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L&B Spumoni Gardens

2725 86th St., Brooklyn, NY - (718) 449-1230
Posted By Bob Pomeroy on September 3, 2014 11:33 AM
As more and more of the city seems to fade away and disappear and get taken over by twee with each passing day, L&B Spumoni Garden remains in good old south Brooklyn. Enjoy it while you still can. Along with Luigi's on 5th Avenue, Brooklyn and a few others around town, L&B offers a prime sample of the Granma pie, crust similar to Sicilian, but with cheese laid directly on top of it, then generous sauce on top of that, with a little parm, maybe some basil on top of that. L&B's crust is thicker and breadier than most, and the generous sauce is rich and not too sweet or salty. Catch it by the slice, or by the "half sheet"--but either way, if you catch it coming right out of the oven on a busy Saturday night, it's perfection.

The spumoni--Italian cream ice--a mix of pistachio flavor, chocolate, and cremolata, with nuts mixed in, is the best in the city. Where else are ya gonna get this stuff, eh?
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Posted By Joanie Sendrick on September 28, 2005 9:49 PM
I've eaten at L & B's many times. It's amongst my favorite places to get pizza in all of Brooklyn. I usually get the square pie, with thick dough, melted cheese and delicious tomato sauce on top. On occasion I've eaten a slice or two that wasn't the freshest but more often than not it's busy with people and the pizza is fresh out of the oven. But it's never the plastic-looking "sitting around all day" pizza that you find in many pizzerias. I give it a 9 out of 10!
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Posted By Larry Fendrick on September 17, 2005 9:10 AM
L&B's Spumoni Gardens is world famous (in Brooklyn). A fixture in this neighborhood since 1939, on a warm summer night you will find large crowds gathered around the pickup windows and eating areas, and young Brooklynites double-parked, showing off their cars.

Their pizza is always fresh, crisp, and good-tasting, and they have enough ovens that you never have to wait for a pizza to cook. The main thing to come to L&B’s for, though, is their spumoni. They make their own and even supply it to other eateries around the NYC area. Many a time while driving far from the Gardens I've seen a sign in a window saying “We have L&B spumoni.”

One word of note: there is also a full service restaurant available, but it is best to avoid it. The food there is bland and nothing special (although the pizza is first rate).
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