Tuesday, January 4, 2011

NY Pie!

Nashville Restaurants and Food
NY Pie Lands in West Nashville

Alright, so I’m a bit of a skeptic at times. Lately though, that skepticism has been answered by a resounding slap up to the side of the head. To wit- NY Pie. I opined on these pages about the claims on their website and how I have usually been disappointed by such boasts. Not this time. NY Pie puts out some damn good pizza. The slices are wide, thin and blessed with a crispy brick oven crust, a style not unlike the New York pizza I’ve had in the past. To really do it justice you have to try the cheese first- most New York places don’t load up the toppings. You’ll find flavorful cheese and a nicely balanced tomato sauce. When you do indulge in the toppings, be prepared for quality stuff: spicy pepperoni, succulent sausage and solid ham. This is only visit number one and just first impressions. We’ll be back to sample more pizza and perhaps move on to the calzone and Stromboli. In the meantime, the word seems to be out. The place was hopping at 11:30 a.m. on a recent lunch visit. There may be chain places in town with a similar name- this is a locally grown operation.

NY Pie
6800 Charlotte Pike
Nashville West Shopping Center
Nashville
615-915-1617
www.realnypie.com

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

We went to NY Pie last night based on your recommendation, and it was as good as you said! Everything was perfect. They will definitely need a bigger place once everyone discovers this gem.

Eric and Katie said...

Anon...that's the downside of doing the blog and blabbing about the places we really like. Glad you enjoyed it...hopefully it won't become a mad house!

Anonymous said...

We went during the holidays my family and I went. The pizza was great, but when we were there, there was only two other tables being used and it still took a while to get our food (two small pieces and two slices). It seemed like the kitchen area was in disarray. My wife wanted a sandwich and the girl at the counter said they had no bread and were trying to find some to use. She stated that the bread they did have wasn't any good and wished they would use the same bread as Firehouse. We'll be back. Just glad Porta Via has some competition now.

Eric and Katie said...

Yeah, let's not forget that they have only been open a couple of weeks. They seem to have a good model and probably just need some time to tweek things a bit.

Anonymous said...

Eric, the day I went, it too was near empty. And slow. BUT, while we were waiting for our stuff, in walks the manager of another food place (hint: peanut shells) and takes away *18* pies!

For pizz lika dis, imma waitin'

mIKES

Eric and Katie said...

mIKES: 18 pizzas must have set them back some dough...although certainly better than feeding the staff steaks. What did you think of the prices at NY Pie?

Anonymous said...

I went there over the holidays, went for a late lunch. Being from NY I had high hopes and will happily say there were basically met. However, I was bummed that meat ball is not a topping! My one complaint is I personally feel the prices are a bit high for an individual slice of pie with 2 toppings. Great salads as well, but the house needs some red onion! Dough was crispy, good amount of cheese, and sauce had great flavor!

Anonymous said...

Eric /Kate

Uhmm, when it comes to prices I always think back to that dustup back in the day when George HW Bush could not tell a reporter how much a gallon of milk cost. I'm kinda clueless. But $13.50 for an 18 inch pizza does not seem out of line if you contrast it to the artisan pizza places on White Bridge and Edgehill. Another thing to ponder is how well it travels: Unlike the VPN pies, this stuff is good hot, warm, or cold (with a cuppa black coffee)

mIKES

Lannae said...

OK, mIKES and Eric and Katie, is this really NY style pizza? Is it as good as Famous Rays? Is it as good as Vivek's pizza in Phila? Is it as good as pizza window in the North End of Boston? On the local side, Is it as good as City House Belly Ham pizza? Is it as good as the Manny's or Joey's House of Pizza?

I can't wait to try this pizza!

Eric and Katie said...

mIKES: Ultimately quality and quantity will decide whether something is worth the money. I'd like to see how big the large pie is before I can judge. Lannae: that's some pretty stiff competition. I don't know if City House would be a fair comparison. It does appear to be real NY style. I think it would rate well with a good quality neighborhood pizza joint in New York or Boston.

Anonymous said...

Eric / Kate

The large pie is 18" inches - a monster pie. Bought 2 last night for $30.

Lannae - this shop offers your classic NY "street" pizza while City House, and the others are more of a VPN style: Leopard spot charring, a totally unique type of flour (00 double zero), and temperatures that run to almost 1000 F. Street pizza is done at 550F, uses high gluten bread flour and average mozz and sauce. It is what it is - but when you lived on that for 40+ years, it is a wonderful thing to have so nearby.
Think Joey's or Manny's for this place.

mIKES

Eric and Katie said...

mIKES: yeah, we were by yesterday as well...you're right, the large pizza is huge and the price reasonable. We did $21 for two slices, a huge calzone, a caesar salad and a drink. Publix, Costco, World Market and NY Pie...that's Saturday shopping now!

Anonymous said...

I went over the weekend and had a slice or cheese and garlic chicken...was wonderful! Unfortunately,went back today around dinner and they didn't have any by the slice except for a pepperoni that looked like it had been there all day! The guy working said that's all they have so we left. Glad I had been one time before and had a good experience(though slow with only one other couple there) or I probably wouldn't be back. Will give another try but would suggest to have more options for by the slice if its going to be advertised that way

Eric and Katie said...

Anon: Your situation points to the danger of pizza by the slice: it only works if the pizzeria keeps turning out fresh pizzas for slices. No one wants pizza that has been sitting around for several hours, re-heated or not. I think that NY Pies seems to show great attention to quality, so hopefully your situation was an abberation. In truth, our last couple of visits have been right at 11:15am, when several fresh pies are out for slices. Hopefully, dinner will be no different.

Uma said...

This was a wonderful recommendation. We stopped by for an early dinner on a Saturday night and the place was hopping - standing room only. The service was a bit slow, but I am not going to hold that against them. They were making pizzas as fast as they could. Loved the taste, will definitely come back for more. Eric and Katie, have you been to Antico Pizza in Atlanta?

Eric and Katie said...

Uma: We're hoping the popularity of NY Pie doesn't impact them negatively. It's often tough on new places to contend with being really busy. They seem pretty well organized so we're hoping they can keep going strong. We have not been to Antico. I take it we need to go?

Lannae said...

Finally, I went out there this weekend. It is so far from my house, and it seems strange to me to get on a highway just for a slice. BUT I might have to just get used to the highway drive to the mall and sprawl because this is Very Good pizza. It isn't really NY pizza, but it is as good as my favorite pizza by the slice joint in Boston from 25 years ago. M, a former NYer, agrees it is not NY pizza, but it is a Very Good slice of pizza. I did not bring my camera because I wasn't expecting much; I have heard it all before how great this or that pizza is, and it isn't, and now I regret leaving the camera behind because this pizza is Really Good. I enjoyed it very much. Now, how do I change my mind about driving on a highway to mall and sprawl? I will have to have this pizza again.