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Savor Detroit-Style Pizza and More at Cherry Lawn Farm Market

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Andrew Dominick

If you’re passionate about New York-grown produce, hyperlocal sauces, jams, honey, and other premium products, Cherry Lawn Farm Market in New Rochelle is your food nerd’s dream.

Take one step into the D’Onofrio family’s Cherry Lawn Farm Market and get lost in a bounty of fresh, vibrant fruit and vegetables.

When you’re done shopping, or even before you begin, it’s a good idea to head back to the flower shop area where there’s a bakery section with cakes, muffins, and frosted donuts. If you can manage to stave off temptation — at least for now — there’s a pizza program offering NY-style pies, calzones, garlic knots, and, as of a year ago, Detroit-style pizza.

Detroit-style pizza

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“We introduced the pizza program in October 2020,” says Cherry Lawn’s general manager Isabelle Prisco. “The Detroit came along in March/April of 2021 when a chef who was on board last year had a lot of innovative ideas. This was one of them. He tried for a few months to perfect it, but our pizza chef, Fred Sayegh, brought it to where it is today.”

If you’re a newbie to Detroit style, don’t let its thickness fool you. Typically, “Detroit” dough is high hydration, meaning over 65% water, sometimes in the 68-72% range. The higher water content and adequate proofing result in a light, airy dough with a slight chew similar to focaccia. At its purest — besides tomato sauce that usually goes on top of the cheese — Detroit pies are topped with Wisconsin Brick (a fattier, buttery cheese), a Brick-mozzarella blend, and sometimes a mozzarella-Monterey Jack or mozzarella-Muenster mix. Once assembled, they’re baked in a hard-coated aluminum pan made by LloydPans that helps give the cooked dough a crispy crust with a cheesy frico effect. You’ll want dibs on the corner slices.

Detroit-style pizza

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Cherry Lawn’s Detroits are all of that, even if they’re keeping their pizza process close to the vest, aside from telling us that the pies are baked for only seven minutes at 490° in an Edge 1830 electric oven.

“There’s a process for sure, but we’ve tweaked a lot while creating it,” Prisco explains. “We tried everything from changing up fermentation times, how high it’ll rise, and when it goes into the oven and when it should come out. It’s a few days fermented with a specific sauce, specific cheese, and we do use LloydPans. It’s constantly evolving. But we’re keeping it a secret.”

What’s not a secret is where you can order it. Stop by the market or call ahead to order a whole for $23.95 or a slice for $4.95. Cherry Lawn Farm Market is also available on third-party delivery apps Slice, Grubhub, and Uber Eats, but do so knowing you’ll pay a higher price and other fees.

Should you prefer your Detroit-style pizza straight out of the oven, you’re welcome to enjoy it at one of the tables in the garden shop or outdoors when the weather cooperates.

FYI: The market sells beer that you’re totally welcome to pop open and pair with your pizza.

Cherry Lawn Farm
815 Weaver St, New Rochelle; 914.632.1850

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