by Lisa Sullivan, Digital Media Marketing Director with contributions from Kim Skiba (FM Relocation), Jenna Simmons (FM Lending), Jennie Logan (Guaranty Title), Allison Manella (FM ITB, Admin), and Sales Associates Sara DuChon (FM ITB), Bo Bromhal (FM ITB), Laura Pedersen (FM Wake Forest), Kelly Cobb (FM Lochmere), Kelly Mathews (FM Vandora – Garner), Catherine Baldwin (FM Stonehenge), Susan Wies (FM Croasdaile), and Valerie Troupe (FM Croasdaile).
Honestly, there’s no real origin to this day, at least not one that we have been able to find (or others as well!). Still, as Americans we tend to find joy in many special days throughout the year – “National Chocolate Day” or how ’bout “National Bacon Day” (yes, that one exists too). In fact, later this month there’s even “National Guacamole Day”! Break out the Margaritas, everyone.
But, seriously, with today being “Cheese Pizza Day” this topic gave us pause to reflect on the many places around the Triangle that serve mouth-watering delicious cheese pizza. Most Triangle residents know of the Mellow Mushroom locations in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Wake Forest. They also know of the famous Lilly’s Pizza in Five Points. The Rachael Ray Show even featured them earlier this year! We polled our Fonville Morisey family for their favorite destinations for cheese pizza in the Triangle and here is what some of them had to say.
Take Your Pick for New York-Style Cheese Pizza!
It’s funny. When you poll a number of people about their favorite “whatever” chances are you always get a response that includes “it’s the BEST_____!” In this case, when we asked for favorite pizza joints, we received a number of submissions described as “the best New York-style pizza” and your choices for that are: Randy’s Pizza with six locations throughout the Triangle, Pizza Mia in Durham (or Creedmoor), Cannizzaro’s Pizzeria & Restaurant in Wake Forest, J & S New York Pizza in Apex or Fuquay-Varina, or La Roma’s Pizza & Pasta in Garner. In fact, Allison Manella had this to say about Pizza Mia –
“Pizza Mia in Durham has the closest thing to a NYC style pizza my husband and I have been able to find since moving from Manhattan last year! They even sell slices!”
While Valerie Troupe was partial to the sauce on the pies at J & S New York Pizza –
“J & S NY Pizza in Apex is the best! They have the most amazing pizza sauce that makes their cheese pizza taste awesome and their garlic knots are fantastic too.”
See what we mean – SO many options to choose from for New York-style pizza!
Who knew Ohio had a pizza style?
We didn’t…until we polled our Fonville Morisey family, that is. Jenna Simmons with our FM Lending group shared her thoughts on Donato’s Pizza and it certainly made our mouths water –
“It’s the perfect amount of cheese, and always cooked perfectly. The pizza is made in a rectangle shape and cut into smaller rectangles, so it’s more fun to eat and the portions are smaller if you are watching your waist size. The sauce is perfectly seasoned and they use provolone cheese – different from the typical mozzarella.”
Let’s not forget about gourmet and Italian-style pizzas either!
For a gourmet…and a gluten free…twist to your cheese pizza, check out Bella Monica in Raleigh. Bo Bromhal describes Bella’s pizza as, “the secret Old Italy sauce recipe combined with the quality of the other ingredients AND what the oven does to the crust…” Then, he stopped there. Makes you want him to finish his sentence, or go see for yourself, doesn’t it?
When we talk “Italian-style” pizza, we have differing opinions there too, but both are excellent reviews of each favorite restaurant. Kelly Mathews absolutely LOVES La Bella Pizzeria in Clayton and had this to say about it –
“La Bella Pizza is our go to pizza place to sit down or have delivered. The pizza is always hot and baked right. You can’t beat a local place with friendly faces and great service. It is a small pizza restaurant in a small town!”
She’s right. You can’t beat local and friendly…and if the food is great too, well then that’s a win-win!
Our Kelly Cobb who has traveled to Italy on many occasions and experienced authentic Italian pizza recommends Enrigo Italian Bistro in Cary. Located at the bustling Waverly Place shopping center she declares, “the atmosphere by the fountain is awesome and the cheese pizza tastes just like the one I had in Italy on my first visit!”
Another Italian-style favorite is Raleigh staple Amedeos Italian Restaurant on Western Boulevard. Once family-owned and operated, the restaurant prides itself on the various delicious family recipes they have on their menu, including the cheese pizza.
How ’bout brick oven & something you might not have expected!
For wood-fired, brick-oven pizza try Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in Chapel Hill and in Raleigh. Sara DuChon shares –
“The whole wheat crust is awesome, the toppings are all fresh and they have wonderful combos. They are opening a new location in Cameron Village in the next couple of weeks. Looking forward to having it closer to work!”
On a totally different and unexpected level, have you ever tried the cheese pizza at Whole Foods? Our Kim Skiba has and her favorite part about its ingredients is that they use Buffalo Mozzarella (or chunky Mozzarella) cheese to make their pizzas with. Who knew?!
And there you have it – our picks for best cheese pizza in the Triangle. We venture to guess we’ve missed a few of your favorites. Feel free to leave a comment below with your pick!
In the meantime, we’re thinking about ordering a pizza from one of these fine Triangle restaurants to celebrate Cheese Pizza Day. Who’s in?
Image of pizza courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt on Flickr. Used via Creative Commons.