Looking for the best pizza in Brooklyn to try? We have compiled the best Brooklyn pizza that you must try. While it’s probably impossible to fit all of these famous pizza in Brooklyn spots on your trip if you’re a visitor (let’s be honest it’s even hard for locals) don’t let that stop you from planning to visit one of these best Brooklyn pizza joints even if you only tick one off at a time on your Brooklyn pizza bucket list.
NYC and pizza are two peas in a pod thanks to the city’s rich history with immigration and Italian immigrants. The city has the oldest pizzeria in the country as well as what we argue the best pizza you can find in the nation! (Take that Chicago…)
Besides pizza being woven into the fabric of the city’s history, NYC and Brooklyn make some of the best pizza out there because of two other secret weapons; our city’s famous water is a secret ingredient for any bread-related products and the styles of ovens used to cook the pizzas from coal ovens, wood fire, and deck ovens to name a few!
As the saying goes, pizza was invented in Italy but perfected in NYC.
We have carefully narrowed down the list to some of the best pizza places in Brooklyn to dine-in or grab a slice, plus what they’re known for! We’ve also included whether or not these pizzerias have gluten-free or vegan options on their menus.
Without further ado, here are all the famous Brooklyn pizza restaurants! Be sure to check out our guide to the most places to eat in Brooklyn too!
Also, if you’re looking for the perfect pizza caption or just love pizza quotes, we have a whole guide dedicated to them plus the best pizza in NYC.
Brooklyn’s BEST Pizza
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686 5th Avenue, South Slope
If you’ve ever heard of Stool Presendiente or more formally known as the “one bite” man, you’ve heard of Luigi’s Pizza. If you’ve ever seen Big Daddy, the classic movie starring Adam Sandler, you’ve also heard of Luigi’s Pizza because that is the pizzeria from the movie.
Both of these reasons alone don’t make for great pizza but they are added bonuses to promote some of the best pizza in Brooklyn (and in the city).
The classic slices shine here but they also have my absolute favorite slice of Sicilian around. Each time you go in, you will be given one of the best pizza slices in the city and most often from the chef and owner himself. The pizzeria has been in the family for decades and has continued to withstand the test of time and remain one of the best slice shops around. Better yet, as costs of food around the city seem to increase, Luigi’s somehow keeps their prices low and the quality high.
Luigi’s offers take away and outdoor dining. There is no indoor dining available and they are cash only.
If you didn’t already know, Grimaldi’s is home to arguably some of the best pizza in Brooklyn and even the entire country.
Grimaldi’s is easily some of the most famous pizza in Brooklyn and if you’re struggling to decide where to grab your next meal, this is always a great go-to.
Grimaldi’s has been serving up the best pizza in town since 1990 when it was founded by Patsy Grimaldi using over 100 years of pizza-making tradition. This spot uses a coal oven, one of the few places left that still cook pizza using a coal oven since being outlawed in the city.
Grimaldi’s has a number of specialty pies and you can even build your own. Some of the most popular are the Margherita, Garden Pesto, and Prosciutto Arugula. Whatever you go with, it will not disappoint.
Keep in mind that there is usually a line waiting to be seated outside since Grimaldi’s is a popular pick for New Yorkers and tourists. Pizza by the slice is not available here.
For more on Grimaldi’s and its history, check out our full guide on the Best Pizza in DUMBO!
Grimaldi’s has Gluten-Free crust available, the Garden Pizza with no cheese is Vegan.
Next is the famous rival of Grimaldi’s. Juliana’s is the next Brooklyn’s best pizza hot spot and it’s actually right next door to Grimaldi’s and was actually founded by the same man, Patsy Grimaldi!
I think it’s incredibly impressive that the same guy opened both pizzerias and ended up setting the bar pretty high for other pizza joints in NYC. Not to mention the location is pretty tough to beat. See our best DUMBO restaurants with a view to see what I mean.
In the late 90s, Patsy Grimaldi ditched the coal-fired ovens and sold the Grimaldi name and pizzeria, he wanted to retire, or so he thought. This all changed in 2012.
