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Turnstyle The Pizza cheese pizza

NYC Pizza Review: Turnstyle

Recently, a new underground shopping mall and food court has opened in the Columbus Circle subway stop. It’s brightly lit, well decorated and has some excellent options for coffee and dining, including Starbucks, FIKA, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Doughnuttery, Pressed Juicery, Casa Toscana and many more.

There are cute handmade jewelry stands down the center aisle, and all manner of shops from a wine store to a shop that has a mishmash of random novelty gifts and home goods (like a giant gummy bear piggy bank).

Inevitably there is a pizza place down there. And it is just called: Turnstyle The Pizza, as in, there is only one pizza place down here, and this is it.

So of course we were going to get pizza from there. It was only a matter of time being that it’s literally on our commute home from work.

One night, Mark stopped and picked up a large cheese pizza for dinner.

Looking good so far in its extra large New York pizza way:

Turnstyle The Pizza cheese pizza
Turnstyle The Pizza cheese pizza

But then I went to pick up a slice:

cheese pizza from Turnstyle The Pizza
bye bye cheese

Ehhhhhh I can maybe even forgive a cheese slide, but I was overall disheartened at the way the cheese was kind of lumpy and crumbly and the sauce was particularly sweet and oversauced and the crust was particularly dry.

I mean, I ate it, duh. And maybe if you were really craving pizza, grabbing a slice down in the subway makes sense. But generally we can do better. That Italian Casa Toscana looks interesting to me, and they have gelato, so that might be the next place to try down in Turnstyle.

Has anyone else tried any of the other food down there?

Pies under glass at Cavallo's

NYC Pizza Review: Cavallo’s

A few Fridays ago, Mark and I went to The PIT Loft (which is the Peoples Improv Theater) to see a sketch comedy show in which our friend was performing. I got out of work, met Mark on the subway platform and we made our way to W. 29th St. with 30 minutes to spare before the 9pm performance.

So what else would we do besides grab a slice of pizza at the nearest hole in the wall pizzeria: Cavallo’s on 7th Ave.

Pies under glass at Cavallo's
Pies under glass at Cavallo’s

It looked promising enough: a narrow restaurant with pies on display, Stella on tap and just enough grime on the walls to remind you that you aren’t in some sterile suburban strip mall.

I got a thin slice of mushroom and Mark got a thick slice of cheese. The mushroom was as it should be: totally and completely covered with sliced button mushrooms. None of these frou-frou mushrooms that don’t belong on New York style pizza, and not an inch of slice to spare.

It definitely didn’t meet the “doesn’t crack when folded” test, but we saw it sitting out under heat lamps, so no surprise that it wasn’t made fresh to order. It did indeed seem like their night was winding down by the diminished number of pies under glass and the lack of sparkle on the remaining slices. But oh well.

Overall, the pizza was serviceable. Good flavor, mega toppings and satiated any growing hunger pangs.

Was it the best pizza ever? No. Would I go back? Probably not. Did it fill a need? Yes.

And on to the next.

thin crust slice of cheese pizza from Sacco

NYC Pizza Review: Sacco

I’m finally reviewing a NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA!!! Yay! It’s about time, right?

A few weeks ago we ordered delivery from Sacco Pizza on 9th Ave in Hell’s Kitchen for our (fairly regular) practice of Thursday night pizza.

Not only is the pizza a true New York thin crust, but it is seriously thin. Like almost paper-thin.

thin crust slice of cheese pizza from Sacco
thin crust slice of cheese pizza from Sacco

Overall, I would try this pizza again. Likely I would grab a slice on site like Brian Williams often does at lunchtime. It issssss on my way home from yoga soooooo…..

The thin crust cheese pizza we ordered had that classic NYC pizza flavor – the right ratio of sauce to mozzarella, which is to say not an overwhelming amount of either. Is there a pizza perfume? Or pizza air freshener? Because that’s what this pizza is – the quintessential pizza aroma.

Can we invent that please? Oh no, it already exists. And shockingly has 3 stars on Amazon. Or maybe not shockingly. I would probably buy it.

Back to the ‘za: the outer crust itself was like a stiff roll ~ not crusty, not really chewy. And it wasn’t greasy which was nice to not have to use a hundred napkins.

My only contention would be that it was slightly overdone and slightly cold, which made me wonder if they brought us a pie that was already made and sitting under the heat lamps for a while. Which is why I would go in next time and order counter-side.

All in all, a probable return visit is in order.