When I first got to Raleigh I quickly learned that Cary as an acronym stood for Containment Area for Relocated Yankees. But in my opinion, it should stand for Containment Area for Really Yummy (Pizza)! Yeah, I guess they can’t rename the city to Caryp but I tried! So in addition to all those Yankee logos and a bit of attitude, we do have to be thankful for all the great pizza that New Yorkers and New Jersey people have brought to the Triangle. Because thin-crust is really where it’s at in my world and Cary is dishing out some of the best. And when you can eat pizza, five days a week like me, it’s important to find the best. Yes, you could do the wonderful, artisan pies at Bella Mia or go old-school with the NY Pizza chain, but here are a couple of others that may have slipped under your pizza radar screen.
In addition to the well-named NY Pizza and Ruckus Pizza on Tryon Road, don’t miss out on Dominic’s! Located in a large strip plaza with Wal*Mart, Dominic’s does a really decent thin-crust pizza along with some other Italian and Greek favorites. The key to Dominic’s pizza pies are the crust. Thin but well-leavened with enough heft to handle the sauce and cheese, you’ll get a medium-size slice here along with a drink for $6, not a bad deal. I’ve tried their chicken parmigiana sandwich which is decent but need to give their gyro a whirl. Overall, Dominic’s is a decent example of NY thin-crust pizza in this corridor of Cary. Decor is plain and simple, this place is built for a quick lunch or takeout. They’ve got several lunch specials and weekly specials which you need to keep an eye out for.
Further off the beaten path at the intersection of Kildaire Farm and Penny Road is Cozzolino’s NY Style Pizza. And if you thought Dominic’s was a bit basic and plain inside, wait’ll you step into Cozzi’s! The plaza housing Cozzolino’s is run-down with a defunct Food Lion front and center along with well-worn and cracked pavement failing due to lack of maintenance. Step inside Cozzolino’s and it’s even plainer than Dominic’s. One lonely TV playing ESPN and little formica tables topped with red pepper and grated cheese. But don’t let the looks deceive you. The guys running this place are great and super service-oriented. Grab a couple of slices along with two bread-sticks, marinara sauce for, wait for this… for $5! Yeah, I gotta believe the rent is pretty low here but that is an amazing price for what you’re going to get, lunch special only. We’re talking $5 tax included, just hand over that Lincoln. Wait a bit and the guys will bring your food to the table, we’re talking about two largish slices with a nice amount of topping. I’ve done the pepperoni, sausage and beef which have all been good. The crust at Cozzolino’s is thin but not as light as Dominic’s. They burn it a bit giving it a bit of chew which I’m ok with. The bread-sticks are totally excessive at this point but hey, they’re decent too.
So next time you’re in Cary, don’t miss out on these two pizzerias if you’re a fan of NY pizza. While I enjoy Mellow Mushroom from time to time, it really doesn’t get any better than real thin-crust pizza if you’re an aficionado. Add some sausage, pepperoni, meatball or peppers and I’m in seventh heaven! Just don’t expect too much Southern charm behind the counter which is fine if you want some great za! What you’ll get is a bit of NYC tude along with some amazingly good pizza. And that is more than enough when you’re a pizza freak like I am, buon appetito!
Dominic’s NY Pizza
2026 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, NC 27511
Cozzolino’s NY Pizza
2982 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, NC 27518