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irascible chef | Jan 14, 2009 03:13 PM

Prior to coming back to NY I asked my young nephew over the phone what we would be doing while I was visiting and he said, "well, I know that we will be eating a lot of pizza, because you love the pizza from this country." Now, this is funny because he's only 8 and even if it was a mix up of words, he's right--eating pizza in NY is like eating something from a different country or planet for that matter. I've eaten pizza from all over the place, even in Italy, and I think American Pizza, NY pizza, kicks more ass than there is ass. NY pizza is the best, I don't care what anyone says on this subject--not the deep dish of Chicago, which is really good, but it's still not NY pizza... it's like it should be called something else because it is great in it's own right--people from Chi-town would not disagree except to say that their's is the best and NY should call their pizza something else...

So, as luck would happen, my brother lives close to possibly the best pizzeria in NY. (Which begs the question why only one visit...) Portofino's happens to be close to the Blazer! (see my Blazer review post Hole in the Wall Alert! ) Unfortunately, we didn't visit while I was back :(

First, they make a slice that's as big a small child and when in a whole pie it measures at least a yard from end to end. (probably an exaggeration, but close!)

Second, the sauce is perfectly seasoned with the right amount of cheese per any size bite.

Thirdly, we can talk about toppings, but I'm going to talk about one topping--broccoli rabe sauteed in garlic and olive oil. I'm still not ready to talk about how unbelievable this combination is--O M G! No, I'm just not ready yet...

Lastly, and I saved it for last because it is in fact the foundation--literally. The crust is thin, not paper, not notebook, but I'm going to call it the Goldilocks Crust--just right! But it's not just right it's just perfect!

Obviously size does matter and their perfect pizza crust is thin yet supportive, 1/8 inch of crispy, crunchy, able-to-support-the-sauce-and-cheese (and broccoli rabe in my case) perfect!

These pizzamakers are the real deal from the old country ginzo's and I mean that with total respect and admiration. This is also a full blown restaurant with unbelievably delicious entrees. Little expensive if you think in terms of a pizza joint, but it's not and it's worth every penny!

*clicking my heels together* There's no place like home. There's no place like home...

To read my entire review visit:


Portofino Pizzeria
138 Goldens Route, Bridge, NY

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