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Merrick/Bellemore, LI - any decent pizza?

Preferably thin crust? Thanks!

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  1. La Piazza in Merrick is fantastic, on Merrick Road.

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    La Piazza
    2191 Merrick Rd, Merrick, NY 11566

    1. Beautiful thin crust pizza, a fantastic antipasto and first rate calzone are all standouts at this woodfired brick oven gem. The eggplant calzone is to die for!

      http://smarzano.com/

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      San Marzano
      38 Merrick Ave, Merrick, NY 11566

      1. la piazza is really good. if youre a lil further west i love the chicken caesar slice at villa formia in oceanside, used to get it all the time when i worked closed by...its good warm or cold

        1. Stellas in Bellmore has been around since 1978. It's hit or miss on the thinness of the pizza and generally how good it is mostly depending on who is behind the counter actually making the pizza. They cop a really bad attitude and nasty disposition most of the time and like to abuse the customers by first ignoring them and then yelling next as soon as the first word is uttered, as well as other annoying habits they employ, but don't let that deter you from trying them out.

          Over in Merrick, there is San Marzano as mentioned by kelvin8r. It is usually Very good! And very thin and small pizza.

          BellAmore was good, but has gone way down hill in the past year. (just as an avoid).
          Sorry, I'm not a fan of la piazza.

          1. OK someone will have to help me out here, but 4 or 5 years ago my SIL took me to a place that she had fallen in love with. They made pretty good pizza with a perfect crust, but it was also a little grocery store or something like that. In North Bellmore near a fire station? On one of the main north/south roads. If I remembered the name I would recommend it! Sort of curious if they're still there, but they looked like they had been there forever.

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            1. re: coll

              if it's the crunchy crust pizza it may be

              Pizzeli's

              1354 Newbridge Rd, North Bellmore, NY 11710

              (516) 783-1300

              1. re: Gastronomos

                Newbridge sounds right, I'm going to ask and will confirm. The big thing is that they have that grainy semolina or whatever it is on the bottom.

                It's worth a recommendation anyway, just don't expect anything fancy with the dining area and that's putting it mildly. Personally I'd do takeout.

                1. re: coll

                  That's the place with that crunchy grainy crust. It's different and it's pretty good pizza... and other items...

                    1. re: coll

                      Please confirm with your SiL if it is indeed Pizellis on Rt 106

                      1. re: Gastronomos

                        I should be talking to her this weekend, will do.

                        1. re: coll

                          so... she said... it was Pizzeli's ?

                          1. re: Gastronomos

                            I emailed her Saturday night and awaiting her reply. She must have been out and didn't answer her phone unfortunately! (Don't worry, it's on my endless "to do" list, I want to know too.)

                            1. re: coll

                              She just got back to me and said it is Pizzetti's and their phone # is 516/783.1300. She also said it's more of a deli and they just happen to have great pizza in addition.

                              1. re: coll

                                Pizzeli's Pizzeria Delicatessen and Caterers
                                1354 Newbridge Rd
                                N Bellmore, NY 11710
                                (516) 783-1300

                                1. re: Gastronomos

                                  I will correct her next time we speak!

                                  1. re: coll

                                    the crunchies on the bottom of the pizza are kinda nice. something a little different to keep it interesting.

                                    1. re: Gastronomos

                                      I know, I'm very traditional about my pizza but it was a nice addition. She was obsessed with finding out what it was but they never gave her a straight answer.

                                      1. re: coll

                                        it's unlike the cornmeal that the local pizza joints used to put under the pies in large quantities way back.

                                        though i'm unsure if the pizza is worth mentioning aside from the crunchies. it's not bad. at all. it's just your regular good LI pizza. but with a crunchy thingy twist to it.

                                        1. re: Gastronomos

                                          Exactly, I thought coarse semolina myself. Obviously a trade secret. I've only been there that one time, at least five years ago, so I can't even remember the specifics. Except that it was in North Bellmore! And then I took the leftovers home and my husband happily ate them, with no complaints. The end.

                                          I grew up in Levittown myself and was surprised to see my favorite place from high school days still open, not that I ever manage to stop by. But that is cool. Just the fact that Pizzetti/Pizeli is still open years later, despite the economic changes in the meantime, must mean something?

                                          1. re: coll

                                            word has it that it's been up for sale for a few years now...
                                            i saw a bin of the crunchies next to the flour where the pizzas are assembled.
                                            there is a woman there that likes to be difficult. i checked other web sites, Yelp, etc. and she's got a reputation for being an ass. ignore her. like she isn't even there....

                                            unfortunately some other local Bellmore/Merrick pizza joints have gone downhill. BellAmore on Merrick Rd. was very good, but then last year reduced the price to $10 a pie and threw all quality out the window. The cheese is a plastic like substance, etc...

                                            1. re: Gastronomos

                                              You should steal some of the crunchies and take it to a lab to be analyzed, before she disappears into the night!

                                              1. re: coll

                                                i'm gonna head over there later today just to scrape some off the bottom of my slice and get it to my nutritional anthropologist for further study... LOL!