By Lesley Salman
In October, we learned that, any way you slice it, Piedmont Tire and Auto’s customer service is what keeps them on top. Speaking of slices, we decided to hit up Tony’s New York Pizza with our camera crew to discover exactly why Tony’s has once again been voted Best Pizza in the Gainesville/Haymarket area.
John Filippone, who you might recall from last month’s column and of course from Piedmont Tire and Auto, joined me as co-host. He was perfect for the job as he’s a long-time friend of the D’Agostino family and a huge Tony’s New York Pizza fan.
So what is the key to the success of this neighborhood establishment? It’s the “all in the family” atmosphere which starts with the owners, one of whom is Dan Ackman, Tony’s son-in-law, who was kind enough to sit down and give us the inside scoop. Dan filled us in on this restaurant’s roots in all three locations – Haymarket, Bristow and Manassas.
We also heard from Sal D’Agostino, Tony’s brother, who shared the importance they place on using the freshest, finest ingredients in all of their recipes. Recipes which the owner, Tony, tweaks and updates constantly to stay on the pulse of what his customers want on the menu.
We were excited to take this culinary adventure and we began by digging in to some homemade meatballs topped with fresh basil, parmigiano reggiano and covered with fresh tomato sauce, an admitted favorite of John’s. Next up, we sampled the Focaccia with a thick scratch-made crust, mozzarella, olive oil and garlic – delizioso! We also got to try my personal favorite, the Crab Fusilli, a spiral pasta topped with lump crab meat in a decadent rose sauce which never disappoints. Finally, we got to sink our teeth into one of Tony’s most popular subs – the steak and cheese. One bite of the restaurant’s top quality steak and we could see why it is such a hit!
If you haven’t tried Tony’s Pizza, your must. From the appetizers to the subs, the pizza to the pasta, the food is delish and the place will have you feeling like family.
To see our interview and these mouthwatering dishes, go to facebook.com/goinggainesvilleva, click on “Videos” then scroll down and click on the Tony’s New York Pizza banner.
Going Gainesville will be back next month to celebrate another of the Haymarket and Gainesville businesses you voted Best this year, so don’t miss this space or our video spotlights on all your local favorites on Facebook!