My name's Subbu and I've been lurking for several months. I've gotten lots of good information off these boards, but despite that, I've been hesitant to offer the info that most of you want: NY style pizza.
I've read all the debates about New Haven, NY style and Chicago style. And Seth's search for NY style in Chicago. Right now you all think I'm an ass for not sharing this with you...
Well, the reason I've been holding out: I'm not entirely sure that this pizza place is what you're looking for. I'm a novice regarding the finer points of NY pie. And on top of that, it's in the southwest suburbs-- which means it's a decent hike if you live in the city... and I'd hate for you to have to make the trip on my advice.
So why am I posting? My dad's first taste of the States was NYC in the late '60's, and his first taste of NY was NY style pizza. He's lived in Chicago since 1973, and he HATES Giordano's and Carmen's and any other kind of pizza that claims to be stuffed. He cherishes NY style pizza, and when we go to this pizza place, you can see the happiness beam from his eyes. He's sat me down and discussed the finer points of NY pizza: foldable crust, a floppy center that melts in your mouth, and spots where the cheese bubbles because there was just a wee bit too much sauce underneath.
He seems to be an expert, and this is the place he goes to once a week to eat NY style pie. That's why I finally decided to post. He claims it's the closest thing to NY style pizza, but it's not THE thing-- he says the center is floppy, but it doesn't melt in his mouth quite like a pie from NYC. That's the only fault he can find.
"Umberto's Pizza of New Hyde Park" Jesus. You're saying the new guy finally gave the name after all that drivel. But I'm bracing myself right now for the evil eyes and nasty looks. This is a restaurant in a food court at a mall. The Orland Park Mall --take Lagrange road(route 45) to 159th street
in Orland Park. I know, I know. You're saying a mall-- i've been looking for NY pizza all over Chicago, and this guy tells me it's in a mall... in the suburbs... what?
And that's not all. You have to say the magic words when you order the pizza. If your driving all the way down to Orland Park, then please follow this next bit of advice to a tee. They sell pizza by the slice and they sell whole pies. If you want the NY experience, then you've got to order the whole pie (it's $10.26, tax included). And they'll make it fresh for you (15-20 minutes). Now these are the magic words: you have to tell them you want the pie a little undercooked, so the crust is on the whiter side, not so golden brown. my dad's been there so many times, he doesn't have to ask them to do this, they just do it.
So that's the deal. If any of you actually take me up on this, I hope it meets your expectations. Maybe you've got some last minute Christmas shopping to do. It's a pretty decent mall, drive down to Orland Park and have pizza for lunch. Please let me know what you think of it.