Finelli New York Pizzeria in Ellsworth serves a thin, New York-style pizza with great flavor, texture and taste. It’s good Maine pizza — and worth the drive.
I nearly titled this post “the pizza we’ll drive 45 minutes to eat.”
And with good reason — that’s precisely what we did last weekend. I really wanted some of this good Maine pizza that tastes like home.
See, pizza here in Maine? It’s a little different from what I am used to. Not bad, not good — just different.
When we moved here from Connecticut in 2014, we quickly discovered that pizza and pizza parlor food varies in style, texture and taste. A lot. There are thick, bready crusts, thinner leathery ones, wood-fired, Chicago-style and so much more. But I had some trouble finding the New York-style pizza I grew up on.
New York pizza has a super thin crust that’s perfect for folding. It’s a little greasy (ok, sometimes really greasy) and has just the right pizza sauce to mozzarella cheese ratio. It’s fantastic. (Connecticut pizza is similar, and also fantastic.)
At Finelli New York Pizzeria in Ellsworth, I found a slice of home. It’s super thin, cooked perfectly and reminds me of the pizza I grew up on in New York. Though this is a thin crust, it stands up to the weight and pressure of the toppings — as a goo crust should. Fantastic.
This wasn’t the first pizza joint for owner Paul Schneider. No, according to the restaurant’s about page, he’s opened Fillini Pizzaria in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1989 before selling it and moving to Maine in the late 1990s. Finelli New York Pizzaria was born in Bar Harbor but moved to its current location in Ellsworth in 2001.
I am so glad it did. That means it’s closer to home for me.
Sold by the slice or the pie, Finelli’s makes a good thin crust pizza. If you’re in the area, I so recommend trying it. And if you’re not … well, I’ll drive 45 minutes just for a pie so that says something …
Finelli New York Pizza; 12 Downeast Highway; Ellsworth, ME 04605 — 207-664-0230
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.