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Brooklyn Pizza: Please critique my list

We will be in NYC this weekend and are planning a tour of Brooklyn pizza joints. We have been to DiFaras so you will notice that one is missing.

Please let us know what you think of the list! Also, if there are any we SHOULD NOT miss that didn't make the list, please let us know, too!

Thanks!

L&B Spumoni Gardens
Grimaldi's
Motorino
Fornino

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  1. Other places to consider:

    Lucali
    Roberta's
    Sam's
    Franny's
    Luna Rossa (stick to the margherita though)

    And Totonno's if by some miracle they reopen by this weekend.

    1. I'd skip Grimaldi's unless you want to experience the disappointment of the hype not living up to the pizza...

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      1. re: StheJ

        Ditto. Skip Grimaldi's unless you want to go just to say that you've tried it (you'll probably be disappointed). Fornino is also skippable.

        I'd do Totonno's, Lucali, Franny's as boccalup mentioned.

        1. re: kathryn

          only if totonnos is open yet...

          Sam's is great, but not otherworldly.

          Spumoni gardens, motorino and Robertas keep on there.
          Add Luigi's in south slope.

          1. re: Jeffsayyes

            Saraghina is a must.. I also like Robertas.. However, I don't think Fornino's is all that good.

      2. Note that almost all of the places mentioned do not serve by the slice, so if you are looking to do a tour, you won't be able to hit very many.

        1. DH brought me 1/2 a tray (a 12 slice Sicilian) from Spumoni Gardens yesterday. We live in Westchester... this is how good their pizza is. They sell by the slice and the Sicilian "square" is the slice of choice.

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          1. re: iluvcookies

            Slices: Luigi's Supreme, Luigis fresh mozzarella (with Gio's grandfather's basil sauce), Luigi's lasagne.

          2. Agree with others regarding skipping Grimaldi's. If Totonno's CI isn't re-opened, you could try the Totonno's branch at 462 2nd Ave in Manhattan (just a subway stop or two from Brooklyn); had an excellent pizza there last year.

            1. The is artisan pizza, which became popular after the DiFara hysteria. You might consider the standard NY slice type places also.

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              1. re: Geo8rge

                Yes MUST do Lucali which is the current best skip fornino and under NO circumstances should you go to any other Totonnos locations then the original, they merely liscence the use of the name, same goes for Patsy's only go to the East Harlem original.