Big Apple Pizza
2566 Old First Street
Livermore, CA 94550
The future is finally here! Wow, can you believe it’s 2015? Where were you when the clock stuck midnight? Like many of you, I was watching Dick Clark‘s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest as my friends and I counted down to 2015. Little did I know that by watching the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square would influence my first dinner of the year.
Fast forward 19 hours and it was time for dinner and #37 of The Great Livermore Restaurant Challenge. With a stale hangover and fresh out of holiday leftovers we were in a bit of a dilemma. What are we going to eat? Pizza of course!
As I looked up “pizza in Livermore,” for some strange reason, Big Apple Pizza really stood out to me. It could have been Ryan calling out to me, or maybe it’s because Big Apple Pizza has two completely different websites: BigApplePizzaLivermore.com and
LivermoresBigApplePizza.com. Why do they have two? I have no idea. But the second site is more expensive and charges a $3 delivery fee. You’ll save $5 if you order from BigApplePizzaLivermore.com. It’s weird they have two, but whatever.
What makes a New York-style pizza so special? While Chicago is generally known for their deep dish pies, New York is characterized by their thin crusts and wide slices. With New York citizens being on the go all the time, this allows them fold the slice in half and eat while they are trying to catch the subway. Is that true? I don’t know. Since we don’t have BART to Livermore just yet, it’s hard for Livermore folk like myself to relate – but hey, I try.
So I placed my order online for a Large 18″ Combination ($24.95 +$2.25 tax). The site have me a delivery estimate of 30-45 minutes. I started my stopwatch at 6:51pm and my doorbell rang 44 minutes later at 7:35pm.
Opinions on pizza vary quite a bit. In the case of New York-style pizza, even the most passionate East Coasters will have polarizing views of how a New York pie should be. Big Apple Pizza rates very well with 4-star Yelp and 90% UrbanSpoon ratings. After my experience, I think the reviews are spot on.
The pizza was really good. Everything was fresh and there wasn’t too much or too little of anything. The crust wasn’t too thin or too thick. It was just right. It had the right balance of everything. While many pizza places have their own twist on how they make their pizzas, Big Apple sticks with the tried and true recipe and does it well.
Since I ordered delivery, I missed the piping-hot-fresh-outta-the-oven experience that’s best had with this style of pizza. While it arrived moderately hot, a thinner pizza like this doesn’t travel as well as its thicker cousins. The inner crust will soften which will require you to dig out a fork. That’s no fault of Big Apple Pizza, it’s just the nature of delivering authentic thin-crust pizzas to someone who lives on the edge of town. Next time I’ll have to eat in their restaurant to really get the full experience.
Speaking of in-house. They offer more than just pizza on their menu. Gyros, sandwiches, calzones, lasagna, and salads are also their specialties. If you’re having a party or just really hungry, order up a King Kong Pizza that’s two feet wide! Not big enough? Check out this monster, the Godzilla Pizza!
If you’re hankering for a taste of New York pizza like I was this New Year, you can’t go wrong at Big Apple Pizza.