Slices at Marios Pizzeria in the Bronx

New York Pizza Guide – Where to Eat Awesome Pizza in All 5 Boroughs

In Food Guides, USA by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch3 Comments

Wondering where to eat pizza in NYC? Check out our epic New York Pizza Guide that spans the boroughs. We ate at 18 New York City pizza shops in our quest for New York’s best pizza and share our favorites in the guide.

Slices at Marios Pizzeria in the Bronx

New York City is famous for many foods from cronuts to bagels, not to mention corn beef sandwiches and cheesecake. Locals and visitors can eat almost any global cuisine, much of it on a 24/7 basis, if they look hard enough.

As for us, we’ve eaten a lot of great food in NYC over the years including the eight years when Mindi lived on the Upper East Side and the nine years when Daryl worked in the Garment District.

We’ve dined at many of the city’s top restaurants including Le Bernardin, Gramercy Tavern, Nobu and Keanes. We’ve also slurped soup dumplings, inhaled sushi and noshed on knishes.

After all these years and all this food – we are loud and proud with our love for New York pizza. We can’t get enough of the cheap eats New York favorite and never say no to the best pizza in NYC.

Brief History of Pizza in New York City

Robertas Pizza in Brooklyn

New Yorkers borrowed elements from Naples to create pizza more than 100 years ago but today’s New York pizza, like this Neapolitan-esque pie from Roberta’s, is a local classic.

Far from a passing fad, pizza has a long history in New York City. Though Naples claims pizza glory after inventing Margherita pizza in 1889, New York joined the pizza party a few years later in 1905 when Napoli native Gennaro Lombardi opened the self-named Lombardi’s in New York’s Little Italy.

Lombardi prepared his pizzas in a coal-fired oven, a practice that the 100+-year-old pizzeria uses to this day, and sold them for a nickel each. However, much has changed in the NY pizza scene during the past century starting with the pricing.

Dom DeMarco at Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn

Pizza patriarch Dom DeMarco has been creating pizzas by hand in Brooklyn since 1964.

Prices have risen, with posh pizza places in New York charging $20 and higher for hand-crafted, wood-fired pies throughout the city. Expect to spend a couple bucks or more for a single slice whether you eat-in, get takeaway or order pizza delivery.

Fun Fact: Manhattan’s Industry Kitchen sells a Guinness World Record 24K pizza for $2,000 with a $700 optional Almas Caviar supplement. Luxury pizza toppings include Stilton, Foie Gras, Platinum Ossetra Caviar, Truffle and 24K Gold Leaves.

Although modern-day pizza was invented in Naples and perfected at Pepe in Grani in Caiazzo, New Yorkers embrace the savory pie as their own. Thicker and cheesier than Neapolitan pizza, New York pizza is its own glorious thing.

What Makes New York Pizza Unique

Pizza Dude at Emilios of Morris Park in the Bronx

Ordering pizza is easy in New York. Pick your toppings, pay the bill and take a bite.

New Yorkers typically eat pizza by the slice, each big enough to be a meal. Dainty diners nibble on slices after patting off extra grease, but real New Yorkers simply fold their slices in half before gobbling them down in one sitting.

New York pizzaiolos hand toss dough before adding tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese and optional toppings like pepperoni, mushrooms and sausage. For extra zing, pizza aficionados often sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, dried oregano and hot pepper flakes over their pizza slices.

Fun Fact: Some people speculate that the minerality of New York City’s water supply differentiates the city’s pizza from all other pizza. Many of these same people make the same claim regarding New York’s bagels but tests have proven this to be a fallacy.

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New York Pizza Guide

Margherita Slice at Artichoke in Brooklyn

New York slices are so big that one paper plate isn’t always big enough.

New York City has hundreds if not thousands of pizzerias in all five boroughs, many selling single slices in addition to full 18-inch pies. Considering that NYC is 784 square kilometers, that’s a lot of space to cover in a search for the best pizza in New York!

