My wife and I have been longing for real pizza. Yes were talking about a good slice of New York pizza.
Every slice we've been referred to has been tolerable at best. IMHO Maria D's on Light street and Nick's over in Owings Mills are the closest, but still don't come to the average NY slice.
I was hesitant to try Matthew's Pizzeria. A Baltimore style pizza. But w/ all the raves on this board, I had to try for myself. We went for lunch on Saturday. The place was empty. Prompt, fast, courteous service brought to our table a Margarita pizza (my test pizza).
It was glorious. Lighter than a Chicago deep dish (which I can't stand). A perfect ratio between crust and toppings. Fresh tomatoes w/ quality cheese. A balanced and harmonious creation.
We went shopping, and couldn't stop talking about it. We were back that evening to try it again. This time to restaurant was packed. We ordered the Margarita, and the Everything pizza. Even w/ the wait, the pizza was amazing. The Everything pizza got to be a little salty w/ the olives and anchovies, but still the crust. That deliciously airy, crunchy crust won us over again.
We still miss NY pizza, but now we have a unique pizza worth eating right here in Baltimore.
I thank all you Chowhounds that recommended Matthew's. It is truly an amazing pizza experience.