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The Best Pizza in Reno . . . is in Sparks

SteveTimko | Oct 2, 2006 03:36 AM

Five intrepid Chowhounders spent Saturday evening going to five pizza places in the Truckee Meadows to decide who has the best pizza. The MO was basically the same. We'd go into a pizza place, ask for a 12- or 14-inch pizza with half cheese and half with toppings. And we'd ask them to double cut it to make sure there were at least five slices on both sides of the pizza.
We then ranked the pizzas for overall quality and then for individual categories: Crust, Cheese, Sauce, Meat toppings, Non-meat toppings and Value. I awarded 10 points for a first-place vote, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth. Not everyone voted in every category, so I totaled the scores and averaged them out.
When the dust settled, there was a clear No. 1 choice: Carella's pizzeria and deli on Vista Boulevard near Baring Boulevard. Everyone who gave a first place vote overall gave it to Carella's. It also scored highest with best meat topping, best crust and best value. Nu Yalk Pizza on Kietzke Lane at Moana scored first with best sauce. Ciao Reno scored tops with best cheese and best non-meat topping.
Nu Yalk pizza edged out Ciao Reno 6.6 to 6.5 for second place for overall pizza. Zpizza in the Caughlin Ranch shopping center was fourth and Blind Onion on Kings Row at McCarran Boulevard was fifth.
Andy noted it was really tough to compare Ciao Reno with the other places since it was more gourmet pizza and the others were more conventional pizza. Maybe we need a round two where we compare Ciao Reno with Blue Moon on Lakeside Drive and Eclipse Pizza at Mayberry Landing.
I think the thing that made Carella's stand out was the crust. My fellow Chowhounders tried to analyze what made Carella's the best and concluded maybe it was because they use olive oil in the crust. It has a nice texture and flavor. It's maybe not as thin as some liked it, but the taste makes up for a lot.
Niu Yalk pizza stood out for its sauce with the group. I don't know how to describe it, except that it's nice and tangy. The gourmet pizza of Ciao Reno was recognized for the best cheese.
Here's the results:
Carella's Overall 10
Carella's Meat 9
Carella's Crust 8.6
Ciao Reno Cheese 8.2
Nu Yalk Sauce 8.2
Carella's Value 8.2
Ciao Reno Non-meat 7.6
Nu Yalk Overall 6.6
Ciao Reno Overall 6.5
Nu Yalk Non-meat 6.2
Carella's Sauce 6.2
Nu Yalk Value 6.2
Nu Yalk Cheese 5.8
Nu Yalk Meat 5.4
Carella's Cheese 5.4
Nu Yalk Crust 5.4
Ciao Reno Crust 5.4
Zpizza Sauce 5.4
Zpizza Non-meat 5.2
Blind Onion Meat 5
Ciao Reno Value 4.4
Zpizza Value 4.2
Blind Onion Sauce 4
Zpizza Meat 4
Zpizza Overall 3.8
Zpizza Cheese 3.8
Carella's Non-meat 3.8
Zpizza Crust 3.4
Blind Onion Value 3.2
Blind Onion Non-meat 3.2
Blind Onion Crust 3.2
Blind Onion Cheese 2.8
Blind Onion Overall 1.8
Ciao Reno Sauce 1
Ciao Reno Meat 0

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