I come from New Jersey. That may not mean much to you, but it means something to me. It means that since I am transplanted certain things that I have gotten used to are denied to me. That’s right, I said “denied.”
When you live in New Jersey you’re never more than 20 feet from a pizzeria. Austinites may be thinking, “So what? We have plenty of pizza places here, too.” But that’s a lie.
Pizza Hut, Dominos, Papa Johns, Cici’s, Little Ceaser’s, and all those places that sell frozen pizza that they shove in the microwave for three minutes are not pizza places. Real pizza’s do not have pineapple, or eggplant, or other weird and exotic ingredients.
A real pizza has a somewhat thin crust, but not thin and crispy like a cracker. It’s thin and floppy. You fold the slice so you can eat it, but first you hold it over your paper plate and let the grease just drip off, but make sure the molten cheese doesn’t slide off with it. If you don’t get that grease drip, it isn’t a real pizza. And if it ain’t floppy and foldable then you’re not holding a real pizza.
I found another pizza place in Austin that makes pizza similar to what I’m used to. The only downside is that it’s New York style pizza, not New Jersey. There is a difference. However, Nikki’s Pizza is quite passable. I don’t care for the crust at the edge because it’s too thin for me, but the sauce is spot on. It’s not made with a ton of sugar and way too sweet to eat. And that’s important to me. I’m so sick of this sugary crap that all these other places throw on their pizza. I hate sweet tomato sauce.
The only other problem I found was that their sausage pizza used some crumbled sausage meat. That’s a shame, but I can live with it.
So now I have two pizza places I can order from and get an almost authentic NJ pizza. Nikki’s Pizza and The Original Brooklyn Pie Company.
By the way, size does matter. Most of the chain places have small pizzas and they try and make it look like they’re normal by calling them “large.” They’re not.
For instance, Dominos sizes are thus: Small (10”), Medium (12”), Large (14”), and Extra-Large (16”).
Nikki’s sizes go this way: Individual (10”), Small (12”), Medium (14”), Large (16”).
Brooklyn Pie Company? They are: Small (10”), Medium (14”), and Large (18”).
See that? Domino’s (and probably Papa John’s and the rest of them) “large” is the East Coast equivalent of “medium.” Brooklyn’s 18” large makes Domino’s Extra-Large look like a Personal Pan Pizza.
And finally, price. A Domino’s X-Large (16”) Cheese pizza with the “Brooklyn” crust? $17.99. This is according to their website, by the way. Which is a major pain in the ass to use when you just want to find out the cost and size of a pizza.
A large cheese pie from Nikki’s? $9.25. And their large is 16”, the same as Domino’s extra-large. And Brooklyn Pie Company? The largest large with 18” will cost you $14.95.
I’m not sure what the point of all this is anymore, but I feel better for ranting.