Old school pizzerias like Lombardi’s and its spin-off Totonno’s still sling pies to hungry pizza lovers while young upstarts like Milkflower do the same with the kind of pies more typically eaten in Naples. Yes, Neapolitan pies are now readily available in New York City.

Pizza Crawlers at Zero Otto Nove in the Bronx

Three generations of pizza lovers attack The Bronx.

In our never-ending quest to experience the best pizza around the world and at home, we recently ate our weight in excellent pizza at respected pizzerias in all five boroughs. From the traditional to the sublime, we share our thoughts on each.

We plan to visit pizzerias every time our travels bring us home to New York. Check back often as we’ll update this guide accordingly.

Tour Idea: If you have limited time to eat pizza in NYC, take a 4.5-hour Half-Day Pizza Tasting Bus Tour that covers Manhattan and beyond.

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Brooklyn Pizza Shops

Outside Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn

Pizza is part of the Brooklyn lifestyle like on this street corner outside Di Fara Pizza.

Although New York’s first pizza shop (Lombardi’s) opened in Manhattan, Brooklyn is arguably the epicenter of the megacity’s vibrant pizza scene. This borough has the largest number of notable pizza shops – both pizza veterans like Totanno’s and a slew of modern creators – and enough hungry hipsters to keep them all in business.

After dipping our toes in Brooklyn’s pizza waters, we recommend the followings Brooklyn pizza shops:

Di Fara Pizza

Round Pie at Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn

Round or square, each pizza at Di Fara is crafted by hand.

Don’t expect to eat quickly at Di Fara Pizza, Brooklyn’s most lauded pizzeria.

Proving that New York pizza isn’t synonymous with fast food, octogenarian Dom DeMarco takes his sweet time when preparing round and square pizzas at his nondescript Midwood pizza institution. Outside, eager fans patiently wait in line for the chance to pay premium prices for slices of DeMarco’s premium pies.

DeMarco immigrated from Caizzaio, Italy before opening Di Fara in 1964. After creating 100+ pies daily for more than five decades, he has received pizza cult status as well as respect from food luminaries including the late Anthony Bourdain.

Square Slice at Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn

Fresh snipped basil made the flavors of this square pizza pop.

Not surprising considering his birthplace, DeMarco primarily uses Italian ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella from Caserta and extra virgin olive oil. He grows many of his own herbs at the pizza shop, snipping fresh basil sprigs on each pie.

Pro Tip: Start early and make Di Fara the first stop on your Brooklyn pizza crawl. Otherwise, you’ll spend much of your day waiting for handcrafted slices of pizza history.

Di Fara Pizza has multiple New York pizza locations. We ate at the original Midwood location at 1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230, USA.

Roberta’s

Speckenwolf Pizza from Roberta's in Brooklyn

The Speckenwolf pizza at Roberta’s is an audacious pie topped with mozzarella, speck, mushroom, onion and oregano.

Roberta’s is a Brooklyn pizzeria mashup that combines traditional Neapolitan techniques with modern American toppings. Open since 2008, the popular pizzeria is a firm part of its Bushwick neighborhood as well as a destination for pizza lovers who trek to the hipster haven.

Carlo Mirarchi helms the kitchen and creates sophisticated food that transcends pizza, earning a coveted James Beard nomination for Best Chef in New York City. But let’s focus on his pizza, the reason that we (and many others) eat at Roberta’s.

Pepperoni Pizza from Robertas in Brooklyn

Look at the char on this Roberta’s pie. The Brooklyn pizza shop fires its pie to near perfection.

Expect to eat Neapolitan style pizza at Roberta’s made with housemade cheese, freshly grown herbs and a range of ingredients that run the gamut from the simple to the divine. Mirarchi and his team cook their pies in a wood oven, creating the kind of char more commonly experienced in Naples.

