Pizza Newburgh

July 27, 2015
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Hmmm…where to go for pizza in Newburgh?  A few months ago I started asking this question of friends and acquaintances and, to my surprise, the answers were extremely varied.  Everyone had “their” place and there wasn’t one overall favorite among them (maybe there was, but I don’t do favorites).   I am not a connoisseur of pizza.  In fact, I don’t even like pizza.  So for me to do a blog piece on pizza, I had to rely solely on public opinion and my husband (of course).   Why was there such diversity in pizza preferences among Newburgh-ers?

I counted 15 pizza places within the city limits of Newburgh (there may even be more that I haven’t run across).   Some have been here since the beginning of time and have classic pizza choices.  Others are newer and offer artisanal-style pizza.  Then there are the places in between that offer a variety:  Neapolitan, deep-dish, New York style, Sicilian and gourmet (think gluten-free crust).   This assortment of pizza choices is the reason for the diversity, duh.  Everyone has a favorite type of pizza.  And, I found, they are somewhat militant about it.

Pizza was first invented by the Chinese….oops, that’s pasta (at least that is one theory).  Really, pizza was invented in ancient times in the Middle East.  It started as fire oven-baked flat circles of dough that is known today as flatbread, of which there are a variety depending on what country you are in.  There is pita, za’atar, pide, farl and focaccia, just to name a few (Google “list of flatbreads.” You will be amazed how many there are).   It wasn’t until later in the 16th century that the people of Naples started referring to their flatbread as pizza.  It was then considered peasant food or street food.  Later, in the 1800s, some creative Neapolitan came up with toppings: tomatoes and cheese.  Voila — the pizza we know and love (except for me)! Today, it is not considered peasant food but is an inexpensive meal that can feed a whole family or be ordered for delivery while watching football or Game of Thrones. Pizza has also kept the 13 million college students enrolled in the U.S. from starving after late-night partying.

Without picking a favorite (since I don’t have one), I decided to highlight a few places in Newburgh that showcase the different varieties of pizza and toppings.   This list is not in any order of popularity.   Please forgive me if I didn’t include your go-to place.   I am sure I will get to it down the road.  Also, can someone please tell me what the fascination is with ranch dressing?

 Stella’s Pizzeria

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Chicken and red onions pizza (left). All veggie deep dish pizza (right).

Stella’s Pizzeria is one of the few places in Newburgh that serves a deep dish (almost Chicago style) pizza.

Stella’s Pizzeria
283 Broadway,  Newburgh, NY
(845) 562-8188

I was told by a native Newburgh-er that there used to be two kinds of pizza people: J&F’s or Stella’s.  You were true to those places and you NEVER crossed over.  I think it’s still the case for people who grew up here.

JF Pizzeria

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Buffalo Chicken, mozzarella and ranch dressing pizza.

JFJ&F Pizzeria
474 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
(845) 565-3430

Cafe Pitti

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The Funghetto Pizetta – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, with roasted shitake and oyster mushrooms.

The Caprino Pizetta – tomato sauce, goat cheese, bresaola and artichokes.

Cafe Pitti
40 Front St, Newburgh, NY
(845) 565-1444

Washington Heights Pizzeria

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Basic New York Pepperoni slice.

Washington Heights Pizzeria
102 S Lander St, Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 563-0388

Pizza Shop

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Potato Pie (caramelized onions, smokey ham, hickory bacon, mozzarella, pecorino, rosemary and roasted garlic)

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Tomato Fresca Artisan Crispina Pizza (herbed ricotta, sliced tomatoes, basil leaves, pecorino and mozzarella)

Pizza Shop
27 Water St, Newburgh, NY
(845) 565-7467

Johnny’s Deli and Pizza

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Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, pesto pizza.

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Brocolli, Bacon and Tomatoes pizza

Johnny’s Deli and Pizza
74 North St, Newburgh, NY
(845) 562-5700

Note:   This is a very small sampling of what the pizzerias seen here have to offer. Of course, all of them serve more options of toppings and crusts.  If you didn’t find your true-love slice here, I’m sure it’s out there.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot…most of them deliver (Cafe Pitti is the exception).  Buon appetito!

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