Best Pizza

We are lucky to have several great choices for pizza in Salem. Some have said it's the clean water that makes the difference. Whatever it is, the restaurants in town are doing it right. My favorite pizza is Straight From New York on Liberty Street downtown. The hand tossed, thin crust tastes just like it does in the "Big Apple." Go there for lunch and enjoy one of the few outdoor seating areas in Salem.

27 comments:

D. Lamkid said...

Wallery's in West Salem. A big old fashioned Pizza Parlor. Lots of room, game room for kids. And a very good thin crust pizza!

jonas said...

Wallery's pizza is absolutely terrible. Tastes like fermentation pie.

SFNY is fine, Lefty's on State is fine but the one on Commercial is better, Christo's is good, and Garlic Jim's is good for chain pizza. Papa Murphy's is dog food.

EazyMoney said...

I like Paddingtons the best. Although I think their quality has been slipping lately.

Straight from New York second.

Gepettos third.

Garlic Jims always gives me severe heartburn.

Leftys sauce is too sweet for my tastes. But its O.k.

Wallerys is a bad version of Paddingtons.

I rate Figueros and Papa Murphys about the same.. bad.. or tolerable if you only have 5.00 to spend. I haven't tried Genos yet. The newest take and bake place in town.

Anonymous said...

Hey Eazy - don't bother heading to Geno's now... it's already closed.

Adam G. said...

The above poster is right; Paddingtons wasn't as good the last time I ate their, either. Really greasy. I asked an employee, and she said it may be because they switched pepperoni. Not sure if that was the real cause or not.

Wallery's is really good, also, as is Pietros. I used to love J.C.'s in Keizer, but I haven't eaten there in a long time. Is it still good?

Glenn said...

The best pizza is at Apizza in Stayton. They've been around for about a year now. If you haven't tried them, you should. Second place goes to Christo's. There is no third place - I can't stomach anything else around here.

Anonymous said...

Straight From New York is our favorite by far. If you like New York pizza, it is THE place. I went to school in New York for four years and I fell in love with the pizza. It's cheap too.

We always like Escape From New York when we are in Portland. Not NY style particularly, but still good and you can get a beer with your slice.

Christo's is good for a change of pace. Great atomosphere. You can get a good glass of wine.

Paddington's is good, but you get the same thing for half the price at Wallery's.

filbert said...

Apizza in Stayton is worth the drive. The staff is pleasant, their crust is crisp and perfectly charred, their toppings are fresh and used in creative combinations. You pick up your table service and water on the way to your booth or table, so the staff can concentrate on your pizza and salad. Good beverage selection, too.

Anonymous said...

Wallery's in West Salem.

Anonymous said...

Paddington's is my fav. SFNY is best for a quick lunch-- and delicious.

Anonymous said...

In the Salem area, the best pizzas are Straight from New York, Christos, and Apizza.

Garlic Jim's pizza is a glorified Dominos. It's overpriced. Paddington's is fine for the kind of pizza that they serve: thin, light on the sauce, and lots of toppings (i.e. if you order tomatoes, they slice a million of them after the pizza has been cooked). There are similar places elsewhere like in Lincoln City. Sports oriented. Family and beer friendly. Western parlor theme.

Christos restaurant is the most elegant. Apizza's space is quite nice too. They did a commendable job with remodeling/restoring their downtwon Stayon location. It's less formal than Christos, but the space may be nicer. Their pizza is New England/Connecticut style...very unique. Great crust. Hand-stretched. Limited toppings. Interestingly, they've gotten attention by foodie blogs in Portland. Unfortunately, they've just recently increased their prices.

All this being said, my favorite is Straight from New York. Yes, its a hole in the wall, but the pizza is fanatastic. Reminds me of Escape from New York in Portland but Straight is better. It's the sauce and crust. Apizza comes close.

Christos is a quality restaurant, and I think it deserves to be called gourmet (unlike Garlic Jims), but I prefer Straight and Apizza. In Salem, if you want to have a nice sit-down experience and have some pizza and wine, Christos is the place to go.