For our Roberta’s meal, we ordered takeaway pies and shared them with friends at their Bushwick apartment. Standout pies were the Bee Sting topped with tomato, mozzarella, basil, soppressata, chili and honey and the Speckenwolf topped with mozzarella, speck, mushroom, onion and oregano.

Pro Tip: You can make advance reservations at Roberta’s if your party is ten or more people. Otherwise, plan to wait for a table or take away your pizza to enjoy at your apartment or hotel room. You can also order delivery depending on your location.

Roberta’s has multiple New York pizza locations. We ordered from the Bushwick location at 261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza

Pizza Slices at Artichoke in Brooklyn

Artichoke takes New York pizza in new directions with its eclectic toppings.

New York pizzerias that serve slices are a dime a dozen, but ones serving slices with artichoke on top are less common. Far from traditional, Artichoke’s thick slices have funky toppings like artichoke dip and crab in addition to more standard accouterments like pepperoni and meatballs.

Francis Garcia and Sal Basille opened their first Artichoke pizza shop in the East Village back in 2008 and have become one of NYC’s most popular pizza chains with locations in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and outside NYC.

We shared a slice of artichoke pizza at Artichoke’s Bushwick location and liked it for what it was – a thick, dense yet tasty slice that left us full for hours.

Pro Tip: Don’t try to fold your slice of artichoke pizza since it will probably be too thick.

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza has multiple New York pizza locations. We ate at the Bushwick location at 18 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237, USA.

Saraghina

Coppa and Carciofi Pizza at Saraghina Restaurant in Brooklyn

This Coppa and Carciofi pizza was generously topped with house-made mozzarella, hot coppa, roasted spicy artichokes and basil.

More than a character in Fellini’s 8 1/2, Saraghina is also a neighborhood restaurant in Bedford-Stuyvesant that serves pizza in an upscale setting. Inside diners get a front row view to the restaurant’s wood-fired oven, while outside diners enjoy a bucolic atmosphere in the middle of the city.

Edoardo Mantelli, Saraghina’s chef and co-owner, hails from Milan but his pies are straight out of Naples with a Brooklyn twist. Mantelli takes advantage of seasonal, local ingredients and combines them with more traditional toppings.

During our visit, we shared four pizzas among five people. Our favorite was the Coppa and Carciofi pie topped with mozzarella, hot coppa, roasted spicy artichokes and fresh basil. That being said, we also enjoyed the Napoli pie loaded with San Marzano tomatoes, house-made mozzarella, Sicilian anchovies, kalamata olives, garlic, oregano and basil.

Pro Tip: More than just a pizza restaurant, Saraghina has a bakery and tapas bar.

Saraghina is located at 435 Halsey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233, USA.

More Brooklyn Pizza

Salsiccia Pizza at Saraghina Restaurant in Brooklyn

Some New York pizzas require a fork and knife like this pie we ate at Saraghina Restaurant in Brooklyn.

The more time you spend in Brooklyn, the more pizza you can eat. Here are additional options to keep you busy for a couple weeks of dedicated pizza dining:

Tour Idea: Take a 4.5-hour Best of Brooklyn: Half-Day Food & Culture Bus Tour to taste Brooklyn’s pizza plus additional Brooklyn food favorites.

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Manhattan Pizza Shops

Outside of Emilios of Morris Park in the Bronx

Did we mention that most New York pizza shops offer delivery? It’s a definite plus when it’s cold or rainy in the city.

As Frank Sinatra sang in the iconic song about New York – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. But when it comes to making pizza in New York, it’s best to leave it to the experts.

Since the first American pizzeria opened in Manhattan, eating pizza in this borough is a must for food travelers exploring this borough. And by exploring, we mean eating some of the best pizza in Manhattan.

Lower Manhattan

Keste Pizza in New York City

Some of the best New York pizza makers hail from Italy including Robert Caporusicois at Keste Pizza & Vino.

The bottom half of Manhattan has a lot of good eats and pizza is no exception. We share our favorite pizza joints in this part of the city for those times when you want a slice of New York pizza or need an entire pie.

