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Best Pizza in Queens ??

VinSin Dec 16, 2006 01:11 AM

I would like to know what the absolute best Pizza is in Queens ??
Any suggestions ??

  1. janie Dec 16, 2006 03:36 AM

    Obviously this poster is new to the site, as there are many posts of recent asking about Queens------and in the spirit of chowhound, it is always good to have up to date references--so, here goes for my 2 fav's:

    #1---Rosa's Pizza on Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood--slices and pies, garlic rolls--also pastas--BUT STICK WITH PIZZA's avoid the soups--their lousy..
    Chicken Caesar salad pizza, eggplant ricotta pizza, veggie pizza, grandma authentic with onions and tomatoes, etc, --their pizza's great and CHEAP, and HUGE slices!

    #2--Nick's Pizza for great brick oven--and great house salad--good cappacino's and decent brownic--in Forest Hills--nice atmosphere--they close fairly early--

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    Nick's Pizza
    108-26 Ascan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

    Rosa's Pizza
    62-65 Fresh Pond Rd, Queens, NY 11385

    3 Replies
    1. re: janie
      VinSin Dec 16, 2006 04:44 PM

      Yes brand new to the site.. Thank You for your patience !!!!!
      It's greatly appreciated as I have just been refered to this site and I love it !!!!

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        BigV Dec 12, 2007 07:36 PM

        Bella Via in LIC gets my vote for best pizza in Queens. Slight edge on Nick's. Vesuvio is solid if you live in Bayside and don't want to travel.

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        Il Vesuvio
        39-34 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

        Bella Via
        47-46 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

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          Jack_ Feb 7, 2009 04:07 AM

          Yes, Nick's and the cannoli is wonderful too. homemade and not filled until just before it is served

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          judy Dec 16, 2006 04:27 AM

          I agree about Nick's--I love the ultra-thin crust and the fact that it's absolutely non-greasy.

          You can't order slices, though, nor do they deliver.

          1. MaspethMaven Dec 16, 2006 04:54 AM

            I thought #1 was the Rosa's on 69th Street, off Grand Avenue?

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            1. re: MaspethMaven
              King of Northern Blvd Dec 16, 2006 05:06 AM

              69th St is the place I have always heard praise of but have yet to visit..I think it's their Square that's stellar....

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                MaspethMaven Dec 16, 2006 09:08 AM

                There are three different squares at 69th St, classic square (sicilian), grandma, and the sfincione, a lovely little confection of tomatoes, thinsliced onions, and breadcrumbs.
                All are awesome.

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                Rosa's Pizza
                55-26 69th St, Queens, NY 11378

              2. re: MaspethMaven
                janie Dec 17, 2006 01:59 AM

                I've heard that the Maspeth Rosa's is good also--but Fresh Pond Rosa's is the one that is open very late, and always packed--it's wonderful--HOWEVER....do not go to the Rosa's on Metropolitan--it is lousy...

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                  howster Dec 15, 2009 11:05 AM

                  Rosas on 69th street is opened till like 1Am

              3. east elmhurst al Dec 16, 2006 04:30 PM

                How bout Dedona pizza in Woodside? I don't think it's the best in Queens but it's a classic New York slice competently made by the same family for the last 20 or 30 years. Nothing fancy, no high end ingredients just good. It's on 31st Ave and 54th street.

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                  Chicago Mike Dec 17, 2006 12:34 AM

                  I like several Queens Pizza places (and dislike alot also)...

                  But if I can only have one slice day-in, day-out, it's probably going to be from D'Aleo's on Jamaica Ave, just west of Woodhaven... 9010 Jamaica Ave...

                  Nothing fancy, but very authentic straight-up new york slices. I like it better than the places in Howard Beach, honestly, and it beats anything in Forest Hills.

                  Runner up would probably be Gino's in Howard Beach (15846 Crossbay)... the slices are delicious but be sure to let them cool a bit, otherwise the whole cheese veneer can slide off.

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                  D'Aleo's Pizza
                  90-10 Jamaica Ave, Queens, NY 11421

                  Gino's Pizzeria
                  158-46 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens, NY 11414

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                  1. re: Chicago Mike
                    TongoRad Jan 3, 2007 04:22 AM

                    The regular slice at Gino's is good, that's for sure, but to me their best offerings are of the square/grandma variety- particularly the eggplant. The eggplant is sauteed (skin on) without breading and is silky and oozing of olive oil before being put on the slice with pulpy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. They always seem to have them by the slice, too- last time I was there they had run out but told me I could have a fresh one if I waited 5 minutes for it to come out of the oven (which I did, and it was gooood!).

                    For a regular cheese slice I go to New Park because the great flaky crust and hot oven char are too good for me to resist. I think it's amazing that these places are blocks away from each other.

