But there is more to pizza than just Neapolitan style pizza. There is New York Style Pizza, Chicago Deep Dish, etc etc. So I was excited earlier this month when I found out that Community Pie was adding New York Style pizza to the menu. I was even more excited when they sent me a gift certificate thanking me for my previous blog post. So a trip to Community Pie was in order....twist my arm.
We went last Saturday night to try it out. There was about a 30 minute wait at 6:30, but we quickly found seats at the bar, and decided to eat there. The bar staff was friendly, and it looked like our awesome waiter from our first trip to Community Pie is now a manager. He is on top of things and super friendly, and we were happy to see that he is still around.
The New York style pizza is available by the slice, and also in 14" and 19" pies. We wanted to try something that sounded cool, and also something basic that would show off the new crust, so we ordered two 14" pizzas: the Drunk Pig ("vodka sauce, Community Pie ricotta, homemade fennel sausage, fresh mozzarella, parmasean cheese, and crushed red pepper"), and the Demarco ("Fresh & Shredded mozzarella, hand torn basil, extra virgin olive oil, and pecorino romano").
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The verdict??? Jon Stewart would approve. (Jon Stewart has strong feelings on pizza crusts.)
The crust: In true New York Style fashion, both crusts were cooked well, easy to pick up, fold, and bite into. I am not an expert on New York Style crusts, but I liked the crust on both pizzas. There is no mistaking the New Your crust for the Neopoliton, so I call this a crust win.
The toppings: The Drunk Pig was good, but the Demarco was amazing. I'm a cheese pizza fan to begin with, and the Demarco is a grown up version of what what comes to mind when I think of New York Style cheese pizza. It's got enough fresh mozzarella to be a little greasy, but the mix of hard cheeses means it's not swimming in grease. You can't go wrong with torn basil and extra virgin olive oil, and the Demarco was the pizza that we attacked...it was that good. The sausage on the Drunk Pig was a little strong for my taste, but the vodka sauce, ricotta, and other cheeses were all on point.
Of course, we couldn't leave Community Pie without gelato...even in November. You can try up to three flavors per serving, but I didn't look farther than two: Mint Chocolate and Milk & Honey.
Thanks for the gift certificate Community Pie, I enjoyed it! My favorite crust is still the Neapolitan style, but don't be surprised if you see me come in for a slice of New York style cheese pizza sometime soon. :)
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Chattanooga TN 37405
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Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm
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