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Brooklyn Pizza: Please critique my list

scooter260 Jan 11, 2010 04:47 PM

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!


L&B Spumoni Gardens

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    boccalupo Jan 11, 2010 05:29 PM

    Other places to consider:

    Luna Rossa (stick to the margherita though)

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

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      StheJ Jan 11, 2010 05:52 PM

      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
        kathryn Jan 11, 2010 06:46 PM

        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
          Jeffsayyes Jan 11, 2010 08:57 PM

          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
            Daniel76 Jan 12, 2010 06:53 AM

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

      2. bobjbkln Jan 12, 2010 07:48 AM

        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. iluvcookies Jan 12, 2010 09:09 AM

          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
            noisejoke Jan 12, 2010 04:29 PM

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

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            bruce3404 Jan 15, 2010 12:44 PM

            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.

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              Geo8rge Jan 16, 2010 09:17 AM

              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
                HypeKiller Jan 16, 2010 12:38 PM

                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.

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