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Lucali's closed for lunch, Grimaldi's line too long, Franny's boring, DiFara mobbed, Tottono's too far...Try Sam's

Sam's on Court. Beautiful pizza, precious place. Owner asked my daughter if she had any money.She shook her head no to which he replied "No money, no lunch." Gotta love it. As the sign says on the wall "Today's special menu:1. Take it. 2. Leave it." All kidding aside, the pizza is in the same realm as John's and Patsy's. So to all the other places mentioned above I say "fogeddaboutit-go to Sam's!"

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      1. re: guttergourmet

        I'll second the Sam's recommendation, but for the rest of their menu as well. Huge fan of the scungili fra diavola, the place feels outdated, but it's part of the charm.

    1. Tomorrow I'm going. What is there to loose?

      1. Honestly, I think Sam's is the most under appreciated pie in the neighborhood. It's really first rate and you can't beat the throwback, one-of-a-kind charm of the place. It's funny I noticed the "special menu" last time we were there and had to laugh. But really, to anyone in Carroll Gardens who hasn't experienced Sam's and it's awesome pizza (all i really get there)--run, don't walk.

        1. about once a year, someone makes a Sam's Chops love post which I enjoy seeing because they honestly have a great pizza.
          Just as a heads up though - while he's usually charming, Louie the owner will occasionally be in a funky mood and is pretty unbearable.

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          1. re: EJC

            Our waiter had unbearable BO last time we went. Not very appetizing.

            1. re: Mr. Particular

              places like this is why "outsiders" "don't get" brooklyn pizza. it's average at best. have at it, "locals", it's all yours.<doing my best zagat quotations>

              but then again, i have never found franny's pizza "too boring" or totonno's "too far".

              1. re: Mr. Particular

                part of the charm too. Not to mention the killer cheesecake (probably the best example of the italian ricotta style cheesecake in existence). I always heard they had good pizza, but not til I tried it did I find out that it's the best in the neighborhood.

                1. re: Mr. Particular

                  Seriously...we had the exact same experience. Not to mention the food--just basic entrees, including soggy lasagna--was awful. We didn't have the pizza though, so I'm willing to give that a try. (Takeout, of course!)

              2. Sams is pretty good. The throwback decor is def. a plus. But I always get mine to go. The crust can be on the thick and chewy side, but overall Sam's makes a decent pie.

                1. I love this place and I love the pizza. You get to know most the jokes after a while!

                  1. I like the pizza a lot. I think its one of the only reasons to go there...I was warned to not stray from pizza and we ordered one of the most horrible hot antipastos I've ever had. I mean unrecognizable slop. Granted, I havent tried the rest of the non pizza, but I trust the person who gave me the advice (more so for his accuracy when I ignored it).

                    but the pizza, is excellent, and the reason to go :)

                    1. sam's is great! but in agreement with other posts, definitely stick to the pizza. they don't deliver, so you have to take out (when you pick up your pie at the pizza window in the back of the restaurant, be sure to say hi to pop, he's an older gentleman on par with the proprietor of difara's, a great guy!). all this charm aside - the pizza can be inconsistent. sometimes the sauce hits the garlic too hard (a good or bad thing depending on your taste), and the crust can be a little overdone or chewy... all that being said though, even on a bad day, it's still the best no-fuss pizza in the 'hood! and the cheese is always excellent and consistent, and of high quality.

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                      1. re: koelnertorte

                        Sams is a good call for the pizza - it reminds me of another place - in Clinton Hill, that I think was named Cino's. I think it was on DeKalb. I am assuming that Cino's closed down but does anyone know/remember what happened?

                        1. re: BillyBob

                          Unfortunately it's now Bonita. That place was great!!!