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                    New Park Pizza
                    156-71 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens, NY 11414

                    Gino's Pizzeria
                    158-46 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens, NY 11414

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                      PeteDelfino Jan 4, 2007 04:07 PM

                      Tongo...where is Ginos and New Park...Im in Flushing
                      Thanks

                      1. re: PeteDelfino
                        abu applesauce Jan 4, 2007 04:27 PM

                        Howard Beach

                        1. re: abu applesauce
                          TongoRad Jan 4, 2007 11:28 PM

                          Both places are on Cross Bay Blvd, south of the Belt Parkway. Chicago Mike gave the street address of Gino's, but it's easier to find if you look for the KFC on the corner. New Park is a couple of lights closer to the Belt in a free standing building with a parking lot.

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                            PeteDelfino Jan 8, 2007 02:54 PM

                            Thanks guys...got it

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                      badgolfer78 Dec 11, 2007 03:56 AM

                      I agree Gino's in Howard Beach is excellant. They always have extra cheese and the staff is very friendly.

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                      FAL Dec 17, 2006 10:22 AM

                      Vinny Welcome aboard , it told you this site is great.

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                        stuartlafonda Dec 18, 2006 05:15 PM

                        Nick's in Forest Hills in clearly number one. My favorite slice is Amore in The Linden Shopping Plaza.

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                        Nick's Pizza
                        108-26 Ascan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

                        Amore Pizzeria
                        30-27 Stratton St, Queens, NY 11354

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                          rocksnob Jun 22, 2008 07:30 AM

                          I second the kudos for Amore. Excellent.

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                          tmartinsbox Dec 18, 2006 06:25 PM

                          V I Pizza on Bell Blvd and Northern Blvd in Bayside. Been in business over 50 years. The best sicillian around

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                          VIPizza
                          43-02 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

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                            nooyawka Jul 24, 2009 01:11 PM

                            Hate to respond to a zombie thread, but I just tried the Sicilian at VI Pizza. While they had plentiful cheese and sauce, like I remembered good Queens pizza being as a kid, the crust was too soft. Maybe next time, I gotta ask them to make it well-done...

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                              Jeffsayyes Jul 24, 2009 04:12 PM

                              They do a good slice. but what stands out for me is their crushed ice. I haven't had that in a decade.

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                            Mike R. Dec 18, 2006 08:58 PM

                            All right, as long as we're continuing the discussion, I will stand by PEPPINO'S (right under the 61st Street/Woodside station) having the #1 "Grandma Slice"...oniony, burnished edged, beautiful square.

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                            Peppino's Pizza
                            39-63 61st St, Queens, NY 11377

                            1. Linda Dec 18, 2006 11:15 PM

                              though i feel the need to repeat DO A SEARCH!! ;-)

                              i will add that i like...

                              VIPizza on bell blvd in bayside. consistent.
                              Amore for a thinner, crispier slice in Whitestone.
                              Nick's when I want some sit down pizza to share with several ppl.
                              Singah's (a chain) for a small personal size pizza.

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                              1. re: Linda
                                VinSin Dec 20, 2006 03:11 AM

                                Sorry did not want to search.. I wanted fresh Chowhound opinions, no one is forced to reply to my thread....
                                Still thanks for your opinion, I would have to agree with some of your choices as top spots in Queens !!!

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                                FAL Dec 24, 2006 11:25 AM

                                Nicks'
                                Rizzo's
                                New Park Pizza

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                                Nick's Pizza
                                108-26 Ascan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

                                Rizzo's Fine Pizza
                                30-13 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

                                New Park Pizza
                                156-71 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens, NY 11414

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                                  wallywalnuts Dec 28, 2006 07:55 PM

                                  I love Rosa's and Peppino's. The Rosa's on 69th street is preferable to the other locations, in my opinion.

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                                    kenito799 Dec 29, 2006 03:39 PM

                                    Dee's, Forest Hills, Metropolitan Ave near Ascan. Unique, tender yet chewy cornmeal coated brick over fired crust, high quality ingredients. Try the Four Seasons.

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                                    Dee's
                                    107-23 Metropolitan Avenue, Queens, NY 11375

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                                      PeteDelfino Dec 29, 2006 03:41 PM

                                      Try Il Vesuvio on Bell Blvd...good selection by the slice. Try their Margherita over the normal slice...the fresh mozzarella is worth the extra price.

                                      Also, Marino's on 29th Avenue and 163rd St in Whitestone.

                                      Can someone supply the locations for Nick's and Amore??

                                      Thanks...

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                                      Il Vesuvio
                                      39-34 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

                                      Marino's Pizzeria & Restaurant
                                      163-01 29th Ave, Queens, NY 11358

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                                      1. re: PeteDelfino
                                        janie Jan 3, 2007 04:08 AM

                                        Nick's is on Ascan Ave off of Austin Street in Forest Hills, one block down from big church, and right before the overpass for LIRR.They close kinda on the early side, so plan accordingly.

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                                          PeteDelfino Jan 4, 2007 04:10 PM

                                          Thanks janie...

