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richardao1

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Best Pizzas in NY Sun, 10/12/08 2:42 PM (permalink)
I have tried them all and the best are in this order

1. Totonnos in Brooklyn only (the other locations do not do it justice)

2. Nicks Forest Hills (surprised me the first time I went there)
3 Grimaldis Brooklyn by the bridge
4 Johns on Bleeker st almost off the list

Lombardis has fallen and now officially become a tourist trap and is horrible
 
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    John Fox

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    RE: Best Pizzas in NY Sun, 10/12/08 3:13 PM (permalink)
    What about DiFara's?
     
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      richardao1

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      RE: Best Pizzas in NY Sun, 10/12/08 4:48 PM (permalink)
      Maybe I missed a few Where is that one
       
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        porkbeaks

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        RE: Best Pizzas in NY Sun, 10/12/08 6:32 PM (permalink)
        quote:
        Originally posted by richardao1

        Maybe I missed a few Where is that one

        Maybe you did. How about Totonnos in Coney Island? pb
        Di Fara Pizza
        1424 Avenue J
        Brooklyn, NY 11230
        (718) 258-1367
         
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          richardao1

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          RE: Best Pizzas in NY Mon, 10/13/08 10:41 AM (permalink)
          I put Totonnos first didn't miss that one All others have to measure up to it so far
           
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            TJ Jackson

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            RE: Best Pizzas in NY Mon, 10/13/08 12:22 PM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by richardao1

            I have tried them all
            quote:
            Originally posted by richardao1

            Maybe I missed a few

            Yeah, not even knowing of the existence DiFara's (and by extension, quite possibly other great pizzerias) kinda invalidates your original statement

            But that's OK.

            It's generally best to state "in my opinion" rather than state something as an absolute truth.
             
            #6
              Foodosaurus

              RE: Best Pizzas in NY Mon, 10/13/08 12:29 PM (permalink)
              I like Joe's in Greenwich Village on Carmine off 6th Ave. But it was better before it moved up the block from its original location.
               
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                richardao1

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                RE: Best Pizzas in NY Mon, 10/13/08 6:40 PM (permalink)
                Let me restate I have been to quite a few and in my gastronomical opinion . Just Kidding. How does every one feel about Frank Pepe's in CT. I was a bit dissapointed when I went. The service was so slow and the pie was really over cooked. I still don't understand how they cut there pies either. Must have been 30 tiny slices all over the place.
                 
                #8
                  Foodosaurus

                  RE: Best Pizzas in NY Mon, 10/13/08 6:48 PM (permalink)
                  richardao

                  I couldn't agree with you more! I am a big fan of NY style pizza, its my favorite kind. While I like New Haven style, I don't like it as much as NY. I've had my fair share of New Haven style, and I don't think that Pepe's is the best. Maybe it used to be, and people are just trying to hold on. I can't stand the way they slice it, and it is impossible to eat without a knife and fork, at least for the first 10 minutes, until it gets cold.

                  Modern, is much better.
                   
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                    Niagara

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                    RE: Best Pizzas in NY Tue, 10/14/08 9:50 AM (permalink)
                    Buzzy's in Niagara Falls...see, there's a State attached to the City and it has pizza, too.
                     
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                      Kaczmark

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                      RE: Best Pizzas in NY Tue, 10/14/08 10:02 AM (permalink)
                      Hands down the best pizza in the world is Mark's Pizza in Rochester NY.
                      Those pretentious NYC pizzeria can't come close.
                      And the upstarts in New Haven are vastly overrated!

                      http://www.markspizzeria.com/

                       
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                        Baah Ben

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                        RE: Best Pizzas in NY Tue, 10/14/08 10:21 AM (permalink)
                        This is a interesting post..First time I've seen one of these
                         
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                          Tony Bad

                          RE: Best Pizzas in NY Tue, 10/14/08 10:28 AM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by Kaczmark

                          Hands down the best pizza in the world is Mark's Pizza in Rochester NY.
                          Those pretentious NYC pizzeria can't come close.
                          And the upstarts in New Haven are vastly overrated!

