Epolito’s New York Style Pizzeria
Epolito’s has been on our list of “must visits” for some time. It has received many positive reviews and has a loyal following amongst pizza cognoscenti.
So just what is New York style pizza? It’s known for its large, thin, wide and foldable shape. The dough is traditionally hand-tossed and it is usually light on the sauce. In New York it is often eaten by the slice, which is folded over due to its size and flexibility. This goes some way to explain the consistency of our pizzas. But I am getting ahead of myself.
Epolito’s is the real deal – owned and run by former New Yorker Chicklena Rose. She has been tossing pizza dough for over 30 years and prepares the toppings every morning. These even include the homemade meatballs and Sicilian-style sausage made to a family recipe.
We decided to order several small pizzas so that we could taste a variety of toppings. We ordered 10” Sausage and Meatball ($18), 10” On Madison (green olive, feta and roast garlic $18) and 10” Aloha (American streaky bacon and pineapple $16). We watched Chick toss the pizza dough and prepare our order. There was a steady stream of regulars who came to pick up their order and a threesome who decided to eat in.
The pizza was great but it was a bit hard for us to get used to the floppy consistency of this style. The flavours were great, particularly the vegetarian On Madison pizza with lots of green olive pieces (the pimento stuffed type) and feta cubes. The Sausage and Meatball pizza was very hearty and the sausage had a real heat to it. The Aloha was only a partial hit with our 10 year-old – the streaky bacon was soft not crispy.
All up it was a good experience but I think we just need to get used to New York pizza. We are so used to Italian-style with super-thin crust and a minimum of toppings, cooked so that the crust is crispy. The contrast of the hand-tossed base with generous amounts of toppings, cooked in a super-hot oven took some getting used to and in some cases made us feel like the toppings were slightly undercooked.
I do recommend Epolito’s. The three small pizzas were tasty and were more than enough for two adults and one child, with leftovers for the next day. Chick and her staff are friendly and helpful, the atmosphere is homely and the pizza is definitely homemade. Go judge for yourself.