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Brooklyn Pizza Survey — Cut Short

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I had hoped to go to at least 3 or 4 or 5 places for pizza during my week in Brooklyn. But I got busy with work so the Survey got off to a late start.

On Thursday I went to Difara. It's cool that the old guy is there making the pizza, but wrt the pizza all I can say is . . . huh? I don't get it.

Last night I got a pie at Lucali's and I have declared the Survey done, over, it's not necessary to trek around in the windy cold any longer searching for pizza — winner is Lucali's, it's the best pizza ever for my money and my taste. And, yes, I had it with the artichokes (and onion and garlic).

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Lucali
575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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  1. Oh boy! You did cut the survey short!
    For my last birthday I put together my own personal party bus pizza tour with 20 of my close and personal friends. Unfortunately we ran out of time before we could hit DiFara and Lucali which is not open for lunch.
    We came over from Manhattan so Grimaldi was first: Excellent pizza but not worth the wait. It took over an hour for 3 take out pizzas. I don't get it. They don't even pick up the phone so you can order ahead. We ate them in the park by the river.
    Next stop L&B Spumoni Gardens for their unusual (cheese under the sauce) Sicilian pizza which is fantastic. The weather was great so we ate outside. I am a big fan who has been going there for 50 years.
    Next stop Totonno's in Coney Island. We had called ahead and they had 3 tables ready for us. Fabulous pizza that we decided was a couple of clicks better than Grimaldi's.
    I have to get my pizza loving self over to Lucali's soon.

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    Lucali
    575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Grimaldi's
    1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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

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    1. re: Motosport

      Thanks very much for intelligent reply! Will def go to L&B and Totonno's too. Let me know about Lucali's.

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      Lucali
      575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

      1. re: Motosport

        Grimaldi's is just running off an old reputation. Back when it was called Patsy's and Patsy and his wife roamed the room was the time to be there. Patsy would recognize repeat customers quickly and greet you warmly. Always started with the antipasto platter and usually had a pizza with the home made fennel sausage and roasted peppers. It started to go downhill when Patsy lost the lawsuit and had to change the name to Grimaldi's and when he sold the place the decline accelerated. Once the tour buses began lining up, it was a sign that its time to move on. GRIMaldi is what it has become.

        1. re: Bkeats

          My best guess is that now that they are branching out into Manhattan and New Paltz the decline will continue. It's a sucess story of sorts. The "Legend" appeals to the uninformed.

          1. re: Motosport

            They've got a branch in Highlands, NJ.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7517...

            1. re: Bob Martinez

              I agree Grimaldis is OK but too much hassle. (and too many tourists) totonnos is better brickoven and feels like an old school pizza parlor.. Maybe I am biased I gre up in CI. L&B is also a very special place. If you are in the area try Vics Pizza Square Pie Kings Hwy. & West 7th Street. It is also very good and very old school With Vic & Vita and son Pat. You will not regret it...

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              Grimaldi's
              1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              1. re: bklynsausage

                Vic's is going on my list!

                1. re: bklynsausage

                  we live in the heights and for a while we did call ahead to pick up pies to go from GRIMaldi's. But, as you have said, it is only OK even for takeout/pick-up. And we needed a second mortgage for financing four pies. We have started to drive down to Toby's in Sunset Park (6th Ave/20th). Nice pies, good charcoal/wood-fired crust. My kids like it better than Pepe's from New Haven/Yonkers and almost as much as Johnny's in Mount Vernon. They also agree with Totonno's (excellent) and, for different reasons, L&B (unique). If they are open, we'll try Vics today...

                  1. re: BillyBob

                    Hey Billy Bob have you tried Sams on Court street. Food has lost it's quality over the years but Pizza is very good and priced right.

                    Ciao

                    1. re: bklynsausage

                      You can't really compare Sam's and Lucallis. Sam's is a more traditional, heavy handed type pizza with alot of sauce and cheese and a fairly thick crust. Lucallis is very special with delicious sauce, cheese, and a fantastic thin crust. They also have wonderful toppings. That said the pizzas are a bit pricey, but imo, worth it.

                  2. re: bklynsausage

                    Hey bklynsausage, but would you reccomend in regards to Vic's? I went there a year or so agao and the slcie I got tasted like it had been sitting around for quite awhile. I didn't see the father though, only went once, and I have a friend who grew up in the area and swears by it, so I definitely want to give it another shot. Any suggestions?

                    1. re: razeup

                      The regular slice is not worth the trip you must try the square. The pies are smaller so they go quickly or order a fresh one. It is very good. I t is a problem nowadays with pizzarias trying to pass off the vintage slice. Some guys get mad when you ask for a fresh one. But hey who's the customer!!

                      Give Vic & Vita one more shot I think you will like the square..

                      Merry Christmas All

                      1. re: razeup

                        attention: The original owners of Vics on King Highway and west 6th street have retired. I was there today and I cannot reccomend it any longer.. The new owners have a lot to learn about Pizza and hospitality!!! My best to Vic And Vita and the rest of the family.

                        Ciao-

            2. TOTONNO'S

              your welcome

              1. Seems rather silly to cut it short and I assume by nyc you mean only Brooklyn and Manhattan. I suggest you try

                Louie & Ernie's Pizza
                1300 Crosby Avenue
                Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 829-6230 ‎

                It is not outrageously expensive, serves an actual Italian population and is not hyped by hipsters.

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                Louie & Ernie's Pizza
                1300 Crosby Ave, Bronx, NY 10461

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                1. re: Recursion

                  Thank you for some pizza reality I will try it

                  Ciao

                2. I only ate there once, it was a wonderful experience all aspects of the place considered, but based on my single experience the actual pizza was not the best in Brooklyn.