                          http://www.markspizzeria.com/




                          Is the Rochester location better than the other 43 outlets of this chain? I had it once...near Syracuse, and it was just okay.
                           
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                            porkbeaks

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                            RE: Best Pizzas in NY Tue, 10/14/08 10:30 AM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by Kaczmark

                            Hands down the best pizza in the world is Mark's Pizza in Rochester NY.
                            Those pretentious NYC pizzeria can't come close.
                            And the upstarts in New Haven are vastly overrated!

                            http://www.markspizzeria.com/



                            You are kidding, right? pb
                             
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                              David_NYC

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                              RE: Best Pizzas in NY Tue, 10/14/08 12:10 PM (permalink)
                              Most of Kaczmark's posts include a good deal of humor. And the only places in New Haven discussed here have been around for decades!
                               
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                                Niagara

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                                RE: Best Pizzas in NY Tue, 10/14/08 1:24 PM (permalink)
                                quote:
                                Originally posted by porkbeaks

                                quote:
                                Originally posted by Kaczmark

                                Hands down the best pizza in the world is Mark's Pizza in Rochester NY.
                                Those pretentious NYC pizzeria can't come close.
                                And the upstarts in New Haven are vastly overrated!

                                http://www.markspizzeria.com/



                                You are kidding, right? pb


                                Maybe they put nasty Rochester white hots on them.
                                 
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                                  eatsandclimbs

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                                  RE: Best Pizzas in NY Thu, 11/13/08 12:27 PM (permalink)
                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by richardao1

                                  I have tried them all and the best are in this order

                                  1. Totonnos in Brooklyn only (the other locations do not do it justice)

                                  2. Nicks Forest Hills (surprised me the first time I went there)
                                  3 Grimaldis Brooklyn by the bridge
                                  4 Johns on Bleeker st almost off the list

                                  Lombardis has fallen and now officially become a tourist trap and is horrible


                                  I wish I could have tried them all, alas, I was only in NYC for a few days.
                                  Lombardi's was horrible.
                                  Grimaldi's was great, but not the best.
                                  I wish I could have tried totonnos... is it also thin?
                                  IF so, then yes, I realize I'm comparing apples to oranges, but I think the slice I miss the most came from:
                                  Spumoni Gardens, in Brooklyn, not far from Coney Isl.
                                  Thick and full of real flavor.
                                   
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                                    pmrkr2

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                                    RE: Best Pizzas in NY Thu, 11/13/08 12:33 PM (permalink)
                                    SAL & TONY'S guess you haven't been to all of them
                                     
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                                      smollen

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                                      RE: Best Pizzas in NY Sat, 11/15/08 7:31 AM (permalink)
                                      Fairly new place in Brooklyn...Lucali's on Henry Street. BYOB. They only have pizza and calzone. Been to New Haven,Totonno,DiFaro etc. Try this.
                                       
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                                        cgpublic

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                                        RE: Best Pizzas in NY Sat, 11/15/08 12:43 PM (permalink)
                                        This native Brooklynite has a sampled more than a few slices of the best NYC and Westchester has to offer:

                                        Denino's in Port Richmond
                                        Di Fara's in Midwood
                                        Grimaldi's in the Heights
                                        Joe & Pat's on the Island
                                        John's on Bleeker
                                        Johnny's in Mount Vernon (Westchester)
                                        Lento's in Bay Ridge (now closed)
                                        Lombardi's on Spring
                                        Patsy's in East Harlem
                                        Pizza Wagon in the Ridge
                                        Sal's in Mamaroneck (Westchester)
                                        Sofia's in Harrison (Westchester)
                                        Spumoni Gardens (or L&B) in Gravesend
                                        Totonno's in Coney Island

                                        All offer (or once did) great pizza, but a few are (were) truly exceptional.

