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Aldo’s Pizza Pies Brings New York-Style Pizza To Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 4th 2020 11135 0

Aldo’s Pizza Pies has served downtown Memphis since the summer of 2012. Now, Aldo’s on Main Street and their Cooper Young locations are Memphis staples for great pizza, sandwiches, and local beer.

You’ll recognize the name “Aldo” of course, if you know that Aldo Dean is the same restauranteur who owns Bardog Tavern on Monroe downtown, Slider Inn in midtown and downtown, and Momma’s.

Downtown Memphis Pizza Joint

The downtown Aldo’s is located on the first floor of the Barbaro Flats building on the car-free part of Main Street—you’ll need to park along another street and take the short walk to it (or ride a bike!) The downtown location has a huge covered patio, a spacious dine-in area, and medium-sized bar.

The midtown location is a bit smaller inside, and has a cool rooftop patio. Their menus are slightly different, and you can see them both here.

If you’re doing a full dinner at Aldo’s, start with the appetizers like garlic knots, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, or stuffed peppers. Folks love the garlic knots. They’re giant roll-sized hunks of garlic bread and come with marinara for dipping.

If you love yourself, you’ll also go for a side of the vodka sauce. You’ll thank me when you’re dunking the warm, garlicky knots into the tangy sauce.

 

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On to the veggies – they come just like veggies in the south should – wrapped in meat or covered in cheese. The prosciutto that is wrapped around the asparagus is like paper-thin, perfectly smoky bacon. The poblano pepper’s spice is tempered by the pile of warm cheese on top of it. The peppers come with some crostini, which are presumably a cheese-to-mouth delivery method, but you could opt to attack with a fork.

BBQ pizza

Aldo’s Memphis BBQ Pizza

The point of Aldo’s isn’t the vegetables, though—it’s the pizza. Aldo Dean is a veteran of the New York City restaurant scene, and used New York style pizza as the inspiration for his pizza recipes. Go for the popular vodka pie, a simple (but tasty) cheese pizza with vodka cream sauce or The Other Side, with poblano sauce, fontina cheese, sliced tomatoes and big hunks of grilled chicken.

If you’re more into the meat, go for the T-Rex. It comes with a traditional red pizza sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs.

Pizzas come in small or large. The small pizzas are big enough for two not terribly hungry people to split, or one normally hungry person to eat and have some left over. If you’ve got two hungry people or more, go with a large.

The Lombardi

You can also order by the slice, with basic choices – think pepperoni, veggie, or cheese – or the Slice of the Day, which is usually something more adventurous. By-The-Slice is available at the Midtown location during lunch only.

Aldo’s pizza has a thin, doughy crust, not dry or overly crispy, and plenty of creative choices for toppings and sauces, including a Memphis-must: the BBQ pizza that comes topped with Central BBQ pulled pork. Plus, there’s a build-your-own option. They also offer sandwiches, salads, small plates (meatballs, pasta) and a kids’ menu (look for the “Bambini” section).

Cheesecake, Aldo's Pizza Pies, Memphis, Tenn.

For dessert, split a slice of the New York cheesecake, which is one of the best I’ve ever had. That’s not hyperbole – it was so good, I wanted to take it home and study it to figure out what made it so amazingly light and fluffy and rich all at once. Pro tip: wash it down with a glass of tart framboise beer.

Read more about Aldo’s Cubano sandwich.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies Locations

Though the restaurant does have a bar—and a well stocked one at that—it’s more a bit more family friendly than both Bardog and Slider Inn.

The midtown location is right next to Memphis Made Brewing, and you’re always welcome to call over for a pickup order then bring your Aldo’s back to the taproom.

Go there:

Aldo’s Pizza Pies

100 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

752 S. Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104

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  1. […] me tell you. I agree with Kerry when I say that, no doubt about it, this is the best freaking cheesecake I have ever had in my […]

  2. knucklehead says:

    I ate there Saturday night, got the Memphis, and it was great.

  3. We went last night for the 1st time and tried multiple pizzas and all agreed that the vodka cream pizza was like magic. In fact I'm craving it right now.

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