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Best Grandma Slice?

The best I have had so far is at Rocco's on 19th and 7th Ave. Are there any other places that have really good crispy grandma slices?

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  1. In Brooklyn, Grandma's on 3rd Avenue near 70th makes a great Grandma pie, fresh mozzarella optional. You can also get it on a whole wheat or semolina crust. Nino's on 3rd and 92nd (or thereabouts) also makes a really good grandma pie.

    1. Yes, Grandmas on 3rd is excellent
      I also like their old fashioned, very similiar to Spumoni Gardens square

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      1. re: bruklinboy

        Grandma's on 3rd where? I love a good grandma slice and they dont have them everywhere here in Manhattan. I'm on houston and Mott.

        1. re: 2slices

          3rd ave brooklyn
          btween ovington and bay ridge ave in bay ridge

          1. re: bruklinboy

            Nino's would be the place I would go for a grandma's slice in Bay Ridge. 92nd St and 3rd Ave. I was happy when Grandma's opened up because it's close to my mother's house, but it far better to drive over to Nino's.

            1. re: joyvan

              nino's is it.

              i believe lenny's in bensonhurst is basically the same place, thought i haven't been there ('cept by watching saturday night fever).

      2. Funny just had a grandma slice yeserday and it was crispy. In williamsburg n7th and driggs. Driggs pizza is the best round here.

        1. What is a Grandma slice? I tried googling it but I am still confused.

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          1. re: chioubacca

            Here's a well-reported explanation from Newsday's Erica Marcus (who posts here sometimes), reposted by a pizzeria on Long Island, where "grandma" was born: http://www.kingumberto.com/newsday.asp

            This story also appeared last year in Ed Levine's book "Pizza: A Slice of Heaven."

            1. re: squid kun

              Erica's description sounds exactly like the square pie at L&B Spumoni Garden. I dont know how far back that one goes - weve certainly been eating it since the mid-80s when a guy on Bay Parkway sent me over there. (not sure its as good now as then)

              1. re: squid kun

                How thin/crispy is the bottom--is it similiar to regular pizza but cooked on a pan instead of a pizza oven? I grew up eating thin-crust style pizza in Minneapolis and it was VERY crispy and light--they cut it into squares because a whole slice would probably crack in half. I have never found anything similir to it here in NYC...

                1. re: erikka

                  The reason you've never found anything like Minnesota pizza here in New York is...ready?...the reason is: NY PIZZA IS BETTER BY FAR. That said, I like a thin crust, too, but if it's going to crack in half, there's something wrong there. Floppy thin sucks, but so does crackly thin. The best pizza I've had is in Italy (it's nothing like ours, but still it's great. We make better "American" type pizza than they do in Italy, but what they do make is amazing!). The best pizza I remember is in the borough of the Bronx. There are some in Manhattan, Queens and of course Brooklyn (I can't speak for Staten Island, but hell, that's Jersey anyway hahahaha). The Bronx has the Italian food!

                  1. re: RickTheClamBellyFan

                    Una Pizza Napoletana - 12th stret b/w 1st & 2nd

                    Best Neapolitan Pizza in New York. Been there with a friend from Italy who swears it equals her favorite place in Naples.

                    This isn't about grandma slice but if ur gonna bring up the above I'm gonna drop this in. Sorry for wrong category.

                    1. re: 2slices

                      I think you may be thinking of Motorino, friend. I just can't think of another pizza place there hmmmmm. I'm probably wrong seeing as Motorino doesn't do slices at all, but it's a great place to check out. Sorry for the unnecessary reply

                      1. re: zsgoldberg

                        5 years ago motorino didn't exist friend.

            2. Vinny's Pizzeria in Carroll Gardens (Court @4th Place), while otherwise ordinary, is worth a visit for their Grand Ma (sic.) It's thin and crunchy, topped with a sweet, well-seasoned sauce and fresh mozzarella. Worth a stop in combination with Abilene, or even Frankie's...

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              1. re: sadie

                YES! Vinny's Grand Ma is great!

              2. i like the grandma at Ben's Pizza in soho

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                1. re: jenniebnyc

                  Is that the same Ben's as the one on West 3rd Street? That's pretty good!

                2. Bella Napoli, on Madison at 31st. Great sauce, very crispy.

                  1. Pala in EV is great as well as a place on the SE corner of 22nd and 6th Ave.

                    1. Normally, I think the best pizza...lo, the best ITALIAN in general, is in the Bronx and in Brooklyn (except for a very few in Manhattan, of course--famous ones, such as Rao's, which you can't get into anyway most of the time, and Carmine's which is okay but overrated). The pizza on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is of course terrific, but if you're anywhere on or near long island, Joanne's Pizza is excellent. They have the best variety pizza around, and the regular slice is good too. The grandma slice is excellent. Joanne's is on Northern Boulevard (Route 25-A) in Roslyn. It's on the north side of 25-A, and in a little row of taxpayers next to a Dunkin' Donuts. I'm telling you this because you could easily miss it unless you hit the red light. It stands at the end of a fast-moving lane of traffic. You can also look for the very good (and ridiculously expensive) steak house, Bryant and Cooper. Joanne's parking lot is opposite theirs.

                      1. Carmines Pizza makes a nice grand ma slice
                        Rosa 's in maspeth Queens make a good one too.

                        1. Maffei, on 23rd and 6th has a great grandma slice, when they're on. also good steamtable italian food.

                          1. the best grandma's slice is found at "La Villa" which is in Howard Beach, Queens. i dont kno the exact pinpoint address, but it i can tell u within a 1 block radius. im pretty sure its at a shopping center at 154 ave and 83rd street. if not there, try 83 and 156th. it is at the end of the center. BEST GRANDMAS PIZZA IN NYC!!!!

                            1. I would love to try this - anybody know any place in NJ who makes this?

                              1. enzo's on 2nd ave and 3rd st makes a fantastic grandma pizza, but only when the owner is there (most days). i just discovered don filippo's on 78th and lex where they do a really unique grandma square with olives and carmelized onions and another square pie called "old world" with a thick sauce and lots of parmesan and spices, great stuff for such a terrible culinary neighborhood.

                                1. Ben's Pizzeria in Greenwich Village. $3.75 buys you a slice of Grandma heaven.

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                                  1. re: pork_buns

                                    What is that...on the corner?....up from Mamoun's?

                                    1. re: pork_buns

                                      That's just false. Ben's is not very good and there is so much great pizza in the area. In that area is Bleecker Street Pizza (on Bleecker and 7th) which has a phenomenal "Nonna Maria" slice, and it's plain is surprisingly good. It should be known that this area is Pizza heaven (Keste, No. 28, John's, Joe's, Bleecker Street, and more)