So tonight, the powers that be treated us to some delicious pizza from NY Pie. I spent four years living in New York City, and I can tell you that NY Pie's cheese slice was close to the fine slices I'd scarf down at 1 in the morning from places with names like Famous Ray's, Original Ray's, Famous Original Ray's, World-Famous Original Ray's ... you get the idea.
We also got treated to some mighty fine DeSano pizza recently, and I was pretty impressed.
Anyway, it's got me thinking about how much the Nashville pizza scene has improved since I moved to town 15 years ago. I've found a wide variety of pies I enjoy — City House, Lockeland Table, Five Points, Manny's, Joey's, Porta Via, Bella Nashville, Pizza Perfect, the aforementioned NY Pie and DeSano. I'm not ready to declare Nashville a pizza capital — anyone who's spent time in New York, Boston, New Haven or Providence knows we have a long way to go — but compared to 1997, it's raining pizzas around here!
So here's my question: If you had to pick your favorite pie, what would it be? I know — there are so many different styles. Feel free to list a few, but don't wuss out on picking a favorite. And if I'm saying that, I'll have to pick a fave, I guess.
I'm going with:
1: City House
2: Lockeland Table
3: Bella Nashville
4: (tie) Five Points/DeSano/Manny's/Joey's/NY Pie
The bottom line? Fifteen years ago, it was hard to find one pizza I would venture out of the house for. And in 2012, I listed eight pizzas I'd gladly make the trip to eat.
OK, I've set the precedent: You can have as many ties as you want in second, third and fourth. But you can only have one No. 1. Why? Because it's my game. I brought the ball, I make the rules.
So which pie is it going to be, Bites readers? And what other food news do you want to share?