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Williamsburg Brooklyn Best Pizza Pie?

Best Pizza Pie and closest to Williamsbusg? Please provide website if possible.


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  1. I haven't tried more than 3 or 4 pizza places in Brooklyn, but in Williamsburg I prefer S. Cono on Graham Ave. I don't think they have a website, and they're closed now but supposed to re-open this month across the street from their former location.

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    1. re: Neuromancer

      S. Cono has now "reopened" at their location across the street, but the name has been changed to Catch22, the menu is heavy on empanadas, and there are no more slices. They do still serve pizza, but I wonder if the management has changed. I thought it would be the same place (with the same pizza) in a new location, but it seems very different. Next time I need a whole pie, I'll try it out, but has anyone else eaten there since it opened?

    2. Michael Ayoub's designer, coal-oven pies at Fornino, next to the Bedford L stop, are my favorite.

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      1. re: Brian S

        i'll second fornino:


        not in wmsburg, but Grimaldi's is the best i've had in NY. its in Dumbo right at the base of the brooklyn bridge.

        1. re: mchan02

          I'll third fornino.

          for standard pie joints (without any gourmet angle) S. Cono and San Marco are good. and, val diano in greenpoint is solid for delivery to billburg.

          1. re: mchan02

            No disrespect meant, mchan20, but this is a pet peeve of mine: Grimaldi's is not in DUMBO; if anything it's in DUBBO. How much more Down Under Brooklyn Bridge Overpass could it be?
            That said, Fornino gets my vote.

            1. re: emarcus

              yikes, sorry to offend!

              the neighborhoods down there get me mixed up. DUBBO it is!

          2. re: Brian S

            Fornino is great. Driggs pizza is a quandry of things. I am not sure I would put it in my top 20 in NYC, let alone Billyburg. Sal's on Lorimer when its good, its world's better than Driggs. But you have to get it at certain times, that is to say, when they are just pulling out fresh crisp pies: 1130-1230, and 530-7. Its worth it. The sauce they make is amazing. The Grandma's slices go fastest, and I rec. them as well as the plain standard slice. Great pasta specials too!

            And I am sorry to report, fugeddabout' Grimaldi's! It has become such a place that rides on the coattails of its reputation from LIGHT YEARS ago. Can't live up anymore, it has gone down the tubes.

          3. driggs pizza, great grandma slice

            carmines, on Graham when i want italian i always get take out from there im addicted to there lasagna and the pies are massive.

            1. I like a lot about Fornino's pizzas, but I've never had one that was just right. That's probably because I get them delivery and they've lost their edge in transit, or because I get them to stay and the restaurant is playing horrendous music and I can't concentrate on the food.

              When I want a slice, it's always from Driggs. The grandpa slice is addictive.

              1. I MUST get to Fornino and try the Clam Pizza. I've heard it is good. For regular slice places in B'Burg, Carmines I'd say is about the best. Sal's used to be be good years ago but while Carmine's was closed for vacation recently I was forced to go to Sal's. The crust was like biscuit dough!!!!!!! Crumbly not chewy. And that has nothing to do with getting it fresh out of the oven. Just bad dough. I mean Carmine's crust is really nothing THAT special but its real pizza dough.

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                1. re: Chas

                  Fornino makes a clam pie? Details please!

                2. Brick Oven Gallery on Havemeyer between N 7th and N 8th. The fresh pastas and to-die-for thin crust pizzas cooked in a 112 year-old brick oven aren't fancy, but always just about perfect. The place is classic Brooklyn with a friendly staff and a garden out back.

                  The Tartufo Bianco pie (goat cheese, mushrooms and truffle oil) along with the enormous fresh arugula salad is one of my all-time favorite meals.

                  Fornino is good, but Brick Oven is hands down the best in the neighborhood.

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                  1. re: skowl

                    Love BOG! I find his crust to be superior to Fornino (which can be soggy in the center.)

                  2. Any thoughts on Baci and Abbracci? Heard some promising reports after it opened, but not much about the pizza.



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                    1. re: squid kun

                      i've never had the B&A pizza but i do like their lamb pappardelle, as well as their seafood salad. yeah, this is a pizza thread. if it helps, i went with someone who did order the pizza and he really enjoyed it.

