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Two New Wood Ovens in Astoria: Milkflower and Tufino

Slice: New York Max Falkowitz 11 comments

In a neighborhood with lots of solid pizza but little that's exceptional, a place that makes destination-worthy pies remains Astoria's golden unicorn. Though Basil Brick Oven is a go-to spot for Neapolitan pizza in the neighborhood, the market's gotten more crowded lately, wood burning ovens and all. More

Top This: Il Greco (à la Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana)

Top This Erin Mosbaugh 1 comment

Astoria's Tufino Pizzeria isn't just winning over the hearts of Queens' residents; those outside the borough have been flocking to Ditmars Blvd. for a taste of the restaurant's beautifully crafted Neapolitan pies. More

Photo of the Day: Ever Tried Wood-Fired Alligator?

Slice: New York Adam Kuban 1 comment

Astoria, Queens: Via Trenta Osteria & Wine Bar

Slice: New York Adam Kuban 3 comments

The atmosphere is comfortable (much brighter than the previous incarnation, which required night-vision goggles), and the staff is friendly. I could see this becoming a go-to for me not because the pizza is AMAZING but because it is good enough and nearby. More

Basil Brick Oven: Good Pizza in an Unexpected Part of Astoria

Slice: New York Adam Kuban 15 comments

Basil Brick Oven Pizza makes what some folks might call Neapolitan pizza, but pizzaiolo and co-owner Daniel Barbois, a native of Piedmont, Italy, would dispute that. The pizzas here look like their Naples-based counterparts, Mr. Barbois, says, but the crust is more crisp, the edges a little more flat, the cheese a bit more generous. More

Sac's Place: A Coal-Oven Pizzeria That's Trendy by Accident

Slice: New York Adam Kuban 9 comments

Pickled Italian peppers and home-grown basil, oregano, and rosemary. An award-winning apple pie recipe from Ohio made from (somewhat) locally harvest fruit. Heat in the dining room supplied by a wood-burning stove. Nope, not a trendy "Ball jar joint" helmed by Midwestern transplants in Brooklyn. This is all going on at Sac's Place in Astoria, Queens, run by a couple brothers who grew up around the corner from this coal-fired pizzeria and restaurant on Broadway. More

Video: 'Pizza Party'

Adam Kuban 5 comments

Joey Summa (aka "Joe Pepe") emailed me this video he made, "Pizza Party." It's an update of an earlier version his friend Michelle emailed me in March. As an Astorian, I'm happy to see several of my neighborhood's hot spots featured — Salerno Pizza on 30th Avenue, Astoria Bowl, Astoria Park, and, yes, Costco, where I reviewed the pizza last year.

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Astoria, Queens: Lorusso Gourmet Pizza & Focaccia

Slice: New York Adam Kuban 6 comments

I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's going to draw pizza- or bread-heads from outside the borough or even the neighborhood, but if you're live in, near, or are looking to explore this part of Astoria, you owe it to yourself to make the detour here. More

Astoria, Queens: Trattoria El Greco

Slice: New York Adam Kuban 1 comment

For the most part, Bertolotti keeps the flame going at El Greco, which opened in April 2010. The pizza here, Neapolitan-inspired, is undoubtedly good. It's thin, crisp, has a great balance in terms of sauce and cheese and (sometimes) toppings. More

Costco, a Pizza Chain Hiding in Plain Sight

Adam Kuban 73 comments

This membership warehouse club is the largest such chain of its kind in the U.S., with 416 domestic locations as of 2010. Most of these locations have a food court, and most of those food courts sell pizza. This would make the warehouse club the 15th largest pizza chain in the U.S. More

Rizzo's Fine Pizza, Astoria

Adam Kuban 17 comments

[Photographs: Adam Kuban] If you didn't already know what to order at Rizzo's Fine Pizza, the delivery boxes stacked high behind the counter and those in the hands of regular customers leaving with take-out tell you: "It's hip to be square." Yes, the square's the thing at Rizzo's, where they've been making it since 1959. Rizzo's Sicilian-style pies are notably thinner and crisper than most of those you'll find around New York City. This, to me, is a good thing. I find most square slices too bready, too lacking in flavor, and too filling.... More

