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Pizza top 10

10. Nick's (Forest Hills)/Adriennes's
9.Pepe's (New Haven)
7.Totonno's (Coney Island)
5.Sally's (New Haven)
4.Modern (New Haven)
3.Patsy's (Harlem)
2.John's (Bleecker Street)
1.DiFara's (Midwood)

Honorable mentions:Una Pizza Napoletana, Luzzo's, Denino's (Staten Island), Posto, Two Boots, Arturo's, DeMarco's, Joe's, Alba's (Briarwood), Angelo's, Naples 45, Patsy's (chain), Sal & Carmine's, L&B Spumoni Garden, Pizza Truck and The Original Famous Rays (6th ave and 11th).

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  1. I'd add Ronalds on Orchard St. to that list - although my third pie from there was a little saltier than the first two, the flavor rivals Lombardis - definetley worth a try.

    1. to your honorable mention list i'd add louie & ernie's in the pelham bay section of the bronx. not fresh mozz and not a lot of it, fresh, well seasoned sauce sauce, thin crust, nice char, available by the slice, and very pleasant service.

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      1. re: ericalloyd

        I would second Louie & Ernie's......amazing pizza....especially their sausage pie!

        1. re: drfxit

          I'd only give it an honorable mention. not on a top anything list other than for Bronx specifically.

      2. love Sally's, Grimaldi's and Lombardi's. I liked John's on Bleecker too. there are also a few amazing pizza places in brooklyn in the williamsburg area that do square pizza that is off the chain.

        1. At least six of your choices aren't even on the Island.. i do enjoy the Two boots thin crust though.

          1. my list (no particular order)

            Una Pizza Napoletana
            Joe's (best slice)
            Di Fara - square pie, half sausage
            Grimaldi's (HOBOKEN location only -- much, much better)

            1. Bllecker Street Pizza is a notable omission.

              1. I agree-consider it added-I'd put it over joe's which is way overrated and give them bonus points for offering Corona Lemon Ice King Ices (though you can't beat going to the original place in Queens).

                1. aside from the others, am i the only one who likes two boots? =(

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                  1. re: feedme

                    I will defend Two Boots which I've been eating since the day it first opened on Avenue A in 1987. Although I'm sure it has suffered a decline in quality and attention with expansion (Vongerichten, Battali, Flay and Lagasse take note)the Bayou Beast-andouille, sopressata, jalapeno on a corn flour dusted crust is still great though certainly not in the pizza purist (police) sense. I omitted it only because it is often described as a "different animal". But it's still great pizza.

                  2. I hate Two Boots. It embodies everything I despise about bad pizza. Strange crust, overspiced sauce, tries too hard. Three friends report getting sick here.

                    1. Two Boots may be my least favorite pizza in new york city...with the notable exception of most of the lame, plasticy pizza that's been sitting there forever that is sold in many delis...

                      1. I don't like Two Boots either. It's all the corn meal they stick onto the crust.

                        1. Just wanted to "big up" Tomato & Basil in Brooklyn, on 4th Ave. near Union St. His thin, square slice with fresh mozzarealla, plum tomatoes, and fresh basil is devine!

                          1. Two Boots in excellent and could not agree more re Bayou Beast.

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                            1. re: mstatt54

                              Apples, Oranges and Bananas!!!
                              We are comparing completely different styles of pizza..
                              "The Gold Standard" New York style (Southern Italian-American)
                              The Huge deep dish Chicago Pizza, and...
                              the Californicated Style...corn meal crust and unusual/bizarre ingredients.
                              Then ofcourse, the "new" "Italian" pizza..with licensed pizzaiolas et al....
                              We need, I think, to find the "Best of" within specific categories, otherwise the discussion is sort of baseless...!

                              1. re: mstatt54

                                I love Two Boots as well. I have been to 8 of the 10 on the list (never been to Nicks or DiFaras) and most of them do not have enough flavor or a crisp enough crust for me. I like Pepe's ,also out of the area but Da Baffetto in Rome is better than any of them, and I like Vincents Pizza Park in Pittsburgh.

