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The Best Pizza in Brooklyn

favolaus Nov 7, 2006 12:13 PM

In one month I am leaving Brooklyn and moving to Los Angeles. This is sad for me for many reasons, but a big one is the lack of amazing pizza. So, I am on mission to try all the best pizza in Brooklyn before I move. I have already gone to Di Fara, L&B Spumoni Gardens, Totonno and Grimaldi's.

Here are the places I have left on my list. It is based on internet and chowhound searches:
Franny's on Flatbush Ave.
Lodomini's Taste of Italy
Lenny's on 5th and Prospect
Del Mar in Sheepshead Bay
DaVinci's
Elegante
Rocco's at 5th and 77th
Krispy Pizzaria

I would love some input. Are these places are worth and am missing any place great.

Thanks!
Caroline
http://cookbad.blogspot.com/

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  1. Peter Cuce RE: favolaus Nov 7, 2006 01:59 PM

    Do not waste any time on Lenny's. It's a better than average neighborhood slice but nothing more. I live two blocks away and never visit unless I need food at 1am.

    1. charlie_b RE: favolaus Nov 7, 2006 02:45 PM

      Franny's is great, tasty pizza -- but certainly on the upscale, gourmet end (not a traditional pie or slice). but oh so good. price tags to match.

      worthwhile, but a dinner for two with a drink, a no-alcohol drink, a salad and a pizza (individually sized) cost about $50+. i'll go back because it was divine, but not a bargain.

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        jen kalb RE: charlie_b Nov 7, 2006 02:48 PM

        We were impressed by Franny's pie, but think Amorina's is about as good - somewhat diff style of individual pie - also a more laidback vibe and other good italian dishes.

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        IrinaD RE: favolaus Nov 7, 2006 02:52 PM

        Rocco's is a worse than average slice joint. I just had a pie from there last week, it's not as good as any number of other places in Bay Ridge. If you feel compelled to try one place in the neighborhood, try the grandma pie with fresh mozzarella at Grandma's on 3rd Avenue near Bay Ridge Ave. It's the best I've tried in the area.

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          bklynite RE: favolaus Nov 7, 2006 03:56 PM

          If you have time, go to Sam's on Court St. in Cobble Hill. The pizza may not be quite as amazing as Grimaldi's or Totonno's, but it's way better than anything you'll get in L.A. :). But the real reason to go before moving is the atmosphere - including authentic Brooklyn accents and attitude from Louis the waiter. Soak it up for those times you're stuck in a California Pizza Kitchen!

          Good luck in Cali!

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            ghbrooklyn RE: favolaus Nov 7, 2006 04:35 PM

            there is a new carroll gardens brick oven place that is supposedly good - Lucalli's. here's a thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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              Geo8rge RE: favolaus Nov 7, 2006 07:51 PM

              If you live near by these are worth it.
              Korner Church and 3rd - Solid NY style
              Laura's Kitchen 1235 Prospect Ave. - Brick oven Pizza - take out and eat in PP park.

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                ghbrooklyn RE: Geo8rge Nov 7, 2006 08:34 PM

                Korner is one of my favorite by-the-slice shops - and the owners are from the town in Sicily where my parents lived for a few months in the late 60's.

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                  JenMarie66 RE: Geo8rge Nov 28, 2006 08:09 PM

                  Yay, another fan of Laura's. It's by far my favorite in the park slope+ area.

                2. Nutritious Jane RE: favolaus Nov 7, 2006 08:37 PM

                  I second Sam's

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                    redherring RE: favolaus Nov 7, 2006 09:43 PM

                    I second Lucalli's (or however it's spelled). I've been there twice and it's fantastic. Better than Grimaldi's in my opinion.

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                      josh L RE: redherring Nov 27, 2006 02:21 PM

                      I tried Lucalli's over the weekend and was very impressed. Excellent potential and already some of the best pizza in New York.

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                      opinionateit RE: favolaus Nov 8, 2006 02:20 AM

                      For a slice, John's on 7ave in Park Slope is great, simple pie!
                      The unlikely family restaurant, La Villa, on 5ave in Park Slope has really great pie. All are great but I would recommend the Speciale, Crispino, and the very original Romano (stuffed pizza w/sausage, fennel, potato).

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                        Italianinmyheart RE: opinionateit Nov 9, 2006 07:47 PM

                        La Villa is pretty good, although I think was expensive if compared to other pizzerias mentioned in this post. Just my 2cents.

