Read all Slice of Heaven excerpts on SliceAt Denino's, the pizza box says it all: "In Crust We Trust."

They should trust their crust, because it is light and crisp and pliant.

Denino's is a classic red-brick tavern pizzeria (with a separate dining room), but it is just as welcoming to kids after a little league game as it is to middle-aged softball players coming in for a pie and a brew after a game.

I'm crazy about Denino's sausage pie, which features fine sweet Italian sausage made fresh every day by a local butcher. If you want to go vegetarian, try the white pie, made with mozzarella, onions, fresh garlic, and a splash of olive oil.

After 53 years, you might think the Denino family has gotten bored with making pizza. Not so, according to third-generation co-owner Michael Denino: "We still put our heart and soul into every pie."


Address: 524 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island NY 10302 (at Hooker Place; map)
Phone: 718-442-9401
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