2010 July: Did You Know?

According to a Pizza Today Web poll, 71 percent of pizzerias charge a delivery fee.
Domino’s Pizza, our 2010 Chain of the Year, experienced a 14.3 percent increase in same-store sales in the first quarter of this year thanks to its new and improved pizza recipe.

52 percent of pizzerias offer deep-dish pizza on their menus.
There are 366 pizzerias in New Mexico

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery / Nonna Vivi Wood Oven Pizzeria / Pizza Sola

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery
328 E. 14th Street
New York, New York 10003
(212) 228-2004
www.artichokepizza.com

Owned by two cousins who got their start working in a family restaurant in Staten Island, this charming pizzeria is quintessential NYC. Located in an empty storefront, the fledgling restaurant has already garnered several positive write-ups in some of NYC’s venerable publications, and with good cause. Artichoke is pizza as it is supposed to be. Don’t expect a big variety here –– the simple menu features slices of artichoke, margarita, Sicilian or crab pizzas.

Nonna Vivi Wood Oven Pizzeria
1060 Yavapai Drive, Suite 5
Rio Rico, Arizona 85648
(520) 761-2825
www.Nonnavivi.blogspot.com

Though Arizona is more known for it cacti and deserts than its lasagna and pizza, Nonna Vivi Pizzeria is combining the rich cultures of both its local community and its Italian heritage. The restaurant uses local, organicraised and -grown ingredients and bakes in a wood-fired oven. We especially like the Pizza Capricciosa, which features artichokes, mushrooms, ham, Kalamata olives and homemade fresh mozzarella.

Pizza Sola
1417 E. Carson Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203
(412) 481-3888
www.pizzasola.com

If you build it, they will come –– or so thought two Pittsburgh natives who believed their hometown lacked a true New York-style pizzeria experience. And, they were right. Pizza Sola recently won accolades from Pittsburgh Magazine for its pizza, which features homemade, handcrushed plum tomato sauce made from imported San Marzano tomatoes, 100-percent whole milk Mozzarella cheese and homemade gourmet toppings. We agree that the Mezzo Mezzo is a stand-out: one half is New York while the other is a white “Bianca”!

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