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Real Brooklyn Pizza

My favorites are Vesuvios, Pizza wagon, and i think Ninos
All in bayridge brooklyn.

Whats your favorite real ny pizza joint?

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  1. you might want to try roebling pizza. i like how it's always fresh, the owner only makes one pie at a time and puts topping on it to order.

    1. I agree with the first two. I haven't been to Nino's yet. I also hear Grandma's is pretty good.

      I personally can't stand the line of tourists by DiFara's.

      1. Larry & BoBo's...just kidding L&B Spumoni Gardens...My buddy always calls it Larry & BoBo's

        1. Korner church and 3rd st, V&J on 65st and 18th ave(I think), the place across from the Barnes and Noble in Park Slope.

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          1. re: Geo8rge

            I'll second Korner Pizza. I lived at Ave C & E3rd for 14 years and lived on their sicilian and meatball heros...ever since I moved to the area in 1970. And Natalie was there then and is still there at least when I was back a year or so ago.

            Remember: Your math teacher was wrong: The area of a circle is NOT Pi R Squared...

            Only Sicilian Pi are Square
            Neopolitan Pi are Round

            1. re: Geo8rge

              It's actually J&V on 64th Street & 18th Avenue (718) 232-2700. Terrific pepperoni pie.
              Also, Italia at 307 King's Highway (718) 339-0666 for the Sicilian.

            2. I don't understand the love for Pizza Wagon. The few times I've tried it it has struck me as cheap and greasy.

              Ninos does so many varieties. I guess their thin slice with fresh mozzarella is best (forget what they call it.) Sicilian is a good substitute when the L&B craving hits and you don't want to drive over there. But the rest? Feh - from bland to truly bad. For some reason they've began to absolutely murder their Grandma pie - I can remember when it was nice and crispy with a nice dose of oil, parmesan, and garlic, but now it usually comes out dry and chewy. Why?

              I got the most magical slice from the place around 88th & 3rd, about a month back. I can never remember the name, I often hit it when I'm parking late at night and I have to schlep 10 blocks south. Perfect balance of cheese, oil, sauce, and crispy crust.

              Honestly, for a neapolitan pie with no BS, my fave is Patsy's in East Harlem. Consistently good, obvs authentic, not crowded, no hassles. I also love Dom, of course, can't see how it's not "real Brooklyn pizza" aside from the fact that it is insanely popular.

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              1. re: scooter

                So, in writing my little review of Nino's, I realized that I've hardly ever eaten their plain slice - I'm always getting the specialty slices or a pie with toppings. So, I had two for dinner. Not bad, better than "bland" anyway.

                Crust: B. Crisp, but a little crackery. The end was a distressing undercooked yellow color. Overall slice is nice and thin.

                Sauce: A-. Lots of tomato taste.

                Oil: A. A good amount, not too much.

                Cheese: B-. Just didn't deliver enough cheesy goodness. One slice was nicely browned, which was better than nothing, I guess.

                So, overall, B or B+.

                1. re: scooter

                  I had fun with my Nino's review, and I really have nothing else to do this weekend, so I hit Pizza Wagon and my post-parking place ("Brick Oven Pizza" on 3rd btw 88 and 89th.)

                  PIZZA WAGON

                  Crust: A. By far the best aspect - crispy, light, and a little fluffy. But, where's the rest? It was basically a lightly decorated triangle of crust.

                  Tomato: D. Visible, but you couldn't taste it.
                  Cheese: D. Very light dusting of mozzarella.
                  Oil. B. No impression of the oil content, really.

                  Again, strikes me as a very cheap slice. There is a good junk food, "stuff your face" quality to it, though. Overall grade, B-

                  BRICK OVEN

                  After the other two places I could see what I like about this - there's actually a decent amount of cheese. Maybe even twice as much as pizza wagon. Something was off, though. Too much oregano? Is the cheese fake? Dunno. Crust B-, Sauce C, Cheese A-, Oil A, subtract a grade for unknown bad flavor, overall C.

                  While this is a fun exercise, it confirms what I was suspecting. This stuff is OK, but no destination pie.

                  1. re: scooter

                    i dont get my fellow bay ridgers fascination w/ pizza wagon
                    been there a few times, just dont get it

                    having said that
                    in my opinion
                    Grandmas on 3rd ave btween ovington and 69th is my fav in the neighborhood by far
                    especially their margherita

                  2. re: scooter

                    Gah, *terrible* take-out night from Ninos. Ordered a "don't-want-to-drive-to-L-and-B" sicilian. First one is burnt, so we call back and reject it. Two hours later we end up eating a heavy, soggy undercooked pie.

                    They have a good menu, but sometimes they just murder the pies.

                2. I've been saving this but consistently the best slice i've ever had ( and i must've eaten at almost every pizzeria in southern brooklyn) is from Grotta Azzurra Pizzeria & Restaurant on 21st ave right off 86th st in Bensonhurst. Great crispy crust with a thin layer of cheese over the perfect amount of sauce EVERY single time. Andrea and his wonderful sicilian family are always there making you feel at home. ciao.

                  1. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NYC. Most of the replies I see here are about the pizza in your local areas. I have never been to "Pizza Wagon" or "Korner Pizza" but have been to many places that all have great pizza. I don't know whose opinion is taken as "The Best" but I think it is what's good at the time or what you are use to.

                    I've tried some off the main street pizza places that would blow your mind and I guarantee, you never heard of them. The one thing I can truly say is Brooklyn Pizza, in majority beats anywhere in any state I have ever been...

                    BAR NONE.

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                    1. re: Luke Constantino

                      i feel xactly the same way
                      to the point of snobbishness about any pizza not made in brooklyn
                      some think I'm crazy.......and I just may be

                      1. re: bruklinboy

                        Vic's on Kings Hwy
                        House of Pizza , Union St
                        Joe's of Bleccker 7 ave
                        L anb B
                        Jand V

                    2. La Villa's grandma pizza (deep dish) in the Slope - not your typical brooklyn slice, but the crust is so perfectly salted, and the sauce flavorful, with just the right amount of herbs. Fabulous!

                      And I believe I learned about this place from Slice.com - Tomato and Basil on 4th Ave and Union Street. Seriously amazing slices and chicken rolls. Probably the best sauce I've had in Brooklyn.

                      1. What does "real" mean. Do you mean a place that has the old school atmsophere? To me no place is real or not real just different styles.

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                        1. re: jason carey

                          I'd have to agree with you. It really is a, 'Different strokes for different folks, ' kind of thing. It depends, to a great extent, on what makes it delicious for that particular individual. There is no "Best" place for everyone.