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Staten Island Pizza

I keep hearing people proclaim magnificent things about Staten Island's pizza. If the hot tips abound I want to go to try some representative samplings. What are the best places and special items?

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  1. i've had a file on my desktop since i moved to ny(2.5 years ago) titled "staten island pizza" with this inside:

    Joe & Pat's - 1758 Victory Blvd
    Denino's - 524 Port Richmond Ave

    i've yet to make it to either, but this weekend sounds like the time!

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    1. re: TBird

      Thanks TBird. Staten Islanders often sound like the New Haven crowd about how nothing compares to their pizza (I am no better of course with my DiFara obsession). I will try to get out there.

      1. re: NYJewboy

        Start with Deninos... an hour wait sometimes but the bar is a good hang. Cash only. Joe & Pats is good as is a dozen others on the island but only Deninos has that frisson. Very working class and cheap. It's all about the crust.

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        Joe & Pat's
        1758 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314

        Denino's
        524 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302

        1. re: Flaco

          I was at a wake in SI last year and when we asked where to grab a bite, we were all but forced by half the people there to go to Deninos. The pizza came out bubbling hot and burned the roof of my mouth but I still think about it all the time. Really good.

      2. re: TBird

        Joe and pats is great too. Maybe a bit pricey. I ask for well done. They use the tight beefy smaller diameter pepperoni and the thin crust pizza is right on. Great sauce. So far so good every time and I care about my pizza. So tell me a better thin crust pizza and dont mention a chain please.

        1. re: chowdude

          Trattoria Romana on Hylan Blvd makes a very good thin crust pizza,(I recc the eggplant) as does the ORIGINAL Goodfella's also on Hylan.
          Especially their vodka pie. With or w/o chicken
          Lento's on New Dorp Lane can be hit or miss, but when they hit, the pizza is really good. .

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          Lento's
          289 New Dorp Ln, Staten Island, NY 10306

          Trattoria Romana
          1476 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

          Goodfella's
          1718 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

        2. re: TBird

          finally made it to denino's today. we had the "mor"(meatball, onion & ricotta) with extra garlic. the pie looked beautiful! the crust was very thick and chewy which may be a turn-off for alot, but we rolled with that one. all in all it's a decent pie if you live in the hood but FAR from the special trip i made to test the waters. the things i do for you guys...
          :-) lol

          ps - the beer and wine is CHEAP!!!!!! hiccup

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          Denino's
          524 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302

          1. re: TBird

            uh oh... bad news regarding that crust... that's the whole deal there.

            1. re: Flaco

              I reallly like the whole Denino's 'experience.' The pizza (I'm a Garbage pie fan, myself) is really well made but I agree, if you're a fan of really thin crust, it's not going to be your favorite. The place just gives off a very warm, neighborhood vibe. No one tries to push past anyone else (This IS, after all, Staten Island :-})

              1. re: Tay

                it was a definate people watching excursion. i saw mullets even.
                :-)
                lol

                1. re: TBird

                  TBird...
                  It's not called the "Disco" Borough for nothing ...:-}

                  1. re: Tay

                    "TBird...
                    It's not called the "Disco" Borough for nothing ...:-}"

                    awesome! just spit coffee all over my screen! lol

                2. re: Tay

                  You know the extra room in the very back? We had gone to Deninos maybe 10 times and never were seated back there... we started thinking that maybe it was for the wiseguys or something!

                  I had a couple of slices recently at Joe & Pats and yes, crust was thinner... but better? Nah. Good though.

                  1. re: Flaco

                    Flaco
                    'They' go elsewhere for pizza but if I told you where, I'd have to... Well, you know ..:-}

          2. Pizza is the perfect gustatorial answer for economic hard times. If I had the money I would fly tommorrow to Bologna. I don't. So I am going to get a slice, and it is going to be amazing because this is New York City, and pizza is still something that we have. Glory.

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            1. re: NYJewboy

              I've lived on SI for, yikes, about 30 years, but haven't fully explored the pizza scene. When I first moved here, I lived close to Joe & Pat's, but to be honest, I can't remember that it was all that exciting. Denino's is the one everyone talks about, but I rarely get over to that neighborhood somehow. Somewhere on this board, there are other Island pizzerias recommended.

              Goodfella's has its adherents, but of course it is a chain.

