'Bensonhurst' on Serious Eats

Daily Slice: J&V Pizzeria, Brooklyn

The guys that opened this pizza joint were the first in the iconic Italian neighborhood of Bensonhurst to sell pizza by the slice. Sixty one years later, they're still serving a mean slice in a neighborhood where you can find some pretty discerning pizza lovers. More

Daily Slice: Grandma Slice from Valentino's Pizza in Brooklyn

October! National Pizza Month! This month we'll be bringing you Daily Slice, quick snapshots of slices and pies all of us at the Serious Eats empire have been enjoying lately. —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Caroline Russock] From the moment I walked into Valentino's Pizza in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, I knew that it was going to be a winner. It might have been that the guy behind the counter was on the phone explaining the proper method to sauté broccoli rabe (and clearly knew that he was doing), or it could have been the impossibly thin pies on display behind the glass counter.... More

L & B Spumoni Gardens: A Rite of Passage in the Form of Pizza

L & B Spumoni Gardens 2725 86th Street Brooklyn, NY 11223; map); 718-449-1230; spumonigardens.com Pizza Style: New York–style and Sicilian-style Oven Type: Gas The Skinny? A unique version of Sicilian is served at this Brooklyn institution Price:Slice, square or round, $2.25 As the sun sets over Brooklyn, its last gasps of light streaking the sky in pink against a deep blue backdrop looking like camouflage as envisioned by Elio Fiorucci, they flock to L & B Spumoni Gardens. Just as they did last summer and the summer before that. And the same way that their parents and grandparents did... More

The Real World Brooklyn Goes to L&B Spumoni Gardens

An email from a friend asks: "Did you watch the new Brooklyn-based Real World? They went to L&B Spumoni Gardens." My answer is no. The last thing I need in my life is to waste an hour of it watching a group of fame-obsessed, sexually confused post-adolescents work out their cringe-worthy issues on TV. But when one of Brooklyn's favorite pizzerias is involved I can hold my nose and tune in. Unfortunately, the bit at Spumoni Gardens lasts all of 5 seconds, consisting of the cast ordering and eating the square slices the Bensonhurst joint is known for. I've... More

In Videos: John Travolta's Double-Decking Slice-Struttin' Action in 'Saturday Night Fever'

I love it when a plan comes together. For years, I've been wanting to get a clip of the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever, the bit where John Travolta's Tony Manero orders two slices of pizza from Lenny's, double-decks them and struts down 86th Street in Bensonhurst. After mentioning the film earlier tonight, I dug around on YouTube, found the opener, and trimmed the vid down to just the relevant pizza-related footage. Enjoy ...... More

L&B Spumoni Gardens Latest Pizzeria to Raise Prices

Famous for its Sicilian slices, the Bensonhurst mainstay has jacked its rates. From amNY: "L&B gave in on Monday, upping the price for both [its regular and square slices] to $2.25 — just in time for the spring when things start heating up at the popular pizzeria, which is also a hangout for the young and old when it becomes warm thanks to its ample outdoor seating." Related: L&B Spumoni coverage on Slice »... More

The Pizza Express

After starting a six-pizzeria pizza crawl at Franny's, travelers board the" Pizza Express." This afternoon I had the pleasure of riding aboard what I'll call the Scott Wiener Pizza Express. Scott Wiener is a true pizza lover, one who keeps a pizza journal that's legendary among those who know him, and his love and enthusiasm for the pie is truly infectious. So much so that a little more than 20 people showed up for a tour that would take us from Prospect Heights to deep Brooklyn, up to East Harlem, and back again to Brooklyn (see map, after the... More


The following cluster of photos will no doubt be bewildering. But bear with me. Today's theme is "lights." And lots of them. It's a theme that strings together the over-the-top Christmas decorations of Dyker Heights and the below-the-ankle action of Saturday Night Fever. That, and the fact that both spectacles take place in roughly the same area of Brooklyn. After that, the association kinda falls apart.... More

L & B Spumoni Gardens

... Or, 'You Eat the Nicest Pizza on a Honda'* The Garden of Eatin': L&B Spumoni Gardens, family-owned for more than 60 years (top left), is known for its out-of-this-world Sicilian slices. More a comestible complex than just a single restaurant, L&B boasts a pizzeria (whose pass-through window can be seen at top right), a spumoni stand, and a sit-down Italian eatery—all in a sprawling compound on 86th Street between West 10th and West 11th streets in Brooklyn's Bensonhurst neighborhood. Just as Batman has the Batmobile, Slice has "The Slicecycle" (below right), its front wheel a compass pointing to truly... More

Sopranos Stars: Rocco 'Wonder Bread'; L&B Wonderful

Seems like every-so-many news cycles there's a story in one of the New York dailies in which Sopranos cast members opine on their favorite New York City restaurants. The Daily News just let loose the latest. In this one, Steven R. Schirripa (Bobby Baccalieri), Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti), and Vincent Curatola (Johnny "Sack" Sacramoni) give much respect to Bensonhurst's L&B Spumoni Gardens—and give the gasface to Rocco:... More

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