HOME > Chowhound > New York State (exc. NYC) >
What are you cooking today? Get great advice

Merrick/Bellemore, LI - any decent pizza?

harrison Feb 25, 2011 12:35 PM

Preferably thin crust? Thanks!

  1. davmar77 Mar 5, 2014 12:31 PM

    if you venture out of the area a little, raimo's in freeport and paradiso in rockville centre are both quite good. paradiso was our go to place before we moved upstate. sometimes when we visit relatives we'll even get one to bring home since nothing in the albany area compares.

    11 Replies
    1. re: davmar77
      Gastronomos Mar 5, 2014 12:53 PM

      paradiso in RVC is good, but they lean on the thick crust side of pizza. i first tried them in 2001 or thereabouts and things have changed a lot since then. still, when in RVC, it's a good choice.

      I'm guessing it's about a 15 minute drive from albany, but I am a huge fan of all the food, pizza included, at Paul's Pizza and Pasta
      11824 New York 385, West Coxsackie, NY


      1. re: Gastronomos
        coll Mar 5, 2014 03:03 PM

        Well if you're going off Long Island and coming up the Taconic, that's a whole new can of worms. My family is at Four Brothers in Valatie a few times a week, as are most in the area; they are Greek (which we got used too in a pizzeria, since my husband adores junky gyros)and their salad dressing it to die for http://www.fourbrotherspizzainn.com/ but there is a Neopolitan place down the block called La Bella that we adore. http://labellavalatie.com/ When we lived up there for a short while in the 1990s there was no such thing as (what we considered) good pizza, wonderful how things change with time. There is hope for us pizza addicts!

        1. re: coll
          Gastronomos Mar 18, 2014 09:49 AM

          with 9 locations it sure is easy to find them!
          Mahopac is closest to LI and the Rhinebeck location is of particular interest to me. Thanks coll !

          1. re: Gastronomos
            coll Mar 18, 2014 10:36 AM

            As I said, when we lived up there for a few years there was no good pizza, but they've been developing the clientele lately. Check out Hudson sometime, when I worked in the area it was pretty bad, now it's Hipster Central! Tons of upscale restaurants.

            1. re: coll
              Gastronomos Mar 18, 2014 11:03 AM

              davmar77 mentioned that the Albany area is void of pizza, so I thought that mentioning Paul's Pizza and Pasta as a good, but casual, place is worth a stop.

              I am interested in Hudson for sure as I have a friend with a 'getaway' place in that area. Glad to hear we can eat out around there too!

              1. re: Gastronomos
                coll Mar 18, 2014 11:05 AM

                Used to be just a few places to go in Hudson, now you could eat somewhere different every day for a month. I'm sure your friend will have some favorites!

                1. re: coll
                  Gastronomos Mar 18, 2014 11:12 AM

                  I doubt it. it's usually us cooking at his place. and that is ALWAYS better than eating out. we do cook up a storm.
                  but sometimes you just gotta go grab something. sometimes it's in the car driving home and want something to eat for the trip, before we end up at a rest stop...

                  1. re: Gastronomos
                    coll Mar 18, 2014 01:28 PM

                    The rest stop on the Taconic down near 84 is being remade into a New York State Farmer's Market kind of theme. Just as long as they don't do those old fashioned latrines like they used to have in PA!

                    1. re: coll
                      Gastronomos Mar 18, 2014 01:38 PM

                      I'd like to see what they'll accomplish, but I will hedge my bets on the local chow...

                      coll, don't forget to let us all know about the farmers markets etc all over Long Island when they start popping up ;-)

                      and I get enough of the old fashioned latrines on many trips upstate... (they beat the woods tho... jussayin')

                      1. re: Gastronomos
                        coll Mar 18, 2014 02:03 PM

                        All I know is the Riverhead Market, which actually replaced the Easthampton or Sag Harbor one. It is more upscale, not so much produce, a cornucopia of delights. Aside from that, I sort of stay local.

                        As far as Columbia county and the outlying areas, you may be pleasantly surprised, They are well known for their dairy and apples, just that is worth checking it out.

                        We had a summer country house up in Columbia county when I was a little kid, no bathroom or running water. That turned me off to outhouses for life!!