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                                        ert97 Jan 4, 2007 08:11 PM

                                        I really enjoy Dani's on Lefferts Blvd in Kew Gardens -- the sauce is slightly sweet so it is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of place.

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                                        Dani's House of Pizza
                                        81-28 Lefferts Blvd, Queens, NY 11415

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                                        1. re: ert97
                                          Polecat Jan 4, 2007 08:59 PM

                                          I second Dani's, even though it has been trashed on this board.
                                          The sweetness of the sauce mixes well with the oregano and the
                                          crisp crust. Plus, I dig the atmosphere and the surprisingly exotic
                                          beer selection. Lots of old photos on the walls. Stuff like Sinatra
                                          staring out from a police lineup.

                                          Rose and Joe's, a bakery in Astoria, near Ditmars under the elevated
                                          N train, serves up an excellent sicilian slice, one of my favorites
                                          in the city.
                                          P.

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                                          Dani's House of Pizza
                                          81-28 Lefferts Blvd, Queens, NY 11415

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                                            ForestHillsFresser Oct 10, 2011 06:22 AM

                                            I agree with Dani's.

                                          2. bigjeff Jan 5, 2007 03:08 AM

                                            second the singas (I like the one in elmhurst) just because it is unique and, purty damn tasty.

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                                            Singas Famous Pizza
                                            82-86 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

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                                              drod Jan 5, 2007 01:18 PM

                                              I went to Nick's a couple of weeks ago, and have to say, I had an enjoyeable experience there. The pizza was great (brickoven thin crust), and the service was top-notch. Very clean and cozy. No dount I will return, and according to my pizza-loving 7 year old...it was the BEST pizza she's ever had! lol

                                              If you are driving...good luck. Finding a parking space on Forest Hills, is a pain.

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                                              Nick's Pizza
                                              108-26 Ascan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

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                                                saramiriam Jan 31, 2007 06:21 AM

                                                I think also that A& J has excellent, traditional pizza. Good chewy crust, and excellent sauce

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                                                A&J Pizza
                                                71-37 Austin St, Queens, NY 11375

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                                                  GurglingStomach Jan 31, 2007 06:41 AM

                                                  Gino's at Kissena Blvd. across from Queens College and the Gino's on Springfield Blvd. by the LIE is fantastic.

                                                  I also think that for a good great plain slice, Lucia's in Flushing on Roosevelt Ave. and Main St. is fantastic. It's been there for over 30 years and still going strong.

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                                                  Gino's of Kissena
                                                  65-01 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11367

                                                  Lucia Pizza
                                                  136-55 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

                                                  1. ZenFoodist Jan 31, 2007 06:35 PM

                                                    I pretty much pay the electric bill at Marino's Supermarket what with how much I spend there (daily shopper), but the adjacent pizza store IMHO is "double yuck" as we like to say here ( shhhh....Lorenzo and the crew are very dear friends...) We live a block away and other than emergency orders for our ChowPup, never patronize it. The dough is really "flat" taste wise and the toppings seem to have been placed on top of day old pizza at times.

                                                    I think the pizza at Classica on Francis Lewis near the library is non pareil for these parts- the grandma and the sicilian are fantastic, the sauce on the grandma truly spectacular with small bits of fresh garlic and basil. The tomatoes are sweet and remind me of the San Marzanos you get in Italy. If you are Sicilian, you might have a taste for sfincione- Ed, the owner at CLassica, makes an excellent one with some notice. We always loved Matese's across from Holy Cross for Sicilian, but it's not the same since Pasquale stopped making the pies. In downtown Flushing, I agree with the previous poster: you can't beat a Neapolitan slice at Lucia's on Roosevelt- the best triangle in Flushing and the fact that it's made by an Afghani...only in NY!!!!

                                                    A quick search will bring up HEAPS of this stuff..not many of the opinions of the original Chowhounds seem to have changed. with regard to pizza in Queens. Welcome to ChowHound! There is a treasure trove of info here.

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                                                    Marino Brothers
                                                    163-07 29th Ave, Queens, NY 11358

                                                    Matese Pizzeria
                                                    26-15 Francis Lewis Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

                                                    Pizza Classica
                                                    25-71 Francis Lewis Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

                                                    Lucia Pizza
                                                    136-55 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

                                                    Marino's Pizzeria & Restaurant
                                                    163-01 29th Ave, Queens, NY 11358

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                                                      doodle Jan 31, 2007 07:14 PM

                                                      The grandma slice at Peppino's is by far the best I've ever had. I haven't tried anything else there because I usually go to Pizza Boy 2. Their slices are OK, but I think they make a great chicken roll and for 3.75 a piece it's a great value.
                                                      The Rego Park/Forest Hills area is lacking in good slice joints. Mike's has gone downhill since they changed owners years ago, Ariana's on Austin St. is not worth the money. A &J used to be good, but lately it's not the same. I only go there for their mushroom slices because they use fresh mushrooms.
                                                      Capolinea further down Yellowstone is also lacking in a quality slice. There is another place on Harrow, I forgot the name of, but the one time I went there it was pretty good, and it seemed like an old fashioned family run place. it also had pictures of Ray Romano around because he used to frequent there when he was a young lad!

