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Giuseppinas v Tobys Public House

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jeeg Sep 28, 2011 01:57 AM

Two pizza places across the street from each other-which would you choose and why?

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Giuseppina's
691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

  1. Bob Martinez Sep 28, 2011 09:10 AM

    I only visited Toby's once but I was really disappointed in the margherita pie. It was somewhat boring and burnt to boot.

    That said, with the price of pizza being as low as it is (in comparative terms) I think the best course of action is to visit each place a few times and make up your own mind.

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

     
    1. famdoc Sep 28, 2011 07:02 AM

      Based upon one, and only one, visit to Giuseppina's and, perhaps, a half dozen to Toby's, I'd choose Toby's. I found Giuseppina's pizza to be limp, a bit too charred and generally less tasty than Toby's. Plus, the range of salads and sides available at Toby's, combined with the genial atmosphere and selection of beers, makes Toby's a more pleasant experience. FWIW, former sliceny.com guru Adam Kuban generally shares my opinion on this smackdown.

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

      Giuseppina's
      691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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        Daniel76 Sep 28, 2011 08:54 AM

        If it was straight up for pizza or calzone, I would choose Giuseppina's.. If it were for overall experience or if we were with a group, i would choose Toby's without question.. Giuseppina's I go with my wife, we get a bottle of wine, a calzone and sit in a romantic, intimate place.. The pizza is seriously delicious.

        Toby's is a local bar and a decent restaurant and pie place.. If I wanted more variety, if I wanted to watch a game or sit in a loud place that has a t.v always on, (i think they were showing The Miss USA Pageant that last time ) then Toby's would be the place. There is more variety for certain..

        So, though Giuseppina's operates on a higher level, Toby's has more variety, more raucous atmosphere, more fun..

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        Giuseppina's
        691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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          tex.s.toast Sep 28, 2011 04:07 PM

          Daniel76's comment made me remember something i left out of my initial assessment - despite not really enjoying the lucali/giussepina pie, they make a pretty excellent calzone. Given that your actual question didnt say "where should i go for pizza?" i suppose the calzone at giussepinas is a good reason to go - for the record toby's has a nutella calzone thing that we always "mean" to try but can never save room or justify the caloric expenditure.

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        tex.s.toast Sep 28, 2011 06:13 AM

        I dont want to represent my opinion for anything more than it is, so let me start with this caveat: I've never eaten at Giuseppina's and my comments here are based solely on the impression that I've gotten from reading these boards that Giuseppina's pie is very similar to Lucali's which it has some relationship with.

        We like Toby's. A rather lot. It isn't our favorite style of pizza, but its a nice place to go, usually just the two of us, for a low-key weeknight pizza, a beer or two, and some conversation or sports viewing. The people are always super friendly, the atmosphere is pleasingly corner-bar, and they have some pies we've really loved (the one with fresh greens and truffle oil is great - though probably not if you are averse to truffle oil). In nicer weather sitting at the small tables outside is a nice way to spend an evening.

        I just don't care for the Lucali/Giuseppina's style of pizza. (again, at lucali) ive found the crust too crispy/brittle for my tastes (i prefer the combination puffy/char flavor of a more traditional neopolitan style) and the rest of the flavors somewhat muted - i think of their pizzas as overhyped and underseasoned. A comparison to a traditional pie place I would compare their (lucali's) pizza to, unfavorably, would be totonno's in coney island - which i love. So i guess its not just the crispy/thin style i dont like, per se, but the impression ive gotten (over a more than a couple visits) that their crust, sauce, and toppings are just not seasoned enough for my tastes.

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        Lucali
        575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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

        Giuseppina's
        691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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