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Offline varasano

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Varasano in NYC
« on: March 21, 2006, 08:12:10 PM »
Any suggestions for my next trip?

BEEN THERE DONE THAT:
Totonno's
Lombardi's
Patsy's
Grimaldi's
Naples 45
Carmine 28
Arturo's
Joe's
John's
Ben's
Two Boots
Sac's (Astoria Queens)
Johnny's (Mount Vernon)
Sally's   (New Haven)
Pepe's (New Haven)
Sabatino's (Hawthorne)
Sal's (Mamaroneck)


NEVER BEEN:
Luzzo's Restaurant Italian & Coal Oven Pizza
211 1st Ave
New York 10003
Between 12th & 13th St
(212) 473-7447

Una Pizza Napoletana
349 E. 12th St.
New York, NY 10003
Between 1st & 2nd Avenues
(212) 477-9950

La Pizza Fresca Ristorante
31 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003 
(212) 598-0141

L’Asso
192 Mott St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 219-2353
Corner of Kenmare St.

DeMarco's
146 W. Houston St.
New York, NY 10012
212-253-2290

Sal & Carmine's
2671 Broadway
Between 101st & 102nd Streets
(212) 663-7651

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Di Fara Pizzeria
1424 Avenue J
Brooklyn, NY 11230 
(718) 258-1367

L&B Spumoni Gardens
2725 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 449-1230

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Nick's Pizza
108-26 Ascan Ave
Forest Hills, NY 11375
718-263-1126

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Modern Apizza
874 State St
New Haven, CT 06512
(203) 776-5306
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Re: Varasano in NYC
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2006, 07:12:27 PM »
Add Sezz Medi to your list.  Fairly authentic Neapolitan (still nobody in the states doing it right that I have tried yet) and  especially to try the fried calzone!

Also, I would knock Modern off the list and just wait in line at Sally's. I have 20 friends from New Haven and they all agree that it is either Pepe's or Sally's all the way.  I posted about this before, but a few months ago I had Pepe's and Sally's back to back and Sally's was the clear winner.

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Re: Varasano in NYC
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2006, 07:30:05 PM »
I had Sally's in Nov and it was awesome. I went to college in New Haven, but I never hit Modern back then. Have your friends ever had Naples Pizza on Wall Street in New Haven. Not Neopolitan, but for a street slice it's great. I'd kill for one right now.

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Re: Varasano in NYC
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2006, 07:43:25 PM »
Yes, I hear them talk about Naples pizza and Mamoons (sp?) falafel all the time.

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Re: Varasano in NYC
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2006, 12:51:12 AM »
My personal favorites

The top three Pizza
DiFara's (B'klyn) The square pie rocks!
Top Road Tavern & Pizza (Trenton, NJ) NJ's best tomato pie!
Palermo's (Bordentown, NJ) NJ's second best tomato pie!

Great Pizza
DeMarco's (NYC)
Patsy's (NYC)
Grimaldi's (B'klyn)
Totonno's (B'klyn)
Frank Pepe's (New Haven, CT)
Vic's (Bradley Beach, NJ)
Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza (Elizabeth, NJ)
Delorenzo's (Trenton, NJ on Hamilton Ave)

Honarable mentions
John's (NYC)
Sal & Carmines (NYC)
Sac's (Queens)
Denino's (Staten Island)
Joe & Pat's (Staten Island)
Brooklyn's (Hackensack, NJ)
Delorenzo's (Trenton, NJ on Hudson St)
Delucias (Raritian, NJ)
Maruca's (Seaside Park, NJ)
Scorintino's (South Amboy, NJ)
Kate & Al's (Columbus Market, NJ)
Spirto's (Elizabeth, NJ)
Coffaro's (South River, NJ)
Pepe's (Seaside, NJ) r.i.p. 1970's
Zaffiro's (Milwaukie, WI)
Santucci's Square Pizza (Philly, PA)

Highly Overrated
L & B Spufunky Gardens (B'klyn)
Kinchley's (Ramsey, NJ)
Rizzo's (Queens)
Pete and Elda's Bar (Neptune, NJ)
Escape from NY (Portland, OR)

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Re: Varasano in NYC
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2006, 11:48:38 AM »
Do check out DeMarco's and see what you think.  I just got back from a trip to NYC (actually DeMarco's is a block away from my house...I lived on Sixth Avenue just north of that ballpark), and went to DeMarco's for the first time....I thought it was among the worst pizza I've ever had, and WAY overpriced.  Go down the block to Ben's and get a real "street" pizza for a lot less.

One place I really liked was Numero 28 on Carmine Street just west of Bleecker, a short walk from DeMarco's.  They're the new Naples-style wood oven pizzeria.  It's authentic, too--the place was filled with Italians watching European soccer games when I went there, and the staff were really nice and tried hard, although their English skills or lack thereof left them a bit confused.  I thought the pizza there was excellent.

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Re: Varasano in NYC
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2006, 01:58:53 PM »
Canadave, Numero 28 was on my list of places to try on my last visit to NY, but I ended up going uptown to Sezz Medi instead.  I have heard that Numero 28 is run by a guy that at one time was using a rolling pin to shape his crust.  Did you see that happening?

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Re: Varasano in NYC
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2006, 09:26:00 AM »
Scott, I didn't see any rolling pin in evidence...but then again, I was there to see a long-lost friend I hadn't seen in years and have a bite before a huge NY Rangers game, so I wasn't paying as close attention as I should have :)  My pizza senses are slipping I guess....

I did go down to Lombardis, which at one time produced the greatest pizza I've ever had, ever.  I'd heard from my NY neighbourhood contacts that it had gone wayyy downhill, but I wanted to see for myself; after eating there, I totally agree.  Not bad, but certainly nothing particularly special or legendary, which it was when I went there a few times, as recently as 2001/2002.  It's also changed--I think it's under new management.  They've expanded, and the place has more of a "touristy," "TGIF's" feel than it used to.  It was like they were selling the *idea* of "Look, we were the first and best pizza," rather than actually selling the *best pizza*.  Very sad.


 

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