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The best pizza in Brooklyn.....that no one knows about.

That's because it's in this odd little corner of Bensonhurst, at Stillwell Avenue and 80th Street but his pizza is sublime. My favorites are the Nonna, a thin crust square with a dark tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and amply seasoned with herbs, the Sophia Lauren, fresh tomato sauce, slices of fresh tomatoes, garlic(!) and sesame seed crust and the Peter Special, a thicker crust round pie. He also has vodka, chicken bruschetta, upside down pizza, rice balls, pannini and pasta. I used to love to watch Dom DeMarco make pizza but now with the wait and the cost, it's not worth it. Peter makes pizza like he was born doing it and will regale you with amazing stories of Brooklyn while he's slinging pies. So for the incredible pizza and entertainment experience, Peter is my number one choice.

Peter Pizza
2358 80th St, Brooklyn, NY 11214

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  1. The pies sounds like a spin off of Ciccio's on Ave U. I, for one, would not clasify Ciccios as a great pizza joint but a better than average slice place. But since Pete's is so close to me, I will have to check it out. I do have a hard time believing this has been under the radar and truly great.
    FWIW - I hope to eat those words!!!

    1. While the pizza is pretty good, albeit a little too acidic for my taste, referring to it as 'Sublime' is really pushing the envelope. I find Casa Bella's on 26th Ave to be better.

      La Casa Bella
      2579 Cropsey Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

      1. I am confused.. whats the place's name.

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        1. Thanks for the info. I'm curious to try Peter Pizza and compare it to DiFara's....as far as cost and wait goes, I'm pretty much willing to endure both to eat at DiFara's, which I consider to be the best pizza ever, anywhere.

          Di Fara Pizza
          1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

          1. Anyone know if they sell slices? I'm intrigued, but would prefer to give it a test run, since it's easier to drag myself to Bensonhurst on the prospect of good pizza than five other people.

            1. Sam's Chop House, on Court Street in Cobble Hill, has the best unknown pizza. The trick there is you have to get it with garlic.

              Escarol, calzone and clams are good, too. That is about it.

              238 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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              1. re: hambone

                I think Sam's may have the best crust in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, the sauce is just OK (not sweet, but little flavor), and the cheese generic, industrial mozz. I'll try the garlic hint next time.

                1. re: lambretta76

                  He uses Pollyo which he hand cuts. Better than the prepackeaged/cryo vac crap but you are right, nothing special.

                  The garlic makes the sauce.

                  And I agree. It really is all about the crust.

                  And since you are there anyway, get the escarol. (Between the garlic in the escarol and the garlic on your pie, you should plan on bringing your date or not having one for a few days after....)

              2. If you live in Bensonhurst, I would recommend La Bella on 20th ave and btw 85th and 86th streets. It's my favorite in the area, and the fresh mozzerella slices are excellent (there's even a hint of pesto, which makes everything better.)

                La Bella
                8509 20th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

                1. I'll put my vote in for Delmar on Sheepshead Bay Road. Maybe its because I grew up on their pizza but it is the quintessential NYC slice as far as I am concerned. Despite the original owners selling it a few years back, I still love their slices. Not too much cheese, sauce, or dough and the crust is always crispy but never burnt.

                  Delmar Pizzeria
                  1668 Sheepshead Bay Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11235

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                  1. re: coreynyc

                    V&S on Emmons Ave. (around the corner from El Greco) is similar. Both are OK and make decent slice and hot dishes IMO. Usually their specialty pies are worth trying. The rest of the pizzerias i found in the area are crappy.

                    V&S Pizza
                    1723 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

                    1. re: MShapiro

                      I can't believe there is anything better than L&B Spumoni.

                      L&B Spumoni Gardens
                      2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223

                      1. re: SpiceJunkies

                        I can't believe that those Sheepshead Bay pizzerias are being touted as among Brooklyn's best, even with the "that no one knows about" qualifier.

                        By the way, I think that this thread topic is sort of nebulous anyway. The best Brooklyn pizzeria "that no one knows about" doesn't necessarily have to be a noteworthy pizzeria.

                        This appears to be a discussion to determine Brooklyn's 35th best pizzeria.

                        1. re: pizmet

                          35th? I dont agree with your point. brooklyn is huge and there is minimum chowhound awareness of many of the traditionally italian neighborhoods. Di Fara's was just a very good corner pizzeria at some point - Ive certainly experienced others over the years so it seems like a good idea to identify others among the unpretentious operators who are doing a good job (if they are out there). What really interests me is how little follow up there was on the initial post. There hasnt been a single first person response to the initial assertion.

                          1. re: jen kalb

                            Yeah, I have been meaning to get over there but just haven't felt the compulsion to go. Maybe after visiting Totonno's again I will have some inspiration.

                            I am not suprised at all that this has not been persued much. Stranger things have happened than a great place flying under the radar but Brooklyn is a much smaller borough than it used to be. Boards like this and other ways of diseminating information have broken down many physical and cultural barriers. Very few areas are obscured from comment and critique. The often obsessed over pizza slice surely would not remain unknown, unheralded if it was a true stand out.

                            Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano
                            1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

                            1. re: dhs

                              Got out of work early and went by. It is a slice joint, better than many (it is very similar to Ciccio's on Ave. U) but not in the same league as top spots. My opinion at least.

                              Ciccio Pizza
                              207 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

                            2. re: jen kalb

                              What interests me is that ...
                              1) they exist
                              2) noone wants them "dom"ed.

                          2. re: SpiceJunkies

                            L&B has a sweet sauce which some people don't like. personally, I love them but I love others too. It's all about the type you crave that moment!

                            1. re: deepo

                              I agree I like many types of Pizza.. L&B is in a class by it self. Not meaning it is the best but name another that you can compare to L&B Square??? Maybe Rosa'a in Maspeth. I love all mentioned above and God Bless Dom Demarco I hope he lives another 100 years.. I love him and his family as well as the Pizza.. But there are enough "New Yorkers" from Idaho to wait an hour for a $5 dollar slice he does not need my 5 bucks... Someone said before DiFaras was just a regular Pizza Joint not that long ago... I remember it..


                              Rosa's Pizza
                              55-26 69th St, Queens, NY 11378

                      2. Savoia on Smith St.

                        277 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231