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Fantastic Queens pizzeria?

Myian Jul 25, 2005 11:32 PM

I used to live in Elmhurst and there was a great neighborhood pizzeria. But they changed owners and everything went downhill. Now, I'm ready to call another place my favorite, but nothing hits the mark. Any suggestions, particularly around Bayside (okay if it's not)? Greatly appreciated.

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    Justin RE: Myian Jul 26, 2005 08:05 AM

    There's one on Bell Boulevard, on the corner, a few blocks up from Northern Boulevard, on the same side of the street as White Castle. I'm sorry - I forgot the name. They have a great square slice, and their regular has a nice, thin crust and very tasty sauce and cheese. If I think of the name, I'll post again.

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      alicia RE: Justin Jul 26, 2005 09:29 AM

      Sac's Pizza on B'way and 29th Street. Thin crust...good sauce and not a lot of cheese.
      i also like Dino's on B'way on 30th

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        Linda RE: alicia Jul 26, 2005 03:36 PM

        i was at vipizza a few weeks ago and a guy asked for a "square slice." i think everyone in the place gasped, and the vipizza employee quickly corrected him and asked if he wanted a sicilian. i thought it was funny that someone else called it a square slice here! i love it. :)

        but indeed, vipizza is great.

        i also like the "ghetto" pizza in flushing: xtra cheese on northern blvd and lucia's on roosevelt ave.

        but, my favorite, hands down, is nick's pizza on ascan ave in forest hills.

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          Justin RE: Linda Jul 26, 2005 06:15 PM

          I dunno, Linda - I'm from Brooklyn, and believe it or not, a lot of people here call a sicilian slice a "square" slice. :)

          Maybe it's like the difference between belly bombs and sliders?

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            Linda RE: Justin Jul 27, 2005 01:23 PM

            wow, i don't even know what a belly bomb or slider is!! :) that just shows you how out of the loop i am.

            if us queens folks got slices in brooklyn, would it be strange if we ordered a sicilian? ;)

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              Justin RE: Linda Jul 27, 2005 01:49 PM

              Hi, Linda,

              Belly bombs and sliders are different nicknames for White Castle hamburgers. We call 'em belly bombs in Brooklyn, but I have heard them being called sliders in Queens, in fact in the White Castle on Bell Boulevard, right near VIPizza!

              Nah, I bet if you ordered a sicilian in Brooklyn, you'd get the right thing - a square slice. :) Just make sure you get one at L&B Spumoni Gardens. They make the best.

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                Captain RE: Justin Jul 28, 2005 02:25 PM

                White Castle's have been caleld a lot more than just sliders and belly bombs. In the mid-eighties, I ordered both "ratburgers" and "rats with cheese" at the Bell Blvd. White Castle, and got what I wanted each time, the so-called hamburgers and cheeseburgers respectively. As you might guess, I was not sober when placing these orders.

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                  Justin RE: Captain Jul 28, 2005 06:25 PM

                  LOL! Not sober? Who *is* when they go to White Castle on Bell - especially on a Saturday night/Sunday morning?? :)

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                    lisa RE: Justin Jul 30, 2005 10:25 PM

                    It absolutley AMAZES me that Franny Lew's Pizza Classica's Sicilian is mentioned no where on this thread nor Lucia's Neapolitan on Roosevelt Ave....

                    Good. More for me :)


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                      Linda RE: lisa Jul 31, 2005 11:39 PM

                      should read more carefully! i did mention lucia's! :)

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                        Antonella RE: lisa Aug 10, 2005 04:08 PM

                        Marino's on 29th, Graziella and Matese on FLB, all good. Stay away from Pizza Classica, take it from someone who grew up with Italian pizza in Napoli.

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            Steve Eh? RE: alicia Jul 27, 2005 01:40 PM

            Sac's pizza has plenty of cheese...it's just hidden because they glop the sauce on top. And the sicilian slices (better, IMO) are ridicu-cheesy.

