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  • VinSin Dec 16, 2006 01:11 AM
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I would like to know what the absolute best Pizza is in Queens ??
Any suggestions ??

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  1. 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

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    1. re: janie

      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 !!!!

      1. re: janie

        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

        1. re: janie

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

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

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            1. re: MaspethMaven

              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....

              1. re: King of Northern Blvd

                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

                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...

                1. re: janie

                  Rosas on 69th street is opened till like 1Am

              3. 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.

                1. 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

                    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

                    1. re: TongoRad

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

                      1. re: PeteDelfino

                        Howard Beach

                        1. re: abu applesauce

                          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.

                          1. re: TongoRad

                            Thanks guys...got it

                    2. re: Chicago Mike

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

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

                      1. 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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                        1. re: stuartlafonda

                          I second the kudos for Amore. Excellent.

                        2. 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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                          1. re: tmartinsbox

                            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...

                            1. re: nooyawka

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

                          2. 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. 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

                                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 !!!

                              2. 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

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

                                  1. 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

                                    1. 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

                                        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.

                                        1. re: janie

                                          Thanks janie...

                                      2. 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

                                          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

                                          1. re: ert97

                                            I agree with Dani's.

                                          2. 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

                                            1. 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

                                              1. 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

                                                1. 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. 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

                                                    1. 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

                                                        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

                                                        1. re: bigjeff

                                                          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

                                                      2. 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.

                                                        1. 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. 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. 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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                                                              1. re: StrawbrryF

                                                                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

                                                                1. re: noah57

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

                                                              2. 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. 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

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

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                                                                    1. re: joekarten

                                                                      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?

                                                                      1. re: stuartlafonda

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

                                                                        1. re: joekarten

                                                                          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

                                                                          1. re: chefjellynow

                                                                            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

                                                                            1. re: johnk

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: ajs42548

                                                                                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.

                                                                                1. re: ajs42548

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

                                                                        1. 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.

                                                                          1. 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.

                                                                            1. 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. 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.
                                                                                P.

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                                                                                1. re: Polecat

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

                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                  1. re: NYJewboy

                                                                                    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

                                                                                    1. re: lizisinflatbush

                                                                                      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

                                                                                    2. re: NYJewboy

                                                                                      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).

                                                                                      1. re: bigjeff

                                                                                        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.
                                                                                        P.

                                                                                        1. re: Polecat

                                                                                          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?

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

                                                                                      1. 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. 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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                                                                                          1. re: NYJewboy

                                                                                            Good to know, as I work in the area. Bell and where?
                                                                                            P.

                                                                                            1. re: NYJewboy

                                                                                              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

                                                                                              1. re: NuMystic

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

                                                                                            2. 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.

                                                                                              1. 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.

                                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                                  1. re: AndreaG

                                                                                                    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.
                                                                                                    P.

                                                                                                  2. 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

                                                                                                    1. 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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                                                                                                      1. re: Koru

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

                                                                                                      2. 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

                                                                                                        1. 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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                                                                                                          1. re: xtrasharp1

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

                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                            1. re: CCSPRINGS

                                                                                                              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. 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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                                                                                                              1. re: yongjoo

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

                                                                                                                1. re: CCSPRINGS

                                                                                                                  Here it is:

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

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

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

                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                    2. 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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                                                                                                                      1. re: DocMumbles

                                                                                                                        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.

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