Friday, October 5, 2012

The Weekly Open Thread Asks, "What's Your Favorite Pizza?"

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 6:08 AM

With the Scene's Best of Nashville issue just days away, the edit staff has been stuck in the office working long hours. (Cue sad violin music. The sacrifices we make for you, dear reader.)

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?

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