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Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria - Michigan City, Indiana
« on: October 06, 2006, 11:02:40 PM »
Here's a place I found in my hometown.  The wait for completion of my backyard pizza oven project was getting to me so my baby and I went out for pizza.  I had heard of a place in town that served real wood-fired pizza but never gave it much thought. The world is full of posers.  We showed up at a place that used to be a little mom & pop convenience store in my youth.  Well, it changed.  A four foot wall rings the outside of the building. Atop the wall sits various planters of herbs (free for the pickin').  Very inviting.  Inside, I stopped and froze in place.  Immediately I knew.  I had been here before.  The rustic no-nonsense interior and the huge, round mass of bricks comprising the wood burning oven beckoned.  Come in.  Either I stumbled onto the Star Trek Holodeck or the dude who runs this place built a replica of Pizzeria Bianco right here.
Like any geek, of course, I walked over to the oven.  I like to think I'm somehow being pulled.  Anyway, mouth agape, I'm staring at the oven.  I start blathering about things in the non-sensical. But Chris Bardol, the owner, doesn't seem fazed.  He understands because he is one of us.  A real Pizza Geek.  He gave me a quick tour. I'm handling the peels and gaping into the awesome WoodStone oven.  Somehow sensibility took over and I returned to my table.  After a short while, sensing I wouldn't bite and most of the foam around my mouth had dissipated, Chris came over to our table.  I said "Dude, this place is cool, have you ever been to Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix?  Confession.  Chris said he was there about four years ago and like the rest of us, he drooled.  He said he lurked around the counter and dreamed.  I said, “Me too!” And I have video to prove it.  We both agreed that Chris Bianco is a true gent and he seemed oblivious to the hoards of wide-eyed, mouth breathing pizza geeks which gather around his pizza counter, daily.  Chris said he has been in the food industry for years and wanted something for his wonderful wife, Kristy, and himself...but what.  Once inside Bianco's, he knew.  Pizza!
They bought a place in his old neighborhood and voila! 
Well... more like dream, plan, work, work, work.. figure out... plan some more... sweat sweat -cry & scream...work some more.  And then, like magic...Voila!
Well folks, my baby ordered the firecracker appetizers (garlic salted fingers of blistered pizza dough which come with a roasted crucible of some kind of a hot sauce and goat cheese concoction.  Mmmm!
Of course, the pizza.  Two things about good pizza.  First, in a wood burning joint you have to order a pizza margherita.  To me and just about everyone else, this is a baseline. Next, how does it taste cold?  In this case, I will never know about number two.  You see, the knife and fork are just superfluous table weights.  I am compelled to pick up the slice, fold it like you’re supposed to and eat it like the pizza gods intended.  *Munch*Munch*Gulp.  Gone.
Honestly, I have no need to travel to Phoenix for pizza.
Somehow, Chris Bardol, who used to be just like us, figured out how to get on the other side of the looking glass.  He ain’t no poser.
This pizza is awesome. 



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Re: Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria - Michigan City, Indiana
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2006, 10:12:58 AM »
Nice posting PizzaPolice. It figures, we move out east from Valparaiso and another great Pizza place pops up. We have many friends and family back in NW Indiana and will get back there sometime soon. Is this place on Rt. 12 or 20? Also, have you ever been to Tony's Place on Lincolnway in Valpo?

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Re: Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria - Michigan City, Indiana
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2006, 10:19:45 AM »
Howdy!

Always glad to hear from someone from "The Region".  Stop 50 is located just off US 12 about a mile from the Michigan line.

Tony's?  Oh yeah.  Nice thin pizza....  and just Budweiser products.  Chicks like it.

To where did you move?

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Re: Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria - Michigan City, Indiana
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2006, 10:27:08 AM »
Great post, PizzaPolice!  It is good to see more wood-fired Neapolitan pizza joints springing up East of the Mississippi.  Now if we could only get more down South...
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Re: Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria - Michigan City, Indiana
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2006, 10:44:07 AM »
Hey Carey!

Just visited your website.  I saw the Chicago style pizza.  If you dig through this site you can find some recipes that mimic Chicago deep dish.  Though a lot of experimenting, I can make an acceptable Mid-eighties Superior Street Gino's East.  Gino's today just aren't the same.  Although I have a wood fired oven outside, I keep an electric Bakers Pride in the kitchen just for that purpose.

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Re: Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria - Michigan City, Indiana
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2006, 02:55:59 PM »
Thanks PP.  I have benefitted greatly from the expertise of Pete-zza, buzz, Steve, DKM and other gurus on this forum.  In fact my deep dish recipe started here with a lot of experimentation and tweaking along the way.  And of course I'm still learning.  Last week we fed over 60 people at our church with a Wednesday evening buffet consisting of deep dish, thin crust and Steve's
quick & easy NY pie (http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/board,24.0.html) varieties.  Tons of fun.  We've yet to achieve the status of brick oven ownership (of which I'm VERY envious).  Santa Claus, are you listening?!

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Re: Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria - Michigan City, Indiana
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2006, 08:47:36 PM »
Tony's also has a great pan pizza with a great crust, and there's something about their cheese that's soooo tasty. Anyway, I grew up in Gary but we're in Hershey, PA for the last 4 years. I'm gonna try some other pizza places recommended by the good people on this site. Not to change the subject, but is Skip's Other Place still going in New Buffalo...Kings Cut of Prime Rib....ahhhhh... Can you
say Prime Rib Pizza??? :-D
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