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Forno Italia, Astoria, Queens

Forno Italia 43-19 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria NY 11105 (at 43rd Street; map); 718-267-1068; fornoitalia.com Pizza Style: Small, Neapolitanish-style pizzas Oven Type: Wood-burning brick oven The Skinny: While not a top-tier pizzeria, it's cranking out some tasty pies nonetheless, with creamy, delicious house-made fresh mozzarella cheese—and a pretty damn good bread basket. And you can't beat the price Price: Margherita, $8; quattro stagioni, $10 Had a couple pizzas at Forno Italia on Friday night. It'd been quite some time since I'd visited the place, and I'm happy to report that it lived up to memory. Girl Slice and I ordered... More

Forno Italia

The first time I tried to have a pizza at Forno Italia, the place had been reduced to rubble by a complete renovation. I worried that the wood-burning pizza oven I had heard so much about would not be part of the new restaurant. I needn't have worried. What makes Forno ltalia's pizza so good is the gorgeous oven, a skilled pizzaiolo, and the house-made mozzarella, which is so good that the proprietors wholesale it to other Italian restaurants and pizzerias in the know. The pies are individual Neapolitan-style beauties, with a chewy, puffy crust that is pretty swell.... More

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