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bowmgbo Nov 17, 2010 04:03 AM

I am house sitting in Red Hook in December for a week. I've never spent much time in Brooklyn so I am very excited. I plan to conduct a Brooklyn Pizza Survey.

My first two destinations will be Di Fara Pizza and Lucali. What should be #3?

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Lucali
575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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  1. Jeffsayyes RE: bowmgbo Nov 17, 2010 06:19 AM

    maybe L&B, or better yet Totonno's.

    But, you should do a great slice place... Depends where you end up, there are so many good ones, but also lots of bad ones. There's a new place Best Pizza in Williamsburg which just might live up to its name. Also is a fun area to walk around.

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    Best Pizza
    33 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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      tex.s.toast RE: bowmgbo Nov 17, 2010 07:41 AM

      if you dont want to travel as far afield as coney island, or perhaps instead of lucali (which i am not a big fan of) i would nominate Toby's Public House in greenwood heights/windsor terrace/superfarsouth slope/upper sunset park.

      They make some really terrific wood fired pies with great ingredients and very very solid crustwork - all in a space that is decidedly a neighborhood bar that just happens to have great pizza.

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      Toby's Public House
      686 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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        boccalupo RE: bowmgbo Nov 17, 2010 10:31 AM

        Motorino, Totonno's, Roberta's, Lunarossa, Toby's, Sam's, Paulie Gee's.

        Brooklyn is the best borough for pizza.

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        Paulie Gee's
        60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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          TomChowhound RE: boccalupo Mar 24, 2011 09:55 PM

          Where is Totonnos, Robertas, Lunarossa, and Sam's?

          They are not currently listed in the "Places Mentioned" section.

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

          Luna Rossa
          552 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Roberta's
          261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

          Sam's
          238 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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          jnab121 RE: bowmgbo Nov 17, 2010 12:46 PM

          L&B- I know some don't love the slices, and some like me probably love them too much, but you can't beat L&B for a Brooklyn Pizza experience.

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            MRich RE: bowmgbo Nov 17, 2010 12:57 PM

            Nobody mentioning Franny's? I mean it's overpriced and all, but if you are "surveying" BK pizza...it did sort of start a movement.

            I think Lucali is a can't miss considering the OP's location. I like Toby's too, but more because it's an awesome place (that is not in Windsor Terrace by any stretch) and not too for from Red Hook.

            I'd skip Sam's.

            Totonno's is a personal favorite.

            Wow, bowmgbo...looks like you're going to have to have pizza twice a day. Lucky you!

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            Lucali
            575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

            Franny's
            295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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              Jeffsayyes RE: MRich Nov 17, 2010 05:09 PM

              oh, for a slice place - do it Luigi's in south park slope. one of the best slices out there. YOu really gotta do a slice whle you're here.

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              Luigi's Pizza
              686 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                MRich RE: Jeffsayyes Nov 17, 2010 08:10 PM

                I went to Luigi's once and thought it was just an average slice. Certainly not in the class of any of these other places we're suggesting.

                FWIW I think the best slice in the city is the sicilian at Artichoke on 14th st in Manhattan.

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                  Bob Martinez RE: Jeffsayyes Nov 18, 2010 12:12 PM

                  I second Luigi's.

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                  Peter RE: MRich Nov 19, 2010 08:05 AM

                  I agree that Franny's definitely should be on the list. It's not like the others, but that;s what makes it so special.

                  Beyond that, I agree that DiFara (though it's uneven the last few years), Lucali, and Totonno's are all MUST visits. Haven't been to any of the newer Williamsburg places.

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                  Lucali
                  575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                  Di Fara Pizza
                  1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

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                  FoodLovesBeer RE: bowmgbo Nov 19, 2010 12:37 PM

                  Since you'll be in Red Hook you should try House of Pizza & Calzones at 132 Union St, just a short walk away. Unfortunately, Mark's Pizza on Van Brunt St. has gone down hill considerably in the last few years, but it is still acceptable for a nearby slice.

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                  House of Pizza and Calzone
                  132 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                  Mark's Pizzeria
                  326 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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                    Daniel76 RE: FoodLovesBeer Apr 27, 2011 10:50 AM

                    That's cool you mentioned House of Pizza and Calzones.. It was a rare occasion that I found this place.. It's directly across the street from Ferdinando's so, I have blinders on when I hit the hood..