                        1. re: coll
                          Gastronomos Mar 18, 2014 02:51 PM

                          and since we're outta Bellmore/Merrick for pizza and more, I'd like to give a shout out to the best pizza on LI in Elmont. Gino's of Elmont on Dutch Broadway. Puts all others to shame.

    2. Gastronomos Mar 5, 2014 09:21 AM

      Luigi’s Pizza
      1906 Newbridge Rd
      North Bellmore, NY 11710
      (516) 781-1100

      this old school pizza place is very popular.
      call your order in ahead of time and it'll be ready for you when you arrive to take it away.
      it's mobbed by HS kids at lunch, but it's take-away business is phenomenal to watch. It's such a small place that does a huge volume. their 4 dinners for $22 is a very popular take-away choice with their pizza. it's the sauce here that makes it. not a sugary sweet sauce, nor an industrial pizza sauce, just a good tasting sauce for their food.

      1. m
        musicom67 Mar 4, 2014 06:20 AM

        Pizza in these towns is very territorial. I'd know - living there for 44 years combined in each town after getting the hell out (month before Sandy!). With Merrick: North Merrick is Galleria's domain. Calhoun kids would trample Via Roma II. Commuters will hit up Roma Pizzeria in 'town' to bring a pie home for the kids. Brick Oven and deep-pocketed fans go to San Marzano. Stop and Shoppers (and I, later) became a regular of Milo's in the Merrick Mall Shopping Center (a dump, BTW - Merrick you should be ashamed!). Southerners enjoy Joey's or trek over to Bellmore for Stella's (also a personal favorite). North Bellmore, sorry, can't help you there, you guys are more related to East Meadow in my book.

        1 Reply
        1. re: musicom67
          Gastronomos Mar 4, 2014 07:55 AM

          best sum up I've read. and accurate! LOL!

        2. coll Mar 1, 2014 06:34 AM

          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.

          19 Replies
          1. re: coll
            Gastronomos Mar 1, 2014 09:33 AM

            if it's the crunchy crust pizza it may be


            1354 Newbridge Rd, North Bellmore, NY 11710

            (516) 783-1300

            1. re: Gastronomos
              coll Mar 1, 2014 09:38 AM

              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
                Gastronomos Mar 1, 2014 09:42 AM

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

                1. re: Gastronomos
                  coll Mar 1, 2014 09:46 AM

                  Thanks I'm making a note of it!

                  1. re: coll
                    Gastronomos Mar 1, 2014 12:24 PM

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

                    1. re: Gastronomos
                      coll Mar 1, 2014 12:45 PM

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

                      1. re: coll
                        Gastronomos Mar 3, 2014 05:55 AM

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

                        1. re: Gastronomos
                          coll Mar 3, 2014 08:58 AM

                          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
                            coll Mar 4, 2014 06:32 AM

                            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
                              Gastronomos Mar 4, 2014 09:41 AM

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

                              1. re: Gastronomos
                                coll Mar 4, 2014 01:56 PM

                                I will correct her next time we speak!

                                1. re: coll
                                  Gastronomos Mar 5, 2014 07:34 AM

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

                                  1. re: Gastronomos
                                    coll Mar 5, 2014 07:40 AM

                                    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
                                      Gastronomos Mar 5, 2014 08:33 AM

                                      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
                                        coll Mar 5, 2014 08:49 AM

                                        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
                                          Gastronomos Mar 5, 2014 09:10 AM

                                          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
                                            coll Mar 5, 2014 09:12 AM

                                            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
                                              Gastronomos Mar 5, 2014 09:25 AM

                                              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!

                                              1. re: Gastronomos
                                                coll Mar 5, 2014 10:37 AM

                                                Haha, let me know!

          2. Gastronomos Feb 28, 2014 12:25 PM

            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. m
              Maggie Larkin Mar 2, 2011 11:47 AM

              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. kelvin8r Feb 27, 2011 08:44 AM

                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!


                San Marzano
                38 Merrick Ave, Merrick, NY 11566

                1. n
                  nmurawsk Feb 25, 2011 01:37 PM

                  La Piazza in Merrick is fantastic, on Merrick Road.

                  La Piazza
                  2191 Merrick Rd, Merrick, NY 11566

                  Show Hidden Posts