Grimaldi changed his mind and came out of retirement, threw on the old oven mits and opened Juliana’s right next door to Grimaldi’s.
You may think these two pizzerias are similar since they were both opened by the same pizza guru, but they definitely have their differences.
If you choose a classic pie, which are Margherita, Marina, and White, you only get to pick two toppings and if you choose a specialty pie, there are no changes or substitutions. Needless to say, choose wisely.
Juliana’s, like Grimaldi’s, usually has a line out the door since there are no reservations, so plan ahead!
So plan your next visit to check out this famous pizza in Brooklyn. You’ll have to decide which team you’re on, team Juliana’s or team Grimaldi’s!
None of Juliana’s menu items are certified vegan or vegetarian, but there are a few choices one could make to customize their order to avoid animal and dairy products.
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Next up on best Brooklyn pizza spots to try is Roberta’s. This one is a little different considering it has basically put Bushwick on the map to tourists who didn’t normally venture out to this part of Brooklyn (like myself even though I live here).
Luckily for you, we’ve made a guide to all the best things to do in Bushwick to help make an entire day out of your trip to this pizza joint whose popularity has reached across the country, and now there’s locations in Los Angeles and Nashville too!
Best known for its wood-fired pizza or ‘za as they like to call it, you won’t want to waste another moment not dining at Roberta’s, even Beyonce has eaten here!
They have a long list of mouthwatering pies, the hard part is deciding which one you want! Go classic with the Margherita or choose something a little out there like the Bee Sting. This popular pie comes with mozzarella, tomato, sopressata, chili, basil, and honey.
This pie should be on everyone’s to do list of must-try pizzas in Brooklyn.
Like our other famous pizza in Brooklyn spots, there is usually a wait or long line here. We recommend trying to get here earlier in the day to best secure a table without a super long wait!
Random Fact: This famous pizza in Brooklyn spot was also accused of being a part of the debunked alt-right pizzagate conspiracy theory. This Brooklyn pizza restaurant received threatening phone calls and more as a result.
Lucali Brooklyn is apparently rated #1 in all of New York City and featured on the Netflix series, Ugly Delicious with celebrity chef David Chang.
Their menu is really short and sweet. They keep it simple by offering large pizzas and both small and large calzones. Each of these savory pies are perfectly baked in a wood-and-gas-fired oven.
Get a plain pie or build your own with a few toppings, just keep in mind each additional topping is an extra charge.
Lucali is a popular date night spot and it’s a lot fancier than your typical New York pizza spot on a corner somewhere. They do not take reservations and the wait is typically pretty long, sometimes with a line down the residential block. But have patience! It is well worth it.
This spot has been featured in a number of big-name news outlets like New York Times, Vimeo, Vogue, New York Eater, and so many more including being a hotspot for celebrity sightings like Beyonce.
Lucali is definitely a stop to make along your journey to try all the best pizza places in Brooklyn. Check out the best things to do in Carroll Gardens for more ideas.
Just down the street in Carroll Gardens, Mark Iacono brought us another pizza delight here in Brooklyn with his slice shop, Baby Luc’s (387 Court St) swing by for one of their specialty Sicilian squares. Just note, they don’t open until 2 PM so it’s more of a late lunch or quick dinner spot.
Tip: Lucali is only open for dinner, people get in line as early as 3:30 pm to get their name in for 5 pm seating. If you’re that dedicated, you may want to do the same! Or you can order a pie to go and eat at a park nearby.
Another famous pizza spot in the city and best pizza in Brooklyn is Joe’s Pizza located in Williamsburg. This pizza spot actually was born in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, but since it’s so good and there’s a Williamsburg location we had to include it!
Famous for being a late night spot where you come and grab one of the best slices of pizza in NYC, this famous pizza place in Brooklyn is no stranger to visits from celebrities with testimonials as best pizza in the city by actor Ben Affleck and actor Kevin Bacon’s choice for a last meal!
