After receiving a pizza right out of the piping hot oven, running through the rain and into my car, I lifted the box top of my half vegetarian pizza and wondered if anyone ever starts eating the pizza before they make it home. I hope not, but the thought crossed my mind as the aroma of the perfectly baked pie permeated through my car. Driving and eating pizza is not something you should ever attempt. How can you operate your cell phone when your free hand is holding a folded slice? At the South Commercial Street location of Straight From New York Pizza there is no rush to make it home. There's plenty of tables to sit with family and friends and a counter stocked with the latest newspapers for anyone dining alone. Draft beer is only a couple of bucks and the music selection is a great mix of classic rock, commercial free. An open kitchen allows anyone to watch the chef toss the pizza dough before it's topped with fresh ingredients and carefully placed into the oven. After eating here and the downtown location for years now, I'm still in awe how their pizzas taste like real New York pizza. So many places will call themselves NY pizza but SFNY is the real deal. Slices are thin crust and the quality cheese is not stringy. We always order a half cheese for the kids and put my wife and I's favorite toppings on the other side. The one pictured here is her favorite, vegetarian with sausage. It's a bit heavy on the toppings. Be sure to grab a fork for this one. I like just plain pepperoni or the Brooklyn which is sausage, mushroom, olives and bell peppers. The other thing about SFNY is that after eating there, the craving for their pizza comes back after a day or so. Three days after this visit I found myself grabbing a slice of pepperoni at their downtown store. Now, there's word that SFNY is taking over the Lefty's location next to Momiji. Interestingly, the former owners of Lefty's owned SFNY at one time. Lefty's will be missed but I think this will work out for the best. The SFNY owners seem to have good business sense, they sponsor this blog and all, and they could probably open shop almost immediately. I wonder what they're going to do with that old Lefty's sign.
1095 Commercial St. SE