L’isola looks and tastes like a pricey Italian restaurant without the steep prices. The name refers to the owners’ Sicilian roots — and it’s all about traditional, wood-fired pizza. They have other items such as pasta on the menu as well, but their artisanal pizza is a must-try. Opt for the the arucola e Parmigiano, a margherita pizza with arugula and Parmesan. Or, try the faccia di vecchia, a tomato sauce-based pizza with breadcrumbs, anchovies, Parmesan cheese and onions.
L’isola, 128 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, + 1 718 599 0200
Vinnies is the definition of a family joint. Started by Vinnie 50 years ago, this is the place for delicious food and friendly faces. Vinnies offers a variety of interesting pizza options such as the ‘Mac Attack’, which is essentially bacon mac and cheese on a pizza. There are additional options for people with special dietary restrictions, such as vegetarians, vegans, and those who are gluten-free. Visit one or both of their two locations in Greenpoint and Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
Vinnies, 148 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, + 1 718 782 7078
Despite renovating the restaurant’s interior a few years ago, Vincenzo’s has kept their recipes intact. They offer locals a great slice of pizza for reasonable prices. A popular spot for St. John’s University students, Vincenzo’s is almost always busy, so you know the food has to be good. Vincenzo’s offers special deals throughout the week. Top it all off with their baklava or a cannoli.
Regina Café & Pizzeria
Regina Café & Pizzeria offers an extensive menu of pasta dishes, hot and cold sandwiches, and of course, pizza. They offer classic pies alongside delicious, fresh mozzarella slices. Stop by for a quick and easy lunch with friends.
Regina Café & Pizzeria, 176-49 Union Turnpike, New York, NY, USA, + 1 718 591 5727
Fat Boys Pizza
Fat Boys Pizza has just about everything; amazing burgers, heroes, and most importantly, pizza. Their sauce has a nice tanginess that’s complemented by their fresh mozzarella. They also offer some rather interesting toppings, including chicken parmigiana and Philly cheesesteak.
Fat Boys Pizza, 61-07 Utopia Parkway, Fresh Meadows NY, USA, + 1 917 300 0212
Started in 1975, Joe’s Pizza is still run by Naples native Joe Pozzuoli. People come from far and wide to taste Joe’s traditional pizza, which hasn’t changed since the day this venue opened. Joe’s prides itself on keeping their recipes unchanged. So, stop by for a delicious rendition of the classics.
Joe’s Pizza, 7 Carmine and Bleecker Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 366 1182
Bleecker Street Pizza
Bleecker Street Pizza is delicious and authentic. Back in 2011, Bleeker Street Pizza was recognized by the New York Times as one of the city’s top five places to eat. Be sure to try their ‘Nona Maria’ or their ‘Grandma’ slice, always freshly made with Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Previti Pizza is your typical New York pizza spot with a wide array of slices to choose from. You can opt for either a classic crust or a thicker, more flavorful focaccia crust. Whatever you decide, be sure to try the artichoke and spinach pizza in a truffle cream sauce. If you’re one for the classics, give their margherita slice a go. They also offer specials, including two classic cheese slices and a can of soda for a cheap price.
Previti, 123 East 41st Street, New York, NY, USA ,+1 212 557 4992
Anna Maria Pizza
If you’ve ever had a late night waiting for the train on Bedford Avenue, you’ve probably seen Anna Maria Pizza and its late-night patrons. This often crowded pizzeria offers some great slices with sweet tomato sauce, fresh cheese and a crispy crust. Try their pesto mozzarella, or if you’re feeling particularly carnivorous, opt for the meat lover’s slice.
Anna Maria Pizza, 179 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 599 4550
Whether you’re walking around Lower East Side looking for a quick lunch or finishing up a late night, Rosario’s Pizza will always hit the spot. This pizzeria has survived the test of time, lasting through the neighborhood’s gentrification. Its location has changed since opening its doors in 1963, but they still have the same great slice. You can never go wrong with a regular cheese slice, or if you’d rather have a little something extra, try the buffalo chicken.
Rosario’s Pizza, 173 Orchard Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 777 9813