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Old 08-12-2006, 04:34 AM   #21
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I used to work at Jet's when I was college age in detroit. It was better than the 'big 3' (pizza hut, dominoes, papa johns). Last time I ordered though a couple years back, wasn't nearly as good as before, I think they started to skimp on things. Shields was ok, like buddy's. Pizza papalis was good. And for the money, you couldn't beat little skeazers. Sometimes cheap tastes good!

I'm now in florida, Loop pizza grill & al's pizza are the favorites here. But both are sit down, no delivery. No pizza delivery is good here.
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Old 08-12-2006, 08:20 AM   #22
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i am saddened to read how many people pick chain restaurant pizza as their faves. (cpk notwithstanding. their "pizzas", not really pizza in my book, are pretty good with the various odd toppings).

in my area, there are so many mom and pop pizza places, often owned by 1st or second generation italian american immigrants, that they make dominoes and pizza hut look like something melted on a cardboard box in the sun.

every time i see an aquaintance eating the "cardboard", i cringe and offer a suggestion of where else to try.
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Old 08-12-2006, 10:09 AM   #23
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I've never been to NY or Boston, so I haven't tried any of the really good pizza places. I grew up in Tulsa, OK, eating pizza from the restaurant chain Mazzio's. Yummy!

They don't have Mazzio's up here in MI. I'd have to go to St. Louis, at the closest, or all the way down to Springfield to find one. If I'm going that far, I might as well go visit my parents in Tulsa.

We've got "The Big 3" here, as well as some locally-owned places that have branched out to a few locations. I've eaten all of their pizzas, and I'm just not impressed that much.
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Old 08-12-2006, 10:11 AM   #24
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Old 08-12-2006, 01:07 PM   #25
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i used to like pizza hut when i was a kid...not anymore. my eyes have been opened. hehehe. (but i still go occasionally because my own kids and their friends want to go there--and yes, the other option is mcdonalds!-- during after-school playtimes. it must be a kid thing.)
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Old 08-13-2006, 10:55 AM   #26
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I'll probably be called a heathen for this from the East Coasters and Chicagoans but since I'm equating favorite to most frequented, then I'll say California Pizza Kitchen. Why? I just like the different flavors and combinations and how their pizza are "outside the box". Here's my favorites (copied from their site):


Grilled steak, fire-roasted mild chilies, onions, cilantro pesto, Monterey Jack, and Mozzarella cheeses topped with fresh tomato salsa and cilantro. Served with a side of tomatillo salsa.


Grilled Jamaican Jerk spiced chicken breast with our spicy sweet Caribbean sauce, Mozzarella cheese, applewood smoked bacon, mild onions, roasted red & yellow peppers, and scallions.


Sauteed shrimp, mild onions, roasted garlic, Mozzarella cheese, fresh oregano and Italian parsley with a white wine lemon-garlic butter sauce.


Mild Goat cheese with roasted red & yellow peppers, grilled Japanese eggplant, Mozzarella cheese, carmelized onions, Italian parsley and our tomato sauce. Applewood smoked bacon added upon request.


A combination of grilled Italian sausage and sweet Italian sausage with sautéed wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, Fontina, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Topped with fresh herbs.


A spicy marinara sauce with sweet Italian sausage, spicy Capicola ham, julienne salami, Fontina, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Topped with fresh oregano and basil.


The classic Italian pizza. Made with imported Italian tomatoes, Mozzarella and fresh Mozzarella cheeses topped with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.
I have had the goat cheese with roasted peppers...it was magnificent!
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Old 08-13-2006, 10:58 AM   #27
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this one's for you, verablue. take a ramble on down '46 to pizzatowne usa, in elmwood park.
best thin crust, not overcheesed pizza in our area imo. but it depends on who's working. the men of the tomo family (owners) make great pizza. the women are hit and miss.
ok, so there's a few real brick ovens around, but they don't seem to get the pizza thin enough, and then kill it with cheese, or the sauce is too sweet, not savory.

another good one is barcelona's in garfield for thin crust, and lovey's in hasbrouck heights. i heard they just re-opened.

and i've planned a pilgrimage to lombardi's for this september, when a buddy comes home for a visit. then it's off to coney island, and alternating trips between the cyclone, and nathan's.
Loveys has reopened, just got a menu in the mail. I may give it a shot tomorrow night. I haven't been to pizzatown in years...maybe 10 years. They kind of fell off my radar, but on your word, I'll give it a shot.

When is your NYC trip, I want to go, too.
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Old 08-13-2006, 11:01 AM   #28
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i am saddened to read how many people pick chain restaurant pizza as their faves. (cpk notwithstanding. their "pizzas", not really pizza in my book, are pretty good with the various odd toppings).

in my area, there are so many mom and pop pizza places, often owned by 1st or second generation italian american immigrants, that they make dominoes and pizza hut look like something melted on a cardboard box in the sun.

every time i see an aquaintance eating the "cardboard", i cringe and offer a suggestion of where else to try.
We're spoiled around here, Bucky...I think other parts of the country are lacking, seriously, in quality pizza joints. More for us, I say. I agree with you, chain pizza will never ever do it for me. I wonder which one of us will try the new place on 46 first...me or you?
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Old 08-13-2006, 11:29 AM   #29
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I like Bertuccis - no doubt that is spelled wrong - they are not in this area so have to wait till I visit my daughters - Md and Va to have the pizza
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Old 08-13-2006, 11:46 AM   #30
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We have a family owned pizzaria in the next town over and nobody has topped it in my mind, and the Chicago area is known for its pizza. The name is Ach & Lou's in Aurora (yes, the town famous for Wayne's World).

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