Hey! Got a hot tip for a great pizza joint in the neighborhood. Yes, better than Downtown Pizza. Check out A Bronx Tale in a decrepit strip mall in east Lantana. It is pretty classic. A little grimy. The service is a little surly. And you know what, that’s just what I want from a place called a Bronx Tale. It smells like New York when you walk in. Fresh dough, simmering sauce, basil, and Parmesan cheese. A TV manufactured in 1989 blares an old episode of COPS in the corner. There are 3 or 4 crappy booths. I would guess that 99% of their business is takeout or delivery.
This joint really reminds me of Armando’s, my favorite pizza joint of all time in Cambridge, Mass. near where I grew up. The pizza is just a great, classic, greasy, floppy, NYC style slice. The crust is chewy and salty. Don’t leave without getting the meatball roll, thin sliced, really well seasoned “meatball-esque” mystery meat, globs of oily mozzarella, and sweet marinara rolled up in a huge buttery, doughy, crust. It’s as big as a small child. Will you need a nap after eating it? For sure. Food like this is my comfort. It’s what I grew up with. If you are not drinking an ice cold coke (in a can) with your meal you are doing it wrong. This is the perfect food for curling up on the couch on a rainy night, ordering a movie, and going to town-