What is New York-style pizza? According to Wikipedia, it boasts a thin, hand-tossed dough and is “wide, thin and foldable”. We have been on the hunt for this style of pizza for quite some time. With great thanks to FVP reader Andrew K, we were recently found it at a fabulous pizza parlour in Abbotsford!
Ah-Beetz is located in a fairly nondescript building in Abbotsford. But do not let that fool you – absolutely delicious pizza is being created behind those doors!
Owner Terry Deane, or ‘Delicious Pizza Maker Man’ as we now like to call him, has been working in restaurants for several years. Upon returning home to Abbotsford after seven years in New York, Terry and his wife were tired of craving authentic, New York-style pizza and not being able to find it. They decided to take matters into their own hands and opened up Ah-Beetz in January 2009.
Using organic flour from Anita’s Organics, Ah-Beetz pizza is prepared using a wild yeast culture (aka sourdough). Terry describes the dough preparation as ‘the good old fashioned way’. We were mesmerized as we watched him take a perfectly round dough ball and knead it into our large pizza crust. Ah-Beetz is all about fresh and delicious ingredients. We watched every topping go onto our pizzas and everything from the fresh tomato sauce to the beautiful basil chopped up on the finished pizza was of the highest quality. Dry cured meats are used in place of standard cold cuts and deli meats. Terry actually prepares his own pancetta, Italian sausage and capicola. The difference in taste, compared to ‘regular’ pizzas, is amazing. The pizza was so flavourful and really fun to eat! It’s such an authentic thin crust that you have to eat it like a true New Yorker – folded in half lengthwise.
We enjoyed the Di Fara and the Spagnuolo, though making the choice was not easy. Every pizza on the Ah-Beetz menu sounded so delicious! Watching the pizzas cook in the oven, which gets up to 700 F, was a real treat. It was amazing to see how quickly they were cooked – a margherita pizza takes only 3-4 minutes in this style.
Ah-Beetz is open Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday from 4PM – 8PM, or until they run out of dough. Fridays and Saturdays they are open until 9PM, or again until they run out of dough. We have heard from some locals that this actually does happen, so be sure to order your pizza early. Delivery is available for a charge, but pick ups are recommended and it’s what most people seem to do.
Still not convinced? Check out some of the amazing reviews of Ah-Beetz. We think you should try an Ah-Beetz pizza pretty quick – just talking about it has our mouths watering again. It is the best pizza we have had in years.
3 – 2664 Gladys Avenue, Abbotsford