Joe’s Pizza
Pizza Slice at Joes Pizza in New York City

Slices at Joe’s Pizza are as authentic as they get.

Joe Pozzuoli opened Joe’s Pizza in 1975 after immigrating from Naples years earlier. Not much has changed in over 40 years at Pozzuoli’s original location except a move down the block.

The barebones pizzeria is still selling plain slices as well slices with fresh mozzarella and Sicilian squares. Additional toppings are available, but nothing too fancy at this joint.

We shared a plain slice, cut in half and served on a paper plate, during our afternoon visit. We each folded our half slice and quickly devoured it. Was it remarkable? No. Did it taste like New York pizza should taste? Heck yes.

Pro Tip: Go to Joe’s Pizza when you’re downtown and have a late night pizza craving. The Greenwich Village pizza institution is open until 4 am Sunday through Tuesday and until 5 am Wednesday through Saturday.

Joe’s Pizza has multiple New York City locations. We ate at the West Village location at 7 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014, USA

Kesté Pizza & Vino
Pizza at Keste in New York City

We sometimes eat Margherita pizzas to test a pizza maker’s skills. This pie at Keste passed our test with flying colors.

Robert and Giorgia Caporusicois are more than New York pizza makers with a Naples connection. This father-daughter pizza making team trained with Antonio Starita, a notable Neapolitan pizzaiola at Starita, before opening the original Kesté Pizza & Vino in the West Village.

Lauded by periodicals like New York Magazine, Food Network Magazine and Food & Wine, the team at Kesté channels Naples as they prepare pizza in a wood-fired oven. They then add special toppings like burrata, white truffle cream and Crespone salami.

We shared pizza and wine with friends when we dined at Kesté. Our pies were on point with crispy crusts and tasty toppings. We rarely say ‘no’ to burrata when it’s on a menu, and this meal was no exception.

Pro Tip: Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free diners can eat pizza at Kesté Pizza & Vino. The West Village pizza restaurant offers a range of dietary pizza options.

Kesté Pizza & Vino has multiple New York pizza locations. We ate at the West Village location at 271 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014, USA.

Two Boots Pizza
Pizza at Two Boots Pizza in New York

Cornmeal crust differentiates the pizza at Two Boots. Toppings like jalapeno peppers and andouille sausage take it to the next level.

Two Boots Pizza is a New York pizzeria where Louisiana collides with Italy. The clash of cultures and cuisines seems odd on the surface, but the resulting Cajun-flavored, thin-crust pizza creations are winners.

With a name inspired by the boot-like shape of both Italy and Louisiana, Two Boots originally opened in the East Village back in 1987 before spreading its reach. Original owners Doris Kornish and Phil Hartman created a whimsical space and unique menu that have stood the test of time.

We ate at the original Two Boots back in the early 90’s when its funky menu was a revelation and recently returned with friends to try the fusion pizza again. After sharing a slice of Bayou Beast pie with spiced shrimp, crawfish, andouille, jalapenos and mozzarella cheese, our tingling taste buds thanked us for the blast to the past.

Pro Tip: Skip the plain and pepperoni slices and pies at Two Boots. Instead, order something more fun like the Bayou Beast slice we ate or another equally quirky option.

Two Boots Pizza has multiple New York locations. We ate at the location at East Village location at 42 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, USA.

Speedy Romeo
Pauls Boutique Pizza Speedy Romeo in New York City

Speedy Romeo created an instant classic with its Paul’s Boutique pizza. We devoured this piece of art at the pizzeria’s Lower East Side location in Alphabet City.

Taking wood-fire pizza preparation in a different direction, owners Todd Feldman and Justin Bazdarich have been serving St. Louis style pies since they opened their original Speedy Romeo location in Brooklyn back in 2012. Though a classically trained chef, Bazdarich’s menu skews toward the wacky when it comes to pizza toppings.

