On a recent pilgrimage to Providence Mall in Mt. Juliet, City Between the Lakes, Fluffernutter and I stopped by NYPD Pizzeria for lunch. Having heard several positive reviews of the Florida-based chain’s pizza crust, we ordered a couple of individual pizzas, including a margarita pie (mozzarella, tomato sauce, basil leaves and minced garlic) and the thematically named APB Alfredo (cream sauce, herbs, mozzarella and garlic). Both recipes were fresh, hot and deliciously showcased on NYPD’s very thin hand-tossed crust.
As Fluff and I sat in the friendly, Big Apple-themed eatery, trying to articulate why we liked NYPD's crust more than so many other specimens, it came to me that a good pizza crust has a lot in common with my favorite jeans: a crisp surface, with just the right amount of stretch.
We worked our way through delicious, crackling cannoli and an intriguing bag of zeppoles—bits of the aforementioned dough deep-fried and tossed in a paper bag with cinnamon and powdered sugar. (When we saw a policeman dining at the bar, we asked if the officer was part of the fuzz-themed décor, but our server confirmed he was, in fact, an authentic member of law enforcement.)
Far be it from me to dispatch anyone to a chain pizza restaurant 17 miles from downtown. But I’m just saying if you ever find yourself at the T.J. Maxx in Mt. Juliet around lunchtime, looking for, say, a pair of green tights for a 5-year-old’s Peter Pan costume—or, you know, a new pair of jeans with just the right amount of stretch—NYPD Pizzeria is a safe bet for a bite to eat.
NYPD Pizzeria is located at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road.