1. Rosa's Pizza & Pasta5526 69th St, New York
2. Pizza Garden17101 Northern Blvd, Queens
3. Gloria Pizza108-22 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills
4. Brother's Pizzeria185-04 Horace Harding Expy, Fresh Meadows
5. Lucia Pizza136-55 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing
6. Amore Pizzeria30-27 Stratton St, Flushing
7. VIPizza4302 Bell Blvd, Bayside
What the hell is in Maspeth? Who cares? Just stop at Rosa’s for a Sicilian and get right back on the LIE. Done. While famous for its sauce-on-top-Sicilian, Rosa's also has crazy pies with ravioli (?) and taco toppings if you’re into that sort of thing.
Since 1960, Pizza Garden has been a family operation that'll make you feel welcome. Always busy, always fresh, and you can actually take some time to eat inside in the comfort of the surprisingly spacious dining room. For two bucks, you get a thin and crisp slice with a dash of oregano that cracks perfectly when folded.
Gloria closed for 20 freaking years. Everyone cried. There was much sadness. Then in 2012, the pizza gods finally heard our laments and it reopened in Forest Hills. The regular slice is thin, slightly floppy, and has just the right amount of grease and crispiness to its crust.
The older and dumpier the sign, the better the pizza. This has never been more true than at Brother’s. This no-frills, quintessential neighborhood pizza place is so hardcore, it only serves regular and Sicilian slices. That’s it. No Buffalo chicken, no avocado kale nonsense -- just good old-fashioned pizza. And what a pizza it is. The classic, thin, crisp, saucy slice with a good shot of oregano is pure New York.
Take the 7 train to Flushing Main St, head straight to Lucia Pizza, and squeeze into the tiny restaurant for a stand-up slice (there’s usually nowhere to sit). Another NY-style, thin slice, its makers have seemingly mastered the art of melding just the right amounts of sugar, salt, grease, and cheese into the perfect storm of pizza.
Sure, you’re taking your life into your hands when braving the Wild West of parking lots at Amore, but the regular slice will make it all worthwhile. It’s a thin slice, but with a unique taste. This slightly sweet sucker with a crisp flop has a one-of-a-kind look and texture (pizza camouflage?) that demands an immediate fold.