Sal’s Authentic New York Pizza
Our pizza research continues! After we published our review of Epolito’s, we received several recommendations to try Sal’s Authentic New York Pizza. So last night I headed out to visit their K’Rd pizzeria.
To recap, New York style pizza is thin-crust with simple toppings and the slices are “foldable”. We found the toppings at Epolito’s a little heavy for our liking, so were interested to see how Sal’s compared. We were told that the pizzas were large and would feed several people, and when I saw a person walking out of the pizzeria holding a gigantic takeaway box, I knew they were right!
The small pizzeria is located near St Kevin’s Arcade and was doing a brisk trade early on a Sunday evening. There were several tables of people enjoying their pizza and a regular stream of people picking up takeout orders.
Sal’s pizza is said to be made the original way, which is presumably the way that “Sal” made it in New York. There is a screen showing photos of New York pizzerias and Sal’s is one of them. The staff were hand-tossing the pizza dough and the toppings include their own special sauce and Wisconsin mozzarella. Not sure why Wisconsin cheese is specified but it is a state known for its dairy industry.
The menu is short and sweet: whole pizza (18”) ($24-$32) or pizza slices ($5). The flavours are cheese ($24), pepperoni ($28), meatball ($28), sausage ($28), chicken ($32) or veggie ($32). They also make little sides of garlic “knots” made with pizza dough and fresh garlic and pepperoni “wheels” (ie scrolls) with pepperoni and mozzarella.
We ordered a whole pepperoni pizza, several slices of cheese pizza and one each of the garlic knots and pepperoni wheels. The pizza was as I like it – thin crust with toppings applied with a light hand. The pepperoni pizza was basically just sauce, cheese and thin slices of pepperoni. I would have liked a little parmesan in the cheese mix, but that is a minor point.
The pizza could easily have fed three adults or several hundred fashion models, but my husband and I managed to plough our way through most of it. At a cost of $28 for the whole pizza, that works out at $14 each with leftovers for breakfast or lunch the next day.
We liked the garlic knot, similar to a small knotted breadroll with a generous serve of crushed garlic. The pepperoni wheel was a little too doughy for our liking but all up Sal’s gets a thumbs-up from this Cheapeats reviewer. As well as the K’Rd location, they are pizzerias on Commerce Street and in Takapuna. They are also looking at opening up a location in Wellington. Go, enjoy and “have a nice day”!