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Visited Co. a couple of weeks ago for the first time as well, and I liked it. There were about 10 people at our table, so I think we ordered something like 9 different pizzas, and I tried most of them, all interesting, and I recall an artichoke app that was memorable. The "Popeye" was nice with big leaves of fresh spinach.

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Haven't tried Co yet. The best I've had (ever) is Roberta's in Bushwick. Motorino (Williamsburg and East Village) is practically as good.

 

I'm fond of Wheated in Ditmas Park, because it's close to home, but don't think I'd make a long trip.

 

After a return to Tottono's this year, I was so horrified that I eviscerated them on Yep. Complete joke.

 

p.s. ... go to Roberta's on a week night. The waits are awful on weekends.


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Roberta's is repeatedly recommended....I have NO desire to travel to NYC but to try their pizza.

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Co is good, Paul.  And quite a different style from Roberta's and Motorino, both of which I like a lot.

 

That's sad about Totonno's. Our last visit it was good, but that's probably a year and a half ago.

 

I really like the pizza at Marta, but again, a totally different style.

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In the past I would've said Lombardi's or Grimaldi's in Brooklyn, but it's been a while since I've been to either (though I love the garlic pizza at Lombardi's).

 

We are close to the East Village and order a lot and our favorite for delivery is Numero 28, especially the pepperoni.  The key with Numero 28 seems to be to only order the small pizzas, several if needed.  The larger pizzas are stretched into an elongated "french bread shape" for lack of a better term, and it makes for a much less tasty crust.  It's a pricey way to go, but my taste buds approve.

 

Motorino's is ok, but too doughy for me.  I like Luzzos as well, but it's much better to go there in person.

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This is one of my favorite Manhattan slices right now...

 

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Prince St. Pizza - square w/pepperoni.  Lighter and airier than it looks, with an excellent sauce and good quality pepp.

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The innovative Bruno Pizza deserves a mention in this thread. I posted a meal report on Chowhound a few weeks ago, when my girlfriend and I went there: http://www.chowhound.com/post/bruno-pizza-1023783

 

I would sum up our first time there this way: It's a very interesting restaurant that is really like no pizzeria I've ever been to (Franny's in Prospect Heights is closest, or was closest when I went there [it's been a few years since the last time], but the taste profiles of the things I tried there were less unusual). They embrace strong flavors, including spicy/peppery, smokey, fermented/funky, perfumy, salty and fatty, and they combine them in interesting ways, so that even if the particular combination of toppings you try isn't completely to your taste, there are others. Their ingredients also seemed to be of consistently high quality, and they know how to make a really good crust. Plus, their wine list was great and if you drink wine at all, having some wine to cut through and combine with those strong flavors should be part of your experience.

 

It's really too bad to read about Totonno's deteriorating. This is the original Totonno's flagship in Coney Island, right? None of the others count, really, as they're just paying for the privilege of using the name and aren't connected with the family.

 

By the way, mikeycook, next time you're thinking about going to Grimaldi's, try Juliana's, which is just around the corner and which is now the Grimaldi family's place (Grimaldi's is not; I believe it's owned by people who bought it from people who bought it from the Grimaldi's).

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Went to Roberta's recently, sort of. The wait on a Friday night at 8pm or so was a solid 2 hours, so we got drinks in the neighborhood (my friends got food, I was holding out for pizza), and then around midnight went back to Roberta's and got pizza from their take out section. We consumed them on the spot, as soon as they came out of the oven. Some of the best I've ever had, and I try to hit up celebrated NY pizzerias every time I'm there. Highest recommendation!

 

I'll also throw in my support for Joe's on Carmine Street (?) in the West Village for some of the best by-the-slice pizza, but that's no secret I guess.

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The innovative Bruno Pizza deserves a mention in this thread. I posted a meal report on Chowhound a few weeks ago, when my girlfriend and I went there: http://www.chowhound.com/post/bruno-pizza-1023783

 

I read your thoughts with interest. What more can you say about the "fermented tomatoes"?

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I didn't like the fermented tomatoes. Too funky. But I gave them credit for being ambitious and not shying away from strong, contrasting tastes.

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A hidden gem, up in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx...

 

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Totonno's, Coney Island...yesterday for lunch.

 

Not as great a pie as might be had at Totonno's. A little thick and bready in parts,

but still overall quite good. The cheese, sauce and sausage are all fine.

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Has anyone eaten at Roberta's in the last several months, since Nick Barker left as chef? A friend told me he went recently and everything was terrible. Broke my heart. It's been my global pizza benchmark for the last 10 years. The brilliant small plates were just icing.

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I've heard somewhat the same thing, Paul.  A friend mentioned it wasn't terrible, but it was no Franny's.

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We stumbled into Ops in Bushwick and were very pleasantly surprised. Perfect crust, well made all around. The tomato sauce on the marinara was a bit unbalanced, but otherwise flawless. They say they use a sourdough crust, although it wasn't as evident as it is (or used to be) at Roberta's.

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Unbalanced in what way?

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On 3/19/2018 at 9:56 PM, Pan said:

Unbalanced in what way?

 

Extremely acidic. I like some brightness in a tomato sauce but this was over the top, at least in the Margherita where there weren't other fatty ingredients to balance it in any way.

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Understood.

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