                                        Totonno's back in the 60's and 70's was truly an experience, especially since it was empty most of time due to the fact that people other than those who worked or lived in the immediate area were afraid to venture a block beyond Nathan's due to the crime, and this was in broad daylight. I attended high school a half-mile away and and an extended lunch break with a few friends at either Nathan's or Totonno's was always a blast.

                                        John's rocked in the 70's, but I've always been more partial to the thin crust of the hot sausage, mushroom and fresh garlic pies with a thin sheen of oil once served at Lento's.

                                        Pizza Wagon served an outstanding Sicilian with an always fresh square featuring a thin, chewy crust during the 70's and 80's.

                                        Today, Sal's serves an exceptional slice, but for pies I'm with Johnny's of Mount Vernon all the way.
                                         
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                                          nysharks

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                                          RE: Best Pizzas in NY Sat, 11/15/08 9:08 PM (permalink)
                                          I would not say that Lombardi's was terrible. It was good but not the best. Grimaldi's under the Brooklyn Bridge is my favorite right now.

                                          I used to like Totonno's in Coney Island but since they expanded and Joel is not behind the counter making the pizzas, it has gone down a notch. When I first went to Totonno's I had a nice chat with Joel and Louise Ciminieri and they were quite friendly. Joel even allowed me behind the counter to see the oven. He opened the oven to show me where he put the coal in. He said I should get closer to get a better look, but all I could think about was Hansel and Gretel and said that I could see fine.

                                          DiFara's is good, but the Scilian pie is better but it takes forever to get a pizza as Dominic does it all by himself. It is really a show to see him makes each pie by hand and cut the fresh basil on top.

                                          Spumoni Garden is OK, but I would not go out of my way to go again.

                                          John's is very good but I haven't been to Patsy's which is supposed to be on the high list for New York City. Also on the list is Ray's Pizza, but I haven't the foggiest which one to go to: Ray's, Famous Ray's, Original Ray's, Famous Original Ray's, Not Ray's...


                                          Frank Pepe is a good pizza, though different from the New York City style. But I agree the service can be really bad at times.
                                           
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                                            marxman

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                                            Re:Best Pizzas in NY Thu, 02/12/09 2:51 PM (permalink)

                                            Has anyone tried Luzzo's? In the West Village I think, amazing coal fired brick oven pizzas Nepolitan in style.
                                             
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                                              ken8038

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                                              Re:Best Pizzas in NY Sat, 04/25/09 9:27 AM (permalink)
                                              Just wanted to add that Tontonno's in Coney Island recently had major damage due to a fire. It is closed indefinately but they do promise to reopen. The fire received quite a bit of coverage in the local press.

                                              My 2 cents as a native Brooklynite and having worked in NYC all my working life:

                                              Lombardi's (disclaimer: I haven't been there in about 4 years so I guess I've missed the nosedive)

                                              John's (Bleecker Street location)

                                              Krispy on 13th Ave in Brooklyn for Sicilian.

                                              Lento's was a long time favorite of mine when I lived in that neighborhood back in the late 70's/early80's. In fact one day as a test my sister and I ate at Tontonno's for lunch and Lento's for dinner and we both felt that Lento's was much better. But I should say it seems there were always day-to-day variations in both places. Maybe we hit Lento's on a good day and Tontonno's on a bad day.
                                              PS, my wife and I have to go to a wake tomorrow on Long Island so I did a little research and based on Ed Levine's Pizza book we're going to try out Eddie's Pizza in New Hyde Park. I'm looking forward to it (Eddie's, not the wake)
                                              <message edited by ken8038 on Sat, 04/25/09 9:32 AM>
                                               
                                              #23
                                                MiamiDon

                                                Re:Best Pizzas in NY Sun, 04/26/09 7:29 AM (permalink)
                                                Does John's on Bleecker Street sell pizza by the slice?  If so, which is better, John's or Famous Joe's on Carmine?
                                                 