                              2. Also, give T&R pizza on 411 Amsterdam (b/w 79th and 80th) a shot. Its my second favorite after Bleecker Street.

                                1. Don't forget Frank's on 23 St. between Lex and Park Ave South.
                                  If you're about sauce, no one beats Frank's $1.75/slice.

                                  Rosario's on Ludlow and Stanton saved my a$$ the other day, too.

                                  1. Does anyone know La Traviata on W68th?

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                                    1. re: devil

                                      If that's the place between Broadway and Columbus, it's pretty ok but not clean and not comfortable.

                                    2. Stromboli's on 1st and St Mark's is an all around winner. It may just be the sauce.
                                      For example: they serve a cheese-less Sicilian slice. I reccommend trying it!! You may just fall in love. I think the sauce has a taste of garlic and clam. But you be the judge. Like it spicy? Sprinkle on the red pepper flakes! Tell them to heat up a "foccacia" for you from the outside window!!

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                                      1. re: DeeVINE

                                        Good God, Stromboli's? No offense, but are you serious? Decent if you're drunk at 4 A.M., but a top 10 "all around winner"? I don't think so.

                                          1. re: NYJewboy

                                            To be fair, their margarita has been quite acceptable in the past (it was very disappointing the last time I had it) - but no other type of pizza is even decent.

                                      2. Though I dare not blaspheme enough to suggest it as a "top ten", I would like to give special mention to another Stromboli's, on University Place - perhaps a block or two south of Union Square - which serves up a terrific white pizza.

                                        Another honorable mention to yet another neglected underdog: Dani's House of Pizza on Lefferts in Kew Gardens.

                                        It seems as if we're so saturated with "top ten" lists these daze...how about coming to blows over a list of underrated joints, or "Pizzerias With The Best Neon Signs"...?

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                                        1. re: Polecat

                                          Many a drunken night at 3am in Dani's...

                                          1. re: Polecat

                                            While we're in Queens, my childhood pizza favorites were Alba's of Briarwood on Queens Blvd and Angelo's on Main Street towards Flushing. Both still there and both still great.

                                            1. re: guttergourmet

                                              I loved (many years ago) the Pizza Den in Rego Park. It was my idea of what pizza should be. Do you know if the location moved or just evaporated?

                                              1. re: serious

                                                Gone with the wind serious. I loved that place as a kid in the 60's and early 70's.

                                          2. I like Vincent Scotto's "barbecued" pizza at Gonzo. He brought the recipe here from Al Forno in Providence.

                                            1. I have been to the usuals in New York, Brooklyn and Queens, all very good. This weekend I had a clam pizza and pizza with sausage and peppers, found both pies far superior to all the usuals in New York.

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                                              1. re: irvingk

                                                Would you care to elaborate???
                                                Where? Don't hold back on us...!

                                                1. re: ChowFun_derek

                                                  Sorry I forgot to mention the place. It is Pepe's in New Haven. If you are in the area, it is far and away the best pizza I have ever had. DiFara, as good as it is cannot compare to Pepe's in my opinion.

                                              2. I hate to ruin the good feelin', but Grimaldi's is a disaster. They rush out too thick, doughy, undercooked pies for busloads of tourists and take NO time to consider what they are doing. They disgrace the oven that Patsy built in 1990. HOWEVER, having said that, when they DO pay a little attention they can be sublime. It is a rare occassion, and there has to be NO LINE. But mostly expect crap.

                                                  1. Hands down DiFara's ... but since it has not been mentioned yet, I had a real nice pie at L'asso in Nolita ...

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                                                      1. re: guttergourmet

                                                        I was quite unimpressed the one time I went there. Certainly nowhere close to top 10.