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                                                      A&J Pizza
                                                      71-37 Austin St, Queens, NY 11375

                                                      Ariana's
                                                      70-32 Austin St, Queens, NY 11375

                                                      Pizza Boy II
                                                      58-19 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

                                                      Peppino's Pizza
                                                      39-63 61st St, Queens, NY 11377

                                                      Mike's Pizzeria
                                                      71-75 Yellowstone Blvd, Queens, NY 11375

                                                      Capolinea Pizza
                                                      66-75 Selfridge St, Queens, NY 11375

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                                                      1. re: doodle
                                                        bigjeff Feb 2, 2007 02:44 PM

                                                        not to mention avellino's serves a really thick crust on their pizza; needless to say, no good.

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                                                        Avellino
                                                        97-03 64th Ave, Queens, NY 11374

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                                                          mshpook Feb 3, 2007 08:00 AM

                                                          you are right about the crust at avellino's pizza, it is too thick.....but the sauce is really good. i think it is an uncooked sauce, which is what pretty much makes a pizza for me. if they had a better crust, i would rank them much higher on my list. amore and new park are my top two joints for a slice.

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                                                          Avellino
                                                          97-03 64th Ave, Queens, NY 11374

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                                                        racer x Feb 1, 2007 04:36 PM

                                                        I loooove Nick's pizza. On a good day, it's the BEST pizza in all of NYC, not just Queens (at least, out of all the pizzas I have had in the city). And it's pretty darn good even on the other days.

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                                                          slep Feb 5, 2007 07:10 AM

                                                          i agree Lucia's on Roosevelt is pretty darn good for a plain slice, though most pizza snobs would probably snub it. I grew up 1/2 block away and always picked up slices there (or TJ's, which isn't as good for slices). Amore in the grimy shopping center off the Whitestone Expressway has good slices, and Nick's Pizza is simply excellent and definitely worthy of a trip.

                                                          1. bigjeff Feb 6, 2007 02:43 PM

                                                            a new slice I had recently (while serving jury duty at nearby Queens Civil Court) is Dominick's, on Sutphin Blvd near Hillside Avenue. Their slices were actually not that great, but they were huge and stuff like ziti pizza and lasagna pizza were $2.50 for slices that looked like they came off of 20" pies. I bet this would be great take-home pizza; a few minutes in a toaster oven or even a skillet would make these slices great.

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                                                            Domenick's Pizzeria
                                                            87-74 Sutphin Blvd, Queens, NY 11435

                                                            1. StrawbrryF Feb 7, 2007 06:13 PM

                                                              There's a place in Astoria called Sac's (it's on Broadway, around 29th Street?). It's a restaurant but they have a separate door for pizza take out. The restaurant sucks but the pizza is great.

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                                                              Sac's Place
                                                              25-41 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

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                                                                noah57 Apr 24, 2007 06:35 AM

                                                                I just moved into the neighborhood and tried Sac's last night. VERY good pizza... seriously, some of the best I've ever had. It was a little irritating that they charged a little over $5 to put basil on a large pie, but I got over it when I tried a slice. I'll definitely order from them again.

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                                                                Sac's Place
                                                                25-41 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

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                                                                  jenhen2 Mar 20, 2009 11:22 AM

                                                                  Sac's is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!

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                                                                doodle Feb 12, 2007 09:25 PM

                                                                Nick's Pizza is your best bet for pizza. I went there for dinner last night with my brother and his girlfriend, and the three of us were extremely satisfied.
                                                                The staff at Nick's is always friendly and talkative. We frequent Nick's quite often, so when they see us, they'll usually stop by and chat with us for a bit.
                                                                We started off our dinner by ordering a house salad. Arugula, watercress, sun-dried tomatoes and sweet peppers topped with a citrus-y vinegar dressing.
                                                                For our pizza, we ordered a large, topped with meatballs, sun-dried tomatoes, ricotta and onions. It was so good that even our waiters were impressed and commented that they wanted to try it as well.
                                                                For dessert we ordered the tiramisu and cannoli. Both were delicious, but I think the cannoli had slight edge over the tiramisu. Both desserts were also better than the brownie which we usually get. Funny incident happened as we awaited our dessert. A lady at the table next to us was on her way out, but before she left, she kept raving about the brownie and recommended it to us. We agreed that the brownie was good, but we insisted on trying something different. On her way out she waved at us and her glove flew off, and landed right in the middle of our pizza tray. She was plenty embarrassed, and I am certain our laughing did not help matters any.
                                                                Overall it was a great dinner. So good in fact that my brother, his girlfriend and I were euphoric afterwards.
                                                                The only thing that made it better was our post dinner smoke.
                                                                Yummm....the perfect end to any meal.

