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Nu Yalk Pizza

Nu Yalk Pizza sells, you guessed it, New York style thin crust pizza.  Nu Yalk traces its family lineage back to a Staten Island pizzeria first opened in 1919,  so if you looking for a New York local pizzeria experience, complete with a Yankees or Giants game on the TV, then this is the place.

The pizza is cooked in a standard gas pizza oven.  It is a thin crust pizza, although not particularly thin by traditional New York standards.  Two departures from what I would regard as the typical New York pizza are 1) the edge crust is a bit thicker than the average New York style pie  2) because of the thicker than average edge, the slice does not readily fold in half. They also serve Sicilian style pizza, but I have not tried that.

Ba da bing: A Nu Yalk Cheese Pizza

I ordered my standard benchmark pizzas: a plain cheese and a pepperoni.  Both were well made and properly cooked.  The pepperoni could have been a bit more seared/crunchy, but was still good.  What makes both pizza above average is the crust. The crust has an excellent crisp, but not hard texture, and it is fairly chewy and relatively light.   Nu Yalk obviously spends time preparing their dough and it shows.  The sauce is also distinctive.  It’s tough to pin down exactly what makes it different, but Nu Yalk clearly has been passing down a distinctive family recipe.  I should also note that Nu Yalk uses organic flour, sauce and spices for their pizza.

A medium pepperoni from Nu Yalk

In June of 2012, Nu Yalk moved from its old location (on the corner of Moana & Kiekze) to a brand new building on South Virginia Ave. in the South Meadows area.  The building is a modern design that is very light and airy with tons of windows and very high ceilings.  In addition to the regular tables there are also a number of computer terminals that patrons can sit at and surf the web while they chow down on their slice.

Nu Yalk is a fast casual pizzeria where you order at a counter and pick-up your pizza at another counter.  There are plenty of seats dining seats, both inside and out, to enjoy your pie while you watch a game or you can just get you pie to go.  They also, like all good New York pizzerias, sell slices and the slices are nice and big.

If you close you eyes while eating a slice and just listen to the counter guys yell out orders while the giants game blares from several TVs at once, it almost seems like you have been teleported back to the New York, almost.

For anyone who misses the classic New York pizzeria experience and high quality pizza, Nu Yalk is a good choice.  The pizza is distinctive and well made with an excellent crust and organic ingredients.  The crust may be a bit thicker and not as foldable as some New York pizza purists would demand, but it’s still a very good pizza and worth a try.

Name: Nu Yalk Pizza
Address: 9780 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV 89511Add an Image
Phone #: 775-826-8508
Pizza Type:  New York
Oven: Gas
Slices? N
Large Pizza Cost:  $19

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zPizza

On Warren Way, just off Moana, you will find the only Nevada franchise of zPizza.  zPizza has grown into a large international chain by trumpeting its focus on organic ingredients including organic dough and sauce.  It also offers vegan pizzas (made with vegan cheese), gluten-free pizzas, and pizzas made with whole wheat flour.  All meat toppings are also MSG-free including its “pure pepperoni” which comes with no MSG, no preservatives, and no nitrates.    If Whole Foods were a pizzeria, it would be a lot like zPizza.

A 100% Organic Cheese Pizza from zPizza

The pizza is cooked in a conventional gas pizza oven.  It’s a thin crust pizza, but unlike a New York Style pizza which has a robust edge crust and gets progressively thinner as you get to the center of the pizza, zPizza has a small crust on the edge and actually gets a bit thicker as you approach the center.  Still pretty thin overall though.

The crust on my pizza, as you can see below, was reasonably thin, but lacked significant bubble structure.  This means it ends up being fairly dense without a lot of chewiness or crispness.

The edge is thinner than the center crust

As for the organic sauce and cheese, they put a healthy amount of sauce and cheese on the pizza, more than you would find on a Neapolitan pizza, but not as much as you might find on a heavy American style pizza, such as a Costco pizza.

Do the organic flour, sauce and other ingredients make a big difference?  From my perspective, I really couldn’t taste a significant difference, but I don’t think they are selling a distinct organic taste, so much as they are selling the piece of mind some folks get from knowing that they are eating organic foods.

The restaurant itself is situated just of Moana in a small strip mall on Warren Way.  As you walk in there’s a counter to order the pizza and then there’s a seating area that fits about 25 people in the back.  You order at the counter and they will bring your pizza out.

zPizza could use a fung schui consultant and a professional organizer

One thing that struck me as a bit odd is that there were racks of ingredients outside of the counter/cooking area.  It’s like their storage room wasn’t big enough so they just decided to put a lot of stuff out in the open. In addition, in the seating area there was a TV/Karaoke setup with lots of wires hanging out.  While the seating area itself was nice, in general the space had a bit of disheveled look to it.

Organic goodness awaits you inside!

 

Overall, if organic and/or vegan pizza is very important to you, then you will definitely want to check out zPizza.  They clearly take this focus seriously and have made a significant effort to insure that all of their ingredients conform with their healthy, organic focus.   That said, the pizza itself is not terribly memorable.  As you might expect with a large chain, they’ve taken a distinct “middle of the road” approach and it shows.  It’s certainly not bad pizza, especially when compared to other large chains, but it’s not great pizza either.

 

Name: zPizza
Address: 3600 Warren Way Reno NV 89509
Phone #: 775-828-6565
Pizza Type:  American
Oven: Gas
Slices? N
Large Pizza Cost:  $19

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