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            Joe D. RE: Justin Jul 26, 2005 09:39 AM

            You're thinking of VIPizza on the corner known for years for their Sicilian slices. There's also good Sicilian at Fratelli's on 162nd, 1/2 block south of Northern by the LIRR tressel.

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              Justin RE: Joe D. Jul 26, 2005 11:47 AM

              VIPizza! That's it! Thanks, Joe.
              (must be the heat - I can't remember anything today...)

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                Larry RE: Justin Jul 27, 2005 09:37 AM

                VIPizza used to be my favorite when I grew up in Bayside - that was the late 70s , early 80s.

                Glad to hear theyre still around and making great Pizza.

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                Dennis OSullivan RE: Joe D. Jul 28, 2005 11:43 AM

                I'll second the recommendation for VIPizza.
                If you're closer to the LIE, try Brothers Pizza on the LIE Service Road @ 185th-186th Street. Best when it's right out of the oven, but good in any case.

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                Lealin RE: Justin Aug 24, 2008 10:40 AM

                You're thinking of VIPizza

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                John N. Knoesel RE: Myian Jul 26, 2005 08:15 AM

                Here's my story.
                Sicilian - Matese
                Regular - Graziella's ( They also have a nice neighborhood type restaurant next door )
                Which are both on Francis Lewis Blvd.
                We have also been hitting Marino's Brick Oven for a dynamite Spinach slice. They heap on the spinach which is cooked to perfection with a nice garlicky finish.
                One of the best Italian delis in the neighborhood is right next door. They are on Bayside Ave @ 163rd.

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                  Mercury GS RE: John N. Knoesel Jul 26, 2005 12:05 PM

                  I moved to NY from Jersey with great hopes in the pizza department. Totonno's, Nick's, Lombardi's and Patsy's have largely lived up to expectations.

                  But the places closest to my house in Flushing, like Graziella's and Marino's, are horribly greesy, dense and don't qualify as even average pizza.

                  For NY, they are shameful.

                  You could get a better pizza in Indianapolis than those places.

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                    John N. Knoesel RE: Mercury GS Jul 26, 2005 12:22 PM

                    Hi Merc,
                    The question was about Queens pizza places.
                    While your opinion regarding my suggestions is fairly noted, do you have any tips for a slice in the Bayside area ?

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                      MercuryGS RE: John N. Knoesel Jul 27, 2005 09:04 AM

                      Sadly, I do not. I have been furiously sampling pizza joints in both Flushing and Bayside and, as I said, I have not enountered even passable pizza. This is a source of great frustration and surprise.

                      TJ's, Lucia's, Amore, Villa Rustica (bell blvd. in Bayside), Gigi, Fratelli's are all hacks making painful versions of the classic pie.

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                        John N. Knoesel RE: MercuryGS Jul 27, 2005 09:45 AM

                        Give the sicilian slice @ Matese a shot.

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                      NYJewboy RE: Mercury GS Aug 24, 2008 06:48 PM

                      Whoa. Dude, the 'Indianapolis' crack is harsh!

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                    Josh RE: Myian Jul 26, 2005 05:17 PM

                    Best pie: Nick's (Forest Hills)
                    Best slice: New Park Pizza (Howard Beach)

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                      Mark in Bayside RE: Myian Jul 27, 2005 08:35 AM

                      I grew up near Amore in Flushing (not quite "ghetto") in the Pathmark shopping center off the Whitestone Expressway (Van Wyck) by the bowling alley & movie theater.... pretty good by my memory...!

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                        John N. Knoesel RE: Mark in Bayside Jul 27, 2005 09:00 AM

                        I stop there once in a while for a slice.
                        the sauce is pretty good but they cook the pie on one of those metal screens. Never gets that burnt flavor we are all looking for in a great slice.

                      2. jza1218 RE: Myian Aug 24, 2008 06:50 PM

                        In a pinch, I think that Jack's pizza in the Bay Terrace shopping center is pretty damn decent

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                          ajs42548 RE: Myian Aug 25, 2008 07:42 AM

                          Amore Pizza in the Whitestone shopping center is excellent. It's a descendant of Gloria Pizza. Nuf said.

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