Straight From New York Pizza

By the slice, that's how they sell most of them during the lunch hour in downtown Salem. This little pizza kitchen located on Liberty Street downtown sells the best pies in town. Calling yourself "Straight From New York" is a very bold statement on the west coast, but having been to the big apple I can say this is just like the real thing. Fold the crust in half and take a bite of the spicy pepperoni and the flavors will remind you of a big city neighborhood pizzaria. For around $3 you can get a large slice, hand tossed and made fresh all day. Dining inside, pull up a stool and sit at the bar in front of your favorite local newspaper. Get a table outside on a sunny day and enjoy the downtown atmosphere. If ever there was a restaurant downtown you'd want to survive forever this is it. And now "Straight From New York" is in the process of opening a new location on Commercial Street S next to Best Little Roadhouse. The tentative date for the expansion is August, hopefully all goes well. Salem is a town with many great local choices for pizza and Straight From New York is tops on my list.

22 comments:

Rusty said...

When I worked in Salem, used to go this place every three weeks or so for lunch. It was always, ALWAYS good.

Jennifer said...

we can get lunch for me and my husband for less than 8 buck! what a deal! and the pizza is ALWAYS excellent!!

EazyMoney said...

My second favorite pizza in Salem. I would eat there more if it were a little more convenient (easier parking) and they had longer hours.

But certainly a place to stop if you find yourself downtown about lunch time.

Salem Man said...

Eazy,
What's your favorite place for pizza in Salem?

EazyMoney said...

Paddingtons by far.. Either one is good but the south Salem one is a bit nicer inside than the North salem one. (Its a lot newer.)

My favorite thing about their pizza is the super thin crust.. and those little pepperonis..

Anonymous said...

Seriously great pie. I'd eat there all the time if I could get a parking spot.

Where the heck is are they opening next to Best Little Road House?? I drive by there and can't imagine where.

Now I am hungry.

Rob

Allan said...

Sorry that I don't live in Salem, or get up that way much anymore (a couple of times a year or so), the pizza is definitely one of the things I miss most.

Anonymous said...

The spot their new location will be at is across Owens from the Road House, and next door to Salem Raquet Sports. They're in the process of cleaning it up so it doesn't look like much, yet.

K & N said...

I've heard that we'll continue to see some big changes in that area (in th e vicinity of the new Straight From New York), due to the construction of the new condos on the site of the sad old Capitol Inn. I was just getting used to that new view towards the river, too.

Robert said...

Straight From NY isn't at good as the one they copied on NW 23rd in Portland. The competition is tough in Portland, and they beat most of it. I can't believe how popular this place is in Salem - it must be the price. The pizza is great compared to Figaro's - not very good compared to Christo's.

Anonymous said...

Straight From New York's pizza is amazing... i'm not ashamed to say i gained weight when working on that same block downtown for a couple years and eating there regularly. their hawaiian is the best in town, but i also love their unusual white clam and garlic. i love that they can heat my slice up to extra-crispy-crust at my request, which is my favorite. great lunch and dinner deals, and the same friendly faces who have been working there for years (well, a couple)!

Anonymous said...

There are some very good artisan pizza places in Portland and...I can't remember the place in Stayton that is really good, but none of them are New York pizza. Straight From NY honestly lives up to it's name. Big floppy slices that you have to fold over. Thin crust, garlicky sauce. I just got back from New York and the similarities are striking. Of course in NY you can buy good pizza on every other block. My office is downtown and I eat at straight from NY a lot. Nicest folks working there. pizza is cheap too.

Crystal said...

BEST pizza in town hands down!! I grew up on the East Coast and this truly is the only pizza place in Salem that lives up to its name! It always reminds me of home...and if what you are wanting is NY style pizza, how can you compare it to Figaro's?

Anonymous said...

Straight from New York is consistently better than Escape from New York, Bella Faccia, Old Town Pizza, Pasquale's?, Christo's in Salem, and dare I say that it rivals Apizza Scholls. I have not eaten at Ken's Artisan Pizza. Flying Pie, Hot Lips, and Apizza (Stayton) are different kinds of pizzas, but since I prefer New York style pizza, Straight strumps them. I have to say that Apizza and Apizza Scholls are excellent. All this being said, Straight from New York is, at the very least, one of the best tasting pizzas in this entire region. We're fortunate to have it in Salem.

Anonymous said...

I had a morning full of errands yesterday and found myself downtown at lunchtime. I remember reading on here that there was really good pizza place on Liberty so I took a little jaunt. I wasn't sure I was at the right place because there was actual parking out front. But as soon as I saw the name it clicked in my head that this was the right place.
The workers were extremely friendly and welcomed me as soon as I walked in the door. I had a slice of "Chef" (combo) and it was awesome. I folded it right in half (true NY style) and dug in.

I have no problem paying more for great tasting food. This pizza was definitely worth the price. The Hawaiian style is next on my list!

Anonymous said...

Was much better back when Stan made all the pizzas. Has it been almost 10 years?! Such a shame. I don't go there any more.

Anonymous said...

Easily the best pie in Salem, and relatively cheap. The wife and I go out of our way to eat there. I have always wished they served beer, but the new shop out south on Commercial does.

The food is always good, and the staff are super friendly. One of the true gems in Salem.

Anonymous said...

BEST PIE PERIOD!
I go to this joint a few times a week. I always get cheese and it is always bombing!!!
Sometimes if the slice is a little small they'll give me another slice on the house. Just to put up with my BS I give them 2 thumbs up.

P.S. try the garlic salt... delicioso!

John said...

American Dream Pizza in Corvallis is probably the best pizza in Oregon - I wish they would open an American Dream in Salem - if they did it would run most of the pizza places out of town. My wife and I drive down to Corvallis 2-3 times per month for the pizza - its that good.

I have tried Straight From New York once and the grease factor was unbearable - definitely over-priced to boot.

Apizza in Stayton is good, but certainly different (Smashed Potato, and some other unique flavors). Its a bit on the pricey side with $20+ pies for some of their more exotic flavors.

Anonymous said...

We love straight from New York Pizza. We eat there probably three times a week. It's quick, cheap, and delicious. It the only authentic New York pie I have found on the west coast.

Anonymous said...

Robert - at least the guys in Salem (as opposed to NW 23rd) aren't meth addicts who tried to sell me some speed with my slice!

Anonymous said...

I love this place. Cheap fast lunch.