We have three pizza parlors that claim they are New York Style. Two of them I thought were not quite true to style. So after a year of wondering I thought I would try my luck. So I went to a place just called New York Pizza I have heard some troubling reviews about the service. So, I decided to go at lunch when they were swamped.
I got to watch the prep. They used a ball for each pizza. They stretched the skin to about 10" with their fingers, then used their knuckles to get a little more, and then tossed in the air to finish the 16 inch pie. They did this on a marble counter with a lot of bench flour. From the time we place our order the pie was at the table in less than 10 minutes. It was a Italian sausage and mushroom pizza.
I must say it was the best pizza we ever ate. It was thin, crispy, and had a nice light chew. I folded it with ease. The flavors were very mild. The sauce did not have much flavor, and the sausage had a mild Fennel taste. There were no overpowering flavor profiles. I could have eaten the whole 16" pie by myself, but did not want to be in pain for the rest of the day. It will be the only commercial pizza parlor I will go to from now on.
I got to talk to the owner even at this busiest time of day. He was great. His sauce is in house, and he makes his own sausage. He is from New York and has been selling pies for over 40 years. He did tell me that the secret to his crisp and chewy dough was high gluten flour, and he cooks at 750 degrees using a triple decker gas oven with stone floors. He was a nice guy and seemed to know most of his customers by name
I have included pics to see if you guys think this is pretty close to NY style. My crust is pretty close to his, now I just now have to figure out his sauce. It was very mild and not really sweet. it not did seem to have much flavoring from garlic, basil, and oregano. Sorry for last fuzzy pic.