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.