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Jul 30, 2006 07:16 PM

Queens Pizza Tour - I need help!

After a successful Brooklyn tour last summer, we're kicking off the Queens tour in 2 weeks. That's right, an entire day of pizza eating all around the boro. Of course Nick's in Forest Hills will be our first stop. But then what?

I'm counting on you, my fellow hounders, to help me out here. Slices, pies, Sicilian, regular, it doesn't matter. It just has to be accessible by public transit.


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  1. I would be curious to know where you went on the Brooklyn tour. I moved to Astoria fairly recently, but I like the coal oven pizza at Sac's and the Sicilian at Rizzo's. Not sure where they are in relation to public transportation, though...

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    1. re: MargaritaGirl

      mostly the usual places -- totonnos, L&B, grimaldis, di fara... I think the queens trip will be more of a challenge. Sac's (which is on my corner) and Rizzo's are def. stops for us. As is Rose & Joe's, and now, we'll totally check out Graziella. Thanks for the help!

    2. In Flushing, there is Graziella. From the Main Street subway station, walk around the corner to 39th and Union and take the Q28 bus.

      1. The square at Rose & Joe's Italian Bakery
        22-40 31 St
        Astoria [Right by the Ditmars Blvd stop on the N/W]

        1. Nick's is a good start. Other Queens pizza places from there would be Rosa's in Maspeth, but that requires a ride on the bus. You can hop on the Q58 at the Grand Ave station on the R/V line. Here's a link to a thread on Rosa's:

          From there, I like Sapori d'Ischia's pizzas. Especially their robiola cheese and truffle oil one. But that seems more suited to cooler weather. Sapori is a full service restaurant and not a pizza joint. If you go after Rosa's, you can hop on the Q18 right across the street from Rosa's and take that past Woodside to 37th Ave/58th St. You'll be two blocks from Sapori d'Ischia.

          From here, I'm at a loss for good Italian style pizza, but since this is Queens, you have other cultural interpretations on the pizza, like the Indian style ones you can find in Jackson Heights. I would also recommend the Turkish pide, especially at Hemsin on Queens Blvd/39th St. I would also recommend going to Astoria for the Albanian pizzerias for their burekas. I've always liked Djerdan for their special buredjike, but that's more like a meat pastry than a pizza. There are a couple other places around 30th Ave near Steinway as well. Finally, around Steinway, you'll also find places serving middle eastern lahamejun (I know I'm butchering the spelling).

          1. Don't forget VIPizza on Bell Blvd., one of the best pizza places in the Bayside area. Also, if you want the best sicilian slice, stop in at Matese on Francis Lewis Blvd., about a mile down from Graziella.

            So if you are doing this by MTA, the 13 goes up bell blvd, and crosses the 28 at its last stop. So if I were you, I would first hop on the 28 to francis lewis, catch the 76 to get to Matese, get back on the 76 going back to where you would get the 28 to stop in at graziella, then take the 28 all the way to the end at bell where you can get the 13.

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            1. re: kuruptr

              VIP is good for the area (the rest are mediocre at best) but I don't know that I'd go out of my way.

              If you do end up there stick with the Sicilian. The rest is nothing special.

              And skip Matese altogether. I've heard it used to be good. If thats true it's gone way down hill.