Lenny’s NY Pizza Co. – Ormond-by-the-Sea

My senior year of high school, I went to Paris for the first time. My expectations were high; I’d romanticized Paris in my head for years.  And when I got there, I was disappointed.  Same thing happened in Dublin.  I had these dreams of what each place would be like — I’d find my true love on the banks of the Seine, I’d drink a pint in a cozy wool sweater surrounded by the green hills of the Emerald Isle — dreams that reality could never match.  What am I trying to say?  That having excessively high expectations can lead to disappointment.

Over the years, there is one thing that I’ve learned to have zero expectations of: anything purporting to be “NY pizza” outside of New York. In general, I try to avoid any establishment making such a claim at all costs.  Last night, I threw all caution to the wind and visited Lenny’s NY Pizza Co’s location in Ormond-by-the-Sea. What lured me in you ask? Well, just do a quick image search for their garlic knots. It’s ok. I’ll wait.

Oh, you don’t want to open another tab?  Ok, well, I’ll just leave this right here.

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Garlic knots to die for

Do you see that parm?  The parm in the olive oil?  Zomg.  Now, these are not your traditional strips of dough tied in a knot and then slathered with garlic. No, no my friends.  Dare I say it, these are better.  The edges are crispy and the insides are pillowy soft.  And as you tear into them there are so many surfaces to dip into that cheese/oil/garlicky goodness. (I like that you add a k when writing garlicky, mostly because I really wanted to lick the plate.)

I don’t know what Lenny’s is like on a week night; we went on a Saturday at about 7:30pm and they were SLAMMED.  Like the estimated delivery time was two hours.  Our server was running all over the place.   There was a back up for the oven, but every minute we waited was worth it.  Also, giving ourselves a buffer between those garlic knots and the rest of the food was a-ok by me.

After watching the most gigantic pizza boxes I’ve every seen go out the door (24″ is their extra large!), out came the night’s special: a ziti bolognese (pork, veal, and beef in that sauce) and an eggplant stromboli.  According to our server, that bolognese simmered for more than four hours. The meat was incredibly tender and the flavor of the sauce was spot on.

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Ziti Bolognese

Now, let’s talk stromboli. Lenny’s gets a 12/10 because they peeled their eggplant. This, to me, is the defining characteristic of people who know their way around such an Italian staple.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, have some eggplant parm with and without the skin.  There’s a world of difference.

So, eggplant: A+. The dough was perfectly crispy and gorgeously thin.  And the cheese. Once my blogger skills get better, I’ll go back and boomerang the heck out of that cheese pull.  I’m thinking of the leftovers in the fridge right now and I’m basically that drooly face emoji.

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Eggplant Stromboli

No, we didn’t have pizza. I told you already, I have trust issues.  But, through this showing, Lenny’s has gained my trust.  Next time, we’ll get a slice…or maybe a whole pie. And yes, there will be a next time because Lenny’s second location is only seven minutes away from our new apartment.  And, I owe you a cheese pull.

In and around Daytona Beach

When Ben first visited Daytona Beach last March, he called me and said, “There’s only chain restaurants down here!” The panic in his voice was palpable.  So began the journey to find some delicious eats.  We’ve visited quite a few places in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, and New Smyrna Beach, and have discovered some real gems.  We are always looking for new favorites, but here are some of the places that we’ve loved:

Breakfast:

  • The Cracked Egg (Daytona)

Lunch/Dinner:

  • Tia Cori’s Tacos (Daytona)
  • Mr. Dunderbak’s Restaurant and Deli (Daytona)
  • Greektown Taverna (Ormond Beach)
  • The Dancing Avocado (Daytona Beach)
  • Chucherias Houndernas (Holly Hill)
  • Aunt Catfish’s on the River (Port Orange)
  • Panheads (Port Orange)
  • Corkscrew (New Smyrna Beach)
  • Lenny’s NY Pizza Co. (Ormond-by-the-Sea)
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The Garlic Knots App at Lenny’s NY Pizza Co. in Ormond-by-the-Sea

Sweets & Treats:

  • Donnie’s Donuts (Ormond Beach)
  • Cakery Creations (Ormond Beach)

I wanted to start with a list in case anyone else was in the same boat that we were searching for the tasty foods.  Our next goal will be to give you some pictures and the yummy details about these delicious noms from around our new home.