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Jan 30, 2009 04:59 AM

Brooklyn Pizza along Belt Parkway

All - looking for some quick responses.

Best pie around belt parkway (no more than about 5 minutes off exit)?

Di Fara is great, but had it and want something else.

Any responses opinions would be appreciated!

I have had New Park and enjoyed.

Just looking for a plain cheese pie.

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  1. J&V Pizza, 6322 18h Avenue, Brooklyn (718) 232-2700. Great pepperoni or Grandma pie.

    Italia Pizza, 307 Kings Highway, Brooklyn (718) 339-0666 for the Sicilian. Best I've ever had. Better than Spumoni Gardens.

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    1. re: Brklynbobby

      How about New Park - Forgot about that one...JV and Italia better than NP?

        1. re: Brklynbobby

          1524 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn NY

          1. re: abu applesauce

            Hands down the best. Look no further.

    2. Pizza Wagon on 5th Avenue off 86th St.
      Grandma's Pizza on 3rd Ave in the 70's

      Park on Shore Parkway--walk it off and go to both!

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      1. re: MrsT

        Just tried the namesake slice at Grandma's Pizza. Nice people behind the counter. The slice was O.K. I liked the thinness and crispness of the crust, and the sauce-to-cheese ratio was good (I like it fairly saucy). But I thought the sauce was too sweet. Anybody have any other recs on the best grandma-style slice in the area with a nice thin crust and decent amount of sauce, but not over-sweetened? Thanks.

        1. re: hhhippo

          Eh, you could try Ninos, 3rd Ave ca. 92nd St. Their menus and pizza boxes all claim that they originated the gramdma's slice. But, in reality, their crust seems to be chewy and unappetizing most of the time.

          1. re: scooter

            Loved the grandma's at Nino's. Sauce was AWESOME. Crust was good. VERY thin.

            1. re: serialportme

              Thanks for the tip and thanks for trying it out. I'll try to check it out soon.

      2. Since you mention New Park in Queens, I would also recommend La Villa in that same Howard Beach area. I believe they have a place in Mill Basin close to the Parkway as well, but I haven't tried that location.

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        1. re: gnocchi

          I heard the one in Mill Basin closed, I haven't been there for years. There is another LaVilla in Park Slope.

          1. re: MrsT

            there was a fire next door, some damage at La Villa
            but its since re-opened

            1. re: bruklinboy

              New Park was good. I will try one of the others and report back!


        2. La Casa Bella, a few blocks from the Cropsey Ave. exit:

          Really great pizza. I'd go with their Margherita (or one of their other interesting pies) instead of just plain cheese, though.

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          1. re: Jeffy

            La Casa Bella was just ok. Sauce was a little Elliosesque.

            Any other places?

            1. re: serialportme

              I normally opt for the vodka or fresh tomato slices, neither of which have traditional pizza tomato sauce. But I could see how you might find the sauce on the margherita overly sweet.

          2. No contest for me, Totonno's in Coney Island on Neptune Ave. Under 5 minutes from the Ocean Pkwy/Shore Road belt pkwy exits and my fav in nyc. Call before you go to make sure they are open.

            Also in the area (really just go the opposite direction away from the belt) is L&B Spumoni Gardens. I don't 'get' their pizza, but many find the sicilian to be good. Don't travel for their round.

            I also enjoy the Sophia pizza from Ciccio's Pizza at 207 Ave U. Heavy on the garlic and yummy but not in the same league as a Totonno's pie.

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            1. re: dhs

              WOW - Totonno's was GREAT. Around $20 for a plain pie is a little pricey - but it really was AWESOME. Different, but better then New Park.

              Where should I try next??

              1. re: serialportme

                I had the same reaction the first time I went.

                1. re: serialportme

                  Wow - did you see Totonno's burnt down in Brooklyn?

                  Happy I at least got to try it...I feel bad for them.

                  1. re: serialportme

                    See other posts on the subject. They expect to reopen in 6 weeks.