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New York Quintessentials: 12 Classic Pizza Joints You Should Know

Slice: New York The Slice Team 18 comments

New York has long been regarded as a, if not the, pizza Mecca. But these days, many of our city's most highly publicized pizzerias share increasingly less with the slice joints and classic pie shops that engendered that reputation in the first place. Whether you're a native New Yorker or a first-time visitor, here are 12 old-school pizzerias you should definitely know. More

What's Up in Pizza: Economics of the Dollar Slice, Tip the Delivery Guy, and More!

Niki Achitoff-Gray 10 comments

The latest in the magical world of pizza. More

Totonno's: Back at It

Slice: New York Chris E. Crowley 18 comments

We set out for Coney Island last weekend for a long overdue taste of Totonno's. The pizzeria has only been open for a matter of weeks, since completing post-Sandy repairs, but they haven't skipped a beat. The pies? Better than ever. More

Nothing To Fear: Totonno's Is Still Using Their Original Coal Oven

Slice: New York Chris E. Crowley 9 comments

Contrary to recent news coverage, Totonno's did not have to replace their oven following last fall's hurricane damages. Read what co-owner Antoinette Balazano has to say on the matter. More

What's Up in Pizza: Lawsuits, Fires, and Peeps!

Niki Achitoff-Gray 4 comments

A look at what's dominating the pizza headlines of late... More

Letters to Totonno's: Pete Wells, Allison Robicelli, Cookie Cimineri, and Others on America's Church of Pizza

Chris E. Crowley 10 comments

On Monday, we reported the much-anticipated news that Totonno's was finally back in business, nearly five months after Sandy sent flood waters surging through their front doors. In honor of their reopening, we've collected testimonies and love letters to Totonno's from Louise "Cookie" Cimineri, Pete Wells, Dick Zigun, Adam Kuban, and more. More

Totonno's is Officially Back in Business!

Slice: New York Niki Achitoff-Gray 6 comments

Yesterday, Totonno's opened its doors once again. It's not every restaurant—or family—that would display the kind of resilience that we've seen from this iconic Coney Island pizzeria. And we cannot wait to get our fix. More

Checking In on Totonno's: Chef Daniel Patterson of Coi to Donate $5,000 to Brooklyn Pizza

Chris E. Crowley 6 comments

Back in early December, chef Daniel Patterson organized a fundraising dinner at Coi, one of his San Francisco restaurants, to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. A portion of the proceeds were to be reserved for the acclaimed Brooklyn restaurant Governor. Last week, Governor's owners announced that it will not be reopening. Now Patterson will be rerouting the $5,000 raised for Governor to another New York food business in need: Brooklyn institution Totonno's. More

Checking In On Our Church of Pizza: Is Totonno's In Danger of Closing?

Slice: New York Chris E. Crowley 12 comments

Since filing our first report on the recovery effort at Totonno's, we've been checking in with owners Cookie Cimineri and Antoinette Balzano on a regular basis. Three months after Sandy, the family is now struggling to acquire the loans necessary to reopen the pizzeria. More

Restoring Our Church of Pizza: The Rebuilding and Repairing of Totonno's After Hurricane Sandy

Slice: New York Chris E. Crowley 10 comments

For so many of New York's food businesses that were the worst hit by the hurricane, the initial losses have been amplified by a prolonged struggle to move forward. The song remains the same at Totonno's. More

Grimaldi's Joins the Coney Island Pizza-scape

Slice: New York Michael Berman 18 comments

The addition of a new Grimaldi's outlet to Coney Island offered the perfect excuse to assess the pizza landscape, find the best non-pizza alternative, and check in with longstanding pizza heavyweight Totonno's. More

Where to Eat Pizza in NYC: The Ultimate 15 Pizzeria Itinerary

Slice: New York Lance Roberts 42 comments

Lance Roberts is known around Slice for his pizza pilgrimages. On his most recent tear through NYC, the LA Slice'r tackled the most epic pizza tourism itinerary to date, clocking 40 slices from NYC pizzerias in just three days. Here's how he did it. More

Ed's Cosmic Pizza Blab: Can Serious Pizza-Makers Have More than Two Great Pizzerias?

Ed Levine 57 comments

Most great pizzerias are the product of one compulsive, obsessive person who lives and dies with every pie. Is it possible for a pizzeria to expand beyond two locations and maintain the quality that makes them great? It's like pizza-obsessed folks have decided that their collective ovens get too hot for them to consider adding a third pizzeria. More

NYC Pizza Cultural Literacy

Adam Kuban 42 comments

Here's the tweet that inspired this post:

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Yes, @alexandrak, such a post does exist, and if your boyfriend finds what I'm about to write all TL;DR, he can check it out: The 10 Best Pizzas in NYC » That's a solid list, no doubt. And if his NYC pizza research stops there, I'm sure he'd be happy. But I think simply dropping a best-of list on a New York newbie does him a bit of a disservice. After all, he's moving to a pizza mecca. I think a little context is in order.

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The 10 Best Pizzas in NYC

Slice: New York The Serious Eats Team 80 comments

When deciding on this list, certainly history, setting, and pedigree had an impact, but in the end, it was all about the flavor. We didn't care whether the joint was 80 years old, or 8 months old, as long as they served a tasty pie. And here they are. Our favorite pizzas in the city. A mix of the old, a mix of the new, a representation of most of the boroughs, a bit of something delicious for everyone. More

Totonno's Closes Both Manhattan Locations; Coney Island Original Still in Business

Adam Kuban 14 comments

Sad news for coal oven–pizza lovers: Totonno's is closing both its Manhattan locations. The notice above is from the Second Avenue & 81st Street location, which will morph into a restaurant called Toscano's. (Text of notice, after the jump.) No word on what, if anything, will replace the 26th & Second Avenue location. The original Coney Island location remains open. More

Village Voice's Best Pizza of 2010

Adam Kuban 13 comments

In the Village Voice's Best of 2010 issue, the alt-weekly's three food writers, Robert Sietsema, Sarah DiGregorio, and Rebecca Marx, name-check their top pizza picks of the year. Interesting to note is that Ms. Marx's is not necessarily a pizzeria... More

Lou Reed Loves Totonno's

Dear Slice Adam Kuban 3 comments

Reaching in to the Slice mailbag, we've got ... Hey, Adam!I was a royal escort at Saturday's Mermaid Parade on Coney Island, where the king and queen were Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson (omg!). Lou didn't get as into the costumed spirit as some of us—I was a BP pirate, complete with oil-slicked bird on my shoulder—but he WAS wearing a Totonno's hat, and that's pretty damn Coney of him.Attached is a pic of me with Lou and Laurie, doing my best "arrrrrrrrrrrr" (but instead freaking out in a total fangirl moment). And if you look here, in the... More

Photo of the Day: Lawrence Ciminieri of Totonno's

Adam Kuban 3 comments

[Photographs: Adam Kuban] They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Totonno's is back, and this photo says it all. I was going to leave you with just this one image, but I couldn't resist throwing a gallery together. Peep it, if you'd like.... More

Totonno's: REOPENED!

Adam Kuban 16 comments

I am now at Totonno's, and IT IS OPEN. Lawrence Ciminieri is making pies, and his mom, Cookie, is looking rested but is as irrascible as ever. Videographic evidence, after the jump.... More

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