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pizza in sunnyside?

Can anyone tell me about their favorite pizza joints in the nabe? Since Ariel's closed, I haven't really found anything to replace them (though I haven't tried real hard, I must admit). Having a pizza party this week.

Looking for someplace other than Donato's and the pizza place on 43rd Ave next to the Chinese resto (b/t 43rd and 42nd, I believe).
Someone once posted about Peppino's. Is this place still good?
What is Singha's pizza like in Pathmark?

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. Obviously you are searching North of Q Blvd. Make the leap! Come over to the South Side. Try Marabella for thin crust at 41st Street and Greenpoint or Gabriella's at 44th & Greenpoint for thick crust and a lot of inventive combinations.

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    1. re: timmernyc

      I'm definitely open to the South Side! Between Marabella and Gabriella's, which is more of a crowd pleaser?
      And can you tell me about the sauce? I prefer a slightly spicy red sauce - any hint of sugar/sweetness is a complete turn off.

    2. i love peppino's! on 61st street btwn roosie and woodside aves.

      1. ditto on peppino's -- love their sicilian, in particular. on a non-pizza note, they also sell their sauces by the pint, and the vodka sauce is mighty tasty.

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        1. re: david sprague

          Does anyone have a phone number for Peppino's? I want to try it but can't find it listed anywhere. thanks!

        2. sapori d' ischia not far

          1. Singha is Indian style pizza. Not bad, if you don't think of it as pizza.

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            1. re: Woodside Al

              Sorry for my ignorance, but what is "Indian style pizza"? Is it Indian style in taste or actual construction?

              1. re: tracyk

                Singas is Greek-American style, which is just a variation on Italian-American pizza. It's not Indian (not even the name), but is now Indian owned. Here's a podcast about it http://www.nycnosh.com/?p=195

                My favorite local slice-shop style, as I mentioned on another post, is Mamakina in Woodside. The menu is Italian but I believe it is Russian (or a former Soviet republic) owned. They deliver to Sunnyside. They're on 48th Ave off 46th Street, 718-729-0609

                1. re: SunnysideUp

                  I'm replying to myself. Forget Mamakina, the past two times the pizza has been as bad as the rest: underdone and they switched to low quality ingredients. I had my fingers crossed but also figured this would happen.

            2. In case anyone is wondering, A Taste of Italy Pizza on 47th Ave. between 39th Place and 39th St. is no better and no worse than any of the other below-average spots in the neighborhood. I used to think Lentini (43rd Ave and 43rd St) was passable but then the imitation cheese started having this translucent melted plastic glow. La Bella on Greenpoint and 47th St. is only more of the same. Pizza places are like Chinese take-out in Sunnyside, mostly disappointing.

              1. Donato's and Lentini's are the best I've found, although Lentini's is inconsistent at best. Martiniello's (which opened in Ariel's place) is absolutely atrocious. Woodside Pizza, which is down Queens Blvd in the 50s somewhere is decent. I'm interested to try Peppino's. Do they deliver to Sunnyside?

                1. I just loved the Mexican-style pizza/tortas from LA FLOR.
                  Haven't been there for a while but usually ordered marinated pork+avocado torta to take home after dinner.
                  Alot of food and less than $10 (maybe only about $8).

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                  1. re: micheal

                    I don't like Peppino's...but I do love Pizza Boy on on Woodside Ave near 58th Street

                    1. re: iloveupstate.com

                      I actually like Rosario's on Skillman for a regular slice more than Peppino's, though my roommates think differently. Too much cheese on the regular Peppino's slice. I do like Peppinos grandmas a lot though.

                      1. re: slep

                        I grew up by Rosarios and haven't been there in over 17 years. But growing up it was the best slice ever.

                        1. re: Mcheck57

                          I grew up by Rosario's too! I remember Rosario himself, greeting us happily whenever we stopped in for a slice while walking home from P.S. 11 after school. It was great pizza back then (um, 25 years ago!)

                          1. re: mandmbklyn

                            I grew up with Rosarios as well! I too remember him. I remember when the Pizza's were 95 cents and they had a jukebox in the back. I also went to PS 11... what year did you graduate? I graduated in 1986... darn that was a while ago.

                            As for Pizza's in the nabe - Between Maribella and Gabriella's - I prefer Gabriella's although Maribella's seems more popular.

                            1. re: JD76

                              I'd skip Sunnyside altogether and if I was getting a big order, go to Rosa's in Maspeth. Excellent pizza, that's worth a (short) trip!

                              1. re: Noahhhhh

                                I love Rosa's Pizza. Its amazing and they have the best calzone and Sicilian slice.its in Middle Village on Metropoltan and 75th. I also love their other dishes like baked clams. But I been hearing a lot of good things about Rosario's. I just moved to Sunnyside from Manhattan and my fave was Bleecker Street Pizza. Its perfect.

                                1. re: kizzyhugz

                                  I really need to try Rosario's - I've walked by it about a thousand times but never really noticed it. I still like Donato's but it's not life changing, just good for the 'hood.

                                  1. re: kizzyhugz

                                    there's another Rosa's that some say is better and it's a bit closer, in Maspeth:


                    2. Rosario's by far is the best slice in the area. Between 50th and 51st St on Skillman Ave.

                      Singha's in Pathmark (on Northern Blvd) is great too. Personal pies only, price has gone up in the last 4-5 months for obvious reasons. The toppings they use are always fresh.