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                                                                Nick's Pizza
                                                                108-26 Ascan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

                                                                1. guttergourmet Feb 13, 2007 03:22 AM

                                                                  For sentimental reasons-Alba's in Briarwood on queens blvd. Sicilian or regular. The wonder years.

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                                                                  Alba Pizzeria
                                                                  137-65 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11435

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                                                                    joekarten Apr 20, 2007 09:56 AM

                                                                    recently went to gloria's and amore and found gloria's pretty lacking. but amore, as usual, delivered the goods.

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                                                                      stuartlafonda Apr 26, 2007 08:38 AM

                                                                      You recently went to Gloria's? The Gloria's that begat Amore closed two decades ago. It was on Main street just north of Roosevelt across the street from the Woolworths. What Gloria's did you go to?

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                                                                        joekarten Apr 26, 2007 10:13 AM

                                                                        my mistake. i meant to say lucia's. on roosevelt off of main. oops.

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                                                                          chefjellynow Apr 26, 2007 01:03 PM

                                                                          went to amore today at 3pm best triangle slice i have had in a long time. tried matese and classica the other night and was not impressed..actually didnt even try matese, it looked that bad and old. classica was tasteless(tried sicilian and triangle)

                                                                          read many sugg of amore in here and different posts and tried it today. i just moved to whitestone from new hyde park.
                                                                          VERY happy with Amore...like the thin crust big time

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                                                                          Amore Pizzeria
                                                                          30-27 Stratton St, Queens, NY 11354

                                                                          Pizza Classica
                                                                          25-71 Francis Lewis Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

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                                                                            johnk Apr 26, 2007 01:22 PM

                                                                            CJN.
                                                                            I stop @ Amore as I head back from La Guardia to Whitestone once or twice a month.
                                                                            The constant turnover there makes a fresh slice pretty readily available.
                                                                            Actually, most times I wait 2-3 minutes for a fresh pie. Their sauce tends to be on the sweet side, yet I really enjoy their slice.
                                                                            Now, lets talk about Matese. One of the things that has always made their sicilian great is the taste after re-heat. We normally order a pie and then finish off the remaing slices in a day or two.
                                                                            5 minutes in a toaster oven @ Med-High does the trick. (As I'm sure 3 minutes in a pizza oven would accomplish.)
                                                                            Go back and ask for an end slice nice and warm.
                                                                            My fav reg slice is at Graziella,s south on Franny Lew.
                                                                            Again, heat it up in the oven. Makes the underside nice and crispy!
                                                                            Regards,
                                                                            JK

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                                                                            Graziella
                                                                            33-25 Francis Lewis Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

                                                                            Matese Pizzeria
                                                                            26-15 Francis Lewis Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

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                                                                              ajs42548 Dec 14, 2007 07:24 AM

                                                                              Wait a minute. Are you saying that Amore is a descendant of Gloria's that used to be on Main St. by the 25/34 bus? That was the best pizza ever. If it is related to Gloria's, is it as good as Gloria's was? And is the shopping center the one behind Whitestone Bowl? I'm in Manhattan now but pass by on the Whitestone Expressway often.

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                                                                                Linda Dec 14, 2007 06:25 PM

                                                                                i've never been to gloria's, but i have read it regularly here that amore is somehow correlated to that place.

                                                                                amore is in the shopping center behind that bowling lane. mcdonalds is right at the end of the center, closest to the entrance of the bowling lane. walk down past mcds, amore is sorta smack in the middle of that side of the center, maybe a bit closer to the other edge.

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                                                                                  stuartlafonda Dec 18, 2007 01:22 PM

                                                                                  I don't want to reignite an oft held battle on this point but there is an alleged Amore, Gloria connection. The current owner of Amore, a 30 'ish heavy set man who has told me on many occasions that his dad and uncle owned and made the pizza at Gloria's. Just last night he pointed out his dad playing with his son behind the counter as the man from Gloria's.
                                                                                  As for the pizza, I think that Amore produces an excellent slice, maybe not worth a trip but at least a detour. Sometimes it is to thin and crisp and cracks and other times the rim crust is to light and "airey" in a strange way. Despite this I find it consistently excellent.
                                                                                  As a youth I ate at Gloria's innumerable times on the way back from Shea and before getting on the Q-16, but it was so long ago and before I paid attention to such things so I could not tell you how Amore compares to Gloria's.

                                                                      2. eateryrow Apr 20, 2007 09:18 PM

                                                                        Nick's on Ascan or Dee's on Metropolitan. Neither are traditional red sauce pies. But they're great date places.

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                                                                          fran124 Apr 23, 2007 11:23 AM

                                                                          I do think Nick's is a nice place, but I have mixed feelings about it. It's amazing that they can get such a nice charred crust from a gas-fired oven and I like the wait-staff and general atmosphere. However, their cheese lands with a thud in my stomach. One guy is responsible for cutting the pizza and adding basil, tossing the salad and preparing the desserts - all with bare hands that he wipes off on a towel. So I avoid salad and basil during flu season.