Traditionalists can order a Margherita pie here, but more adventurous diners will want to try a St. Louie pie with San Marzano tomato sauce, provel, Italian sausage, pepperoni and pickled chilies. Popular in St. Louis, provel is a processed cheese that combines cheddar, Swiss and provolone cheese for maximum meltiness.

Inspired by the Beastie Boys reference, we couldn’t resist sharing a ‘Paul’s Boutique’ pie with friends Vince and Larissa of Riss’ Knishes fame. To create this unique pie, Bazdarich tops an everything bagel crust with Katz’s pastrami, mustard-infused bèchamel, smoked red sauerkraut, fontina cheese and 1000 island dressing. The result is so wrong that it’s right.

Pro Tip: Dine at Speedy Romeo on a Monday or Tuesday night if you like to pair wine with your pizza. Select bottles are half price on these nights.

Speedy Romeo has multiple New York pizza locations. We ate at the LES location at 63 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002, USA.

More Lower Manhattan Pizza
Pizza Slices at Joes Pizza in New York City

Why take a bite out of the big apple when you can bite into pizza instead?

Four pizzerias are just a start when it comes to exploring the birthplace of New York pizza. Here are additional Lower Manhattan pizza shops including Lombardi’s, the original NY pizzeria:

Tour Idea: Take a 2-hour Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour to sample pizza and more in Lower Manhattan’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Manhattan Above 14th Street

Nicks Pizza in New York City

This New York pizza included all three colors of the Italian flag.

It’s just a quick subway ride from downtown Manhattan to neighborhoods like Midtown, the Upper West Side and Harlem. Check out these uptown Manhattan pizza shops after you head north and cross the city’s invisible line at 14th Street.

Patsy’s
Patsys in Harlem

Patsy’s Pizzeria has been making people happy in Harlem since 1933.

Don’t look for a wood-fired oven when you dine at the original Patsy’s, an East Harlem pizza institution since Pasquale ‘Patsy’ and Carmella Lanceri opened it in 1933. No flash in the pan, Patsy’s has been charring its pies in a coal-fired oven for more than 80 years.

Due to prohibitive environmental regulations, pizzerias with coal ovens like Patsy’s are a charming rarity in today’s New York. The restaurant’s basic pie keeps it simple with a thin crust, grated mozzarella cheese and tomato. Non-purists can add a variety of toppings or order specialty pies instead.

Slices at Patsys in Harlem

These slices at Patsy’s went straight from the coal oven to our bellies.

Although Patsy’s has a proper dining room, we chose to scarf down slices on the sidewalk right outside the popular pizzeria. Since Patsy’s allegedly introduced the slice concept to New York and is the only NYC pizzeria currently cooking slices in a coal oven, it seemed like the right thing to do.

Pro Tip: Visit an ATM before you eat at Patsy’s. This restaurant does not take credit cards.

Patsy’s Pizzeria has multiple New York pizza locations. We ate at the Harlem location at 2287 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10035, USA.

Nick’s Pizza
Red and White Pizza at Nicks Pizza in New York City

The red and white pizza at Nick’s justifies a special trip to the Upper East Side.

Nick Angelis creates formidable Neapolitan pizza creations at Nick’s Pizza without a coal-fired oven or even a wood-fired oven. After opening his original pizzeria in Forest Hills in 1993, he eventually expanded to New York’s tonier Upper East Side.

Nick’s specializes in thin-crust, brick-oven-style pizza topped with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and basil. In addition to offering over 20 toppings, the restaurant offers a unique option – pies that are half red and half white.

We shared a signature half and half pie with our friend Kate when we dined at Nick’s. As we alternated between tangy white slices and sweet red slices, we wondered why more pizzerias don’t offer this option.

Pro Tip: Mix it up and order a calzone to go with your pizza.

Nick’s Pizza has multiple New York pizza locations. We ate at the Upper East Side location at 1814 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10128, USA.

San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucino
Margherita Pizza at San Matteo in New York City

The team at San Matteo transported us to Campania with their classic Margherita pie.

