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mike in brooklyn Feb 5, 2013 06:02 AM

I am leading an 11 mile walk starting from City Hall - the theme of the walk is
based on Brooklyn's BEST SLICE (not whole pie) of Pizza.
We will certainly stop at DiFara's on Ave. J. I also plan to stop at Roma
in Park Slope but would welcome any other suggestions for a great slice
in Park Slope and in Sheepshead Bay or Gravesend.
The walk is on Sat. 2/9

Thanks in advance.

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    Mike R. RE: mike in brooklyn Feb 5, 2013 07:16 AM

    IMO, some excellent slices:
    -Fresh mozzarella/Margharita slice at My Little Pizza on Court Street north of Atlantic Ave.
    -"Upside-down" Sicilian at Pipitone's (DeKalb & Ashland across from LIU parking lot).
    -"Grandma" slice in Newkirk Plaza (by the Q train) at LoDuca's (recommend you call ahead and they'll have it ready for you!)
    -Plain slice at Ciccio's on Avenue U and W. 4th Street - with their signature sesame seed crust.

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      mike in brooklyn RE: Mike R. Feb 5, 2013 09:57 AM

      We both have Ciccio's on our list - went there last year on same walk - pretty good !
      I may try My Little Pizza instead of Roma - or in addition to
      Roma.

      Thanks for the suggestions.

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      BrooklynKitchen RE: mike in brooklyn Feb 5, 2013 07:17 AM

      Shepshead bay has its strength in pies, not slices. Try L&B Spumoni Gardens. As to park slope, far and away the best pizza there is also pie-only at La Villa of Park Slope at 1st st and 5th avenue. They are also in Mill Basin (east of Sheepshead Bay) on Avenue U.

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        mike in brooklyn RE: BrooklynKitchen Feb 5, 2013 10:00 AM

        I used to like DelMar on Sheepshead Bay Road - they were
        wiped out by the storm.

        I hate to admit it, but, as a Native from Bensonhurst (I'm 72 now) - I HATE Spumoni Gardens - La Villa is pie only - and Mill
        Basin is a bit out of our way.

        Thanks for the suggestions.

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          Mike R. RE: mike in brooklyn Feb 5, 2013 06:12 PM

          Further on down Court Street, slide right around the corner from Buschenschank beer hall (about Sackett Street) and you'll find a delicious slice - maybe an offshoot of South Brooklyn Pizza - and some good lookin' homemade pretzels.

          South Brooklyn also serves up slices on Court Street (left side) near 3rd Place.

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            Sluggo1407 RE: mike in brooklyn Feb 6, 2013 11:17 AM

            I hate Spumoni Gardens as well, except, of course, for the spumoni. Everyone raves about their square (Sicilian) pie. To me, it's undercooked dough slathered with tomato paste. Yuck!!! Italia Pizza, on King's Highway at West 6th Street, has a good Sicilian, light and crispy.

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              mike in brooklyn RE: Sluggo1407 Feb 13, 2013 05:30 AM

              Thanks Sluggo - we will most likely try Italia - in my childhood
              neighborhood - I went to Seth Low JHS and our local library was on W6 and Kings Highway.

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                foodwhisperer RE: Sluggo1407 Feb 13, 2013 09:50 PM

                I too am a hater of Spumoni Gardens. I also think Totonno's is very hyped. In any case, for a great regular slice, I'd skip the lines and head for Howard Beach to New Park Pizza.

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                  mike in brooklyn RE: foodwhisperer Feb 14, 2013 06:27 AM

                  New Park is certainly good but it would mean
                  an 18 mile walk instead of 10 or 11.

          2. Sluggo1407 RE: mike in brooklyn Feb 6, 2013 11:12 AM

            A walk down 18th Avenue (starting at J&V Pizza on 18th Avenue and 64th Street) will yield several very good pizzerias. J&V has been in business since 1950, so that should tell you something. You will also pass Gino's Focacceria, II Colosseo and several other noteworthy places. As well, you can stop at Villabate pastry shop for some wonderful Italian pastries to take home. At 86th Street, if you take a left and walk 2 blocks, you can stop at Lenny's (where John Travolta infamously ate 2 slices together in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever. I'm surprised Bensonhurst was not cited, as it's Brooklyn's version of Little Italy. There are 3 subway lines running through the neighborhood for your trip back (I doubt you'll want to walk home after all that food). Wherever you go, it sounds like a good time. Enjoy yourself!

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              howdini RE: Sluggo1407 Feb 15, 2013 03:21 PM

              Have you had the vastedda [breaded spleen] at Gino's? lt's terrific!

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              parkslopemama RE: mike in brooklyn Feb 10, 2013 05:30 PM

              South Brooklyn Pizza has four locations and excellent (if overpriced) slices. You could pick whichever one is most convenient for your route. I would certainly pick South Brooklyn Pizza over Roma in Park Slope, for example.

              1. hambone RE: mike in brooklyn Feb 10, 2013 05:34 PM

                does it have to be a place which serves a slice?

                If not, Sam's Chop house on Court St is one of the best slices you'll ever eat. You have to ask for the roasted garlic.

                Totano's in Coney Island is a classic and deserves the great press it gets.

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                  jen kalb RE: hambone Feb 11, 2013 02:32 PM

                  I believe that Totonnos is still closed from Sandy, however.

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                    hambone RE: jen kalb Feb 11, 2013 10:51 PM

                    Fire, then water... I hate to think what might befall them next.

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                  mike in brooklyn RE: mike in brooklyn Feb 12, 2013 04:52 AM

                  Thanks for all of the suggestions - I had to cancel the walk on 2/9 but have rescheduled it for 2/16.
                  Any chowhounds who may want to join us - we are meeting at
                  City Hall Park at the fountain at 10:45 and we'll walk over the
                  Brooklyn Bridge with our first stop in Park Slope - I am leaning
                  towards Campo di Fioro on 5th Ave. as it serves Roman Style
                  pizza - then to Di Faras with a possible stop at J&V on 18th Ave
                  but probably ending at Ciccio's on Ave. U and W 7

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                    Bob Martinez RE: mike in brooklyn Feb 12, 2013 08:38 AM

                    You'll be "stopping" at DiFara's for at least 90 minutes. You may want to factor that in.

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                      mike in brooklyn RE: Bob Martinez Feb 13, 2013 05:31 AM

                      Yeah Bob, it's certainly possible and we probably won't get seats too - eating Di Fara's standing up is a challenge - you
                      have to dodge dripping oil ! :)

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                      Bob Martinez RE: mike in brooklyn Feb 14, 2013 09:47 AM

                      I think you'll like Campo di Fiori. Italian pie made by Italians. Imagine that. It's certainly a different style than the other places but it works precisely *because* of that.

                    3. 2slices RE: mike in brooklyn Feb 14, 2013 08:53 AM

                      I think both campo d'fiore and south brooklyn are quite over rated. The grandma slice at pizza town on 5th is terrific. That is a rock solid fact, better than most grandma slices in Queens and LI.

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                        jen kalb RE: 2slices Feb 14, 2013 10:18 AM

                        what about La Villa?

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                          Deb Van D RE: jen kalb Feb 14, 2013 04:54 PM

                          I really don't like the pie at La Villa. The crust is thick and doughy and fairly unpleasant. There is even a "crispy crust" offered but it is just as thick and breadlike as the other.

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