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Lenexa, Kansas: Stonewall Inn Pizza

Captain Ahab had Moby Dick, giving birth to the notion of "the white whale" as a goal to be chased to the ends of the earth, self-destruction be damned. Herman Melville was able to spin one version of the Great American Novel out of that tale. My white whale, over the course of several Christmases in the Kansas City area, has been Stonewall Inn Pizza. Kansas City is land-locked, of course, which makes this tale less tragic, thank goodness, and unlike Melville, I'm only able to spin a short blog post out of it. More

Daily Slice: Sicilian at Big Mario's, Seattle

Who can resist a hefty Sicilian slice topped with salami, pepperoni, and sausage? It's nothing fancy, just salty, oily meats resting on a thin layer of herbaceous tomato sauce and mozzarella. The meats do everything they're supposed to do: the pepperoni brings the mild spiciness, the salami brings the sodium and grease, and the hunks of sausage bring the characteristic porkiness (sans fennel, unfortunately). Standard stuff, but a perfect cap to a night of drinking (which is what this neighborhood is really for.) More

San Francisco: Pizza Parlor Charm But Forgettable Pizza at Giorgio's

During my visit to Giorgio's, a little boy's birthday party was taking place in the back, which seemed about right. This is pizza that is mild enough to keep even the pickiest of little kids happy, and that's just tasty enough to keep parents content. In fact, a few bites of that crisp end-crust and the parents might even convince themselves that it's really good. For me, this is pizza that will do in a pinch, but it certainly calls for a heavy hand with the red pepper shaker. More

San Diego: Killer New York-Style Pies at Bronx Pizza

When it comes to New York-style pizza, the one place you'll hear San Diegans consistently rave about is Bronx Pizza, though outsiders and locals alike often add the irksome "good for San Diego" qualifier to the end of any positive remark about it. But I'm going to be bold: Bronx Pizza has some of the best pizza I've ever had—anywhere. More

Giannoni's in Seattle Does New York City Proud

If first impressions counted for everything in the omnibus of American pizzerias, then Giannoni's would barely register as a footnote. Crammed between a Sally Beauty Supply and a Taco Del Mar in the Westwood Village Shopping Center, with a full battalion of soccer mom minivans and SUVs parked out front, you would not be faulted for mistaking Giannoni's for a knockoff of some national chain like Round Table or Papa John's. The modest interior is minimally decorated with a definite slant toward the utilitarian, save for some stylish graffiti on one wall and two ancient arcade cabinets. But once a piping hot pie hits your table and you dig in, any aesthetic crime committed by the prosaic architecture is forgiven. More

San Diego: Bronx Pizza, a Slice of New York on the West Coast

You may know Pizzasnob (aka Tim Kang) from the comments here and a couple of My Pie Mondays he's submitted. Today, he brings word of some great New York–style pizza in San Diego. —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Tim Kang] Who knew that Californians had decent New York–style pizza? I didn't. When our hosts on a recent trip to San Diego raved about this place, my eyebrow must have arched a foot high with skepticism.... More

Home Slice Brings a Slice of NYC to Austin, Texas

There is a restaurant in New York City called Hill Country, which is patterned after the barbecue meat markets that surround Austin, Texas. The barbecue at Hill Country is a pretty close approximation of what you can get in Texas, essentially mimicking the menu at Kreuz Market in Lockhart to the point of importing their sausages. Truth be told, it is not quite in the same league as the barbecue down in the Lone Star State, but for a homesick Texan it will offer a slice of home. Similarly, Home Slice Pizza in Austin will offer a homesick New Yorker a taste of home in the form of pizza. More

Bonello's New York Pizza, San Pedro CA

No artisanal toppings adorned the pie at Bonello's New York Pizza. Nor were Caputo flour or San Marzano tomatoes used. And the sausage, which consisted of somewhat odd pellet-shaped pieces, was neither fennel nor house-made. Yet somehow, the pie came together, clearly illustrating how the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. More

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