They really aren’t messing around, their pizza is legit. This pizza spot dates back to 1975 by an Italian immigrant from Naples known as Joe Pozzuoli. Since opening, this spot has won several accolades and been featured in many ‘best pizza lists’ not only in the city but also in the WORLD! Joe’s Pizza was one of GQ’s, “Best 25 Pizzas on Earth.”
If that buzz doesn’t get you in the door of this best pizza in Brooklyn spot, we aren’t sure what will! Grab a slice anytime of the day or get the whole pie!
One of the best pizzas in Brooklyn can be found at Dellarocco’s in the quiet neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. This pizzeria serves up Neapolitan style wood-fired pizzas with a great range of both red and white pizzas to choose from.
We both got our own white pizza and our friends both got red pizzas, we were all impressed and can see why Time Out named this one of the best pizzas in the city.
Even though this Brooklyn pizza spot has won awards, I still feel like this spot is a little under the radar and easier to nab a table at than some of the others mentioned on this list.
Dellarocco’s also has menu items that are Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Saraghina is a Bed Stuy mainstay and worth the travel it time it takes you to get here. This reservation-free spot is one that’s worth the wait. Beyond serving some of the best pizza in Brooklyn, they have an impressive wine list and other fresh-made Italian fare also worthy of sampling or sharing with the table. But first thing’s first, you have to come for their Neapolitan style pizzas.
They have all the classic pizzas including margherita and bufula, both of which are highly recommended. They also always have rotating specialty pizzas that changes with each season.
For white pizza, the funghi & tartufo is also amazing. As far as appetizers go, make sure you order the fresh baked focaccia & whipped ricotta and a salad.
Saraghina is by far one of the best restaurants in Bed Stuy, the indoor aesthetics are great but the best spot is in the backyard on the patio. Dinner gets busy quickly but if you can, I definitely recommend sitting outside. They do have cocktails you can order while you wait!
F&F in Carroll Gardens
What was once a garage, has been revamped into one of the best pizza places in Brooklyn in such a short amount of time. Named F&F after the two who started the joint, Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo. The pizzeria is wedged in-between their two other establishments, Frank’s Wine Bar and Frankie’s 457.
Though they weren’t experts on the pizza craft, they had some help from Chris Bianco, who is one of the best pizza makers in the country, and Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery.
F&F also likes to keep it simple, serving up pies only. They offer a lot of combos beyond the Regular pie and Sicilian square pie, like the Mushroom, Sweet Fennel Sausage & Broccoli Rabe, and a few more!
The best thing about F&F is that you don’t have to empty your wallet to get a taste, this is one of the unbelievable Brooklyn pizza restaurants that offers slices for pick up! But there is no pre-ordering, it’s first come-first served here at F&F, so don’t waste any time!
F&F takes the pizza making process seriously, they ferment their dough for about two or three days, they import their delicious tomatoes from California, and they also use a Swedish electric oven. Sounds pretty fancy to me.
This famous pizza in Brooklyn is a must on your pizza tour. They have a gorgeous outdoor seating area that will make you feel like you escaped the city. I’m already planning my trip!
F&F Pizza offers Vegan options for pizza on their full restaurant menu.
Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitano
Another famous pizza in Brooklyn spot that has been ranked as New York City’s #1 pizza and Food Network’s #1 pizza in America is Totonno’s of Coney Island, which was also featured on that same episode of Ugly Delicious with David Chang! And after a few year hiatus, they are finally reopen and we can all rejoice!
Totonno’s has been in the pizza game for nearly 100 years, opening up back in 1924, which makes it one of the most classic and must-try pies in all of New York City.
It’s also a family-owned joint and has been since the beginning, which makes it the oldest family-operated pizzeria in America and possibly across the globe.
Totonno’s likes to keep the pizza menu simple, and that’s how New Yorkers like it anyway. They got the Traditional Margherita, Neapolitan (red pie, no cheese), Bianca (white pie, no sauce), and a little half and half action with the Margherita/Bianca Combo. All prepared in their coal-fired brick oven.