                    But last winter, while waiting for my wife to do her thing at the yarn store, i walked into Calzone spot.. I ordered two eggplant slices to go and ate them a day later after heating it up in the oven.. .It was pretty awesome..

                    I have yet to go back but, my wife still talks about that pizza.. I have been meaning to return.. I am guessing once knitting season starts up again..

                  2. Motosport RE: bowmgbo Nov 19, 2010 01:01 PM

                    L&B Spumoni Gardens simply because it is a different slice. They make a unique Sicilian pie where they put the cheese on first and then cover it with their fabulous sauce.
                    To die for!!!
                    Don't forget to get the spumoni for dessert.

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

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                      mike in brooklyn RE: bowmgbo Nov 19, 2010 01:14 PM

                      Forget L&B - I am a 70 yr. old Brooklyn native and they are mediocre at best.
                      Try Ignazio's 4 Water St. (instead of Grimaldi's) under the Brooklyn Bridge - crisp, fresh,
                      wonderful pizza. Di Fara and Lucali make up the top 3!

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                      Lucali
                      575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                      Grimaldi's
                      1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                      Ignazio's Pizza
                      4 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                        Motosport RE: mike in brooklyn Nov 19, 2010 01:46 PM

                        I am only 60 and I respect my elders: But you are talking about Neopolitan pizza!!!
                        L&B is square sliced Sicilian pizza. Unusual and delicious.

                        I do agree with you on Grimaldi's. It's good but not worth the wait in line.

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                        lazylghtng RE: bowmgbo Nov 21, 2010 03:56 AM

                        I strongly encourage you to hit South Brooklyn Pizza in Carroll Gardens for a slice -- truly outstanding.

                        Second Ignazio's for the square pies and great meatball topping (read MOIST) -- doesn't get the love it deserves around here b/c of inflated prices but blame that on the location (Brooklyn Bridge waterfront).

                        Also, second Motorino, Roberta's, Franny's, Paulie Gee's, and Totonno's. I thought Luigi's was underwhelming, fwiw.

                        How about Fornino in the Slope? Heard good things. Ditto for Saraghina in Bed-Stuy.

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                        Lucali
                        575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                        South Brooklyn Pizza
                        451 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                        Motorino
                        319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                        Saraghina
                        435 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11233

                        Paulie Gee's
                        60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                        Fornino
                        256 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                          eatingbeets RE: lazylghtng Mar 31, 2011 01:17 PM

                          Roberta's is waaaaay overrated. Check out Amorina on Vanderbilt.

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                          Amorina
                          624 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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                            MRich RE: eatingbeets Mar 31, 2011 08:29 PM

                            Personally I loved Roberta's. Great place, great pizza.

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                          Geo8rge RE: bowmgbo Nov 21, 2010 03:01 PM

                          Survey? If you have a bicycle and a lot of time you can survey the borough.

                          Pizza close enough to Red Hook:
                          Fascati on Henry, also near a movie theater (BTW Fair Game was a great Spy-Chick flick)
                          My Little Pizzeria - 114 Court St Brooklyn, NY
                          Sam's Restaurant - Cobble Hill looks like a location from the Godfather.

                          On a non pizza note, Red Hook is also near Ferdinando's Focacceria Restaurant, see the various posts.

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                          My Little Pizzeria
                          114 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                          Fascati
                          80 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                            Motosport RE: Geo8rge Nov 21, 2010 05:14 PM

                            Sam's!!! The las time I had pizza at Sam's it was fabulous. I was 7 years old. 53 years have passed. Happy to hear they are still there. I am guessing the decor has not changed.
                            I'll have to try it again.

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                              boccalupo RE: Motosport Nov 22, 2010 07:43 AM

                              Pie man Mario Migliaccio has been working at Sam's since 1950. He may well have made your pie 53 years ago. I am guessing the decor has not changed a bit since you were last there. You might be interested in checking out the "Roots in the Garden" documentary of the Carroll Gardens neighborhood. Sam's was featured in it.

                              http://www.mediastorm.com/training/ro...

