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Daily Slice: Rose & Joe's Italian Bakery, Astoria, Queens

If Rose & Joe's Italian Bakery wasn't already a fairly well-known quantity among pizza hounds in NYC, you could be excused for thinking you'd walked in on a sort of secret pizzeria there. Past the Italian bread in the window, past all the permutations of sprinkle-dipped cookies in the display cases, clear in the back is a small counter where you can get a slice or two of Italian bakery pizza. More

Rose & Joe's Italian Bakery

Frankie and Mary Lou Cappezza, the former owners of the now-closed Corona Heights Pork Store, are my culinary E. F. Huttons. When they talk, I listen. So when they told me I had to check out Rose & Joe Italian Bakery in their old Astoria stomping grounds, I wasted no time getting there. As usual, they were right. Rose & Joe's wondrous braided semolina bread has plenty of character and flavor. But as good as the bread is here, Rose & Joe's ultimate triumph is their Sicilian pizza. In the back of the bakery a young woman sells slices:... More

Voice Choices

SAY NUMBER 13: Dom DeMarco, Slice's "Italian hero," makes the cover of this week's Village Voice. The alt-weekly's Robert Sietsema tallies his top 100 Italian restaurants, DeMarco of Di Fara fame clocking in at lucky thirteen. Robert Sietsema of the Village Voice runs down his top 100 Italian restaurants. Seeing as how pizza is Italian or Italian American (depending on style), there are more than a few pizzerias in the mix. The usual suspects appear throughout as well as a few surprises and what might be hidden gems. Following, we've digested the list, ignoring any nonpizza establishments. For the full... More

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