Dine in or take your pizza to go for a picnic on the beach. However you choose to eat Totonno’s, you will not be disappointed.
Keep in mind this is one of the Brooklyn pizza restaurants that is cash only. Additionally, Totonno’s is only open Thursday-Sunday and is currently take out only.
While you’re in the area, make sure to check out our full guide to all the best things to do at Coney Island!
Brooklyn Heights, Gowanus, Industry City
With three locations in different neighborhoods of Brooklyn, this will be one of the easiest Brooklyn pizza restaurants to add to your pizza tour. Although they have some pop-up locations at Barclays Center and Coney Island, we recommend you dine in for the authentic Table 87 coal oven experience.
Since opening up in 2012, Table 87 is the first pizzeria in Brooklyn to offer coal oven pizza by the slice.
If you’re interested in dining in, there are a few options to choose from. First, off they offer both square and regular style Margherita pies, a 12” sausage and peppers pie, a 12” prosciutto and baby arugula pie, and last but not least, a Burrata Margherita pie, which is creamy burrata cheese, San Marzano tomatoes and fresh basil.
They also have some delicious appetizers like the calamari and burrata you can add on while checking out some of the best pizza in Brooklyn from Table 87.
In the summer months, Table 87 in Gowanus also does outdoor movies using a projector on the Smith & 9th Street subway platform above!
Also, if you’re a fan of SharkTank, the owner of Table 87 sold his idea for the coal oven pizza experience at home with their frozen pizzas you can buy at the store and bake at home! It’s not quite the same, but its the next best thing if you aren’t near one of their locations!
Speedy Romeo is one of the most intriguing Brooklyn pizza restaurants because of the way they prepare their entire menu.
What used to be an auto body shop, is now the Speedy Romeo restaurant. During this transformation, they decided to not include any gas lines within the restaurant. Leaving them to cook with only wood flames, absolutely no ovens or stoves of any sort are found here!
From amazing entrees to salads and other delicious items on the menu, the pizza is what we’re really here for!
Speedy Romeo offers a plethora of mouthwatering pizza options that will leave you indecisive.
First, we have the classics like Margherita and white pies and then we have combinations you won’t want to miss:
- The Saint Louie— San Marzano sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, provel & pickled chilis
- The King Salami— San Marzano sauce, hot & sweet sopressata, finocchiona, roasted red peppers
- The Dangerfield— Béchamel, pork & veal meatballs, ricotta, provel, & garlic chips
- & more!
Speedy Romeo’s absolutely has some of Brooklyn’s best pizza. The restaurant has an awesome vintage feel and even better food, which is why it’s also one of our favorite restaurants in Clinton Hill.
Speedy Romeo’s has gluten-free and vegan options.
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If you look to Barstool to help you choose your next pizza spot, look no further. Di Fara was given one of the top scores ever by Barstool’s Dave Portnoy, a 9.4/10. And if that’s not enough to get you to try Di Fara, keep reading.
Also considered one of the spots for the best pizza in Brooklyn, Di Fara opened up in 1965 in the neighborhood of Midwood. It’s also well known for its high cost and even higher wait time.
Sometimes you can expect to wait over an hour to get your food, but that’s the price we pay for the best Brooklyn pizza.
Here you can get both by the slice and entire pies at Di Fara, featuring quality ingredients. They offer regular pies, square pies, white pies, and then some specialty pies.
One is the Classic Pie, which is much more than just sauce and cheese. It actually includes sausage, pepper, mushroom, and onion. Then the Chaos Pie, which includes sausage, meatballs, tomatoes, wild onions, and fresh garlic.
So if you’re looking for a true New York slice and don’t mind spending the time or money, get to Di Fara! It’s legendary and always highly recommended on foodie guides for the best pizza in Brooklyn and one of the most famous pizzas in Brooklyn to try!
Paulie Gee’s is the secret vault full of pizza that you’ve been searching for all your life. Although people rave about the taste of this Brooklyn pizza restaurant, I am incredibly impressed with the amount of pies they have, especially if you’re the type of restaurant enthusiast who loves a long list of options. Plus, they have a more casual ‘slice shop’ just down the street perfect if you’re looking for a more grab and go option vs sit down.
