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1. Yankee J-Z Pizza 1599 Westchester Ave, New York, NY 10472 (Bronx)

This Bronx pizza joint has it all: arcade games, glowing neon signs straight out of the '70s, a mismatched mix of cheesy brick and cafeteria tile, and of course, great greasy 'za. The pizza is big, oily, and, though the crust could use a facelift, it’s pretty damn good.

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2. Patricia's 1082 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10461 (Bronx)

Patricia's is Sushi Nakazawa honcho Alessandro Borgognone’s family restaurant. It appears to be a classic Italian-American spot, but it’s more sophisticated than it looks. Its thin-crust pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven visible through a glass partition, and while they're clearly Neapolitan-inspired, they don’t fit neatly into that category. The back-to-basics Regina, a classically simple mix of buffalo mozzarella and sweet tomato sauce, is the move you wanna make.

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3. Mario's Restaurant 2342 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458 (Bronx)

Expect nothing less than an authentic Italian-American experience at this red-sauce joint that's been in business for more than 90 years. The Arthur Ave spot focuses on classics like linguine and clams, chicken parm, and ossu buco, but you'd be remiss if you didn't order the margherita pizza. It's hidden under the appetizer section on the menu, so make sure you ask for it in a large unless you want a tiny starter pie. In case you needed more proof that Mario's is legit, here's some trivia: a scene from The Sopranos was filmed inside.

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4. Louie & Ernie's Pizza 1300 Crosby Ave, Bronx, NY 10461 (Bronx)

There is pizza in the Bronx, and then there is Louie & Ernie’s. Their white pie, with its mix of pillowy ricotta and gooey mozzarella, is one of the best in the city, but if you don’t get the sausage (made with chunks of fennel link), you’re doing it all wrong.

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5. Three Boys from Italy Pizzeria 714 Burke Ave, Bronx, NY 10467 (Bronx)

A popular local pit stop conveniently located right off the 5 train, this shop serves typically big pizza slices (the Bronx is home to the jumbo slice, which is just a huge slice.) The crust is thick and porous, the sauce is properly sharp, and the stretchy cheese molten. It’s satisfying and straightforward -- a pull-no-punches example of the classic New York slice.

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6. Café Al Mercato 2344 Arthur Ave, New York, NY 10458 (Bronx)

The pan-baked, Sicilian style slices at this café are the neighborhood’s best. The selection rotates on a daily basis (you get what you see), but it’s best to follow our advice no matter what’s available. Go big or go home with one one of their over the top specialty pies, like the mushroom, roasted red pepper, and artichoke salad slice.

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7. Emilio's of Morris Park 1051 Morris Park Ave, New York, NY 10461 (Bronx)

Emilio’s is located smack-dab in the heart of Morris Park’s Italian neighborhood, which locals will tell you is the "real Little Italy of New York" and not Arthur Ave. Right or wrong, Emilio’s serves up a very fine, aggressively garlicky white slice with islands of ricotta surrounded with stretchy mozzarella.

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8. Dominick's 2335 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458 (Bronx)

Pizza evangelists consider the plain slice to be the standard by which all pizzerias should be judged. Gourmet pizza aficionados know this is the false truth of narrow-minded fools. Unsurprisingly, the plain here does not inspire, but once you get into toppings territory, it’s game over. Moist, lemony chicken cutlet with fresh tomato is a winner, as is the rich shrimp scampi. While most gourmet slices can’t handle their heft, this pizza’s thick (but not overly bread-y) crust provides support for scarfing.

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