Saturday, August 27, 2005
New York Pizza & Pasta
4405 Calder Avenue
Beaumont, Texas 77705
(Located in the same shopping center as The Joy Shop and Seafood Lover)
Last weekend we ate at Frankie's and in my post about the evening, I mentioned that there were two other recently opened Italian restaurants in Beaumont rumored to be run by brothers and cousins of the same Italian New York family which have relocated to Beaumont.
Today, I finally tried the pizza at one of the other restaurants I mentioned and sort of got the scoop on the family connection. According to our waitress, New York Pizza and Pasta, is run by two brothers and a cousin who used to own Joe's out by the mall. The two brothers and a cousin are related to Frankie of Frankie's but she never really elaborated as to how they are related.
None of that is important. What is important is that the pizza was the best I have ever eaten. The crust was thin and crispy but not dry. My slice was so full of toppings that I really can't rate the sauce but the toppings and cheese were fresh and perfectly seasoned (although I added a little garlic powder which is conveniently placed on each table. How cool is that?).
The menu is much smaller than Frankie's menu but contains all of the highlights of the Frankie's menu. The ambiance is early Dairy Queen but, here's the kicker, there is a really cute patio facing the wooded estate across Calder Avenue and you can bring your own beer and wine. I can't wait until it gets a little cooler and we can enjoy an evening on that patio watching the world rush by while enjoying a nice bottle (or two) of wine and eating some first rate pizza and pasta.