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                                                  billyboy

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                                                  Re:Best Pizzas in NY Sun, 04/26/09 7:55 AM (permalink)
                                                  John's is strictly a whole pie place.  I think John's has a better quality pie than Joe's on Carmine.  
                                                   
                                                  #25
                                                    MiamiDon

                                                    Re:Best Pizzas in NY Sun, 04/26/09 8:00 AM (permalink)
                                                    Hi billyboy.  Where do you recommend going for a slice in lower Manhattan?  A whole pie is not an option, as I'll be on foot.
                                                     
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                                                      Morfood

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                                                      RE: Best Pizzas in NY Thu, 09/3/09 12:52 PM (permalink)
                                                      LOL.....
                                                      Marks is good....but not even the best in the area...
                                                      (minus points for any place that heat lamps their slices)

                                                      Chester Cab..Cam's & Pizza Stop are my favorites around here..

                                                      big ups to Gino's in Long Beach, NY (Except parking situation sucks)



                                                      Kaczmark


                                                      Hands down the best pizza in the world is Mark's Pizza in Rochester NY.
                                                      Those pretentious NYC pizzeria can't come close.
                                                      And the upstarts in New Haven are vastly overrated!

                                                      http://www.markspizzeria.com/



                                                       
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                                                        wanderingjew

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                                                        RE: Best Pizzas in NY Thu, 09/3/09 1:26 PM (permalink)
                                                        Morfood


                                                        LOL.....
                                                        Marks is good....but not even the best in the area...
                                                        (minus points for any place that heat lamps their slices)

                                                        Chester Cab..Cam's & Pizza Stop are my favorites around here..

                                                        big ups to Gino's in Long Beach, NY (Except parking situation sucks)



                                                        Kaczmark


                                                        Hands down the best pizza in the world is Mark's Pizza in Rochester NY.
                                                        Those pretentious NYC pizzeria can't come close.
                                                        And the upstarts in New Haven are vastly overrated!

                                                        http://www.markspizzeria.com/


                                                        I used to go to Gino's when I lived in Lido Beach back in the early 90's.
                                                         
                                                        BTW, DiFara's is not what they used to be. I think they were much better when I lived 6 blocks away back in the late 80's. As late as 1997 they were still good(when I returned after a 5 year absence) when I returned again in 2005 (after they became famous) they slipped considerably which I solidified when I visited again 2 years later in 2007
                                                         
                                                        Lombardi's may be touristy, but they're no tourist trap. It was my 2nd favorite pie on our Pizza tour when we visited in 2007 (Grimadi's- also touristy - was my favorite)
                                                         
                                                         
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                                                          TJ Jackson

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                                                          RE: Best Pizzas in NY Wed, 09/9/09 10:14 AM (permalink)
                                                          Some yutz (identified only by his initials) recently asked Adam Kuban of SliceNY where he should go for pizza in NYC other than DiFara, and Adam made it into a SliceNY article

                                                          That yahoo should have asked that question here, don't you think?  Seems like a pretty roadfood-y question, if you ask me

                                                          http://slice.seriouseats....-what-would-it-be.html
                                                          <message edited by TJ Jackson on Wed, 09/9/09 10:17 AM>
                                                           
                                                          #29
                                                            Foodosaurus

                                                            RE: Best Pizzas in NY Wed, 09/9/09 10:45 AM (permalink)
                                                            TJ Jackson


                                                            Some yutz (identified only by his initials) recently asked Adam Kuban of SliceNY where he should go for pizza in NYC other than DiFara, and Adam made it into a SliceNY article

                                                            That yahoo should have asked that question here, don't you think?  Seems like a pretty roadfood-y question, if you ask me

                                                            http://slice.seriouseats....-what-would-it-be.html


                                                            funny!
                                                             
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