All of these wood-fired pizzas are topped with a unique array of toppings, which are all locally sourced. Paulie Gee’s comes up with some insane combinations that we would’ve never thought of, but they’re to die for!
First and foremost, you order the best pizza around: the Hellboy. It’s a pie with fresh mozzarella, Italian tomatoes, Berkshire sopressata piccante, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Mike’s Hot Honey. They have one without honey but please don’t order it. Order the Hellboy. The hot honey is everything.
Paulie Gee’s has something for everyone. They have a full vegan pizza menu and even a secret pizza menu. So make sure to do your research before deciding to go try this famous pizza in Brooklyn. This is without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Greenpoint, a neighborhood that’s no stranger to good food.
After your pizza, be sure to explore the neighborhood, we have a guide to the best things to do in Greenpoint!
Paulie Gee’s offers Vegan pizzas.
L&B Spumoni Gardens
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L&B Spumoni Gardens opened up in 1939 in the neighborhood of Gravesend, Brooklyn. They have been family owned and operated through four generations now and L&B is also home to some of Brooklyn’s best pizza as well as one of the borough’s sexiest slices.
They’re most famous for their thick Sicilian square slices, which is when the cheese is placed on the dough first then covered with the delicious sweet and tangy sauce.
Visitors come from all over to try this famous pizza in Brooklyn spot even though it is quite the hike from Manhattan and even some other parts of Brooklyn. Clearly, it must be worth it!
Additionally, L&B uses a deck oven for their delicious pizzas, which is an oven used usually for bread making.
You can get delicious pizza by the slice here in both the Sicilian style and classic style pizzas. And they have a dining room and a large outdoor seating area, so there’s plenty of space for all you pizza lovers.
Once you’re done with your pizza, don’t be afraid to add on their famous Spumoni, which is basically ice cream or their Italian ice for dessert.
Their website says a DUMBO location will be coming soon, so keep an eye out for this pizza gem in one of our favorite neighborhoods! I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely adding Spumoni Gardens to my Brooklyn pizza restaurants bucket list.
What began as two young people in love with a passion for eating delicious pies together is now one of the famous Brooklyn pizza restaurants.
Matt and Emily (the restaurant namesake) finally opened their own pizza joint in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn after Matt spent some time learning the craft at Sottocasa, their neighborhood pizzeria.
Their menu changes with the seasons and whenever they can, they use locally sourced ingredients. Emily has a long list of delicious food options, especially the pizza menu separated by reds and whites.
The pies at Emily are very non-traditional, delicious thin crust all prepared in their wood-fired oven.
Some iconic pizzas to try at this joint are:
- Colony— sauce, mozz, pepperoni, pickled chili, and honey
- Emily— mozz, pistachio, truffle sottocenere, and honey
- Applejack— mozz, pecorino, pickled jalapeno, onion, apple, and chili crisp=
They are also known for their Emmy Burger, which has limited availability every night and you also cannot modify this item.
The reason that Emily is one of the best pizza places in Brooklyn is because when you walk in, you feel at home. It’s a small little restaurant with Matt in the kitchen and Emily making her rounds to different customers.
Emily is a wonderful neighborhood pizzeria worthy of a stop on your DIY Brooklyn pizza restaurant tour. And if you like Detroit style pizza, continue on as these are the same folks behind Emmy Squared (another pick on this guide with locations nationwide).
Emily has gluten-free options!
Established in 2011, Giuseppina’s of South Slope was created by the brother of the creator of the famous Lucali restaurant, yet some aren’t afraid to claim Giuseppina’s as the best pizza in Brooklyn.
Although there’s some debate about that and Giuseppina’s seems to be living in the shadows of Lucali, it does pretty well standing on its own.
Order the classics like the plain or white pies, go for a specialty pie, or order one of their delicious calzones.
And don’t forget the dessert calzone at the end of your meal!