                    2. Tony's on Graham is the best in hood.

                      1. I think Carmine's Pizza is the best. Although Fornino and Sal's are both very good. Fornino is less tied to traditional styles and ingredients... They make excellent pizza. Sal's is only a block away from where I live which I think makes the pizza taste better... Carmine's makes the most consistently excellent pie.

                        The first time I went to Carmine's I ordered a slice before I noticed the place was awash in Yankees paraphernalia. I am not a Yankees fan and if I noticed that earlier, I might have walked across the street to Tony's. I am glad I didn't. I ordered a plain slice and I got a delicious piece of pizza. The crust was crisp and not too chewy. The sauce had wasn't too sweet and the cheese had a touch of oil on it. Anyway. It is a pretty good slice. And it has been good on my many repeat visits.

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                        1. re: evanstop212

                          carmine's pizza is A+, though i do think whoever seasons the tomato sauce should be a little more generous with the salt. just an extra dash would do wonders!

                        2. Not the best by any means, but the best in a certain category that sounds dumber than dumb until one day you need it... best place to get a slice at 3 AM after a night of clubbing when you want something within a few feet of the Bedford L train:

                          Anna-Maria 179 Bedford Avenue (718) 599-4550 Wait till a pie comes out of the oven, then ask for a slice of that.

                          (Note about Driggs Pizza. I never had pizza there but years ago they used to dish up some great Italian chow there. The owner used to make a truly authentic carbonara, no cream, the eggs cooked by the heat of the pasta after the flame is turned off.)

                          1. I am a devoted fan of Carmines Pizza on Graham (aka Via Vespucci) but Sal's eggplant ricotta slice is pretty divine!

                            1. Carmines
                              Brick Oven Gallery
                              San Marco's
                              THEY ARE THE BEST IN THE BURG

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                              1. re: FAL

                                I'm not so sure about Brick Oven Gallery. The last time I went both my friends pizza and mine had little to no cheese on it. While the crust is good, I like my cheese....

                                1. re: Huffy

                                  I second that my experience, and it will be the only one, with Brick oven resulted in pies nothing short of disgusting.

                                  1. re: YoungHood

                                    Just had to register to say that I ate at Brick Oven Gallery last night and I was amazed that they even managed to screw up pizza - it literally reminded me of saltine and Ragu in flavor.

                                    When I was reading up and down reviews here, I figured maybe some Chowhounders were too picky and that I wouldn't mind it, but it really was one of the worst dining experiences I've had in a while as far as food goes - and a real disappointment since the location and atmosphere are good. The service was nice and it was great sitting outdoors, but the food was really, really bad.

                              2. We had a late lunch at Fornino last Saturday. I think they have a good concept, the right approach to thin crust pizza, a creative, innovative menu. They just are not very good in executing.
                                Despite the fact that it was not busy at all while we were there, it was difficult to get the attention of our wait person (still she was friendly). My pizza was seriously burned/blackend (and I'm not sensitive here). The part that was not burned however was excellent. My wife's pizza was not burned but the topping she was ordering it for was missing, asparagus. After we eventually got their attention they were friendly and tried hard to make it up to us.
                                This could be an outstanding innovative pizza place. Just focus on details and execution. More details on our experience in my blog.

                                1. Carmine's is great authentic pizza.
                                  Fornino is good for the "artsy" slices and the best bet for eating in the restuarant.
                                  Mooks! is my new favorite pizza. Nothing fancy. Just delish. Its right next to the nassau g stop in greenpoint.

                                  1. It surprises me that Baci & Abracci has only gotten a mention in passing here. I like fornino a lot, but I think B&A makes the same style of pizza, only better. Brick oven, thinnish crust, savory sauce, and easy on it. I like the mozzarella that both fornino and b&a use on their pies. I pretty much exclusively order the anchovy pizza at both places, though, so I can't say that my comparison covers a range of different pizzas. (i also think B&A is a more pleasant place to eat, for what it's worth.)