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)
post edited by ken8038 - 2009/04/25 09:32:01