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Hip to be square pizza

guttergourmet Oct 29, 2006 11:11 PM

Top squares: DeMarco's, Vinny Vincenz, Adrienne's, Muzzarella, Maffei's, Pizza Truck. Brooklyn: DiFara's and L&B.

  1. guttergourmet Aug 6, 2009 11:28 AM

    Add Veloce and Artichoke near the top of the list.

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      notsochubbychubette Aug 6, 2009 12:28 PM

      veloce yes
      "Never Trust a Round Pie"

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      veralouise Feb 5, 2008 07:58 AM

      Lazarra's! Gets packed over lunch though.

      1. NAtiveNewYorker Jul 31, 2007 03:47 PM

        Dean's. Best square pizza in Manhattan. (No slices, just pies). Fantastic stuff.

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          Whippet Aug 6, 2009 09:03 PM

          Second Dean's. The salads are inedible, but the pizza is fabulous.

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          addictedtolunch Jul 31, 2007 03:28 PM

          A nod to Ben's square (not their regular)

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            NYJewboy Feb 15, 2008 06:54 PM

            Yes, Ben's of Soho is fantastic. Fresh Mozz square and Palermo slice. Wonderful sauce indeed.

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            jth Oct 31, 2006 10:06 PM

            lazarras on 38th of of 7th ave only decent pizza in the neighborhood (all they do is square pizza)

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              TBird Feb 4, 2008 07:28 PM

              absolutely lazarra's!

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              LJW Oct 31, 2006 02:48 PM

              Where is the pizza truck?

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                BackyardChef Nov 1, 2006 02:11 PM

                47th between Park and Mad. and there should also be one at Park and 51st.

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                nychowgirl Oct 31, 2006 02:53 AM

                The grandma slice at Bella Napoli. Mmmm....

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                  NAtiveNewYorker Oct 31, 2006 08:53 PM

                  Which Bella Napoli?

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                    nychowgirl Nov 1, 2006 02:18 PM

                    It's on Madison around 31st or so, on the west side of the street with a green awning.

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                      NAtiveNewYorker Nov 2, 2006 10:10 PM

                      Just had a slice. Terrific Grandma slice, but the regular slice is not very good. Sauce is great, though they charge you 50 cents for an extra cup of it.

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                        lvecch Nov 2, 2006 10:20 PM

                        They don't charge you once you become a regular!

                        As for the regular slice, 80 percent of the time, it's pizza perfection; the rest of the time, it's a train wreck. This is an extreme consistency puzzle I cannot make sense of - the two slices are so different. (Tip: the subpar slices have a lot of cheese.)

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                    lvecch Nov 1, 2006 06:25 PM

                    I second that. Excellent sauce.

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                    ChowDiva Oct 30, 2006 08:04 PM

                    Rosa's in Queens(Maspeth)does a great square pie.

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                      Todd Oct 30, 2006 03:59 PM

                      I think Pinch, Park btwn 28th and 29th, does some very good square pizza

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                        lvecch Nov 1, 2006 06:24 PM

                        Sorry, I have to disagree. That place serves glorified grilled cheese.

                      2. a_and_w Oct 30, 2006 02:51 PM

                        Check out the grandma slice at Rocco's (7th Ave btw 19th and 20th).

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                          tbear Oct 30, 2006 03:29 PM

                          Anybody tried Krunch on 2nd ave?

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                            Daniel76 Oct 30, 2006 07:30 PM

                            Krunch is rather bad.. Poor quality of toppings.. Had a plastic type cheese, the sauce was nothing special..

                            I dont know what the chowhound consensus is, but I like a couple of different slices at Sullivan St. Bakery..

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                              bobby06877 Oct 30, 2006 07:54 PM

                              That is disappointing news about Krunch. It is near where my son lives and had it on a short list of pizza places to try in his area.

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                                serious Oct 31, 2006 10:45 AM

                                Kruch..some are almost good, the trick is to arrive when they
                                fresh.

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                                  jenniebnyc Oct 31, 2006 06:40 PM

                                  The zucchini square has potential, but yes, must be fresh or that cardboard effect comes into play. Actually, their pastas are really cheap and not too bad. At least the sauces are fresh. Large portions for under 10 bucks.

                                  I wouldn't travel for this pizza, but if in the neighborhood, try it once.

                        2. Cheese Boy Oct 30, 2006 05:24 AM

                          Not a bad list. I'd like to add an honorable mention. Go on a Sunday (afternoon or early evening) and try a square at Royal pizza. When the big Italian owner dude with the gold chains is there, he makes this incredible tasting sauce that tastes like it has meat in it. When I had it recently it was delicious. Almost had a second slice. I'll even say it's on the same level as Dom's sauce (DiFara). Look for that grizzly looking big dude to be there. I think he's the owner.

                          Royal Pizza
                          592 3rd Avenue (38th-39th Sts.)
                          New York, NY 10016
                          (212) 685-3619

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                            guttergourmet Oct 30, 2006 01:12 PM

                            Will do. Thanks. Bleecker Street and Joe's aren't bad either.

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                              NYJewboy Feb 4, 2008 05:13 PM

                              Yep, I read this and I tried it. It is certainly a solid square slice: decent sauce (but not too exciting), standard crust, regulation cheese. Good NYC street slice that reminds me of my childhood in Queens. But come on...the same level as Dom's? Please! As enjoyable as it was, it wasn't even good enough to be a floormat to the doorway of DiFara's. Sorry. But I still liked the slice.

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