Fabio Casella and Vincenzo Scardino recreated the flavors of Salerno, a scenic port city 50 kilometers southeast of Naples, when they opened San Matteo Pizza and Espresso Bar in 2010. In addition to creating Neapolitan pies in a wood-fired oven, the Salerno natives produce sweet and savory panuozzi with ingredients procured locally and from their homeland.

Their panuozzi, a puffy pizza dough sandwich, has become quite the rage in NYC. Whatever you order, nab a window seat and enjoy an excellent streetside view with your meal.

Pro Tip: Order an Aperol Spritz and drink like an Italian local when you dine at San Matteo Pizzeria e Cucino.

San Mateo Pizzeria e Cucino is located at 1559 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10028, USA.

More Upper Manhattan Pizza
Big Slice at Artichoke in Brooklyn

Pizza slices are big in New York City. We have no problem with this situation.

Since there’s no such thing as too much pizza, we also recommend checking out the following acclaimed uptown pizzerias:

Tour Idea: While you’re uptown, take a 5-hour Harlem Soul Food & Jazz Walking Tour to learn more about the culturally-rich New York City neighborhood.

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Queens Pizza Shops

Milkflower in Queens

Milkflower is an authentic pizzeria in Astoria, a neighborhood better known for Greek food.

Queens isn’t the borough with the most pizza shops or the most famous pizza shops. However, don’t skip this diverse borough during a dedicated NYC pizza crawl.

It only makes sense that Queens has good pizza. The culinary melting pot has a range of global cuisines from countries like China, Greece, Mexico and Thailand. Italy certainly belongs in the mix.

Milkflower

Willy Mo Pizza at Milkflower in Queens

Milkflower’s Willy Mo pie comes adorned with meatballs, tomato, garlic confit, mozzarella, basil and grana padano.

We’re not gonna lie. We ended up at Milkflower in our quest to eat pizza in all five boroughs. We typically eat other cuisines when we visit Queens, but we were game to give Queens pizza a try.

The parking gods were on our side as we pulled our car into a parking space right by the restaurant. Within moments of entering, we got a good vibe. It all came together when we bit into a Willy Mo pie topped with broken up meatballs, tomato, garlic confit, mozzarella, basil and grana padano.

Pete and Danny Aggelatos opened their Neapolitan pizza shop in Astoria back in 2013 and immediately earned respect for their wood-fired pies made with top quality ingredients. The duo seamlessly blends traditional toppings like sausage and mozzarella with new-fangled options like kale and brussel sprouts.

Pro Tip: You can request an outdoor table during warmer months.

Milkflower is located at 34-12 31st Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106, USA.

Slices at Joe and Pats Pizzeria in Staten Island

We actually ate this pizza at in Staten Island. Next time, we’re eating more pizza in Queens.

More Queens Pizza

Queens may be newer to the New York pizza game but don’t rule out this player. In addition to Milkflower, plan to try pizza at the following Queens pizzerias:

Tour Idea: Pop over to Long Island City and take a 3-hour Brewery Tour with Beer Tastings & Food while you’re in Queens.

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Staten Island Pizza Shops

Statue of Liberty from Staten Island Ferry

The view of Lady Liberty is reason enough to take a free ferry ride to Staten Island. Pizza is another reason.

Staten Island lives under the radar when it comes to New York boroughs, perhaps because it’s the only borough not connected to the city’s main subway system. However, Staten Island is easily a highlight of any NYC pizza crawl starting with a ferry ride from lower Manhattan and ending with the main event – pizza.

Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Pepperoni Slice at Joe and Pats Pizzeria in State Island

Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria loads a lot of ingredients on its thin crust pizza. Pictured here is a pepperoni slice.

A ferry trip to Staten Island would be incomplete without a stop at Joe & Pat’s, the borough’s thin crust pizza institution. Despite a fire in 1999, the spot has been a popular destination since Naples transplants Giuseppe (Joe) and Pasquale (Pat) Pappalardo opened the shop in 1960.