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                                Motosport RE: boccalupo Nov 22, 2010 08:15 AM

                                Cool beans, thanks.

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                                bigappleguide1 RE: Motosport Mar 26, 2011 06:50 AM

                                try Front Street Pizza in DUMBO section of Bklyn, just 3 blocks from bklyn bridge walking toward the water..not the best, but very, very good and fresh ingredients...better than Grimaldi's... at least here , you can buy slices..at Grimaldi's, you must order the whole pie.

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                                Grimaldi's
                                1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

                                Front Street Pizza
                                80 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                                  Motosport RE: bigappleguide1 Mar 28, 2011 06:32 AM

                                  RE: Grimaldi .......and wait on line with friendly folks from Omaha!! FYI: I love everyone from Omaha.

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                              bklynsausage RE: bowmgbo Mar 28, 2011 03:30 PM

                              You have to go to Sams and Totonnos in CI, L&B Spumoni Gardens and many many more. You are in the mecca of Pizza..Brooklyn, NY

                              Ciao-

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

                              1. egit RE: bowmgbo Mar 28, 2011 03:45 PM

                                So, I realize this thread is now about 5 months old and the house-sitting gig has long since expired.

                                I'm a fan of Lucali, Motorino and Fornino (wburg). Been to Roberta's, but not Franny's. And I'm ashamed to say that I've never made it to Di Fara's or Totonno's.

                                But recently I "discovered" a place that has really pretty good pies without all of the hype and long waits that some of these other places have.

                                Am I the only one who likes the pizza at Savoia on Smith, near Sackett? It's a pretty respectable Neapolitan-style pie. And I've never had to wait for a table.

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                                Lucali
                                575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                                Savoia
                                277 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                                Motorino
                                319 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                                Fornino
                                256 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                                  bklynsausage RE: egit Mar 28, 2011 04:51 PM

                                  Shhh.. You have unearthed a real gem. I love Savoia but don't tell anyone...

                                  Ciao-

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                                  Savoia
                                  277 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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                                    jon RE: bklynsausage Apr 27, 2011 08:52 AM

                                    went to savoia last night for the first time. pizza was incredible. for reference, it's very motorino-esque. their pastas were also very good. we split a simple magherita pizza and the gnoccheti with sausage. both were outstanding.

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                                  CldSkndNdle RE: bowmgbo Apr 4, 2011 10:46 AM

                                  Paulie Gee's. The best, the best, the best.

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                                  Paulie Gee's
                                  60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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                                    Paulomet RE: CldSkndNdle Apr 4, 2011 01:33 PM

                                    Ditto on Paulie Gee's. I love DiFara, Lucali, Totono's and all the rest, but Paulie Gee's is my favorite. Also, There seems to be a effort at authenticity; I think it has a pie closest to the ones that I tried in Naples. Great selection of toppings, nice atmosphere, and excellent beer selections. I like the oddness of it's location; it's fun to bring people there, a dark nook in Greenpoint behind big wooden doors.

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                                    Lucali
                                    575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

                                    Paulie Gee's
                                    60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                                  2. Cybdiver RE: bowmgbo May 13, 2011 05:58 AM

                                    Take the Train to Sheepshead Bay, Walk on the Bay road till you find this dirty looking place called Delmar's 1668 Sheepshead Bay Road NY 11235-3803 (718) 769-7766
                                    Have a slice of the sicilian.

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                                    Delmar Pizzeria
                                    1668 Sheepshead Bay Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11235

                                     
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                                      Pulpio RE: bowmgbo May 14, 2011 11:28 AM

                                      Pauline & Sharon's is near Red Hook and is definitely worth checking out. Maybe it's the "unbleached, unbromated flour," but their pies have a taste unlike any other in the city. That taste may not be to everyone's, but I love it. Also relatively inexpensive compared to your Roberta's, Paulie Gee's, etc.

                                      http://www.paulineandsharons.com/

                                      Pauline & Sharon's
                                      597-A 4th Avenue, Brooklyn
                                      (Btwn 17th St. & Prospect Ave.
                                      )718.788.7333

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                                      Paulie Gee's
                                      60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

                                      Pauline & Sharon's
                                      597 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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