New York-style pizzas are known to be large, wide, thin, doughy and hand-tossed. You can eat them folded, unlike the Italian pizza al taglio. They are usually sold by the slice, while “pie” would mean the entire pizza. I have never been to New York, but I will make it there. “Start spreading the news…”
For a slice of New York style pizza in Singapore, you can make your way to Tony’s Pizza, opened at the junction shop between River Valley Road and Zion Road. That is stretch of favourite supper hunts, where late night goers search for prata at Spize, chicken rice at Boon Tong Kee and Teochew Cuisine. (Competitor Peperoni Pizzeria is a 5 minute walk away.)
Not to be confused with another Tony’s Pizza in America, this Tony’s Pizza Singapore is co-partnered by Tony Varvara of Elegante Pizza in Brooklyn. Check out his biceps, and imaginging him hand-tossing the dough. Woh. Too bad he is not here most of the time.
In true New York style, pizzas are sold with or without topping. Those without toppings are referred to as ‘plain’ or cheese’ slices.
My heart stopped a beat when I saw the cost of a plain cheese slice – $6.50, probably making this one of the priciest slice around. Perhaps blame it on River Valley and its prime land. The price for an 18” Cheese Pie is at $42.
The toppings, at $1 extra, include Pepperoni, Roast Chicken, Salami, Ham, Chicken Cutlet, Mushroom, Bell Pepper, Onion, Spinach and Pineapple. The toppings are generous, plus not many pizza shops in Singapore allow personalised toppings by the slice.
My customised pizza with spinach and egg makes one fine treat.
In terms of taste and texture, the greatest differences I can point out is Tony’s Pizza slices are very cheesy and aromatic. The crust needs some getting used to, marginally thick and doughy for my liking. I did not succeed much in my attempt to fold the slice and eat it authentic NY style as grease got into my way.
While I can’t vouch for its authenticity, reviews online seem divided though slanted towards positive, from “the closest pizza I have had to New York style pizza full stop”, “the pizza turned out to be pretty good and was worth the wait”, to “not authentic”.
Overall a filling satisfying slice. Now, my well-travelled friends, tell me if this tastes authentic NY or not.
[Giveaway Ended] Tony’s Pizza Giveaway
Tony’s Pizza will be giving away 5 large 18” pizzas to 5 blessed Daniel’s Food Diary readers.
All you need to do is to
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Step 3: Leave a comment at the end of the blogspot to why you love Tony’s Pizza (Ends 17th Jan 2013)
397 River Valley Road (Junction of Zion Road and River Valley Road), Tel: +65 6777 4992 (677 PIZZA)
Open: 11am to 11pm daily