Christo's Pizzeria

On the drive home from Christo's Pizzeria the question was raised, "Is it better than Straight From New York Pizza?" That's a huge question because earlier on this blog, I declared SFNY to be the best pizza in Salem. It's a tough question to answer because both have fantastic but different types of pizzas. Undoubtedly though, Christo's is a better restaurant. Located at 324 Church St. at the intersection of Chemeketa Christo's is tucked away behind Amerititle. As you open the door to go in, the smell of fresh baked pizza invites you into a small and nicely decorated dining room. It's a quaint, warm atmosphere with an eclectic mix of music playing softly in the background. You might ask, "Are we still in Salem?" You are, but you feel like you are dining in a hip pizzeria in the Belmont neighborhood of Portland. Pizza's range in prices from $14.75 for a large cheese to $23.75 for a Christo's Combo which includes everything from artichoke hearts to salami. We ordered half cheese for the kids and sausage, mushroom and onion for my wife and I. The pizza was cooked perfectly with fresh red and green onions. The mozzarella was not stringy which indicates a higher quality cheese. It was so good, I regret not ordering two pizzas. Christo's also serves Pelligrino, Italian beer, pinot grigio and chianti along with micro brews from Oregon. If you haven't been there yet, put Christo's at the top of your list of places to eat in Salem. I've already gotten requests from my family to go back. Maybe next time without the kids.

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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow better the SFNY that is exciting I will be going there soon!

filbert said...

I agree that this is the best pizza in Salem, and on a weekday around noon they have plenty of customers cheerful about waiting up to 30 minutes for their pies. This is not fast food, folks. It's food worth the wait.

Now, for the best pizza in the county, drive to Stayton and try Apizza.

Salem Man said...

Filbert, if you send three Apizza pizzas to the Stayton or Marion County Fire Department, I will put an ad up at the top of my blog for 30 days. Send photo to eatsalem@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

World class pizza snob here...

I really really like Christo's. I like it the most for the atomosphere. You can actually enjoy hanging out and having wine or a glass of beer, or two. Really, the best spot in town for a date night.

The pizza is very good. A little too cheesy for me, even when I ask for light cheese, but it is good cheese. Their sauce is really good. I like the simple salads.

I know Michael and Lori (the owners) casually and have been going there since it opened. If it wasn't hidden away we would go there five times a month as opposed to once. I just always forget about it since I don't work next door anymore.

I give Christo's an A++.



The pizza snob in me must add that their pizza is not comparable to SFNY pizza (apples to oranges). Radically different styles. I like them both very much. Just completely different styles. Big, gourmet thick pies versus thin NY style. One is sit down take your time, one is in and out in a flash. Again, I like them both. Better than anything in Portland and I have ate them all many times.

Anonymous said...

This is by far the best pizza I've ever eaten! There's nothing like it in this state that even comes close and I can't believe its in Salem. Its just so good damn good!!! Don't even try to compare this to SFNY because it really doesn't have a chance sorry to say..



Yum.

Anonymous said...

Christo's pizza is better than any other pizza I have had in New York and even Italy. (Good stuff over there, but Christo's is THAT good, if not better in my opinion.) Plus, their prices are just right considering the ingredients they use. Pizza Hut's large is like a Christo's small, and even costs more! So go eat there.

PS. The owners are Michael and LISA, not Lori. Good folks.

Jesus said...

Delicious !!!!!!!!!
Don't waste your time driving to Stayton to try apizza.

Alex said...

Best. Pizza. In. Salem.

Anonymous said...

absolutely fantastic

Lisa Anne said...

My husband and I went out to Christo's last night for the first time. The wait staff was a little overwhelmed. They didn't seem to be as organized as they could have been for a Saturday night. But the pizza was so good it inspired me to write this poem.

The pizza is hot from the oven,
The crust I am a lovin'!
Christo's sauce is so fine
with a sip of red wine.
It even tastes great the next mornin'!

Needless to say I will keep going back for more.

Pekay said...

Christo's has been around for 10 or 12 years now. The furniture - most of it - was made by Michael, the owner. Pizza is fantastic, music is great. They are opening another store at Market and Broadway in a couple of weeks. Best of luck to the Christo's crew.

Anonymous said...

I just saw that Christo's is open on Broadway across from the new YWCA. Did they move or is it another location they opened?

Unfortunately I have never eaten at Christo's before - but plan on trying it out soon. I liked some of Paddington's pizza so far. Have not tried SFNY either yet, because it's out of my way for lunch and I don't live in Salem either, so I'd come and try it over the weekend.

One thing I noticed though reading through the comments: With pizza it's with most everything pertaining the pallet - it's a lot of personal preference. Personally I have never eaten anything better than in a small town pizzeria in Italy from a woodfired oven, fresh local ingredients and usual the standard classic margharita (tomato, basil, cheese) is usually the best. I'm no fan of deep dish or thick crust pizza. To me the crust makes a pizza and the toppings are just "accessories" and shouldn't be overwhelming. But... again... it's always personal preference.

Lisa Anne said...

Anon 7/22/2009, You will probably like Christos. My favorite is the Margarhita, but many others like their Fungi pizza and the pesto one is good too. We have a couple of posts about the new location for Christos and you can read about the new place here: Christos Opens in New Location

Tommy B. said...

My wife and I recently tried Christo's. We had been wanting to try them, so we stop by about 45 minutes before closing. We ordered a pie to go after being ignored by the staff for 15 minutes.
We were shocked by how rude the staff were and we both became very frustrated. I am a small business owner and am posting this primarily for the owners. I certainly wasn't expecting Spago's service but the window at Mcdonalds is more friendly and polite. In conclusion we got home very angry about the service and broke into the pizza. After all that frustration I have to agree we both thought the pizza was exceptional, maybe the best we have had. We had decided to never go back now we are torn because the pizza was so good. Maybe we will call in order ahead so we dont have to deal with the staff?

Great pizza! Horrible service!

A&K said...

We loveeee Christo's! My boyfriend is from NY and can never find a pizza like this, not even when we went to California... Close, but not like Christo's. We are a big fan. The wait staff knows us and our orders! I TELL A LOT OF PEOPLE ABOUT THIS PLACE. Except they do need a bigger restaurant size still though. Move over Patingtons, and all the pizza places!

Anonymous said...

Honestly best pizza in salem....which is strange salem has anything good because majority of people there apparently don't care about taste. If you want pizza that is comparable and a touch better than drive to stayton and try Apizza. As someone mentioned above it's not worth the drive, it is 12 mins and it takes them 15 min to make your pizza so it is even faster than cristos and better dont get me wrong christos is good too!!! =)