Let me start by saying there are several food blogs in Reno. Most of them rate the higher end eateries, that is not what I do. I like everyman’s food, the kind of hole in the walls that make a trip worth the drive.
Today I am writing about pizza. If you are staying in the downtown area there are a number of good pizzerias you could make your way to. As an example, I like Pie-Face Pizza and Eclipse is not bad either; but good pizza in Reno is hard to come by, there are way too many franchise pizza for my taste. I am about to share with you a trip worth taking and a pie worth eating. It is a short drive from the downtown area, but it is well worth it.
I like pizza, I have a far back as I can remember; as a matter of fact I have fond memories of my first-love, the lunch lady, who served me on Pizza Wednesday in elementary school. However I don’t like all pizza. To be frank, I had just about given up on NY style pizza in Reno until I tried Paulie’s Pizza in the Franktown Corners Mall.
Paulie’s is the real deal. Fresh ingredients, homemade crust and hot brick ovens make this a must have. The pizza was phenomenal. Stretchy cheese, great tasting fresh toppings and a great atmosphere. They have two styles, round and square pan; I recommend the square pan. What made it for me was the crust, it was thicker than most around Reno; many of the NY styles focus on the cracker crust, Paulie’s crust gives you something to hang on to.
The Calzone was perfect, deep dark brown crust, oozing cheese. I could see the steam coming off the top of the Calzone when they delivered it.
The owners are very friendly. Paulie came out when he saw me taking a picture of the calzone; but he seemed to make regular practice of coming out and making the rounds to each customer. He took more than enough time chat.
The counter guy told me about the hot wings and I actually felt bad that I didn’t try them this go round. At first, I thought it gimmicky because they asked for a waiver if you were under 18; then the counter guy explained that it was legit, they use Scorpion Peppers which are hotter than Ghost Peppers and I do not want to repeat my Ghost Pepper experience. You know however, I am stupid enough to go back and try these.
Paulie’s has a nice well stocked sports bar section, though I didn’t try it because it was my lunch time
I will be making Paulie’s my go to pizza from now on…
Paulie’s is located in the Franktown Corners at 2309 Kietzke Lane, Reno, Nevada 89502 (775) 823-9000: Monday – Saturday 11am-9pm