As an ode to the owners’ heritage, Joe & Pat’s produces cracker-like Neapolitan style pizza right in the restaurant for all to see. Workers pull dough and add toppings in rapid motion to keep up with a stream of mostly local customers.

During our visits, we enjoyed the pizzeria’s famous vodka pizza, a tangy pie with vodka, tomatoes, cream and mozzarella. However, our favorite slice was the crunchy, pepperoni loaded with cuplike pepperoni slices.

Pro Tip: Visit the newer Manhattan location if you don’t have time to take a ferry ride to the original Joe & Pat’s.

Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria & Restaurant has multiple New York pizza locations. We ate at the original location at 1758 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314, USA.

Nonna’s Old Fashioned Pizzeria

Pizza Dudes at Nonnas Old Fashioned Pizzeria

The friendly crew at Nonna’s makes some mighty fine pizzas in Staten Island.

We didn’t see any nonnas or Italian grandmothers cooking at Nonna’s Old Fashioned Pizzeria in Staten Island when we ate there. However, we felt right at home at the Staten Island pizzeria near Great Kills Park.

Nonna’s is known for their Alfredo Bacon specialty pizza and square Sicilian slices, but we opted to share a sausage pie with our friend Marie, a Pennsylvania native with Staten Island ties. We did our best to finish the pie while sitting in Nonna’s back dining room but eventually raised a white flag in gluttonous defeat.

Pro Tip: Grab some garlic knots to eat in your car if you’re getting takeout.

Nonna’s Old Fashioned Pizzeria is located at 27 Brower Court, Staten Island, NY 10308, USA.

Tony’s Brick Oven

Slice at Tonys Brick Oven in Staten Island

Set in a strip mall, Tony’s Brick Oven serves authentic pizza pies and slices in Staten Island.

Not surprisingly, Tony’s Brick Oven uses a brick oven to prepare authentic New York pizza plus garlic knots and other Italian specialties. Popular among Staten Island locals, the neighborhood pizzeria welcomes strangers to their daily pizza party.

As for us, we stopped at Tony’s to cap off our Staten Island pizza crawl. Full already, we managed to squeeze in a slice of Margherita pizza though we only planned on eating a bite or two.

Pro Tip: Stop at Tony’s on your way to or from the ferry. The pizzeria is just a short car or bus ride from the terminal.

Tony’s Brick Oven is located at 1140 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10305, USA.

More Staten Island Pizza

Sausage Pizza at Nonnas Old Fashioned Pizzeria in Staten Island

Though we enjoyed this pie from Nonna’s, there are more great pizzerias on Staten Island.

If you’re traveling by car, you can check out the following additional Staten Island pizza shops during your visit to the least populated borough:

Tour Idea: Take a break from eating New York City pizza and explore the city via a Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour including One World Observatory.

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The Bronx Pizza Shops

Pepperoni Slice at Marios Pizzeria in the Bronx

The Bronx is a fine borough when it comes to pizza slices. We ate this slice at Mario’s Pizzeria.

As the classic song goes, “New York, New York, a wonderful town. The Bronx is up and The Battery’s down.” Anybody who forgets The Bronx during a comprehensive pizza crawl will miss an integral part of the New York pizza experience.

With almost 1.5 million residents, many of them pizza eaters, The Bronx hosts its fair share of the city’s pizza shops. Though many are in Belmont, the bulk are spread around the borough for all to enjoy.

Zero Otto Nove

Zero Otto Nove in the Bronx

The dining room at Zero Otto Nove looks more like an Italian street than a Bronx pizzeria.

Like many of the best New York pizza restaurants, Zero Otto Nove has a Campania connection. Owner and Chef Roberto Paciullo was born in Salerno, less than an hour from Naples, moved to the US in 1970 and opened his original Zero Otto Nove in 2007.

