12/03/2010Yaghi's New York Pizzeria
Everyone has an opinion about food, but you got to go to the authorities to separate quality from mere preference. Here's my pedigree --- I grew up in North Jersey, the land of Tony Soprano and generations of working class Italians. I moved to NYC when I was a young man. Everyone knows that NYC is the homeland of pizza. They don't make pizza in Italy, or if they do, they're copying pizza from NY. NYC is the true origin of pizza. As any New Yoker can tell you, 90% of the flavor comes from the century old brick ovens that are covered in soot and char and have the special aroma that can't be reproduced. That said, Yaghi's reproduces it as best as could possibly be expected. I moved here 5 years ago from Manhattan and they're the ONLY place I'll order from. Everyone else has SOMETHING wrong. Too much or too little cheese, too doughy or too dry a crust, etc. Yaghi's nails it on the crust and they are VERY generous with toppings. If you really want a good time, try the gyro pizza -- it's one of those weird hybrids that you'd usually only find in NYC, but Yaghi's has the guts to put it out there in the heart of Texas!
Who would have guessed, the combination of pizza and (high quality) beer makes for a good time. Ever since attending their pre-release party, Pinthouse Pizza has delivered on a quality experience. Apparently, I'm not the only one that thinks so, crowds are oftentimes deep, regardless of the day of the week, and additional brewing capacity was recently added to ensure that the house craft beer will remain well stocked. Kudos to the Pinthouse team for listening to feedback, even constructive feedback - from the ordering system to canceling some of the noise (from all those people), progressing always seems to be forward here. An expansive, and always changing, set of taps pouring some of the best craft beer along with a comfort food genre that's hard to argue with will keep me coming back.
We LOVE promise pizza. It's my hands down favorite pizza place in the Austin area. They use natural and organic ingredients, and they have gluten free options! My favorite pizza there is the lone star - pepperoni and veggies, and their cinnamon knots are super yummy (they don't really eat well as leftovers, so eat them fresh!). Salad is great too. AND, they have Blue Sky and other cane sugar sodas - huge bonus to me!! They deliver but do charge a few bucks for it. My house is out of their delivery zone, but the manager said if they're not at peak time, they would still deliver to me. Thanks!