I have to say the pics of pizza I have seen from this place do not look like the styles of pizza from either of the two cities – NYC and Chicago
Her review says as much, although she pans (no pun intended) their New York version more than their Chicago version. I’m not interested in a pizzeria that gets the decor right and the pizza wrong.
A rough crowd here. I realize that I have absolutely no credibility in assessing quality of pizza because I actually adore Dayton style pies such as Ron’s in Miamisburg… [}:)]But I’ll forge ahead anyway.
I think Two Cities’ vibe, traffic, menu, and non Chicago pizza selection and prices compares roughly with The Works in Loveland. We tried this place last night (Wednesday) and there was a 45 min wait for a table for two the main dining room. We went to the patio and found exactly one high top table that was located in a gap at the edge of the awning, and rain was starting, so we gave up and walked back in (thinking we would bail.) A table had opened in the bar just as I walked in so we grabbed it. The place is popular.
We ordered a “New York’s Finest” 15 inch – pep, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, and green peppers on red sauce. I had a Caesar side salad that was nice and fresh with good homemade croutons and abundant Parmesan.
Along with you guys and Polly, I also don’t consider this pizza a very authentic NY style. The crust is fairly bready – chews like bread – and has no crunch or sear on the bottom. Even Flying Pizza is more authentic than this.
BUT I REALLY ENJOYED IT and even really enjoyed the leftovers the next day. I know, I have no standards…. [:p]I also know that a rule of thumb for pizza suckage is when someone talks about the toppings… but the toppings were abundant and each slice was extremely filling.
But I think you’d go here to placate everyone in the family or group with entrees that everyone can relate to, not to be able to order an really authentic NY style pie. They have a Chicago style hot dog that interested me… no idea how good it is… some kind of cheese monkey bread appetizer that looked really good being brought by our table.
The waitstaff and help is young and *extremely* nice and pretty attentive. Service was fairly prompt.
So, again, this place feels like a Mason version of The Works but with service that doesn’t suck and not quite as large, crowded and busy.
The aforementioned pizza (~$21?), the ($4) side salad, a Bud Lite on draft, and unsweetened tea, was just under $33.
Peace out… I’ll go crawl back under my no-knowledge-of-great-pizza “ooh, what great toppings and lots of them” rock now. [:D]
(did I lay it on too thick? GOOD. 😉 )