                      2. missmasala RE: favolaus Nov 8, 2006 01:35 PM

                        Franny's is very good but expensive, more italian style (whole individual pies) than NYC style pizza.

                        The new one in carroll gardens, Loucalli's is very good and worth a visit.

                        I don't like Sam's too much, but i guess the atmosphere is the thing.

                        There's a coal-oven (those are rare) place in LIC that's supposed to be good and i've been meaning to try it. The name escapes me, though.

                        Quite frankly, if it was me, I would shorten the list considerably and just go back to DiFara's as often as I could. If I was moving to LA, I would treasure everything about Difara's that's so quintiessentially new york, not just the pizza.

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                          favolaus RE: missmasala Nov 8, 2006 02:59 PM

                          DiFara's almost makes me weep tears of joy when I go there. So far no other pizza place has come close, so I think your advice is good.

                          Thanks!
                          Caroline
                          http://cookbad.blogspot.com

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                            elserman RE: missmasala Nov 8, 2006 03:23 PM

                            I think the coal-oven pizza place in LIC you are referring to is Bella Via. I've been there a few times and the pizza is really good. We are particularly fans of the broccoli rabe and prosciutto pizza. Here's a link to the restaurant from City Search:

                            http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile...

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                              SunnysideUp RE: missmasala Nov 8, 2006 06:16 PM

                              Beautifully said about DiFara's. I agree.

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                                a_and_w RE: missmasala Nov 10, 2006 09:13 PM

                                I'm moving to LA in a couple of months, and that's precisely what I plan to do.

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                                jcbroder RE: favolaus Nov 8, 2006 01:46 PM

                                Last nite on the Hungry Detective on the Food Network, there was a feature on Bleeker St Pizza. It looked pretty darn good. Any comments?

                                Also today's New York Times mentioned Domino's attempt to serve Brooklyn Pizza. They have an interesting website worth checking out - www.brooklynstylepizza.com

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                                  Yaqo Homo RE: jcbroder Nov 9, 2006 02:35 PM

                                  I read the NYT article yesterday; it seemed a rather pointless excercise of shooting fish in a barrel... so you're saying Domino's *isn't* authentic??? I also checked out the website. Good God! That's the real story... it's almost cartoonishly offensive. I'd like to know the marketing firm Domino's hired to put that website together. When you click below the black guy, is that supposed to be innocuous jackhammer noise or the spray of machine guns a la Boyz in the Hood?... you decide.

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                                    welle RE: Yaqo Homo Nov 9, 2006 09:32 PM

                                    LOL, Yago, I just went back to the site and checked the noise you mention, it doesn't relate to the black guy but to the roadblock below him. But you're right, the site is so dated - reminds me of the 80s hollywood movies about New York. I liked the quote by the Brooklyn boro pres: “It’s a multinational right-wing company, mass marketing the Brooklyn attitude with obsolete ethnic stereotypes, not to mention flimsy crusts,”

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                                    Italianinmyheart RE: jcbroder Nov 9, 2006 07:46 PM

                                    Jcbroder,
                                    I went to the Bleecker St. Pizza. Place was ok, and the pizza was good...I'll say comparable to Grimaldi's.

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                                    Mike R. RE: favolaus Nov 8, 2006 03:03 PM

                                    Since no one's mentioned it yet, what about ANTHONY'S in the Slope (7th Avenue & 14th Street)??? IIRC, it's a family relation to Nick's in Forest Hills/Manhattan & Adrienne's on Stone Street - where I've had spectacular pies.

                                    Anthony's has one of the city's great brick-oven white pies and even greater when topped off with sausage and extra garlic. On the slightly-charred side, it will be quite memorable.

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                                      opinionateit RE: Mike R. Nov 8, 2006 06:08 PM

                                      Anthony's? Absolutely! Have you noticed in Park Slope (& vicinity), more and more pizza places are popping up? This is a great thing. I still need to try Franny's!

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                                        bigonion RE: opinionateit Nov 8, 2006 09:21 PM

                                        Anthony's is great to eat in the shop. I find it just doesnt hold up in the cardboard box for take out.

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                                          opinionateit RE: bigonion Nov 9, 2006 01:49 PM

                                          Agree! Anthony's arrives soggy in the box. Best to eat there. Try the Romano at La Villa. This holds up well in a box.