              Frankly, these days I'm grateful most pizzerias make a great side dish: sauteed spinach with garlic. It's a whopping portion for about $4.50, tasty, and more nutritious than pizza. But I still like a slice of great pizza now and then. :)

              1. re: comestible

                The original Goodfella's on Hylan Blvd has pretty good pizza, as does Denino's (Get a "Garbage Pie" ) Trattoria Romana,on Hylan Blvd (Great eggplant pie) and, surprisingly, Lento's on New Dorp Lane.(inventors of the Vodka Pie) Pasticceria Bruno on Hylan Blvd. and Justino's on Guyon Ave. (Well done Grandma pie) Inost of these places you have to commit to a pie, but some of them make personal size pies.

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                Denino's
                524 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302

                Lento's
                289 New Dorp Ln, Staten Island, NY 10306

                Pasticceria Bruno
                1650 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

                Justino's
                89 Guyon Ave, Staten Island, NY 10306

                Trattoria Romana
                1476 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

                Goodfella's
                1718 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

                1. re: Tay

                  Is Lento's in New Dorp related to the old Lento's in Bay Ridge?

                  1. re: MShapiro

                    MShapiro
                    Yup... One of the same owners. But it's an entirely different dining experience. They serve tasty pizza, and very good quality food, but don't expect to find that cracker-like crust pizza served on those upside down heavy trays by Waiters older than dirt, or that DOM bar atmosphere. Unfortunately, THAT they couldn't shlep over the bridge. . :-}

                    1. re: MShapiro

                      nucci's on forest and denino's are my favorites. joe and pat's are ok but i don't think they make it with love.

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                      Joe & Pat's
                      1758 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314

                      Denino's
                      524 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302

                      Nucci's
                      616 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10310

                    2. re: Tay

                      I'd like to correct my posting of 2/14 at 1:15am.

                      Goodfella's NOT Lento's invented the Vodka Pie.

                2. Denino's is where it's at. The sausage pie is killer, as are the white pie, and the broccoli rabe. Get some fried calamari to start. If you have a small group, grab a table by the bar to avoid the wait. Like most of the better pizza places on the island: no slices.

                  1. Denino's great pizza...packed every night though..................and nunzio's on hylan blvd midland beach area. both great

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                    1. re: lludra

                      Denino's... Great.... Nunzio's?... Not so much.

                    2. Starving today after shopping with my suegra I stopped at Brothers right there at Port Richmond and Forest. We had a couple of Grandma squares and even she was impressed... this place does seem to have it's own very blue collar following.

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                      Brother's Pizzeria
                      750 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302

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                      1. re: Flaco

                        Flaco
                        I've had some very decent pizza from there. It just needed a bit more parm cheese. I'm more of a Denino's fan, but that's just a matter of personal taste. There are lots of decent slices around.

                        1. re: Tay

                          Yeah Deninos has that amazing consistency of the crust. They also upgraded their basic salad which I think is mandatory at my age when having pizza for dinner. Now tell me, is there anywhere on the island where I can get a small pie with arugula (rocket) throw on top? You know, kill two birds with one pie?

                          1. re: Flaco

                            Flaco...lol!
                            You speak your own language: AKA: "FlacoSpeak"..I'm assuming you want pizza with arugula, correct? I'd recc you try Trattoria Romana. Their food is good, esp their pasta dishes and they make very nice specialty pizza's. I happen to like their eggpplant pizza, but I'm reasonably sure any topping on their very good basic pie would be delicious. Be forewarned: It's a restaurant, not a pizzaria,and it's very popular/crowded, especially on the weekends. Here's their site. If you go, I'd love to read a post RE: Your experience, Good, bad or ugly:-}

                            http://www.trattoriaromana.com/index....

                            1. re: Tay

                              Tay
                              I agree with you 100% about Trattoria Romano. Delicious pizza and pasta dishes. Also everything else is very good.

                              1. re: irvingk

                                irrviingk
                                Thank you. I agree. They have very good food in general. My only complaint is that with the crowds on weekends, the noise levels can be off the charts. We were going to go last night, but the thought of the weekend crowds made us decide to opt for a more traditional, less noisy" red sauce" dinner kind of place.The food was surprisingly good. We ordered 3 appetizers for 4 people and they were HUGE! Mozzarella en carozza, eggplant rollatini and a gigantic platter of deliciously tender , non greasy, calamari. On weekends they serve complimentary bruschetta, so between that and the appetizers, we basically ended up taking our entree's home . We'll save Trattoria Romana for a week night visit. :-}