February 27, 2008
On my last night in the Silicon Valley area, I decided to head up the east side of San Francisco Bay to visit Vito’s Pizzeria located in Newark, California. I have to say it was excellent! I met the owner (Vito!) and after eating a couple slices I introduced myself. I was happy to know he was familiar with the New York Pizza Blog and the New York Pizza Finder directory. Once we got to talking he decided I NEEDED to try some bread sticks and home-made marinara sauce and they were muy delicioso. I finished off my late night snack with a meatball dipped in the same marinara.
All in all, Vito says his pizza is best in the bay area and I cannot disagree. Next time in that area , I will be back!
February 13, 2008
I was at a conference at the convention center in San Jose, and took out for a walk at lunch time. The prior morning while getting exercise I had seen two places that sold pizza by the slice and I was anxious to give them a try. The first stop was at Tony Soprano’s Pizzeria on San Fernando Street, which was pretty good pizza and scored an 80 on the Sliker Scale.
Next was Pizza My Heart, which is a chain in this area. It scored 70 on the Sliker Scale. I was glad to see I could get a slice there, but I was less than optimistic about what I would get. It’s a place for college kids with a surfing theme. Not pictures of New York or Italy, no checkered table clothes. In my opinion, the cheese slice was a little bland compared to Tony Soprano’s, but it was definitely New York Style.
February 13, 2008
I arrived here in the Bay Area Saturday and had a few hours to kill, so I went to Palo Alto and drove around the campus of Stanford University– very nice and MUCH bigger than I expected. I then made my way down El Camino Real until I found Frankie, Johnny, & Luigi, Too located at 939 W. El Camino Real in Mountain View. It was a very nice restaurant– there were lots of people eating some very good looking italian food– but I was here for the pizza. I ordered a large cheese pie.
The pizza was very good– I definitely don’t want to “dis” the pizza– but it wasn’t what I was looking for. There were no slices available. The pizza itself wasn’t as “flat” as I had hoped, and it was cut into 10 slices! It was really good– but again, not what I was looking for. Here’s the Sliker rating (70) for F, J, & L’s:
Thin Crust Pizza (40/40)
Pizza by the Slice Availability (0/10)
Large Slices (0/10)
Traditional Pizza Ovens (10/10)
Sicilian Pizza Availability (0/10)
Run by Italians (10/10)
Red & Green or Italy Theme or Name (5/5)
Pizza or Pizzeria in Title (spelled correctly!) (5/5)
February 9, 2008
I’m heading to out to Silicon Valley this weekend– No, not to get venture funding for NewYorkPizzaFinder.net 🙂 I found myself in Atlanta (ATL) airport needing some breakfast and wandered into the food court in B Concourse. Sbarro’s was doing a booming business so I wandered over there. They had three breakfast pizzas available in additional to their normal slices. I had a slice with egg, cheese, bacon, peppers, & onions and it wasn’t bad. My biggest complaint about Sbarro’s generally is that they try to keep the pizzas warm and when they serve them the crust tends to be kind of rubbery. I prefer the traditional approach of putting a slice back in the oven for a minute to get the crust nice and crispy. But anyway, crispy crust or not, Sbarro’s breakfast pizza was a nice change of pace for this traveller.
February 7, 2008
I sent out an email last night to hundreds of people who have posted comments on this blog, directing them to the new New York Pizza Finder wiki site. I am pleased to see that several people have already started adding New York Style Pizza places to the directory.
I’ve added several new features over the last couple days. First, and most importantly, is Google Maps integration. The Map is Back! Secondly, I’ve added a “boilerplate” page so that when someone creates a new page, it will automatically be formatted properly.
Thanks to Andrew A. for these suggestions. If you’ve been to the site and have some comments that can make the site more usable, please let me know what you think.
February 5, 2008
I had an interesting post this week suggesting that we should check out Vito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in Newark, California, between Oakland and San Jose. Well, it just so happens that I’m heading to San Jose this weekend. I was planning to stop by Frankie, Johnny, & Luigi, Too which has a place in San Jose and another in Mountain View.
So much pizza but so little time! How ’bout you? Know of any good New York Style Pizza in the Silicon Valley area?
Besides commenting on this blog, please join the Pizza Loving Army of volunteers in developing the New York Pizza Finder Wiki Site— open to all to contribute. Thanks!