Unwind and take the edge off at Giuseppina’s, one of the best Brooklyn pizza restaurants. There’s nothing better than a cozy restaurant that offers mouthwatering pies, beer, wine, and more.
Be sure to bring cash to pay for your meal!
Another highly rated Barstool pick is Ignazio’s. This pizza joint was rated an 8.7/10 by pizza connoisseur, Dave Portnoy, which is the highest score out of the three famous DUMBO pizza spots (Grimaldi’s, Juliana’s, & Ignazio’s).
Just down the street from Juliana’s and Grimaldi’s is another one of the best Brooklyn pizza spots, Ignazio’s.
Check out Ignazio’s for a variety of reasons! Not only is it one of my favorite DUMBO pizza spots, but it’s also on the list of best restaurants in DUMBO with a view, since it’s located directly below the Brooklyn Bridge.
When it comes to pizza, create your own from their long list of delicious toppings, or check out their specialty pies and calzones.
You can order anything from plain, which is called The Pizza on their menu to a Tex-Mex pie, which is cheddar cheese, salsa, jalapeños, black olives, avocados, onions, cilantro, and a drizzled honey crust!
If that doesn’t hit the spot, there are many more pies to give a shot. Try their pineapple and ham, the bacon, avocado, and tomato pie, or the Siciliana. A Sicilian slice is square-shaped and thick if you want to compare to L&B’s Sicilian!
Beyond those, there are many more choices, like the veggie, shrimp, white clam, or the white pizza, which is my personal favorite!
Perfectly located under the Brooklyn Bridge, Ignazio’s is a beautiful spot for a date night with some of Brooklyn’s best pizza.
After your pizza, be sure to explore the neighborhood, we have a guide to the best things to do in DUMBO!
Ignazio’s offers gluten-free on request.
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What started as a little pizza joint in Brooklyn back in 2008, is now serving up delicious New York style pies across the globe.
Motorino offers an incredible variety of red and white pies and is one of the best pizza places in Brooklyn to venture off from your typical plain pie.
Many rave about the Soppressata Piccante, which is a red pie packed with fior di latte, which is a certain type of mozz, spicy soppressata, chili flakes, oregano, pecorino, and olive oil.
Although that’s one amazing pie, there are many more worth trying.
This spot has kind of a fancy feel, which is perfect for date night in Brooklyn or get some for take out. Regardless, Motorino is one of the OG best Brooklyn pizza spots you won’t want to miss.
After your pizza, be sure to explore the neighborhood, we have a guide to the best things to do in Williamsburg!
Motorino has a Vegan menu.
This spot for pizza in Brooklyn located on the buzzing Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights offers a menu of mouthwatering Neapolitan wood-fire pies. They also have appetizers, salads, and a drink menu complete with beer, wine, and cocktails to pair with your pizza, not to mention one of the best restaurants in Crown Heights – and this neighborhood is stacked with great places to eat.
The owners of Barboncino are no strangers to some of the best Brooklyn pizza spots as they were once involved with Pauli Gee’s.
We tried a few brick-oven pies and were rather impressed, if you like a little heat and sweetness we recommend getting a side order of Mike’s Hot Honey, another local Brooklyn biz.
Emmy Squared is a genuine sensation – in a few short years they’ve expanded to locations nationwide, but they are indeed a local franchise founded in New York by the same folks behind Emily. Known widely and always busy (be sure to make a reservation, be prepared to wait, or opt for takeout!), Emmy Squared specializes in Detroit-style pizza with a crunchy, “frico” surrounded crust topped with impossibly savory and rich sauce and toppings.
The Colony2 is heaven, with pepperoni, pickled jalapeno, and hot honey. This combination is a medley of tasty flavors for the buds.
Another worthwhile choice is to get the best of Emmy Squared and try their Cheesy Garlic sticks for a little pizza flavor and then follow up with their famous pretzel bun and special sauce burger. Who says you can’t have it all??
Hands down, one of the best slices of pizza in the city and best pizza in Brooklyn is at L’Industrie in Williamsburg. This popular slice shop (you can get the whole pies too).
