Music City Mike loves living in Nashville where he’s got great historic live music venues like the Ryman and the Bluebird and hip record stores like Grimeys. But the Snob is also happy as the town on the banks of the Cumberland in the Buckle of the Bible Belt also has great NY-style pie. For starters, before coming up with a list of the best that we have to offer, here’s what the readers of great alt-weekly, the Nashville Scene, selected as their top three non-chain pizza joints in 2011: (1) Pizza Perfect; (2) Bella Napoli and (3) Mafiaoza’s.
Well the Snob loves Pizza Perfect and it makes my list. Bella Napoli is an “Authentic Neapolitan Style Pizzeria” which is a style that just does not suit my fancy. We’ll talk more about it in the future, but for now, just consider it to be a dull, uncut slab of crust with a little cheese and sauce that people like to throw on top stupid stuff like artichokes and pine nuts. Doesn’t this just make you want to gag?
And finally the Snob visited Mafiaoza’s several years ago and thought the plain cheese pizza he tried was awful – barely edible! It’s no surprise that this place made the list as it probably did so based on its reputation as a hipster bar. I first thought it was just me, but it is an opinion my good friend and fellow pizza aficionado, Hitchhiker Paul, also once shared with me (www.hitchhikingwithlarrydavid.com).
So without further or do, here is my list of the best NY-pie joints in Nashville. They are presented in alphabetical-order and in the coming weeks, the Snob will be revisiting and reviewing each, leaving the presentation of the winner (that he thinks he’s already selected) for last. Here is the list and I can tell you right now that you won’t go wrong grabbing some pie at any of these places:
Five Points Pizza – 1012 Woodland Street
Joey’s House Pizza – 897 Elm Hill Pike
Manny’s House of Pizza – 15 Arcade Building
NY Pie – Nashville West Shopping Center on Charlotte Pike
Pizza Perfect – 1602 21st Ave. S.
I have already reached out to each of the nominees and in doing so I took the opportunity to ask if the secret of their success had to do with bringing in their water from New Jersey. Well folks, it seems like there simply is no truth to this rumor that had somehow made it around town as none of the above joints claims to do it. (Somebody tell Snopes!) Joey said “I could make dough in the Sahara desert; it doesn’t matter what kinda water I’m using.” And the folks at NY Pie said “I did try bringing some down a couple of times to see if it made a difference – but it really didn’t.” Myth busted!
Finally, if you think there’s somebody we left out, please let us know. We will either tell you why or I will make sure I check it out before I make my final, final decision. (But only if I have enough calories left!)