I want to tell you a secret. You must keep this secret to yourself. If you share it, it will make some people angry. They will be aghast. They will be skeptical and maybe even combative. This secret might cause you to lose friends, your spouse may even divorce you.
Ok, here goes. Ready?
Mangia Macrina is the best pizza in Utica.
See, I told you so.
Look, I love tomato pie as much as the next guy. Tomato pie is a Utica institution, and it's delicious. But, that doesn't mean it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. And while I've not spent a ton of time in Utica, I'm unaware of any other pizzeria in Utica that's doing what Macrina is doing. Frankly, outside of some of the better tomato pies, much of the pizza in Utica is not all that great, most are mediocre (and boring) NY style pies.
Sorry, Utica, I love you, but the truth is the truth.
Having eaten the pizza here on two occasions, and, having spoken at length with the owner, Chris, who is as a dedicated pizza fanatic as you'll meet, I'm convinced Mangia Macrina is a hidden gem, and truly special. They are making fantastic Neopolitan inspired pies, using high-quality ingredients, and creative topping combinations that you will not find anywhere else in Utica.
Now, get a bunch of your friends together and eat that delicious pizza at Macrina. But, don't tell them our secret that it's the best pizza in Utica because you'll want them to still love you.