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Best Pizza on Arthur Ave or elsewhere in the Bronx?

Does anyone in the Bronx currently make pizza worth being considered among the best in the city? Whose your favorite on Arthur Ave or anywhere else in the Bronx?

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  1. The best pizza on Arthur Ave is unquestionably Zero Otto Nove. They don't serve slices, instead opting for the authentic "napolitano" style of serving an entire pie (which is definitely able to handled by an individual). My wife and I have an Italian food blog and we just visited the place and shot a bunch of video which you can check out below.
    Jonny Mangia


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    1. re: SundaySauce

      My problem with Zero Otto Nove is that the ingredients are better than the pizza. Great sausage and cheese unispired, improperly cooked crust and sauce. IMHO not up to the hype.

      Zero Otto Nove
      2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

      1. re: johnindabronx

        It's not hype. Zero Otto Nove was the best in NYC.

        However, when I visited about 6 weeks ago, the pizza wasn't nearly as good as it used to be. (I also noticed that there was a different pizzaiolo at work, so that may explain some things. Not sure if it was just the day I went or if staff have changed more generally.)

        Zero Otto Nove
        2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

    2. Insiders know that Mario's on Arthur Ave. has a very good pizza though it is not touted on the menu...you just have to ask for it. And Antonio Trattoria on Belmont Ave. does a fine job with pizza too...

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      1. re: gutreactions

        Antonio's is barely good at all. It is leagues under Marios and 089.

        1. re: gutreactions

          How much is the pie at Mario's? I'm hankering for a meal out on Monday before I head back for Thanksgiving on Tuesday afternoon.

        2. Zero otto nove has wonderful pizza, but I suggest you go to Mario's on Arthur Ave and ask for the pizza. I think they'll serve a full pie for lunch even though it's not on the menu and they have it listed as an appetizer for dinner. It's probably my third favorite pizza behind DiFara's and Johnny's in Mt. Vernon.
          If you do go to Zero Otto Nove get the sausage and potato pizza - it's delicious!

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          1. re: tnhayes0405

            I've had Zero Otto Nove's (and Louis & Ernie's); but are you saying that Mario's pizzas are even BETTER than Zero Otto Nove's, or that Mario's is just another good choice among several?

            1. re: racer x

              I like Mario's a lot. I think it's a personal preference. The pizza at Mario's is a really thin crispy crust which I just find to like better. I love zero otto nove, but they are different pizzas.
              Louie and Ernie's is also a fav, but not as high up for me as the other two pizzas.
              If you like thin crust pizza you should try Johnny's in Mt. Vernon.

              1. re: tnhayes0405

                Also, have to second the thoughts on Coals. Again a totally different pizza, but I've never been dissapointed. The Heaven Scent is perfection. They also have one with pepperoni sometimes as their menu changes and it's delicious too.

              2. re: racer x

                For the Bronx, you really don't have many choices unfortunately. The only two places that I've found are "best of city" worthy are Mario's and Coals (haven't tried 089). I second what others are saying about those two.

                In my opinion, Johnny's in Mount Vernon blows both of them out though, and its right over the border of the Bronx. Unless you are looking for a style similiar to 089.

            2. After living in the Bronx for the past five years and exclusively on Arthur for the last two I think I know the right pies. The Bronx isn't mecca for pizza purists but if you know where to look you'll get a great slice. For cheap (relatively) slices that are delicious check out Full Moon Pizza on the corner of 187th and Arthur. I would reccommend the Eggplant sicilian slice (amazing!).

              Also, if you want astandard slices try University Pizza (Buffalo Chicken Slice), on Fordham Road, and Tony and Tina's, on 189th and Arthur.

              But if you were to come to the area and get one thing I would say try the burek at Tony and Tina's. It's flaky dough either with cheese, meat, or spiach inside. They are OUTSTANDING! Beats a slice if your hungry! I hope this helps!

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              1. re: Rammer12185

                Second Full Moon, it's fantastic..and get a whole pie, best cornmeal crust ever...and the best long stemmed artichoke slice I've ever had in my life.

                Love this place.

              2. I might as well chime in with some pizza recs myself. Bronxites have some good above average pizza joints they could really be proud of. The subject of sausage tends to come up a lot on threads here when pizza is mentioned. The best sausage topping is used at Frank's Pizzeria located at 2823 Middletown Road. The owners there say they get it from Arthur Ave. They also have a good grandma slice. If stuffed pizza is what you crave, then go to Crosby Pizza located at 1731 Crosby Avenue. For *solid* slices, IMO the best in the Bronx right now are Circle Pizza located at 112 Hugh J Grant Circle, and Dominick’s Pizzeria located at 1015 Allerton Avenue. Slices at both locations rarely disappoint. Dominick's has variety, Circle has no variety.

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                1. re: Cheese Boy

                  Years ago a pizzeria opened in Riverdale in the Bronx(Riverdale ave and 238st) and either the owner or the pizzaiolo was from Lombardi's, when Lombardi's was still making great pies...i ate there many times in the 90s and im not sure what the scene is today...back in the day, another place called Catania on Central Ave in westchester was making excellent slices...

                  1. re: lapizzamaven

                    that chef is now the owner of probably my favorite spot, salvatore of soho - in staten island. you Have to go there.

                2. Louie and Ernie's is my hands down favorite. It's not fancy, but they do the NYC slice style to perfection. Plus I've been eating there with the same satisfaction for 25 years. I love a place with that kind of consistency. Sweet family owned joint with everyone pitching in.

                  Get a Sausage and Onion, and a white pie. Yummmm

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                  1. re: SpiceJunkies

                    My take (in order from top):

                    Tosca Cafe
                    Zero Otto Nove (four cheese pie)
                    Mario´s (only the large pizza)

                    1. re: SpiceJunkies

                      Big, big second on Louie and Ernie's really good NYC style slices, not contrived and overly salted and seasoned like DiFara's. Great crunch, good sauce and cheese. Their homade excellent homade sausage is served crumbled as it should be, no greasy slabs of mediocre bias cut slabs. The fresh tomato basil and mozzarella is also a favorite. Can't say enough about this place other than they don't get the credit they deserve being in two fare zone. Also the family owned bakery next door is phenomenal, I mean it, phenomenal.

                      1. re: johnindabronx

                        Really need to hit Louie and Ernie's. What's the address? I want to see how far it is from my digs in Fordham.

                    2. 1. This post is ancient.

                      2. How has no one said Louie and Ernie's yet? Easily the best pizza in the Bronx and the best white pie in New York. Amazing.

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                      1. re: JFores

                        it was mentioned see post sept 2008--further up--

                        1. re: JFores

                          Agreed. Said it on 11/16. L&E never gets the cudo's it deserves.