Going out of your way for good pizza? We advise calling ahead, especially in August
Great pizza makers need time off, and it's Louie and Ernie's time to relax. Below, Joe's Pizza announces its August vacation. (Photos by Rolando Pujol)
On Saturday, a few Urbaniters hopped on the No. 6 train, got out at Buhre Avenue -- the second to last stop -- and sampled the pizza in Pelham Bay. We hit pay dirt, and it surprises us that this neighborhood isn't on every best-pizza short list. There is indeed an overabundance of options, enough to pull off a hearty pizza crawl.
But we offer traveling gourmands a warning about venturing into the city's northerly reaches for pizza in the month of August. Your highly anticipated destination just might be closed!
Had we gone but a day later, we would not have been able to enjoy the delights of Louie and Ernie's on Crosby Avenue or Joe's Pizza on Middletown Road. Nor would we have been able to slurp down the refreshing Italian ices at Family Pizzeria on Crosby Avenue. Each place was about to shut down for a well-deserved break.
Indeed, in pizza parlors all around New York, the old-country tradition of closing up shop in August seem to persist. (Our favorite pizza joint from childhood, Fleetwood Pizzeria in Sleepy Hollow, would close for what seemed like a month. Talk about withdrawal pangs.)
So if you have great pizza -- and a far flung location -- in mind, just call ahead.
And if it's Pelham Bay you want to try -- and you really should if you claim to be a pizza lover -- here's a handy guide from the good people at Slice.
-- Rolando Pujol
They serve up great Italian ices and pizza ... not just this week, as the sign below attests.
And while you wait in line, check out the mural of great Yankees players. These are but a few of the names represented.