Pizza Party: Domino’s

When it comes to pizza, we live in a pretty fantastic area. I’ve had the best pizza of my life out here in New York, no doubt about it and that’s just in counties like Orange and Rockland, I’ve never even really jumped into the whole NYC pizza scene. But, sometimes you just want something familiar. That was the case a week or two back when the wife and I both had a taste of a very simple pizza. That’s how it started at least. I suggested getting a pie or two from Domino’s since we both had the taste for pepperoni because there’s one nearby.

With that, I hopped on the Domino’s website on my phone and I’ll tell you what, they make it really fun to order a pizza. You not only order by size and toppings, but you can chose which half of the pie you want particular toppings on. Since I was jonesing for pineapple and my wife wanted pepperoni, but we both wanted bacon, this worked out perfectly. We both got a kick out of the whole left/right decision, but it made sense. After ordering online, you can keep track of exactly where the pizza is at in the process from “firing up” to “ready.”

So, how’d it taste? Pretty good. The reason you go to big chains like Domino’s is because it’s familiar (or because it’s cheap). I’ll tell you what, it tasted just like the pizza I used to get back home which was always a chain of some sort (Dominio’s, Pizza Hut, the slightly more local Little Caesar’s). Plus, pineapple isn’t a very popular topping round these parts, so I’ll take it where I can get it.

At the end of the day, I love how many options we have when it comes to pizza. We know where to go for slices, for pies, for a nicer dinner. The possibilities are endless and that’s the best as far as I’m concerned.

Bonus Food Pic: Numero Uno Deep Dish From Uno

Uno Chicago Grill
20 Centre Drive
Central Valley, NY 10917
(845) 783-6560

You might think that, because I’m from a place that’s not too far away from Chicago, that I would have had more access to deep dish pizza. In fact, that was not the case. Aside from a few local places that did their own thing, we only had access to chains like Little Caesar’s, Domino’s, Pizza Hut and the like. Later we’d get a place called Cottage Inn that’s pretty good too, but I digress.

I don’t think I had deep dish pizza until I went to my first Uno’s which was either in college or after moving out to New York, I can’t quite be certain. It’s a style and flavor I quite enjoy and would like to try from a non-chain restaurant if possible, but since I live in a pretty intolerant place for alternate pizza styles, Uno’s is the best I’ve got. Thankfully, it seems to be a pretty good source. I’m sure it’s not as good as sitting in a Chicago pizza house, but it tasted pretty good to these untested taste buds.

About a month back, the wife and I felt like Uno’s so we headed down and decided to split a Numero Uno which boasts sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, mushrooms and chunky tomato sauce with mozzarella and grated Romano on top. As I am a fan of all of those things, having them all together in one place wrapped in that cornbread-like crust was not a disappointment. The only problem? I definitely got some mild indigestion after eating. I’m guessing it was the onions and peppers, but it could have been the whole package. Don’t worry, it won’t put me off of trying more kinds of deep dish in the future!

Pizza Party: Mama Theresa’s Eggplant Napoleon Pizza & Pizza Rustica Balls

Mama Theresa’s Pizzeria & Italian Eatery
Big V Towncenter (in the Kmart plaza)
New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 561-6262

One of the great things about living in Orange County is that we’re never lacking a great place to pick up some pizza. Just off the top of my head I can think of three amazing place, two pretty good ones and one that I’d get if driving by and pretty hungry. The down side is that this embarassement of pizza riches has ruined me for ‘za in pretty much any other place, with few nostalgic exceptions. I don’t want to be a pizza snob, but I think I might be one.

Anyway, Mama Theresa’s is about five minutes from our house in a Kmart strip mall. It’s pretty unassuming, but it’s got some of the best pizza around. It’s our usual go to when we want to eat a few slices in the house (we head to Cornwall if we want to eat out). A week or two back, we tried a few new things from them.

The pizza is the Eggplant Napoleon and is described on the menu as “Mama Theresa’s fried eggplant, fresh mozzarella, fire red roasted peppers and our own balsamic vinegar glaze.” The combination of flavors was fantastic and the balsamic glaze was tangy, sweet and even creamy, I’ve never had anything like it. We also tried the Pizza Rustica Balls: “Ricotta, mozzarella, Roman cheese, salami, prosciutto, ham, cappicola cover with Mama Theresa’s bread crumbs. Fried golden brown. Served with Mama Theresa’s tomato sauce.” I don’t remember a lot about this tasty little morcels aside from the fact that they were full of salty, Italian goodness.

I wish I had taken notes and given a better review, but hopefully if you’re in the area, you’ll give these tasty treats a shot next time you’re looking for pizza!