Good but not New Haven.
Just returned from a trip to New Haven and a wonderful pizza at Frank Pepe's on Wooster Street. I was told by the owner of Tomatoes that it was the place to go for great pizza. He was
right on. On the other hand this restaurant has good but hardly memorable pizza in the same
way. My criteria are pretty simple: Mozarella cheese with real flavor and a stringy consistency
when piping hot. Pepperoni that is not paper thin and has a kick to it. (Hand sliced if possible) Tomato sauce that has a spicy flavor. Thin crispy crust..... On this basis I would say that Tomatoes Apizza has a ways to go to get to this level. With a little tweaking, this hard working
owner chef can get there.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors. Whether dining in, carrying out or having them deliver, this independently-owned pizzeria is a local favorite.
A Pizza Experience!. The pizza at Tomatoes Apizza will be more familiar to East Coast diners or those who have actually eaten the real thing in Italy. Chicago deep-dish it ain't. Think very thin crust that has a flavor and texture all its own. The ingredients are straight-foward (cheese, tomoatoes, basil, garlic) and the pizzas are a tribute to a heritage of simple, hearty elemental flavors. Try a red and a white. There are special pizzas served every month. No other Detroit pizzeria does it quite this way and you're unlikely to get pizza like this anywhere else in the Midwest. The restaurant is pretty spare so take-out and use your own candles and red-white checked tablecloth. Mangia!
Call it Abeets. I lived near New Haven Connecticut over twenty years ago. We used to go to Pepe's, Sally's and the Spot. These places are now owned by the same family and serve the same style pizza, which they call Abeets. The Pizza from New Haven is what they serve in Northern Italy. It is thin cristed, has just the right balance of sauce, crust and cheese and melts in your mouth. Now Mike, the owner of Tomatoes, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute; the best cooking school in the world. Mike "went underground" and learned how to make New Haven Style pizza by working at Sally's. He learned from the masters. These is nothing like Tomatoes between here and New Haven. Whenever I go back east I make a pilgimage to New Haven. But now I really am missing noting. Bravo Mike! Try Tomatoes Abeets. You won't be sorry.
User review by fatefrederick. I was skeptical because I'm used to what we think is "traditional" pizza, like sauce and pepperoni. Plus, I don't like tomatoes which was the main ingredient on the pizza we ate. Anyway, I was more than impressed, and I'm a picky eater. I'm happy I happened to move right across the street because I will definitely dine there again and again!!
Bravo! Best Pizza in Detroit. Best pizza in Detroit maybe in the midwest. Puts all chain stores and most mom and pop pizza stores to shame. Finally we get some REAL Pizza in Detroit. I know because I lived in Italy for six months and this stuff would pass for great pizza even there. HIGHLY recommended if you are a thin crust pizza maniac.
Over rated and burned. Nothing near what the newspaper clippings indicate. Pizza was burned and blackened around the edeges and tasted like cardboard. Twice the phone order was taken down incorrectly that resulted in additional waiting. Not recommended.
Thin Crust to Perfection.
If you want good food and good value, this is the place. This definately northern Italian pizza (the further south you go, the thicker the crust). Very thin crust and flavorful toppings that complement rather than overwhelm. (This is not the place to go if you like double crust or Chicago-style pizza.)
The pizza is almost as good as Pepe's, one of the original US Pizzarias founded in New Haven, CT over 100 years ago (when they were still called "Cheese Pies").
Dining room in Farminton Hills is clean, well lit and well laid out, but you definately go for the food rather than the decor.
Best in Metro Detroit- maybe the midwest. These guys do it right- thin crust with a nice chew but too hard, delicious fresh toppings judiciously placed atop it and friendly staff to boot. I've had pizza in Naples-these guys could proudly serve their pie in that city, I don't think people would know the difference.
Heavenly Perfection. As a recent Tomatoes convert I can't say enough good things about it. I order my pizzas at night when the head manager Frank is working. He makes the absolute best pizza in the whole world. If your looking for heavenly taste done by the best pizza maker try Tomatoes of Farmington. I personally love the white pizzza. Try one I am sure you wil agree.
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