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Somebody Help This Poor Boy: Best Slice of NYC Pizza in Plano

This request comes from a tweet, or shall I refer to it as a TweEat?

 @NancyNichols can a NYC transplant get a good slice of Pizza in Plano? everything i tried so has been pretty bad #newintown

  • The Cliftonite in TX

    IMHO Lover’s on Lover’s is extremely close if not equal to NYC pedestrian style.
    Il Cane Rosso is SPOT ON Neopolitan style.
    Now if someone can find me a restaurant that makes a good beefsteak banquet.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree.
    Been there twice. Disappointed twice :'(

  • Anonymous

    It’s not New York at all (almost Cali-style, but Mellow is try Cali)
    But it is one of the better options in a city devoid of good options.

  • JerseyShore girl

    As an earlier conversation summarized: It’s the WATER!!! Out east the water has a different mineral content so it affects the taste of pizza dough and bagels! There once was a place in Fort Worth that imported the dough from NY so it tasted “authentic.” You will have to acclimate your taste buds to North Texas water. Sorry!

  • Christopher Bireley

    It’s not New York at all (almost Cali-style… though Mellow is true Cali)
    But it is one of the better options in a city devoid of good options.

  • Christopher Bireley

    I disagree.
    Been there twice. Disappointed twice :'(

  • Christopher Bireley

    Cane Rosso is the definitive pizza place in Dallas. It’s Neapolitan, not New Yorker, but I actually prefer that style slightly more (and I even lived in New York….)

  • Christopher Bireley

    It actually is both.
    Food Network did a blind tasting of 4 chefs from LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and NYC.

    They each had to make pies with water from different locations around the US. The tasters almost unanimously picked the pizza made with NYC water, regardless of the chef.

  • Roger Nall

    As someone who lived in NJ I agree. Urban Crust is not NY Pizza.

  • Dorothy Kemper

    I’m also a New Yorker. Ferrari’s is two thumbs down.

  • Kimberly DeRossett

    Hi- I’m definitely coming to see you with my daughter, but I just have a question. Do you offer vegan cheese at all? Thanks!

  • Dee Gonzalez

    Alfredo’s in lewisville tx 2305 state hwy 121 / behind mcdonalds family owned Italians…

  • The myth of New York pizzza

    (To answer the question before my comments that follow, I’ve never had great NY pizza in Dallas. But then, I only once had great NY pizza, even in NY. Each time I hear “this is the real thing,” I try it and am disappointed. So I haven’t tried some of the latest things mentioned in this article. A former work colleague – transplant from NJ – mentioned Luigi’s in Plano on Preston Road. I tried it once and just wasn’t impressed. I don’t remember it being bad, just literally not making a great memory.)

    The discussion of NY pizza in Dallas makes me shake my head, and not for the reasons you’d think. As a native Texan, I first had true NYC style pizza on one of my visits in 2007 or 2008 – I had it at the place next to the Letterman studio (where my son said Madonna first had NY pizza). I finally GOT all the snobbery about NY-style pizza. It had fresh, not processed, mozzarella, fresh (not dried) basil and herbs, and oh my gosh was it incredible! (Those who cite “fresher” ingredients don’t seem to note the distinction between fresh mozzarella and the packaged, shredded beige-colored stuff that expires six months from now. Fresh mozzarella looks like small dollops of cream on the pizza and – oh! – tastes so wonderful.)

    I was so ignorant with that first, memorable NY-style pizza that I almost sent it back because of the char (I thought it was burned.)

    I then moved to NYC in the fall of 2011 and tried all the “best” places on any blog or paper. For me, the best thing about NY pizza was the idea of it – while waiting in Williamsburg for a bus back to my place near Fort Greene, I could get a slice and a can of coke for $3. That was street pizza, they also call it dollar pizza. But it was decent, pretty good, a nice snack to get you where you were going. I had equally good pizza in Washington Heights, I forget the name of the place. None of the street pizza places use fresh mozzarella; that would be way too expensive.

    At one point last year or in 2012, Time Out New York had an article that, paraphrased, said there really isn’t great NY style pizza in NY anymore, that it’s become a myth. I believed it. There are so many people from elsewhere in NYC, and so much “corporate efficiency” that have crowded out the little parlors, that it’s easier to find “hill country Texas” chain restaurants in Manhattan than it is to find great pizza.

    With all that said, I tried (on the recommendation of a friend from the northeast) Domino’s Brooklyn style pizza and the shop in Washington Heights did a great job with it. The one in Fort Greene, not so much. The Domino’s Brooklyn pizza here is just a light sprinkling of cornmeal fastened onto a regular hand-tossed crust (the NY-made style of this had a thinner crust). The Domino’s near you might do a decent Brooklyn style.

    As I said, maybe try Luigi’s – the person who recommended it was from New Jersey. And with as many transplants as we have in Collin County area, Dallas really has no excuse for NOT having NYC pizza.

  • Christopher Bireley

    If you need delivery, this is was my preferred place when I lived in the Addison area. Never “blew me out of the water” but I was always satisfied with the product.

  • Christopher Bireley

    Well, Vinny, your unnecessary name-calling is leading me to believe BigAl more than you.

  • Tom

    While not in Plano, if you are going to consider driving, put Cavalli and Serious Pizza on your list. Cavalli is authentic Neapolitan pizza (similar style as Cane Rosso but more authentic with not as good of an atmosphere). They have 2 locations, Irving and McKinney but the original Irving location is better in my opinion (and BYOB). Serious Pizza in Deep Ellum does mainly slices that are indeed Serious.

  • CAB

    Urban Crust is tasty, but it is mainly crust. Not much on top.

  • CAB

    Very good pizza!

  • rosi

    Have you ever had Mexican food created by a real Mexican? There’s a big difference in getting this type of food from someone who grew up with it, and has the heritage, than a Taco Bell joint. Places such as On the Border, while usually good, are not the real McCoy.

  • rosi

    Has anyone tried Angelo & Vito’s on Legacy & Independence? The reviews sound good. The only complaint is that some folks take their kids to eat pizza, and it can get loud. Reviews are mostly good. In fact, you can BYOB

  • foodie

    there is NO truly good pizza in dallas…how about louies or bryan street pub (not bad) I am not a fan of NY pizza, I’ll take a chicago deep dish any day (no good ones here either)

  • Vinny Ferrari

    Pinocchio is name calling…lol..I thought is was pretty
    humorous myself. I thought I would add a little laughter
    to big Al’s remark. As a family business I take great
    pride in what we do. For someone to try to hurt a family
    business or any small business for that matter with a
    certain agenda is petty. Of course I’m going to get
    defensive when somebody writes something untrue like
    this. If this were the case I would think the noble thing
    would be to bring it to my attention while the customer
    is here rather then by blogging.

  • Amy Elizabeth

    I have been going to Ferraris with my family for YEARS. Big Al, maybe you had an off experience..because I have never seen Vinny or MaryAnn – or any of their staff – be anything but welcoming and warm. They have poured their heart and soul into that business. And the food is off the chain awesome. Scratch made, lots of pride. Best pizza place in town!

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