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Where's the best pizza in Brooklyn?

Brooklyn boy Nov 28, 2001 11:48 AM

This question usually sparks a fierce debate, but I suppose that is the nature of this board. My personal favorites are Grimaldi's (near the Brooklyn Bridge) and Lenny's (5th and Prospect). My wife and I tried Totanno's in Coney Island, but it just didn't make the grade (the Wonder Wheel was fun, though).

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    timbigworm11 Sep 26, 2007 04:54 PM

    Hands down Totonnos.

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      nitsujwolrah Sep 27, 2007 05:32 PM

      i haven't eaten everywhere, but Savoila on Smith St beats Grimaldis easily, I don't know what all the fuss is about with Grimaldis.

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      midgepingleton Sep 26, 2007 04:20 AM

      Carmine's on Graham avenue near metropolitan in williamsburg. i didn't like grimaldis but mabye that's because i had it to go. get the lasagne pizza at carmines!

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        Geo8rge Sep 19, 2007 01:45 PM

        For a standard NY slice: Korner Pizza,Church& E3; V&J 18th ave and 65th st; The place across from barns and noble; Tomato and Basil 4th ave.

        Not NY slice
        Lucali's DiFara's Mona Lisa Bakery 86th and 15th ave.

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          frankbooth Sep 19, 2007 12:57 PM

          Difara and L & B's for squares.

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            son of a butcher Sep 18, 2007 04:21 PM

            Difara is the best pizza, with no close second. On the other hand, most regular pizza joints kill their pizza by letting it sit for a long time. That ruins pizza. Pizza, fresh out of the oven is practically a thing of the past. There should be health code violations for old room temperature pizza.
            A decent place with excellent squares is Vic's on Kings Highway between West 6th and West 7th. The place is family run for over 40 years. The square at Vic's is better than Spumoni Gardens, which in my opinion is ok, but nothing to boast about. The good thing about Spumoni Gardens is the large seating area.

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              JFores Sep 18, 2007 04:14 PM

              di Fara easily. Grimaldi's is almost inedible.

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                willow Jan 24, 2002 05:56 PM

                Grimaldi in Dumbo
                My Little Pizzeria on Court St

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                  Jill-O Jan 28, 2002 06:23 PM

                  DaVinci's on 18th Ave (in the mid 60's) has awesome sicilian. L&B's (aka Spumoni Gardens) sicilian is a close second...and their spumoni is just amazing. They have parking too, something DaVinci's sorely needs!

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                    TBird Sep 18, 2007 12:56 PM


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                      pastoralia Sep 19, 2007 11:58 AM

                      I agree with that ordering...although I've never had Lenny's. Where are they and do they use fresh ingredients like all of the others?

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                        TBird Sep 19, 2007 12:48 PM

                        that was a tough pick for me, as i was trying to keep it "local"(for me). lenny's is on 5th ave and 15th-ish. i think they have been there awhile(i am relatively new to the area), but are just starting get a little bit of respect. they are pretty "plain" compared to the 4 mentioned above them, but definately "solid".

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                  Huey Nov 28, 2001 01:12 PM

                  L&B Spumoni Gardens. Hands DOWN!

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                    josh lichtman Nov 29, 2001 02:18 PM

                    DiFara's Midwood
                    Grimaldi's Dumbo
                    The House of Pizza Carroll Gardens
                    L & B Bensonhurst
                    Gino's 18ave Bensonhurst
                    Del Mar Sheepshead Bay

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                      Kate Nov 29, 2001 05:52 PM

                      I have friends who swear by Fascati's in Brooklyn Heights ... haven't tried it so I can't vouch for it!

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                        Ian Nov 29, 2001 07:05 PM

                        Another great one is Smiling Pizza on 7th Avenue and 9th street in the slope.

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                          Nina Wugmeister Dec 1, 2001 09:13 AM

                          I have had nothing but horrendous pizza at Smiling Pizza on 9th St./ 7th Ave.

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                            Tom K. Dec 1, 2001 11:30 PM

                            OK, but where is your favorite place for pizza?

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                              timothy Dec 3, 2001 09:32 PM

                              what about totonno's on neptune in coney island. the best pizza by far in the metro area.

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                                Nina Wugmeister Dec 4, 2001 09:39 AM

                                My favorites are Totonno's, and Spumoni Gardens. I'm planning to check out DiFara's this week.

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                                Ian Dec 6, 2001 01:46 PM

                                You know what? I ate at Smiling's yesterday and had my first negative experience there. The sauce was still great, but the crust tasted like it had been reheated 4 or 5 times in a microwave oven.

                                So I have to retract my recommendation of Smiling. Too bad, they used to be good.

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