“Remember you can’t eat meat on Friday.”  Growing up these words were often overheard throughout my house during Lent. Being a native of the Scranton area (Blakely exactly), I had the privilege of some of the greatest pizza in the world. For anyone who disagrees, next time in the Scranton, PA area take a trip down Main St. in Old Forge and grab yourself a tray (yes, “Scrantonites” call it a tray). Let me know what you think.

A Lehigh Valley resident for the past 15 years, I long for the pizza from the Northeast. I’ve tried a bunch of pizza shops over the years.  

My family and I tried Italiano Delight in Emmaus, which was acceptable, but I’d prefer their traditional Italian dishes such as gnocchi, tortellini or good old spaghetti. A good friend of mine who happens to be an Eastside Allentown native told me to give Nino’s on 15th Street a try. It was a pretty good slice, but once again not the tray I crave so much. 

After working in Nazareth for the past seven years, Pizza Joe’s has a great slice of tomato pie, but still not there in my humble opinion as far as traditional pie. 

So my hunt continues, I took a trip to the Christmas City in search of the perfect slice. I stopped in at my friend’s place, Sotto Santi on the Southside. Anthony sure offers a good slice, probably one of my favorites so far, not to mention he always brings an interesting twist to any conversation.

While in Bethlehem I had to give Matey’s a try. Here again they offered me an acceptable slice, but not that sweet sauce that reminds me of the Electric City. 

A colleague of mine has suggested I try Liberty Street Tavern on Muhlenberg’s campus. I’ve been in the local corner bar that offers a huge variety of beers (that’s conversation for another blogger), but never tried their pizza. I think I just might. I’d love to hear what you consider your favorite Lehigh Valley pie sooner than later. Please or I’ll be forced to eat fish sticks every Friday with my family, and they just don’t seem to go that well with an adult beverage.