Be sure to try the burrata for one of the most perfect slices of pizza in the city. This is one of their most popular slices and it a classic featuring just a few ingredients done right, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and burrata.
For meat eaters you’ll want to try the pepperoni or spicy salami. Or spring for the New Yorker which has pepperoni, salami, mozzarella, ricotta, and tomato sauce.
For something a little different opt for the fig and bacon slice which perfectly combines salty and sweet flavors. You really can’t go wrong here. This is one of the best quality cheap eats in the city.
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You forgot to add Nono’s on 3rd Ave. near 88th St in Bay Ridge! P.S. try the mushroom & onion slice!
Thanks for the tip! We have to go try it!
This was an article written by an OBVIOUS non native New Yorker who only goes to trendy parts of Brooklyn.. because that’s what non New Yorkers do. Wouldn’t know the other 2/3s of Brooklyn un less they had a beard festival or a vegan cofffee/ cat cafe. I’m sure L&B was thrown in for good measure. Find me a local who’s opinion will not only matter but actually cover the entire area inwhich they speak. Un less you too , the reader of this article, are from Wisconsin as well and wouldn’t know the difference between good or bad “red pizza” smh
Hey Regina, why don’t you mention places that you deem only a true new yorker would know? Hope your day gets better!
As a naive Brooklynite, I think I can assist you in this matter. Some of the best pizza anywhere is found at Il Coloseo on 18th Ave. and 77th Street in Bensonhurst. Their pizza is thin sliced, delicious and very well prepared. Another place nearby serving excellent pizza is Europa on 20th Ave. and 65th Street. Both Il Coloseo and Europa are easily accessible by train and date back to the early 1990’s. You can watch the pizza being prepared in the oven from your table at both locations.
Ok I’ll mention a few…
Lenny’s of Bensonhurst
Pizza Wagon of Bay Ridge
Thanks! Overdue for a visit to both Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, will give them both a try!
Uh, pretty sure they hit the major best pizza spots in BK on this. Yeah Grimaldis and L&B are a bit touristy, but for real Lucali, F&F, DiFara, Totonnos, etc are all super legit best pizza spots in the borough. Curious as to what you think are the best spots they didn’t mention. (btw I’ve lived here for 20 years and am a chef so def have been around)
True Brooklynite here ?♀️, and I fully agree.
Some excellent choices. Feel free to disregard the snarky comments about not being a true New Yorker. You’ve hit the pepperoni right on the head!!
Hey look it’s the most insufferable person ever
Im a native bklyn ite. Live inATL now. To me always went to LB for scicilian especially especially fri or sat after a card game and some scotch. Totonos wwas a regular pizzeria. Rest of time all other places had good pizza
Not snobbu like now
I’m a New Yorker…been all my life.
How did you go to Williamsburg, and forget about Carmine’s, on Graham and metropolitan?
This list will be ever-growing/changing! We will go check it out, thanks for the tip!
I 100% agree with Regina’s comment!!
Definitely non true brooklynites writing and judging Brooklyn’s most sacred staple.
Thanks for stopping by Rick! What’s your favorite pizza spot in Brooklyn?
Best Pizza is such a good spot. Sad it’s not on here.
Ya’ll need to chill with that non native New Yorkers talk. There’s some good spots here
Adding Negril’s ire pizza for People of color representation.
Spumoni garden L &B BEST HANDS DOWN..cars are doubled and tripled park lot always full. Always great squares unbelievable, spumoni great chaser. No better pizza anywhere ny, n jersey California,
That seems to be a local’s favorite for sure!!
Been there and LOVE the pizza!!! Must also try Lombardis on Spring Street in NY.
That’s a good one too, this specific article was only about Brooklyn though! Thanks for sharing your tip!