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                                                                            thinthukgirl Apr 27, 2007 06:41 PM

                                                                            I've lived in walking range of Peppino's and Pizza Boy II for three years now, and althought I've never done a slice by slice test, Pizza Boy II just gets it done for me. I don't think it's the best pizza in Queens, but if you need a solid slice in Woodside, it's the place to go. Their pasta and subs are also solid.

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                                                                              NewYorkDave May 15, 2007 08:56 AM

                                                                              I can't say what's "the best" 'cause I haven't tried all the pizza in Queens. I live upstate but I visit the ol' neighborhood every year or so.

                                                                              My sentimental choice is Joe's on Forest Ave. in Ridgewood. I haven't been there in a couple of years but it was good last time I went.

                                                                              I tried Rosa's on Fresh Pond last year and like it a lot.

                                                                              1. Polecat Dec 11, 2007 05:40 AM

                                                                                Inspired by another, more recent, thread on this very topic, I tried both the sicilian and regular slices at Amore's in Whitestone. Both slices were hot and fresh out of the oven, and both were tasty and better than average in the NYC slice joint tradition. The sicilian layed on the cheese, gooey and hot over the slightly crispy crust. The regular slice was another animal altogether: very thin, with a crispy crust, and an emphasis on the slight sweetness of the tomatoes over the cheese. (Anyone familiar with the slices served at Dani's, in Kew Gardens: Amore's is slightly less sweet, and without the oregano) The slice looked different than most as well. Lots of tiny red tomato dots popped out of the bubbling cheese like a beautiful TV test pattern. Good, old fashioned slice joint. I'll be back.
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                                                                                  rocksnob Jun 22, 2008 07:35 AM

                                                                                  Apparently it's the carrots added to the sauce that gives it the sweetness. Amore is one of the best in NYC.

                                                                                2. NYJewboy Dec 15, 2007 01:00 PM

                                                                                  What? No one mentions Umberto's in New Hyde Park? Their grandma slice is my favorite Queens pizza by far, however, Brooklyn has far far better places than Queens does. All I have to say is 'Di Fara'.

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                                                                                    lizisinflatbush Dec 16, 2007 05:26 PM

                                                                                    Is New Hyde Park technically in Queens?

                                                                                    I'm so excited that someone mentioned Singha's-- they do great little personal pizzas (I actually enjoy their Hawaiian confection). Primadonna, on Queens Blvd. near 67th Avenue is fairly solid, if a bit greasy, too.

                                                                                    Has anyone been to AJ's on Austin Street? They were a favorite of mine growing up in the area. They make a nice grandma slice, the atmosphere is pleasant and their cannoli's are quite good...

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                                                                                    A&J Pizza
                                                                                    71-37 Austin St, Queens, NY 11375

                                                                                    Primadonna
                                                                                    100-18 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11375

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                                                                                      liqdstar Mar 21, 2009 07:24 PM

                                                                                      Singhas is my absolute favorite pizza in queens. And although it's a chain- the best is the Elmhurst location. Forest hills pizza is just not that great. AJs has gone downhill since the new owners came in.

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                                                                                      Singas Famous Pizza
                                                                                      82-86 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

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                                                                                      bigjeff Apr 23, 2009 08:36 PM

                                                                                      umberto's was the first pizzeria I ever went to for a proper sit-down meal; this was in elementary school and . . . it was amazing. man! I gotta go back (haven't been back since).

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                                                                                        Polecat Apr 24, 2009 09:36 AM

                                                                                        Recently had the grandma, and it was as good as ever. Their brick oven pie isn't bad either. You can actually get away with doing the classic NYC fold without everything falling off the pie, which places it above Nick's in my book.
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                                                                                          bigjeff Apr 24, 2009 10:32 AM

                                                                                          i like the neoclassic fold which is to eat the slice flat, and once you get near the end, leaving enough of the cheese and sauce part of the slice (say, 2") as wide as the crust, you turn 90 degrees and fold up, sorta like a hot dog bun, with the sauce and cheese to eat with the crust; an open face pizza roll?

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                                                                                      Stuartmc910 Dec 18, 2007 10:27 AM

                                                                                      Sac's in Astoria, Broadway and 29th (?) Street.

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                                                                                        Justjenn Dec 19, 2007 02:12 PM

                                                                                        I dont know when I want pizza I want a slice -- Still love AJs on Austin Street and family makes good pizza when you get it hot -- although they spend a lot of time on their restautant side so it doesnt take precedence anymore. Call me crazy I like Nicks and Dees but its not real NY pizza -- its gourmet stuff which I like but its not what I crave when I want a slice.

                                                                                        1. NYJewboy Jun 22, 2008 07:51 AM

                                                                                          I recently tried Il Vesuvio on Bell Blvd. I had a really fantastic fresh mozzerella slice with a perfect crust. Way better than 99% of commercial pizza out there. People on this board tend to like VI pizze which is up the street, but I see no comparisan to Vesuvio's.

