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Alternatives to Una Pizza Napoletana

guttergourmet Jul 26, 2007 11:11 AM

I have become a fan of UPN after several visits. However, they are only open Thursday through Sunday at night. I also credit Anthony Mangieri with inspiring a new generation of pizzaiolos. So if you like UPN you'll also like Luzzo's around the corner and newly opened Isabella's Oven on Grand on the LES. I still need to get to Franny's in Brooklyn. Going to Old Forge Pennsylvania this weekend to check out the self-proclaimed "Pizza Capital of the World". Living in NY and having been to New Haven and Rome (but unfortunately not Napoli), I'm slightly skeptical.

  1. seal Jul 26, 2007 11:34 AM

    Not sure if Franny's will add much to your nyc area pizza experience, but with all the hype I guess you have to try it. I found it to be lacking in all areas and more like a nice bread than a good pizza.

    Funny story. Went to Dar Bafetto in Rome this summer and ate next to a nice Canadian family. We all got to talking and agreed that while it was very good pizza, it was not the best either of us had ever had.

    We decided that, regardless of anything else, the best pizza is always what you're used to at home.

    Having said that, I still love DiFara's, UPN, John's, Grimaldi's, and even some of the less hyped joints. Guess that next I have to get to Luzzo's.

    1. thievery Jul 26, 2007 12:47 PM

      try the margherita classica at fornino in williamsburg.

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      1. re: thievery
        olia Jul 26, 2007 02:11 PM

        wrong board, but I second Fornino's (right outside L stop)

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        BronxBoy Jul 27, 2007 09:59 AM

        #28 Carmine. Very underrated and not the scene that is Una Pizza.. .

        1. BackyardChef Jul 27, 2007 11:29 AM

          La Pizza Fresca....rarely mentioned, but high quality wood-fired pizza.....

          31 East 20th Street
          between Park Ave. So. & Broadway

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          1. re: BackyardChef
            a_and_w Jul 27, 2007 12:46 PM

            La Pizza Fresca -- that's the daddy. Also Ottimo on 24th btw 6th and B'way.

          2. BluPlateSpec Jul 27, 2007 02:28 PM

            Isabella's Oven
            365 Grand Street , east of essex st.
            reviewed on Slice

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              brickscoli Jul 27, 2007 02:55 PM

              I like # 28 Carmine. Ask for Sal. He'll sort you out. Lucali in Cobble hill is excellent as well. Actually Bar Toto in Park Slope has some killer pizza. And yes I'm a fan of Otto though the pizza gets a lot of slack. I wouldnt go to Otto for a marinara pie though.

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                jens Jul 30, 2007 04:18 PM

                Posto on 2nd Ave. (And 17th, I think...)

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