                                                    1. Just got back from Old Forge, Pennsylvania, the self-proclaimed "Pizza Capital of the World". Not even New Haven, Brooklyn or Naples would have the coglioni to say that. It turns out that Old Forge, population 9000, has more pizzerias per capita than any other town in the world. I thought I was in a twilight zone episode (doo doo doo doo). It gets stranger. Each place serves "trays" or "half trays" instead of pies and "cuts" instead of slices. The pizza is thin square (like the grandma slices of Adriennes, DiFara's, Maffei's, Lazzara's, Jianetto's) but the similarities end there. The choice is with tomato sauce-"red"-or without sauce-"white". The red sauce has a distinctive onion flavor which makes it sweet and savory. The white is an entirely different animal. Thin crust on top (!) and bottom, perhaps sprinkled with rosemary, enclosing a blend of 3 to 5 white cheeses (cheddar?,mozzarella?, brick?, american?!) that melt and meld together to coat the roof of your mouth and your teeth. Very rich, like a grilled cheese on steroids, but good. People who grew up there and have subsequently tried New York, New Haven, etc. pizza swear that the Old Forge style is superior (cue Rod Serling). I tried two places getting a red and white cut from each-Revello's and Arcaro & Gennell. That was all I could handle after having had a beer and wings on the way up from Lake Harmony. PA. In any event, this phenomenon warrants further investigation perhaps by the pizza scholars Ed Levine and Adam Kuban.

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                                                      1. re: guttergourmet

                                                        i willlike to add Gruppo on avenue B and 11 st.

                                                      2. 1. DiFara
                                                        2. Grimaldi's
                                                        3. Lucali's
                                                        4. Patsys East Harlem
                                                        5. Artichoke
                                                        6. Lazzara's
                                                        7. Vinny Vincenz
                                                        8. Sullivan Street Bakery
                                                        9. Bleecker Street Pizza
                                                        10. Franny's

                                                        This list changes quite a bit, but this is my right now top 10.

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                                                        1. re: offthebeatenpath1

                                                          I've been to Franny's but not sure it cracks the top 10. Same with Vinny Vincenz. I agree on Artichoke. Haven't been to Lucali's. Sullivan Street (Grandaisy) is disqualified. Isabella's Oven is on par with Luzzo's. What happened to Lombardi's? Nick's, Dean's and Angelo's are the same family and deserve inclusion. I'd like to throw in Santarpio's in East Boston. If you like Lazzara's grandma slice you'll like Maffei's. Honorable mention should go to Waldy's Wood Fired Pizza. Louie & Ernie's in the Bronx is great. Al Forno in Providence invented grilled pizza. Otto's pizza has gotten pretty good.

                                                          1. re: guttergourmet

                                                            My last experiences at Luzzo's and Isabella's oven have been very disappointing. Crust was too salty and undercooked. Lombardi's is very hit or miss and I haven't had a good pizza there in quite a while. Nick's, I have heard great things about, but have not been, so that is why it is not included. I have been to Dean's on the UWS and was astounded by the lack of service and the poor quality of the square pie.

                                                            Like I said, this is my top 10 right now. Maffei is quite good, but I have not been there in quite a while, which is why it is not on there.

                                                            1. re: offthebeatenpath1

                                                              For squares you can't beat L&B in Brooklyn, for slices I love New park in Howard beach queens

                                                              1. re: nycknowitall

                                                                John's on Bleeker and Patsy's are almost perfect, however the funny thing is... DeLorenzo's Tomato Pies in TrentonNJ put them all to shame.

                                                                1. re: BigMikeEats

                                                                  I recently had DeLorenzo's-while great it ain't John's or Patsy's.

                                                        2. There is a new place on Carmine just off Bleeker, I think it's called Naples 28, #28 Carmine is the address. It's very good, better than the places I tried recently in Naples. (Another reason not to wait in line at Johns on Bleeker.

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                                                          1. re: serious

                                                            thats been around for a few years now

                                                            1. re: ginsbera

                                                              have you read wine spectator's issue on pizza? form nyc they mention totonnos di fara una pizza napoletana grimaldis lombardis...anyway how come no one mentions Gruppo on Avenue B?

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