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                                            swisloc RE: opinionateit Nov 28, 2006 08:32 PM

                                            def. anthony's is good. my girlfriend and I order their
                                            prosciutto pie at least once a week. it is better in the restaurant, but isn't all brick oven style better eat-in??

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                                        Jack_ RE: Mike R. Nov 11, 2006 06:36 PM

                                        Anthony's was startd by Sal (Anthony is was father) and his brothers. Nick is part owner and was cooking the pizza himself when it forsts opened.

                                        Of course ya gatta try the canoli!!

                                      3. SunnysideUp RE: favolaus Nov 8, 2006 06:11 PM

                                        Fascati on Henry between Cranberry and Orange in Brooklyn Heights for non-coal/wood/brick, slice shop style.

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                                          Steve R RE: SunnysideUp Nov 8, 2006 08:36 PM

                                          Ok, I live in the Heights and Fascati is my local shop too. But you cant compare the product there to DiFara, even though they're using the same type oven. It cant be considered "the best" when they're using much cheaper ingredients with far less skill. I still have got to eat at Loucalli's (what AM I waiting for?), but I believe that he's using the same equipment and, from my one stop there to talk, he's definitely emulating Dom and using much of the same high end ingredients.

                                          As for other styles, I love Savoia & Anthony's is very good. I dont like Grimaldi's.

                                        2. Deb Van D RE: favolaus Nov 8, 2006 08:19 PM

                                          I wasn't born with the pizza gene, but it strikes me that the Pizza Fattoressa at Savoia on Smith St., with gorgonzola and sausage, was one of the nicest pizzas I've had in the past year.

                                          1. Steve R RE: favolaus Nov 8, 2006 08:30 PM

                                            Why, I just had one Monday night. We all owe Sir Gawain (wherever you are) on that one dont we?!

                                            1. jason carey RE: favolaus Nov 8, 2006 09:01 PM

                                              I love the "Brooklyn Style" Pizza at Domino's.
                                              Perhaps the finest Pizza ever!!!

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                                                Bob Martinez RE: jason carey Nov 9, 2006 03:26 PM

                                                Those who don't know Jason can rest assured that he is pulling our collective legs. :-)

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                                                  Nutritious Jane RE: jason carey Nov 9, 2006 04:45 PM

                                                  Jason, give us your address we can set up a donation fund for your ny pizza education

                                                2. angelo04 RE: favolaus Nov 8, 2006 09:09 PM

                                                  Kripsy is definitely worth the trip, specifically the Grandma's pie, a thin crust Sicilian with fresh mozz, plum tomatoes, basil and olive oil. I would also venture over the verranzano bride into Staten Island for Joe and Pat's on Victory Blvd. Dominoes Brooklyn style pizza? I think that’s laughable and find it hard to believe that it would be good after you’ve had real NYC pizza

                                                  1. angelo04 RE: favolaus Nov 8, 2006 09:10 PM

                                                    oh and Rocco's. It was good, but now I think it blows. Maybe it was an off day.

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                                                      haleyjen RE: favolaus Nov 9, 2006 04:24 PM

                                                      Vesuvio's in Bay Ridge is pretty damn good.

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                                                        pastoralia RE: favolaus Nov 9, 2006 04:27 PM

                                                        For the Park Slope hood Anthony's and La Villa are very good but they do get a bit soggy if you have them delivered. Is John's (on 7th) a brick oven type pizza? I always thought it was your basic Smiling Pizza or Friendly's type slice?

                                                        Someone above mentioned Laura's at:
                                                        Laura's Kitchen 1235 Prospect Ave. - Brick oven Pizza - take out and eat in PP park.

                                                        Prospect Avenue and what cross street?

                                                        I'm surprised no-one mentioned Grimaldi's. If you go on off-hours (which means no weekends) there's no wait and their pies are delish.

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                                                          Jack_ RE: pastoralia Nov 11, 2006 06:39 PM

                                                          Laura's is at Prospect Ave and Vanderbilt

                                                          Grimaldi's? The OP mentioned it

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                                                            josh L RE: pastoralia Nov 27, 2006 02:27 PM

                                                            Laura's is pretty bad, soggy and tasteless.

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                                                            haleyjen RE: favolaus Nov 9, 2006 04:39 PM

                                                            Grimaldi's almost seemed too obvious!! : )

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                                                              Steve R RE: haleyjen Nov 9, 2006 09:17 PM

                                                              Maybe not so obvious to us all. I mentioned it in my response (scroll up) to SunnysideUp. I said "I don't like Grimaldi's".

