Two great cities with two distinct pizzas are now at home right in the neighborhood near Quail Springs Mall. No need to settle for either New York or Detroit-style pizza–now you can have both! Rendezvous Pizza is the result of Casey Klepper’s and Buck Warfield’s lifelong passion for pizza. Casey was born in the Bronx and grew up on large, thin New York-style pizza slices. Business partner Buck grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and would sneak off to Detroit at least once a week to indulge in deep dish, cheese-to-the-edge Detroit-style pizza. When the two collaborated in opening the first Rendezvous Pizza in Downtown OKC, “choosing just one pizza was never an option,” Buck admits. “We didn’t want to box ourselves in when both styles are so good.” Right down to the name Rendezvous–an ode to Buck’s favorite pizza place in Michigan, Buddy’s Rendezvous–everything at Rendezvous is crafted with excellence and a touch of local flavor.
All About That Base
One of pizza’s most defining characteristics is the crust, and Rendezvous prides itself on fresh, local, top-notch ingredients and processes to get it just right every time. Buck says, “Shawnee Mills, located here in Oklahoma, has been an incredible partner in working with our chef to create a proprietary flour for both our New York and Detroit doughs, and Chef Klaudya works one-on-one teaching our staff the meticulous execution.”
In addition to the flour, other local ingredients punctuate the menu with delicious hints of home. The hot honey on the Tito’s Vodka Pizza is made with Cheatwood honey from Sapulpa, OK. Rendezvous also serves many beers from local breweries.
Thick or Thin, All In
The Detroit-style crust is an airy dough in a thick, rectangular shape with edge-to-edge cheese, creating its signature caramelized crust. Finished with deep dollops of tangy red sauce, every bite eats like a meal. One of the most popular selections is the Detroit Born Pizza, generously lavished with both smoked and Fontanini pepperoni.
In contrast, the thin, wide crust of the New York-style pizza is crispy on the edges but melty and foldable in the middle. And if you want the full New York experience, trust the aficionados and fold your slice in half vertically–it’s a must!
Pizza is one of the best foods for bringing people together, but sometimes you just want a slice. Rendezvous serves up both Classic Cheese and Pepperoni in New York and Detroit styles by the slice every day, as well as rotating specialty New York and Detroit styles daily. It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new.
Another menu highlight is the classic Italian Tapenade appetizer. House made focaccia bread is paired with a delicious olive relish. “The olive relish is also used on our Italian Sub,” Casey comments. “The robust flavors stand up to the cured meats and balance the Calabrese chili oil.” With so many layers of flavor in one sandwich, it’s no wonder this one is always a hit!
Don’t overlook the Cherry Wood Smoked Wings–an unexpected treat on the menu. They are smoked in-house with cherry wood for a unique taste, finished on the grill, and tossed in a variety of sauces with fun flavor profiles.
Best of all, Rendezvous offers excellent variety without an overwhelming, huge menu. As Buck explains, “We spent three months during Covid cooking and eating everything over and over until it was perfect. If it wasn’t outstanding, it didn’t make the menu.”
Stop by 14020 N. May Ave. or visit rendezvouspizza.com. Enjoy happy hour Mon.-Fri. 3-6pm with half price New York slices and half price drafts. Don’t miss great lunch specials 11am- 2pm Mon.-Fri: Slice, salad + soft drink or two NY slices + soft drink for $10.