Cheesy, thin and pliable, yet sturdy enough to be folded in half and gripped by its crust: these are just a few prerequisites for a good slice of New York-style pizza. Al’s executes all of these, and has done so since opening its doors near Bachman Lake in 1974. Not much has changed since then, with the exception of a few new salads and pasta dishes, says Fran Pjetrovic, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Medo. The couple took over the restaurant in 1979, working there with their family ever since. When landlords required Al’s to relocate in 2011, neighbors eagerly awaited the restaurant’s return. “People kept peeking in to the windows during construction, asking when we would reopen,” Fran recalls. Upon reopening in October, Al’s popularity has proven that amidst dozens of thin-crusted competitors, a solid recipe for a New York-style pie stands the test of time.
Al’s Pizzeria, 3701 W. Northwest Hwy, Suite 309, 214.350.2714
Runner-up: Mimi’s Pizzeria
3rd place: My Family’s Pizza
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