Daily Slice: Gyro Uno, Astoria, Queens

Daily Slice Adam Kuban 3 comments

It's not really mentioned on the menu — just know that the "Individual Pizza" ($6.50 for plain) is the pan-cooked, Greek-style pizza you want. While some folks in the aforementioned thread mentioned that Greek-style has a less-crisp crust, the foundation of Gyro Uno's pies are overwhelmingly firm and veering toward crunch territory. Sauce? Well, it's there, but its flavor is hardly discernible. What is there is cheese. Oodles of it, in fact, and it blankets the almost-pan-fried dough in a thick, melty layer that desperately clings to your slice as you try to remove it from the pie. I recommend adding toppings, as the plain pie is, well, pretty plain tasting without them. If you're brave, the "Gyro Uno Special" comes with pretty much every topping and shaved gyro meat on top. I'm saving that for another time. More

Daily Slice: Hangover Brunch Pizza from Vesta, Astoria, Queens

Daily Slice Adam Kuban 12 comments

The wife (aka "Girl Slice") and I go to Vesta for dinner maybe every 3 weeks to a month—it's just a bit north of our general price range; individual dishes there are affordable but end up adding up when you start adding in sides and apps and drinks. But I digress. Tired of the breakfast and brunch options immediately near our home, we decided to try Vesta on a recent Sunday. I ordered the Hangover Pizza, topped with potato, pancetta, sausage, fried eggs, and a spicy tomato sauce. More

Daily Slice: Sandro's Pizza, Astoria, Queens

Daily Slice Adam Kuban 8 comments

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: Adam Kuban] Walk into Sandro's Pizza on Ditmars Boulevard and Crescent Street in Astoria, and you'll find a couple tables, a TV blaring — mostly for the workers' benefit — and a small counter with a couple slice pies ready to go. Deliverymen hustle in and out. It's the type of place more geared toward take-out and order-in. A slice here is not going to change your... More

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

Daily Slice Adam Kuban 12 comments

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

Astoria: Rosario's Deli Serves a Killer Slice

Adam Kuban 23 comments

Ladies and gents, you are looking at the best regular slice around the Astoria-Ditmars N/W stop. Which shouldn't come as a surprise, since A) it's in the back of Rosario's Italian market, where proprietor Rosario DiMarco has ready access to high-quality ingredients and B) a number of Slice'rs recommended it in this post.... More

Photo of the Day: Party in a Box (or Several)

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A scene in Queens this morning.... More

NYC: Gyro Uno in Astoria for Greek-Style Pizza

Adam Kuban 8 comments

This just rolled in from the comments of the Regional Pizza Styles glossary: Hope it's not too late to comment on the New England–Greek-style pizza, but considering it's one of my favorites (and considering Astoria just got a shout out in your most recent post)—VOILA!Gyro Uno, 28-01 Steinway Street, Astoria NY 11103 (at 28th Avenue; map)I've found reheated slices in house are vastly superior to whole pies. One of my favorite places to get pizza in New York. (That IS saying a lot ...)—samm... More

Help! Where Do I Get Good Pizza in Astoria, Queens?

Quick Bites Adam Kuban 23 comments

[Photograph: duluoz cats on Flickr] So, yeah. I've recently moved to Astoria in Queens. It's kinda weird not being a Brooklynite anymore. So, besides Rizzo's, Michael Angelo II, Forno Italia, Rose & Joe's, and Sac's Place, where else can I go for good pizza in Astoria? Anyone?... More

Dear Slice: Sac's Place Follow-up

Dear Slice Adam Kuban Post a comment

The "Mama's Special" at Sac's Place in Astoria. [Photographs: Chichi Wang] Also in Astoria Forno Italia, Ditmars & 43rd St. » Michael Angelo's II, 23rd Ave. » Rose & Joe's, 31st St. nr Ditmars » Rizzo's, Steinway near 30th Ave. » Yesterday, Chichi Wang asked for some advice on what to get at the coal-oven-havin' Sac's Place in Astoria. Today, she emails with a follow-up: So we ended up getting the Mama's Special pie—the one with the San Marzano tomatoes.Happy to report that there weren't any sogginess issues. Crust stayed dry on the bottom with a nice char; no... More

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