Zero Otto Nove literally translates to 089, Salerno’s area code. Living up to the name, the upscale Belmont restaurant calls on its Italian connection with a full menu featuring fresh ingredients like olives, anchovies, smoked mozzarella and cured meats.

Margherita Pizza at Zero Otto Nove in the Bronx

The Margherita pie at Zero Otto Nove is a Neapolitan classic.

Arthur Avenue may be more know for old school Italian eateries, but Zero Otto Nove is a thoroughly modern restaurant that creates authentic Neapolitan pies and calzones in a wood-fired oven. Crowds come from near and far to experience the trattoria’s atmosphere and food.

We shared a Margherita pie with family members Linda and Max during a calorie-loaded Bronx pizza crawl. After we sat in Zero’s chic dining room and cut into the Neapolitan classic, we didn’t put our utensils down until the last bites were gone.

Pro Tip: Stop by the Arthur Avenue Retail Market before or after your meal. The popular Italian market is just a one-minute walk from Zero Otto Nove.

Arthur Avenue Retail Market is located at 2344 Arthur Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10458, USA.
Zero Otto Nove has multiple New York pizza locations. We ate at the location at 2357 Arthur Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10458, USA.

Emilio’s of Morris Park

White Slice at Emilios of Morris Park in the Bronx

We ate this white slice at Emilio’s of Morris Park. The combination of garlic and ricotta was a winner.

Just a few miles from Belmont and Arthur Avenue, Emilio’s of Morris Park has been serving pizza, pasta and other food to Morris Park locals since 1989. Specialties at this Bronx pizzeria include chicken vodka pizza and ricotta (white) pies.

Bronx native Richie DiNardo bought Emilio’s in 2006. He has kept the pizzeria on course for the past decade.

During our visit, we sampled two sizable slices – plain and white. While we found the plain slice to be ordinary, the white slice was a revelation with strong garlic flavor and plenty of ricotta atop a mozzarella base.

Pro Tip: Don’t skip Emilio’s ricotta (white) pie despite its higher price. We paid $5 for a slice at the time of our visit which was expensive but worth it.

Emilio’s of Morris Park is located at 1051 Morris Park Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10461, USA.

Mario’s Pizzeria

Marios Pizzeria in the Bronx

Mario’s Pizzeria is a fixture in its Bronx neighborhood.

Our Bronx pizza stop at Mario’s Pizzeria was a happy accident. We had asked our nephew Max to map us to Mario’s Restaurant and somehow ended up at the wrong Mario’s. Oops!

Despite our circuitous arrival, we enjoyed eating classic slices at the no-frills Wakefield pizza shop. We felt at home in the friendly Bronx spot among a crowd of pizza-loving locals.

Next time we’ll try the ‘other’ Mario’s, but for now we’re happy to have eaten at this Mario’s.

Pro Tip: Make sure you type the correct Mario’s into google maps since it’s apparently a popular pizza name in the Bronx.

Mario’s Pizzeria is located at 3824 Dyre Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10466, USA.

More Bronx Pizza

Emilios of Morris Park in the Bronx

Pizza is popular in The Bronx just like in New York’s other four boroughs.

For convenience, start your Bronx pizza crawl on Arthur Avenue but don’t stop there. We suggest checking out the following pizzerias in addition to the ones where we ate pizza in The Bronx:

Tour Idea: Take a 2.5-hour Arthur Avenue Food Tour to try pizza and other Italian food in the Bronx’s Little Italy neighborhood.

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Comments

  1. For Queen’s, your list is so short. I’d definitely add Dee’s and Nick’s Pizza in Forest Hills. We have good pizza too!

    1. Author

      Agreed. We plan on attacking Queens the next time we’re in NY. (We added Dee’s to our list. Thanks for that. The Nick’s we visited in Manhattan is the same Nick’s from Forest Hills) So much city, so little time. Thanks for reading.

  2. Such an amazing list!! I love pizza and def want to try some of these spots next time I’m in the city.

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