Iron Horse- Chicago, IL

I had the opportunity to crawl for a cause earlier this year to support a charity “Salute, Inc.” with my favorite blog fan and friend Bailey Hatch (photo below). Jon and I had a great time cruising the metra line with a large crowd to help raise money for this great organization.

Bailey Felicia Iron Horse

At the Norwood Park stop, we visited Iron Horse Ale House. As this was a booze crawl (and not a pizza crawl) I did not expect to come across a REALLY NICE pie, and wanted to tell you about it!

Cool old-style brick oven, large sized pies, crushed tomato sauce, and damn good cheese all provided some yummy nourishment along with our alcoholic activities 🙂

Iron Horse Margherita

Jon inspects the yummy margherita

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Pizza Rock – Las Vegas

When at the pizza expo convention hall all day, what do you do after the long day? Join a pizza crawl, of course! Scott Wiener officiated the whole crawl and brought together bunches of people from all walks of pizza life. We kicked off the crawl at Pizza Rock, where Scott played master of ceremonies and ordered a variety of pies for the table.

SO MANY GOOD ONES. Sadly, I have very few pictures of the pies, which I borrowed from my pizza friend @sportyslice Miriam’s instagram (THANKS!)… someone else was taking the pics during feeding time! We liked the Romana pizza three-ways, and were just so excited to try all varieties.

We also got a tour of the kitchen, and were able to see the many different ovens that they have to make each type of pizza in the exact way they were intended to be prepared. Blows my mind. What a great start to the evening with a great crew!

The pizza makers. #skill

The pizza makers. #skill

Prep dough at bottom left. Ovens on ovens down the line

Prep dough at bottom left. Ovens on ovens down the line

These pies have to rise... #waitingroom

These pies have to rise… #waitingroom

Dough Flattening

Dough Flattening

Neapolitan Oven

Neapolitan Oven

Ingredients #pureheaven

Ingredients #pureheaven

Tony gets his own flour... duh

Tony gets his own flour… duh

Deciding how much pizza to get for our large group while allowing everyone to sample appropriately!

Deciding how much pizza to get for our large group while allowing everyone to sample appropriately!

The crew from stop 1. Some continued on, some left

The crew from stop 1. Some continued on, some didn’t make it further

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1of73 made daily Neapolitan

1of73 made daily Neapolitan

Dessert Pie

Dessert Pie

 

Flour & Barley-Las Vegas

This place was a bummer in the TO GO area! Spot located near the new Ferris wheel in Vegas.

They had slices out from hoursss ago. I’m telling you, HOURS (Or at least that’s what I remember). As in, I asked which slice was the freshest, and they said they made a pie an hour or so ago. Needless to say, we didn’t have a slice. Was not wasting those calories on a slice that had been sitting out. And that’s a note for all of you. If you ever go to a slice shop, make sure to ask for the most recent slice of pie… and hopefully the slices haven’t been sitting out for too long #fresh #pizza #best #pizza.

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Metro Pizza- Las Vegas

We could only be so lucky to spend time with a large pizza crew on a pizza crawl in Las Vegas that spanned from Fremont Street to Tropicana… and we hit up one of the highest-rated off-strip pizzerias in town. Not to mention the owner was awesome as well.

The pizza… awesome. My stomach… not. But I loved their chunky tomato sauce, flavorful crust, and we even got the chance to try a new Caputo flour for non-Neapolitan pies. All around happiness. This is a great place to stop at on the way to the strip from the airport… the cabbie will pull over if you pre-order ;-).

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The owner, Jon, throwing down some science... with another Jon, who is intently listening.

The owner, Jon, throwing down some science… with another Jon, who is intently listening.

History

History

Bros being bros. America and that sign.

Bros being bros. America and that sign.

Will the pizza man, Scott, of Scott's Pizza Tours. Great organizer and shepherd of people from place to place. Thanks for being awesome!

Will the pizza man, Scott, of Scott’s Pizza Tours. Great organizer and shepherd of people from place to place. Thanks for being awesome!

Brianne thinking, OMG, more pizza... I just can't.

Brianne thinking, OMG, more pizza… I just can’t.

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Mastino- Delray Beach, FL

My lovely friend, Brianne, met me at my parents’ place when I was visiting one week. We went on a nice restaurant crawl for small bites and drinks around Delray and ended up at a newer Neapolitan place that shares the same space supremely owned by Solita restaurant.

Cool decor, nicely done menu, and a good pizza & beer deal were equally enticing for us. But the pizza sadly fell short. It had a weird taste of burnt flour dusting or some sort of residue that took away from the beautiful Neapolitan flare. Otherwise, ambiance was great, sitting at the bar was fun, and beer selection was pretty good.

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Nice Marra Forni oven!!

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