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                                                              unocal RE: favolaus Nov 9, 2006 09:36 PM

                                                              man i live in LA and i cant wait to go home for christmas so i can take my mom to difara's. i once brought home a pie back to white plains on 2 crowded subways and a metro north train holding one of dom's pies in the height of rush hour. i bet people were pissed since it took up a lot of room and smelled so damn good! it was worth it tho since my parents had never had any pizza like that before and went out of their minds. my mom and i have been discussing which pizza places to hit in bklyn (she's only been to grimaldi's) and after reading these posts, difara's it is. i just hope we wont have to wait tooo long, but since it'll be a midweek winter day, i think we'll be fine.

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                                                                welle RE: unocal Nov 9, 2006 09:39 PM

                                                                you are a very good son/daughter! and so brave - people on commuter trains are always extra cranky.

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                                                                  Mike R. RE: unocal Nov 10, 2006 12:34 PM

                                                                  >>>i just hope we wont have to wait tooo long, but since it'll be a midweek winter day, i think we'll be fine.<<<

                                                                  Tooo Funny.

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                                                                  Mike R. RE: favolaus Nov 10, 2006 12:31 PM

                                                                  IIRC, LAURA's is on Prospect Avenue and Reeve Place, near the Ft. Hamilton Parkway "F" Station.

                                                                  I don't know if Sal is still the pizzaiolo there, but when we used to get take-out the pies were extraordinary. For whatever reason, eating there was a strange experience and the pizzas cost way more.

                                                                  Anyone been lately?

                                                                  1. bigmackdaddy RE: favolaus Nov 11, 2006 02:06 PM

                                                                    Unfortunately, I have to agree with Peter Cuce on Lenny's. They have gone down hill. The sauce isn't what it used to be and the crust is doughy. The only place I go to now for the standard non gourmet, $2.00-$2.50 a slice is Antonio's on Flatbush Avenue between Park Place and Sterling. They are very hit and miss, but, in my opinion the best you're going to get in the $2.00 league in Park Slope/Prospect Heights.

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                                                                      josh L RE: bigmackdaddy Nov 27, 2006 02:29 PM

                                                                      Antonio's on Flatbush Avenue is a typical losy pizza joint that uses cheap crappy ingredients ans is barely edible.

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                                                                        jen kalb RE: josh L Nov 27, 2006 03:10 PM

                                                                        dittos. its atotally, totally ordinary slice pizzeria.

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                                                                          mrs. jones RE: jen kalb Dec 1, 2006 01:32 PM

                                                                          what's wrong with appreciating a $2 slice for what it is and loving it? while these slice places might not have supperlative pizza (ala difaras), they can be damn good and i crave them. while i have to agree that antonio's kind of sucks, if your in that area and looking for a cheap tasty over the counter slice, go to gino's on flatbush and bergen. the lighting is horrible, the guys in there are slimebags, the toppings are kind of gross - but the cheese slice is delicious andi love it. it reminds me of the slices i grew up on.
                                                                          all right - bring on the onslaught...

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                                                                      CATENZA RE: favolaus Nov 27, 2006 12:15 AM

                                                                      DAVINCI'S IS EXCELLENT!!! BEST PIZZA IN BENSONHURST!

                                                                      1. famdoc RE: favolaus Nov 27, 2006 04:57 PM

                                                                        L&B's square pies are a fabulous experience. Ask for a corner piece.

                                                                        Anthony's in Park Slope, Lucallie's in Carroll Gardens and La Villa on Fifth Ave. all make outstanding pies.

                                                                        I feel strongly that pizza needs to be eaten fresh, hot and in the shop. Put a pizza in a box and you have soggy bread with sauce.

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                                                                          marlie202 RE: favolaus Nov 27, 2006 05:35 PM

                                                                          If you are in Park Slope for any reason, check out Antonio's on Flatbush and about 7th Ave. Love them longstanding

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                                                                            marlie202 RE: favolaus Nov 27, 2006 05:38 PM

                                                                            When Pizza was first a craze driven phenomenon--Flatbush Avenue near Church Ave, had the best 25 cent for a huge slice dripping with oil and burning your palate good--yum yum

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                                                                              marlie202 RE: favolaus Nov 27, 2006 05:55 PM

                                                                              Two Boots with andouille sausage is great

                                                                              1. bigmackdaddy RE: favolaus Nov 27, 2006 06:26 PM

                                                                                I like Antonio's neon sign store front sign. Not to many of those left anywhere. As for the pizza, I've been going to them since I was a kid, I'm 41 now so that tells you I've been going for quite awhile. Like I say, very hit or miss. And again when people on this board ask "where the best pizza is in Brooklyn/NYC...." I'm curious if they mean the generalized same old pseudo cheese and canned sauce you get for $2 a slice or the gourmet brick oven.

