Choices abound at Haile Market pizza shop
By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor
A lunch time statement that I hear a lot is, You can tell how good a restaurant is by the number of government vehicles in the parking lot.
I was out at the Haile Market Place Shopping Center to have lunch with former GLOB staffers Tonya Upton and Kendall Crews when I noticed several men with hard hats and fluorescent vests walking in and out of I Love New York Pizza.
Many more workmen were at the tables inside and standing at the counter surveying the menu.
For a narrow, busy pizza palace, this family-owned lunch stop has a menu of broad lunch choices: salads (7), pizzas (20), sub sandwiches(10), strombolis, calzones, and Italian entrees. NYP also has appetizers, kids meals and desserts. You can find a NYP menu at the restaurant web link below.
At this lunch outing, the NYP was also touting a special called 20-Sausage Bite, which is deep fried sausage with a choice of sauce. The sausage bites looked pretty good to the GLOB Master.
Phew! With all those different items available you would think the kitchen was larger than the dining room.
The GLOB Staffers placed our order and when we were done I was thinking we ordered a lot of food.
Tonya and Kendall both ordered pizza from the pans sitting at the counter. Kendall selected the pepperoni and Tonya picked the Margharita slice with crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, garlic, and fresh basil (right).
Tonya and Kendall approached their pizza cautiously and both agreed pizza was a good choice and did a good job of consuming the very large slice.
Tonya liked her salad, "It is the perfect portion for a salad,"Upton said.
Kendall also ordered 10 chicken wings. She said the wings were tasty but they could have had a little spice added to them.
No one has called the GLOB Master a picky eater but I am always a little leery of pizza that has been sitting around for who knows how long. I opted for the antipasta salad with ham, salami, pepperoni, provolone, and giardinera vegetables (top picture).
My salad was very good and the Giardinera vegetables were a very, spicy, pickled addition to my salad, which was a good size with rolled slices of meat and cheese. As we took our trays to the disposal area at the end of the meal, I surveyed the remains of my lunch partners' entrees and surmised my salad was a good selection.
I can see why the NYP has a good following of regulars with ample portions and the wide menu selection. The GLOB Master will continue his process of elimination on his next visit searching for the ultimate I Love N Y Pizza lunch.
The Pluses and Minuses of I love N Y Pizza
I love N Y Pizza + indicators : Quick service, broad menu. Kendall's wings looked good, and my antipasta salad was very good.
I love N Y Pizza - indicators: I don't know about pizza that's been sitting on a counter for an extended period of time .
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- Phone Number: 333-6185
- Address: 2645 SW 91St.., Gaineville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: West Gainesville
- Web Site: I Love N Y Pizza
- Latitude: 29.6294619
- Longitude: -82.4375499
Tonya Tuesday, 07 April 2015 10:51 Comment Link
I miss this Pizza place! We used to walk there from our home and eat. Very delicious.