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Apr 23, 2002 01:16 AM

Pizza in Astoria

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What is the best pizzeria in Astoria? I am from Brooklyn and just moved here. Thanks.

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    Wendy Leonard

    I don't know what the best pizza in Astoria is, but you should be able to get a good slice at Romanos on the corner of Broadway and 33rd. I used to get excellent pizza when I lived there ten years ago and recently, within the last month, a poster was extolling their pizza.

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    1. re: Wendy Leonard

      I also like Napoli. Another one that is a bit out of the way, is John's (no relation to the Bleeker St. one) on Astoria Blvd., near Crescent. I go there all of the time, and find it to be a notch better than most of the other local spots. I agree that Sac's is pretty bad. Dino's on Broadway is also barely acceptable.

      1. re: JohnFranco
        Dan Sonenberg

        I'm surprised to see people dissing Sac's. I've been long disappointed with the pizza in Astoria - it seems to me that it should be much better than it is. Sac's Coal Oven pizza, for my money, is the best thing going. They also make non-Coal Oven stuff, and maybe that's what people don't like? But I've had the real stuff delivered and in person and it's always been very good. Plus, they're extremely generous with their toppings, and the toppings are always fresh and delicious.

        1. re: Dan Sonenberg

          I can't really taste the difference between the coal oven and regular at Sac. I find the sicilian pies to excellent if they allow them to cook the right amount of time. But the regular pies have a gummy, odd texture in the crust that I do not like, though I did like it the first 4 or 5 times. It was strange, I got sick of it one day and never wanted to eat it again...

          1. re: Steve A

            Where have you all been eating?There are 3 great pies in Astoria:

            Ginos Piccolo Italia

            Try them they are all different,but great!

            1. re: Astoriahound

              I've also enjoyed the pizza from Pinochio on 30th avenue and 33rd St. (or so). Not a classic "New York Pie" but cooked in a wood fired oven, always with fresh mozzarella and toppings and at a decent price. I think a small/individual (6 slices and enough for 2) starts at $4. I have heard reports that they can be inconsistent, but haven't experienced it myself.

          2. re: Dan Sonenberg

            I agree that sac's is a cut above all others in that part of Queens. Best thing is something nobody talks about: the spinach deep-dish.

            the poster who recommended Gino's Piccola Italia was right on. That's the best all-purpose cheap pizza/heroes/dishes joint in Astoria. Not great, but the best. And Gino's a great guy. Unlike the scowling characters at Sac's.

            1. re: Jim Leff

              I always forget about Sac's Spinach pie, thanks for the reminder. Just had a spin slice and it was excellent. $4/slice seems a little high for what you get but what are you gonna do? I think they used to be $3.

              The siciilian pie looked pale as is sadly too often the norm.

              1. re: Steve A.

                just to clarify; I mean the spinach stuffed pizza...the thick one.

                1. re: Jim Leff

                  yep, that's the only pizza I've seen with Spinach there

            2. re: Dan Sonenberg

              I could not agree with you more about Sac's. I picked up a pie form Napoli on 35th Avenue on Friday and it was nowhere near as good as the pizaa at Sac's. The pizza at Sac's is made with fresh mozzarella not the supermarket variety cheese. No comparison, Sac's is not Lombardis' but it is far better than Napoli if you like brick oven pizza.

              1. re: Dan Sonenberg

                I prefer John's in Manhattan, but I thank my lucky stars I live a block from Sac's pizza. I agree -- the rest of the menu is iffy, but this pizza is amazing. Fresh mozzarella, great sauce, delicious thin crust. I like the meatball topping best, but plain cheese is good. Plus, all the pizza guys are really nice.

                For what it's worth, I can't tell the difference between regular and coal oven. It doesn't matter -- it's all good.

              2. re: JohnFranco

                since everyone's on the sac-dissing theme, just wanted to second the rec for John's. they're within a sightline of my apartment so i go there frequently and enjoy them well, just regular slices.

                another place to consider i forget the name of, but it is on 31st st near the stairs of ditmars stop on the west side of the street -- i think the name is some male proper name followed by an apostrophe s -- i have had tasty pizza there.

              3. re: Wendy Leonard

                Ugh! Romano's is ok for some other stuff, but their pizza sucks. (I think the poster was extolling their gyros.) I like Rizzo's a lot -- it's not your average silician. It's a thin crust silician, with a very tangy sauce (with parm cheese mixed it) and blob on mozzarella on top. It's great, but always gets cold when I try to get it home (36th and Broadway) in time. :)

                There's also a new place on Broadway (around 34th St.) that I haven't tried yet. Doesn't look like anything special, but you might want to take a look.

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                  Wendy Leonard

                  I just searched for the link and you're right, the poster was extolling the souvlaki, fries, tzatziki. The other respondent who liked the place liked it eight years ago--so you are the current best source on the pizza.

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                Steve A. in Astoria

                I like Napoli on 35th Ave at 33rd St. good stuff.

                Sac's on 29th and B'way makes a good sicilian slice if they leave it in the oven long enough (this is way too often a problem, so it's a risky $1.90). Also, don't try anything but pizza at this place...

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                1. re: Steve A. in Astoria

                  i used to love sacs. but when they remodelled and re-opened as a full restaurant, it just stopped being as good. have ordered pies from there about 3 times and none could justify why we ordered from there once a week before they remodelled.

                  for personal pizzas, i like romanos on 33rd and broadway.

                  1. re: tracyk

                    Romano's pizza isn't even ITALIAN pizza. They hardly use sauce. Try Sac's again. Their pizza is still great - you might have caught them soon after the renovation when things were still crazy.

                  2. re: Steve A. in Astoria

                    You think $1.90 for a slice of pizza is high? No wonder you can't appreciate anything else on the menu. Sac's makes the best pizza in NYC - bar none. And their menu is great.

                    Try EVERYTHING on this menu - this is a hidden jewel in Astoria that won't be hidden for long.

                  3. A really good regular slice is hard to find in Astoria, but if you enjoy Sicilian Pizza you have two outstanding choices : Rose & Joe's Bakery on 31st St near Ditmars Blvd., and Rizzo's on 30-13 Steinway St.

                    1. I like the pizza from Portobello on Ditmars and 43rd, but it is inconsistent. Usually comes with fresh toppings (garlic and spinach is my favorite). The rest of the menu is pretty lousy, though.

                      Pizza Palace on Ditmars and 31st is just okay when fresh, but cannot handle the rigors of delivery.

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                      1. re: Picnic

                        POLITO's on Broadway for Pizza Slices

                        HANDS DOWN!!!

                        1. re: Suzy

                          Polito's is very good. I love the Sicilian there.

                      2. I'm still trying to find a good regular slice in Astoria myself, but if you want amazing brick oven pizza, there's this hole-in-the-wall called Forno Italia at 43rd(?) and Ditmars. It's fresh, made right in front of you in the giant brick oven (with real wood logs in it), and the crust is crispy on the outside, chewy in the center, and has the slightest hint of charcoal flavor. The sauce pizzas can be a little droopy sometimes, but I'll tell you right now, you'll never taste anything as wonderful as the simple "aglio e olio" pizza (olive oil, garlic, and cheese). Also, their spaghetti carbonara is pretty good too, if your arteries can handle it :)

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                        1. re: Billy

                          anybody ever check this place out? like 2 years ago it was a salsa dance spot called something like "Bongos". Is it
                          in fact good or is the quasi-review above jsut some
                          logrolling by a friend of the owner?