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                                                                                            Polecat Jun 23, 2008 11:20 AM

                                                                                            Good to know, as I work in the area. Bell and where?
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                                                                                              NuMystic Jul 12, 2009 03:51 PM

                                                                                              After reading and lurking here for ages, I actually had to register after following this suggestion.

                                                                                              Born and raised in Bayside, and tried Il Vesuvio for the first time last week with my wife... and we both agreed it was literally the worst pizza we've ever had in NYC.

                                                                                              Wanting to sample what was on offer we figured the basics were the right place to start. One slice of traditional pizza, one sicilian slice, and an eggplant parm hero.

                                                                                              The regular slice tasted exactly like frozen pizza. Poor quality cheese, too sweet, bad texture.

                                                                                              The sicilian crust was cooked on the outside but raw dough on the inside, plagued with the same bad cheese and cloying sweetness.

                                                                                              The hero was better, but not much. The eggplant was done well but the sauce on the hero was bitter. Either slightly burnt, or too much tomato paste in the mix. On the other hand my wife thought the hero was fine.

                                                                                              Just like the above poster mentioned, I would take anything from VIPizza over this place any day. Seems many are recommending the more exotic slices here, but since they can't offer even a basic slice that is palatable, I won't be bothering again.

                                                                                              If you prefer table service which VIPizza doesn't offer, Gino's on Springfield Blvd. off Horace Harding is excellent and consistent, if unadventurous, for standard fare pizza, calzones, pasta and the like... just avoid the salads with fresh tomatoes as they tend to be unripe and sub-par.

                                                                                              And finally if you're open to something other than a traditional NYC slice, there's very tasty coal fired, thin crust pizza at Grimaldi's in Douglaston downstairs by the movie theater.

                                                                                              And yes, it's the same Grimaldi's of Brooklyn renown. (now with a growing list of locations including, Hoboken, Garden City, and numerous points out west)

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                                                                                              Il Vesuvio
                                                                                              39-34 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

                                                                                              VIPizza
                                                                                              43-02 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

                                                                                              Gino's
                                                                                              61-32 Springfield Blvd, Queens, NY 11364

                                                                                              Grimaldi's
                                                                                              242-02 61st Ave, Queens, NY 11362

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                                                                                                NuMystic Oct 9, 2011 08:41 PM

                                                                                                Two years on, and I have to revise my experience here.

                                                                                                My original suspicion that it may have been the gourmet style pizzas that may be garnering the great reviews was definitely on point.

                                                                                                After our poor experience with the traditional NY style slice and plain sicilian I eventually did try a few of their more exotic slices and they were indeed fantastic.

                                                                                                Their "Godfather" which is sicilian style by the slice in the restaurant and also available in round pies to order, is now our favorite pizza in the area by far. Zucchini, mushrooms, onions, sun-dried tomatoes and bread crumb. Savory and texturally delectable thanks to breadcrumb addition on top.

                                                                                                A word of warning though, their delivery times are atrocious. Make sure you order at least a full hour in advance of your desired dining time, because we've never gotten a delivery faster than that. (probably averages 75 min. in our experience)

                                                                                                That said, we find it worth the wait and probably get one of these once a month.

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                                                                                                39-34 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

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                                                                                              montoya040 Sep 29, 2008 08:17 AM

                                                                                              Hey guys, new to the forum. Love all teh posts, and I live in Bayside so I'll be driving to Amore for lunch today, see what all the fuss is about. Anyone ever heard of Frankie's Pizza under the N train on 31st street in Astoria, between 23rd ave. and Ditmars Blvd. ? I have been going there for about 20 years and it's my fav place to get 2 slices and a coke. Very crispy and chewy. An amazing plain triangle slice.

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                                                                                                Avatar Meher Baba Jan 30, 2009 12:45 PM

                                                                                                Nick's is good but the service is rotten. They do not know how to seat people. There may be a line and a booth becomes available. They will seat two people there instead of accomodating a larger party. So, very often, customers will wait needlessly. They just don't know how to best use their seating arrangement. Pizza, anywhere, no matter how good, is not worth waiting and hour for. Anyway, for really good pizza, one must travel to Brooklyn.

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                                                                                                  AndreaG Feb 6, 2009 05:05 PM

                                                                                                  I'm with all of the Amore fans!!!! By far, hands down, the BEST pizza I have ever had!!! And it IS TRUE........the owner is the next generation from the owners of the infamous Gloria's Pizza owners. I'm fortunate enough to work in the same neighborhood as Amore, but it is DEFINITELY WORTH A SPECIAL TRIP!!! And like the others have mentioned, they do so much business that their pizza is ALWAYS fresh.....no matter when I go. Umberto's in New Hyde Park is also excellent!! But there is no comparison to Amore! There's no ambience, but when the pizza is as mesmerizing as Amore pizza, who cares about ambience!!!

