01 Jul Chef Nicholas’s Top Pizza Ranking
As a chef, my life has revolved around food for as long as I can remember. Or, I should say, my entire life has revolved around food (and arguing about it!). When it comes to me and my buddies, there always seems to be the need to determine a ranking of what’s best… regardless of the cuisine. It drive my wife Melissa crazy.
Even my bachelor party was a tour through NYC eateries to settle a dispute of the “best tasting/ most unhealthy food.” Let me suggest avoiding any event that starts by eating appetizers at Virgil’s BBQ and ends with entrees at Peter Lugers. The 2 things that I distinctly remember from that evening was answering “yes” to the question,”Do you want extra grease?” and comedian Bill Murray (a frequent customer at Jean-Georges) joining the party and bringing us to a place that had absolutely nothing to do with food.
I guess I haven’t really matured. Last Monday, some friends and I revisited 7 different pizzerias from New Haven, Connecticut to 5 of the 4 Boroughs: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens & Manhattan to settle our most heated dispute. This summer, I’ve made a lot of pizza, so the “Best Pizza” debate continues to come up weekly. Recently, my friends went wild when I said, “I think Denino’s in Manhattan might be better than the one in Staten Island.”
It ain’t often that I say “maybe this is better than the original” about anything! Turns out, they agreed.
Below is THE RANKING of what we thought tasted the best on our pizza tour:
- Denino’s –Manhattan
- New Park- Queens
- Frank Pepe’s –New Haven Ct.
- Denino’s Staten Island
- Joe’s- Manhattan
- DeFaras- Brooklyn
- Joe & Pat’s- Staten Island
Best Pizza Wines
Pizza has always been a great inspiration for me to find delicious and affordable red wines. I often find myself judging the wine within the context of how good it would be with pizza. Here are a few of my favorite wines to pair with your perfect pizza.
Ca La Bionda Valpolicella Classico 2017$20.00
The 2017 Valpolicella Classico is elegant, with aromas and flavors of spicy raspberries and black cherries. It’s aromatically complex, with fine aromas of blackberries, anise and Asian spices.
Diego Bolognani Pinot Grigio 2018
It’s been a staple on our list since the day we opened the door. It’s everything you want in Pinot Grigio. It’s floral with a pretty nose, a juicy middle and the zippy finish. It’s everything you want in Pinot Grigio….aromatic, crisp and clean.