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Sam's on Court St., Cobble Hill

Gavone Nov 28, 2001 06:05 PM

Sam's at Court and Baltic was the place to go for fabulous pizza in the '50s, '60s and '70s. I'm returning for a visit to the old neighborhood after a long absence and I see that Sam's is still listed in the phone directories. Is it still a good place for pizza and Italian food? If not, where can I find a good Italian joint in that neighborhood?

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    Ken K. Dec 7, 2001 12:18 PM

    I lived in Brooklyn for the first 36 years of my life. I am still amazed that in all those years (and the 15 or so since) I had NEVER heard of Sam's until about a year ago when I spotted a mention of it in Time Out NY. Not only that, none of my 1/2 Italian old-line Brooklyn family had ever heard of it either.
    Needless to say I got there fairly quickly after that. The pizza was just fine, and the place is a true throwback to those red-sauce places. There aren't many like that around any more. They deserve to be more widely known, although I get the impression maybe the help and the owners would just as soon remain undiscoverd. --Ken

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      Paul Lukas Nov 29, 2001 01:20 PM

      I've been going to Sam's since the mid-1970s, and I'd say the pizza is as good as ever (altho, in a concession to modernity, it's now sliced in a conventional 8-slices-to-the-pie pattern, not the crazy quilt of trapezoid-shaped pieces you may recall from many decades past). The rest of the menu is, frankly, only adequate, but Sam's is still a treasure -- a real old-school red-sauce dive, sort of like the Italian-restaurant version of a good old-man bar.

      -- Paul

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        Kate Nov 29, 2001 05:51 PM

        Have to second the praise for Sam's pizza. The place doesn't look like much from the outside, or inside for that matter, but you get lots of old-school italian jokes & humor, and really good gooey pizza. For other Italian, I've gotten decent delivery from Pepe Rosso or Viola or whatever it's called, on Smith.

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