Sunday, July 12, 2009

Buddy's Pizza

As Maria Van Trapp said, "Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start..."

I've been in Michigan for the last 9 days and we started the trip with a visit to Buddy's Pizza, my all time favorite pizza place that serves Detroit style deep dish.

Living in NYC, I know NYers are accustomed to claiming pizza superiority and this blog certainly serves as testament to the fact that there is great pizza in the city. But my heart will always belong to Buddys. Alan Richman, in a recent GQ, even gave Buddy's the #15 spot on his list of the country's 25 best pizzas (which only just compensates for leaving Di Fara off the list.)

So what makes Buddy's so great? As my dad likes to say, it all begins with a well seasoned and greased blue steel pan. The dough rises in the pan, before brick cheese and then sauce is added. Different toppings find their way to different layers of the pizza. Brick cheese is also an important part of the whole equation. It is a bit saltier than moz and pairs nicely with the thick and slightly sweet sauce. When the pizza is done, the big question is corner or middle slice. I am a fan of the corner slice because that maximizes the amount of crunchy and buttery crust. Buddy's also gets points for offering green olives as a topping, one of the most underrated and least offered topping around.

I also recommend the antipasto salad. I don't even eat meat, but the little pieces of brick cheese and lettuce with an absolutely delicious oil and vinegar dressing make the whole salad worth ordering. The ability to get salad with your pizza is also a plus compared with many NY pizzerias.

I am also happy to report that is does well on the reheat AND that TSA didn't confiscate the foil wrapped slices when I went through the Metro Detroit Airport. Buddy's in Brooklyn, OH YEAH!

Jolli Lodge photos tomorrow.

what good looking pizza, I mean what good looking people;-)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmm. Now I'm hungry. CJS

8:33 AM  
Blogger Niki said...

I have now been to Rochester 8,000 times and NOBODY has taken me to this amazing-sounding place. I'm demanding it next time!!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Yes, somehow D,L and E didn't know about it until a couple years ago as well. It's certainly not heart smart, but man is it good!!!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Don and Steph said...

Don loves Buddy's Pizza too! Niki - we'll make sure it gets on the agenda next time we are all there.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Kat said...

I'm a recent transplant to NYC from Detroit... and man, this is making me homesick! May have to try to re-create this in my kitchen, seeing as I just can't deal with thin crust pizza... :)

2:09 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Hi Kat, yes New Yorkers just don't understand! Best of luck with your pizza making. It's not quite the same but try Artichoke's artichoke slice (on 14th and 2nd). It's deep dish and reminds me (at least a bit) of Buddy's.

8:13 AM  
Blogger mbrontman said...

Thank you for such a great article."Sometimes You Just Need Some Buddy's"
Thanks so much for the kind words,
Marcy Brontman
PR/Buddy's Pizza

6:19 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I need Buddy's all the time...but alas can only get it sometimes:-) Want to open a branch in NYC?

6:54 PM  

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