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Displaced New Yorker Ron Tucker has found real New York pizza here in Zion. He writes: I left my hometown near New York City more than 40 years ago and have been on a quixotic quest to find real New York pizza ever since. Finally, my search succeeds in Salt Lake City at Nuch’s Pizzeria and Restaurant (2819 S. 2300 East, 801-484-0448, NuchsPizzeria.com). I’ve tried about every New York-style pizza place in Salt Lake City and a few have been “pretty good” or “kinda like” the pizza I remember from home. Nuch’s is different, exactly the pizza I remember: it’s not “NY-style,” it is NY pizza! Chef/owner Heath Koltenuk has put together the right combination of dough, stretching technique, sauce, cheese, brick oven and high baking temperature that no one else in Salt Lake City has been able to attain! While I hold the traditional NY red sauce pizza sacrosanct, my wife, Sharon, hails from Upstate NY and actually prefers a “white” pizza and calzone (I forgive her and love her anyway). She raves about Nuch’s White Pizza (house-made Ricotta, fresh garlic, mozzarella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano) and calls the cheese calzone, “the best I’ve ever had.” There is one big difference between Nuch’s and a traditional NY pizzeria, however: Nuch’s has great decor and ambiance, a small, quiet, intimate seating area and a super-friendly staff. I must be getting old; I don’t miss the noise and abuse that came with the pizza in NY!
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Stephen Dark: Since I’m “sausaged-out” as the barbecue season winds down, I’ve been searching for new ways to open up the dining experience from my charcoal grill. The following was a pleasant surprise: Marinate for an hour some asparagus and spring onions in lemon juice, a squirt of olive oil, fresh herbs from the garden, and freshly milled pepper. Grill lightly over medium coals, along with thickly sliced french bread. Rub a garlic clove over the bar-striped bread, load it up with the green stuff and top with freshly-grated parmesan. It’s a perfect and elegant-looking starter.