If you've ever made the mistake of getting into it with someone from New York City about where to get the best whatever to nom on then maybe you've witnessed the ghastly sight of your head growing legs and detaching itself from your entire body because of pure boredom. That exchange of words is officially the longest conversation you could have with anybody. Just like the options given to you in the city when it comes to what to eat, there are just too many opinions of where the good food is at. Well, we're here to talk about pizza. Specifically, thin crust pizza. And more specific than that, we're talking thin crust pizza in the Bronx. In the Throggs Neck area of the borough there are 3 pizzerias that stand out with two of them being, and this is the God's honest truth, some of the best pizza I've ever had in all of New York. Whoo! Dramatic, ain't it? I hate speaking in absolutes but the pizza I experienced at two of the spots left me no choice. So let's begin our adventure at Louie & Ernie's. Located on 1300 Crosby Ave on a sleepy street in a very cute neighborhood, this is your best bet for some of the most delicious traditional thin crust pizza you'll find pretty much anywhere. Their cheese to sauce ratio (which is very important, people!) is on point and their crust is baked perfectly. Thin, crunchy and most importantly it will not weigh itself down no matter what toppings you put on top. It would seem somewhat counterproductive of me to ever suggest just one topping to try here. It's nothing you won't find at other pizzerias but it's not so much about the individual ingredient itself, it's more about how they compliment the already amazing pizza. Tomatoes, sausages, pepperoni, chicken, all these and more are just phenomenal on one of their slices. L&E's is a perfect example of a hidden gem. A place that for the most part only the locals know about. And while that can be somewhat of a blessing, it's time for this spot to get the love it truly deserves from outside folk.
WHITE PIZZA (Louie & Ernie's)
PEPPERONI PIZZA (Louie & Ernie's)
CHICKEN PIZZA (Louie & Ernie's)
Within decent walking distance of Louie & Ernie's, and bypassing one of the coveted pizza spots in the neighborhood (we'll get to that one later on), you'll find another outstanding example of where to find exceptional pizza. Tommy's, which is located on 4033 East Tremont Ave, continues with the thin crust tradition and it's easy to start piecing together the fact that the Bronx kind of knows what it's doing when it comes to the world's most perfect portable food. Since Italian Americans make up such a large chunk of the residents who live in the area it only makes sense that the pizza be this good. Old school authentic. And every bite is unreal. The cheese to sauce ratio is great but unlike Louie & Ernie's the crust here is a little less stronger than theirs. But that's no reason to fret. You're still going to love every single bite of their delicious, oily, cheesy slices. Though I'd be remiss not to mention the fact that the one thing that really stood out here more than any pizza slice I consumed was their Sicilian pizza. I'm not even that crazy about Sicilian slices but whatever they got going on at Tommy's is hands down one of the tastiest I've ever had. The bread is really what it's all about when it comes to that one. It not only literally holds the ingredients together but the taste is unique enough to have you questioning why in the hell you've allowed yourself to eat such mediocre Sicilian slices for so long. All in all, Tommy's is a spot that if it were located somewhere in the West Village would probably be getting its spot blown up all the time by The Village Voice or hipster foodies online. But it's not in the West Village, it's in the Bronx. And travelling to the food is half the adventure.
PLAIN SLICE, PEPPERONI & SICILIAN SLICE (Tommy's Pizza)
And what's literally in the middle of these two fine dining establishments? Emilio's Pizza. Or as the outside sign proudly boasts "The Original Emilio's Pizza." Whether it is or not makes not one iota of a difference to me. Located on 3843 East Tremont, this is the big brother of the Emilio's located in Morris Park. And if they've got over there what they've got over here then I'm going over there as soon as I'm done eating every single pizza over here. Now, the first thing you'll notice about Emilio's is that they do not go the thin crust route. Nope. This is, for all intents and purposes, a more conventional pizzeria. But what makes it really shine are their insanely delicious pizza toppings. As good as their plain slice is (and it is pretty good), you can't come here and not have their garden pizza, or their incredible chicken pizza, and you'll do yourself a disservice if you don't try out their Sicilian slice with lasagna toppings or their "Deep Dish" chicken & garden salad pizza. Yes, you'll find all your favorite toppings too (is announcing the fact that no matter which pizzeria you go to you're destined to find pepperoni even necessary?) but that's not the point. The point here is gluttony. If Louie & Ernie's and Tommy's represents the best of what you can do with a classic slice, then Emilio's is the guy who comes into the kitchen drunk, makes a mess of the place and pops out with delicious and funky pizza pies for everyone. While the other spots keep it classy, this joint is all about having fun and scarfing down a giant pizza with awesome toppings.
LASAGNA SICILIAN (Emilio's Pizza)
GARDEN SALAD PIZZA (Emilio's Pizza)
DEEP DISH CHICKEN & GARDEN SALAD PIZZA (Emilio's Pizza)
CHICKEN PIZZA (Emilio's Pizza)