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                                                                                  marlie202 RE: bigmackdaddy Nov 27, 2006 06:37 PM

                                                                                  I remember Antonio--been a satisfied customer for many many years also-in high school used to go there with my best friend and hang out and chomp down-great memories

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                                                                                    jen kalb RE: bigmackdaddy Nov 27, 2006 07:18 PM

                                                                                    I think the OP is looking for the best pizza in Brooklyn, not necessarily designer pizza, but especially delicious pizza. If your fave pizza is essentially the same item the OP could find on every corner I dont think that is a recc she or any of us need. If there is some corner pizzeria that is making an exceptional product through ingredients, skill etc that would be the one to recommend. I like Antonio's sign too, but there is nothing other than its proximity to my home/familiarity to recommend it over 1000 others.

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                                                                                    zoropato RE: favolaus Nov 28, 2006 02:18 AM

                                                                                    as far as getting a great, classic plain slice goes, my favorite would have to be Sal's on Court and Degraw. whenever i'm in that neighborhood i have to get one. a close second for me would be Not Ray's in Fort Green.

                                                                                    1. bigmackdaddy RE: favolaus Nov 28, 2006 03:02 AM

                                                                                      How about Sammy's on Court and Baltic? I've always wanted to try that place. Thumbs up? Thumbs down?

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                                                                                        jakeyd RE: bigmackdaddy Nov 28, 2006 07:04 PM

                                                                                        Pizza is the only thing worth eating at Sammy's. Lucalli's is better though.

                                                                                      2. JenMarie66 RE: favolaus Nov 28, 2006 08:13 PM

                                                                                        LA pizza isn't all bad. There's a little joint (long counter with a couple of tables in back) in (yeesh) Beverly Hills that Cathy Moriarty owns that has pizza as good as Brooklyn Pizza. Forget the name of it, but they make a truly stellar pie (just the location sucks).

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                                                                                          kevin RE: JenMarie66 Dec 1, 2006 04:07 AM

                                                                                          Mulberry Stree Pizza, she actually has three locations one in teh SFV.

                                                                                          and the pizza isn't very good, that is if you're comparing it to Lombardi's or DiFara's or Patsy's in East Harlem.

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                                                                                          bigonion RE: favolaus Nov 30, 2006 10:48 AM

                                                                                          For what its worth - the current issue of Time Out New York is all about the "best" pizza in New York City. Most of the chosen 10 best are from the "outer boroughs"

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                                                                                            happys RE: favolaus Jun 14, 2010 02:24 PM

                                                                                            Hi,
                                                                                            You are a little in the center...(mainstream pizza) track.
                                                                                            Bay Ridge has the best pizza and by the way, I happen to think that DiFara is too buttery. You need a combo of excellent melted mozzerella and succulent red sauce. Here goes:
                                                                                            Casa Calamari, Original (4th and 68th?), Espresso, Nino's square slice, I agree, Grandma's Grandma slice is tops. Lot's of people like Pizza Wagon but I don't, too buttery. You may. Vesuvio is much too cheesy for my taste. Never tried Elegante but I am curious. Hope this helps

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                                                                                            Vesuvio
                                                                                            7305 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

                                                                                            Pizza Wagon
                                                                                            8610 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

                                                                                            Elegante
                                                                                            92-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY 11693

                                                                                            Casa Calamari
                                                                                            8602 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

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                                                                                              TomChowhound RE: favolaus Aug 31, 2010 05:30 AM

                                                                                              Grimaldi's at 19 Old Fulton Street (Under the Brooklyn Bridge) doesn't sell by the slice, do they? Usually when I've passed there, there is a line about a half block long to get into the place. I normally wouldn't want to wait that long to get a slice, anyway, but I'd be interested if I could catch them when it wasn't so busy.

                                                                                              PS: It would be helpful if reviewers included the location of the Pizzaria they're mentioning. Most people don't know the location of every pizza joint in Brooklyn off the tops of their heads.

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                                                                                              Grimaldi's
                                                                                              1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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