New York Pizza on BattlegroundFeb 16th, 2012 | By Rae Alton | Category: Eatsboro
If you’re at all familiar with the historic college district of UNC Greensboro, chances are you’re also familiar with New York Pizza (or ‘N.Y.P.’) and its bubbly, crunchy-crusted pizza pies. It’s a Greensboro institution, for better or for worse.
In my opinion, it is for the better. Every town, regardless of its student population, deserves to have an all-night authentic pizza joint whose owner’s accent is as thick as its oozy mozzarella cheese. The owner, Eddie Gramisci, greets Richard Krol and me at the front of his new Battleground pizzeria location, which is so full of families and their pizza-fed, adorable little ones that there was nowhere to park in the ample lot. A single table near the patio was open, luckily, and Eddie bids us welcome to sit down.
“Can I ask you a couple of questions?” I ask Eddie when he visits us at our seats.
“You can ask,” he offers, “but it doesn’t mean I’m going to answer!”
He chuckles at his joke and looks in our eyes. I’m pretty sure he’s joking, anyway.
“Why should families order New York Pizza, instead of the familiar corporate pizzas, which are less expensive than your own?” I inquire trepidatiously.
“You just said it,” Eddie gasps, “we are not a chain!”
I instantly feel at ease as Eddie describes how each pie is made with hand-stretched dough, freshly shredded cheese, and toppings such as mushrooms and peppers sauteed in-house. There is no production line in the warm kitchen, full of aproned, determined chefs. The night we visit, they have their hands full, and they’re handling it with aplomb.
The ambiance leaves something to be desired. Wooden plaques resembling Corona bottles and neon drink signs don’t exactly scream “family friendly” but the crowd doesn’t seem to mind a tad. For a pizzeria, however, the bright black and white tile floor is a relief from the lighting of the Tate location, which is dim and thrown by the rotating ceiling fans.
If you’re thinking this is just going to be another hipster watering hole, carbon copied from its mothership on Tate Street, you couldn’t be more wrong. The NYP on Tate is not only a pizzeria and bar, it’s also a venue for live music and art exhibits. The NYP on Battleground will focus on being a pizzeria and bar alone, but with more amplified efforts, it seems.
Have you enjoyed drunken slices of pizza in the wee early morning hours at the NYP on Tate and, perhaps, marveled at the delicious tartness of the pepperoni? If so, you won’t be disappointed by the upgrades here.
The bar boasts 24 different beers on tap and 13 wines, far superior to Tate’s selections. Also noteworthy is the expanded menu. The addition to the menu are unexpected and pleasing: I ordered the Sundried Tomato pizza, a specialty pizza, which is topped with sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and garlic. For the record, I find it more than a bit weird that garlic is a topping choice for pizza. Isn’t that kind of like a condiment, akin to parmesan and red pepper flakes, in this industry?
The expanded salad menu includes Cesar Chicken Salad, which is spangled with exceedingly fresh rosemary, a welcome touch to a brilliant Atkins-friendly entree.
Order a glass of wine, get a specialty pie, and sit back to watch the game. Come springtime, soak up some sun on the patio, which is sure to be a very popular spot. Say hello to Eddie if you’re there – he’s been doing this for a long time, and is sure to be in the business for a lot longer.
New York Pizza – Battleground
2704 Battleground Ave, Greensboro | Map
Phone: (336) 286-7667
Hours: 11am – 2am daily
Pricing: $11.50 for basic cheese pizza (Medium) to $25.00 for large specialty pies.
Vegetarian friendly: Yes
Family Friendly: Yes
Take Out/Dine In/Delivery: Yes, yes and yes.
Overall Rating: 8/10