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                                                                                                    Polecat Feb 7, 2009 05:26 AM

                                                                                                    I wouldn't agree about the "no ambience" thing. Amore's just has a different kind of ambience; kind of like eating in a bowling alley.
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                                                                                                    Paulomet Feb 7, 2009 03:43 AM

                                                                                                    I think that Bella Via is comparable to Nick's. Bella Via is in LIC and is a nice restaurant too. Just Pies. Definitely in the top 5 for Queens

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                                                                                                      Koru Mar 12, 2009 11:55 AM

                                                                                                      I can't believe non of ya'll haven't experienced Pizza Sam's. Sammy Jnr inherited the place from his pops who has since passed. It oozes flavor from the photos on the wall to the friendly staff......then there's the pizza. Thin, but not too thin crust, sauce made w/real fresh tomatoes, and cheese to die for. I recommend a basic pepp. and m/room and a chicken Sicilian. (Great pasta dishes too) It has recently changed hands but it's still Sam's. Northern bw 89th and 90th. You will not be disappointed.

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                                                                                                        Jeffsayyes Mar 23, 2009 04:00 PM

                                                                                                        I went in here last night. and walked out. the pizza just didn't look like all the hype. at all.

                                                                                                      2. icelandadam Mar 20, 2009 11:15 AM

                                                                                                        Elmhurst Pizza on Broadway and just past Whitney Ave...same style as Singah's just better i believe. since moving to Elmhurst i havent ordered pizza from a chain restaurant, what a release

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                                                                                                          xtrasharp1 Mar 21, 2009 04:40 PM

                                                                                                          VIP on Bell is so good that they don't deliver and all they do is pizza, a couple of rolls and garlic knots. The guys there are sweethearts and the pizza is consistent.

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                                                                                                            GreekGddss Apr 10, 2009 09:06 PM

                                                                                                            I second VIPS. Their buffalo chicken pizza is out of this world!!!

                                                                                                          2. CCSPRINGS Mar 23, 2009 03:40 PM

                                                                                                            I grew up in Little Neck so lets not forget Sal's Pizza on Northern Blvd. Been there for 30+ years.

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                                                                                                              NYJewboy Mar 24, 2009 07:37 AM

                                                                                                              Sal's is good, but can it be called 'best' of anything? In my opinion, on a scale of 10, it might score a 6 or 7. Slightly or above average. It ain't no 8.

                                                                                                              Average crust from middling dough. Commercial cheese with little taste and no interesting texture. He does make a decent sauce though; tangy and a bit sweet.

                                                                                                            2. yongjoo Mar 26, 2009 05:39 PM

                                                                                                              Nick's is hands down my favorite. But if you want a great pizza-by-the-slice, the place is Lillian Pizzeria. Besides being featured in Everybody Loves Raymond ;) it is honestly a good slice. I think it is underrated. Original owner still makes the pizza, it's location is off the beaten path and there is no delivery. So, it's not very accessible...

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                                                                                                                CCSPRINGS Mar 26, 2009 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                Not familiar with Lillian's Pizza. Where is it?

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                                                                                                                  yongjoo Mar 30, 2009 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                  Here it is:

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                                                                                                                  Lillian Pizzeria
                                                                                                                  96-01 69th Ave, Queens, NY 11375

                                                                                                              2. guttergourmet Mar 27, 2009 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                Alba's, Angelo's, Dani's, Nick's, Rosa's

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                                                                                                                  marsmarsmars Mar 29, 2009 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                  No love for Gaby's on Hillside!! Great crust and the cheese is stringy!

                                                                                                                  1. roxlet Apr 1, 2009 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                    The pizza of my adolescence was Nino's on Hillside Avenue and 179th Street, just near the last stop of the E & F trains. Is it still there? I remember it was excellent!

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                                                                                                                      MOREKASHA Dec 13, 2009 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                      I grew up aroung the corner and never heard of this place. When was it there? For whoel pies, Nicks, Nicks, Nicks. Coal, wood, who cares. The end justifieds the means.

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                                                                                                                      DocMumbles Dec 28, 2009 03:33 AM

                                                                                                                      There is no need to venture off Franny Lou if you want the best pizza in Queens. Your toughest decision is between Matese and Graziella who both make the best Sicillian around and arguably just as good or better leftover. VI Pizza on Bell is pretty good too.

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                                                                                                                      Graziella
                                                                                                                      33-25 Francis Lewis Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

                                                                                                                      VIPizza
                                                                                                                      43-02 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

                                                                                                                      Matese Pizzeria
                                                                                                                      26-15 Francis Lewis Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

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                                                                                                                        janie Dec 28, 2009 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                        Second that. My husband goes out of his way for the grandma at Graziella, says it's better than he's had anywhere in a long long time.

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                                                                                                                        smeyering Oct 15, 2011 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                        I agree with EVERYONE that is saying Nick's in Forest Hills. It's the best pizza by far!

                                                                                                                        Parking is the only problem in the Austin Street area but circling a few times is well worth it.

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                                                                                                                        108-26 Ascan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

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