas" who won the best pizza in the country contest.
I get mine from a place called Villa Roma, I get half sausage and half cheese. I usually get an "everything salad" with it...I like to "dunk" my crust in the dressing....
Peace

Nancybee said...

Bon Anniversaire to Rich and his papa! ;-)

The fact that I'm alone, I never order in.

I go for the veggie pizza with lots and lots of olives.... yummm

meredic said...

The best pizza on Hallett's Mountain has to be the one that comes out of my own oven I am afraid.
There is a place down in the valley that claims it will deliver within ten miles. This alone should tell you a little of how rural we are.
Trouble is they tried to find my house once and I am now on a pizza delivery blacklist. It seems they got to the end of the road and could only find an old field gate leading up a muddy track. Well that sounds like the track that leads for another half a mile up to my door but it seems they figure I had given them a spurious zip code ....
I like seafood on mine I guess, and if they are to hand will have a large base with tuna, mussels, baby octopus, squid, anchovies and (evil of evils) will smother this up with enlish supermarket cheddar.
Nothing like it while you are watching the rugby on a Saturday afternoon, add a bottle of chilled cider and thats me done for the day.

buffalodickdy said...

Paul- I make a mean Mexican topping pizza once in awhile...Coming from NYC, you were spoiled by some of the best pizza in the world!
Jen-Thanks for the birthday wish for my son! Find a local pizza place soon! Dominos started in Michigan-and nobody I know goes there....
mel- you've got to move, or start a pizza place that delivers!
odat- I love Chicago, but NYC has better pizza (and hot dogs too!).
NancyB- Invite your friends over and throw a pizza party! Thanks for the birthday wish for my son- I wish he was here today for a party!

Queenie said...

The pizza place near me is rubbish, greasy and tastless.
The best one I have ever had was in Vennice, but the delivery to here would be slow and I'm sure it would be cold on arrival

doggybloggy said...

Johns on bleecker...brick oven, thin crust. We get two large, one with pepperoni and the other mushroom and black olive with fresh garlic.

Real Live Lesbian said...

Happy Dadaversary!!!

Ah yes, Sal's by the Lake is our favorite preferably in the largest size they have with ham and pineapple. We're such rebels.

Finn said...

Yes, there is such a thing as bad pizza. Obviously you haven't had pizza in Gainesville, Florida. In the 80s at least!

Outside of New York City, I don't care much for traditional American pizza. So, around here, it's Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza, traditional Margarita-style: no sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and basil. Perfect.

Casdok said...

I make my own, lots of cheese and chillies!

Akelamalu said...

Errr this may be sacrilege to to you but if we have a pizza it's usually a frozen one from the supermarket - not big pizza fans us! :(

Happy Birthday to your son and congratulations on becoming a father 30 years ago - that makes you and Mrs Buffalo child bride and groom yeah?

Beth said...

aw man that looks good....and Happy Anniversary on becoming a dad! Happy Birthday Rich!!!

now, save a slice for me, will ya?

Paul Champagne said...

I have a friend who owned a pizzaria in Queens. He moved down to Florida and opened one there. He used the same ingredients, the same suppliers and the same oven yet his pizza never tasted as good as when he was in New York. He finally realized that it was the water. NYC tap water has a unique taste and texture all to itself. Sure enough, on his next trip to the city, he brought back some tap water and presto ... great pizza. He has a little clique of transplanted New Yorkers down there and every time one of them goes home, they bring back tap water. The pizzas that they make with this are only for that special clique (wouldn't want to spoil the Floridians).

buffalodickdy said...

meredic- What do you call a pizza with all that seafood on it? Low Tide Special? Nobody will approach your pizza for originality, that's for sure!
Queenie- LOL! I'm getting the feeling pizza isn't the national dish where you live...By the way, cold pizza is for breakfast- all the Americans I know will agree!
DogB- Approved! You pass the test today....
R.L.L.- We eat pizza with pineapple around here too- but no one will ever admit it...
finn- I actually took a class in pizza making from an Italian local food & wine expert! That first pizza for the queen is still a classic!
casdok- chiles? Hot banana peppers or green bell pepper maybe....
Ake- We have a cheese factory 25 miles west of where I live. That plant (I've been told) makes more Mozarella cheese for the various frozen pizza producers than any other... Thanks for the b-day wish!
Beth- crust not thick, but not paper thin either, great sauce(right amount!)pepperoni,sausage, and mushrooms. Leftovers tonight!
PaulC- Water texture? You're scaring me, man.....

snowelf said...

Happy 30 years: to both of you!!! :) Balloons and confetti abound!

The best pizza I've had here to date is at a little place called Toppers. I tend to like my sauce sweet and I like a lot of sauce and they totally "delivered" in that department. I am a pineapple girl--no ham, just the pineapple because ham on a pizza always turns out too rubbery and tasteless. I prefer thicker crust over thin crust too--I don't enjoy crust that tastes like crackers. :P

However, I tend to like home produced pizza the very best no matter who makes it!! :)

--snow

MONA said...

Happy 30th fatherhood anniversary

In other words... happy birthday to your son!

Pizza...well...what can I say...

HAR said...

There are so many great pizza places around here. The hardest part is getting everyone to agree to what kind.
I like it all, unfortunately for me. If I had to go with my favorite it would be thin crust with fresh tomato, sliced mozzarella and peppers with fresh garlic.

pinknest said...

mmm, that looks AWESOME! Joe's Pizza on Carmine seems to be the most frequented for me! but it's difficult to find bad pizza here.

pinknest said...

oh and i love pepperoni. or anything meaty.