I hope the Straight that's opening in South of downtown on Commercial with full seating will serve pizzas as good as the original downtown location.

Anonymous said...

We tried Straight From New York Pizza last night for the first time. I would rather have purchased a frozen pizza from the grocery store. Other than the large portions, there isn't much redeeming about the pizza. The sauce is kind of bland and the dough was just so-so. I'm glad I had a BYGO coupon so that I didn't pay full price.

American Dream Pizza in Corvallis is the BEST pizza in the greater area. Awesome atmosphere too.

Anonymous said...

We ate at the new New York pizza on Commercial Friday night and I can say for certain it was even better than the downtown shop, which I have been eating at since I was in high school in the 80's. I've always liked the downtown shop, but it was always for a quick in and out lunch. The new location was packed and we had to wait for a table, but once we got one it was so nice to be able to sit at a real table, plus they have beer. Best pizza I have had in a long time - we got a pepperoni, olive, and sausage and half cheese. It was crazy. Phone was ringing off the hook and the parking lot was jammed, so obviously they are doing well. It was a fun atomosphere for a Friday night and the kids loved the free lolipops. Easily my favorite pizza in town.

Anonymous said...

Christo's Hands Down!

Annie Bizzi said...

We moved here form the Bay Area and Christo's definitely has the best all around taste and quality. SFNY is a close second but is best taken to go.

Anonymous said...

Wallery's is the best pizza around and such a bargain..no where can you get pizza cheaper! We live hours from Salem and I always make my husband bring back wallery's every time he is even near Salem...

charang25 said...

If you like california style pizza you should try Primetime Pizza.Their pizza is so good.They put a crap load of toppings on and they have this awesome garlic white sauce that you can get on a pizza or its on their cheesy bread sticks its to die for.they are located on commercial st by applebees in salem.there are other locations too but they are extra nice at the commercial st one.

Anonymous said...

What ever happend to Geno;s pizza

Anonymous said...

If you are a Chicago native who has been exposed to what real pizza should taste like: Gepetto's or Christo's.

No one else comes close.

Anonymous said...

We love new york pizza. I work downtown and it is the fastest, cheapest lunch around. I think the cheese slice is $2.
We go to the one by little roadhouse whenever we are running to soccer practice or have a basketball game. We love it, the kids love it and we get out of there for under $20 for the whole family.

Anonymous said...

You people make me sick. When you eat crappy pizza all your life what are gonna want every time, crap pizza duhh! Garlic Jim's is the best because it's gourmet pizza. If you get heart burn from that, than your a wuse. Pizza Hut is the worst just like Domino'es and Pietro's. I have tries every pizza out there imaginable, however I need to try Christo's and than see if Jim's falls in ranks.

Anonymous said...

anyone whos ever been to michaelangelos on s. lancaster, knows its good and also a fair price. i love all the pizza places around here, its nice to be able to choose from different styles.walerys is the best for the price. New yorkers can take your lousy floppy pizza back to brooklyn with you, although straight from new york is really good if you want just a slice

Anonymous said...

i can only say one thing. papa murphys. most toppings of any place for the price.

Anonymous said...

Quantity does not equal quality...

'laina said...

It (Papa Murphy's) may not be the best pizza overall, but it's the best take and bake in my opinion. I like the flavor of the crust, sauce, and toppings way better than say, Figaros.

I tried their gourmet vegetarian a few weeks ago, and was completely impressed with the flavor combination, it had- creamy garlic sauce, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, roma tomatoes, onions and herb & cheese blend. I ate the leftevers for lunch for 2 days afterward, and tho a little soggy it was still very tasty. I'm not a vegetarian, so I wouldn't be opposed to adding a little sausage, or something next time.

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of great local options for pizza. Of the top eight, none of them are Papa Murphy's.

Grab a pie from Christo's, Straight from New York, Appiza, Geppetto's, or even Walery's. Great pies for the money. Divinci's makes a good flatbread pizza. Paddingtons is good, but really just a nicer version of Walery's but more expensive. Pietro's is even better.

Anonymous said...

Apizza ROCKS!