Being a New York native, I grew up a little spoiled in the pizza department, so it’s taken some hunting to find some noteworthy pizza. Of course most any city has Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa John’s, and Little Caesars as the major high volume and delivery chains. I remember Pizza Hut being better than it is now, now it seems tasteless and greasy, or dry if you get traditional crust. Papa John’s, doughy and I have no idea what they use for cheese, but it’s sure not low moisture mozzarella. Domino’s….tried it since the new commercials came out, still not impressed. Little Caesar’s, I can’t bash them at all. It’s ok pizza, not great….but the price is right and I honestly think it’s better than the competition I mentioned above. To my knowledge, all the chains I mentioned use conveyor belt ovens instead of a traditional pizza oven, for faster production cooking, which to me hurts the overall quality of the pie.
I have explored independent pizza shops around….I really liked Davinci’s which was on Hayes St. near Church St. but sadly they are gone. There is a small local pizza place near me, Castrillo’s in Riverside Village, they’re pretty good. I also like 5 Points Pizza. Their toppings are really good, but watch that, because they are expensive, like 3 dollars each. Fortunately, I’m not a fan of too many toppings at once. Mafiaoza’s on 12th Ave. is good too. I think the best I have had, that is still around, are NY Pie in Nashville West Shopping Center, by Best Buy etc. on Charlotte Ave. That’s the closest I have found to the real thing And it’s about identical! Also the place in The Arcade, downtown on 4th Ave. Manny’s House Of Pizza. Also really good. Nashville may not be known for great pizza, but there are some good places to enjoy until you can get to NY! Hope you have enjoyed your 4th of July holiday and got to enjoy some cookouts and swimming with family and friends!