That’s What I have heard. I’ve been searching for the best pizza in New York for the last eight years and at best have come up with pretty good pizza nothing like I remember from my childhood days
I asked my brother last year having been so exhausted from lousy pizza in New York City and he said you have to go to Brooklyn ….And recently spoke to somebody that said Spumoni Gardens is the best….Just want a plain cheese piece of pizza that when you eat it it explodes in your mouth with flavor like $1000 bottle of wine..Oh and a little bit of the drippings burn your chin just to get the mood correct
So, I get what Regina is saying.. but also she is being a bit harsh there (al though i do really get it lol). Brooklyn is changing in many ways and it is hard to watch the changes happen for many natives. That being said.. we love our neighbors (even if we gotta tell them like it is sometimes haha). I feel like Totonno’s,Di Fara (RIP Dominic)and Grimaldi have always been the 3 spots that were compared amongst one another as “best” spots (I feel like everyone usually has their one fav of the 3 if they’ve tried all). But they have their own type of pizza in a sense.
L&B is definitely also a classicly locally loved (al though famous too) spot. (But yeah, definitely better known for their squares)
I feel like maybe the types of places she means are places where you can get a “true” Brooklyn style slice (think classic spots like Delmar, Knapp St Pizza, N&D , J&V, Da Vinci’s, Lenny’s, Frank’s etc) – not saying that all places I named are necessarily “the best” but they are more just old school Brooklyn.
Most of named spots in the article are newer spots on the Williamsburg/Downtown etc end of Brooklyn. I think what is lacking here is spots in Bensonhurst/Sheepshead/ etc end of Brooklyn (al though I am glad about the few that were included ). I am also curious to try some of the newer spots named in this article though and give them a warm and appropriate Brooklyn welcome.
Thanks for the thoughtful comment – you’re right we need to include more of the Old Brooklyn spots! That will be one of my goals as I intend to go out there more and cover Bensonhurst and Sheepshead Bay more!
All besides 3 -4 of these are hipster pizzerias. You begin by talking history and about Brooklyn pizzerias, so why not show actual Brooklyn pizza.
Gouda pies are not what one thinks as a native Brooklynite, or what a tourist comes looking for. 95% of pizzerias aren’t all found in Willburg. ?♂️
Thanks for your feedback! What’s your favorite pizzeria? We will go check it out!
Amen, how did these hipster spots even-tempered the list of nest PIZZERIAS? I would have thought that in order to make the list you would first and foremost need to BE a pizzeria? Stylized brick oven pies combined with pizzas such as the Macaroni and cheese pie, Ceasars salad pies and let’s not forget the ingredient that fed a generation with the classic Nutella pizza pie, can all be found in one of the many cookie cutter pizza shops popular in the neighborhoods where hipsters gravitate to. Where you would not be able to find a pizza with lettuce on it is in a classic neighborhood pizzeria. One serving a classic pie or square with a classic sauce and the cheese that goes along with it. Can’t wait to see That list as I’m calling for a do-over!!
Hi Karen, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, you sound upset by this article. Let us know what pizzerias you think are missing from this and we will check them out.
I agree. I am from Brooklyn born and raised and Williamsburg is not where you go for real pizza.
Thanks for commenting Katherine, let us know one of your favorites that you think we missed and we will check it out!
Lenny,s Pizzaria.. 86st Brooklyn
One of the Best. Neighborhood Pizzarias around. Known also for John Travolta’s Saturday Night Fever Pizza Shop. Many Celebrities have visitedd this spot. You can see photos displayed with the owner like.. Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, and many more…
Great tip!! We will have to go check that out!
Try Pizza Wagon on 86th st and 5th Ave in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. Great squares and slices. It a basic pizza spot doing pizza the right way. Tip from a Born and Raised Brooklynite.
Thanks for the tip!
There are really only four (4): Grimaldi’s, DiFara (aka Sal’s), Totonno’s, and if you want Sicilian, L&B. The pizza business has devolved into selling toppings. I mostly only eat one of two pizzas, Margaretta or Anchovy. Pizza is a balance of delicate flavors, though a bread product, very light, with the sweetness coming from the charred crust. It should be made with high gluten flour, chopped or crushed tomatoes, (not sauce), and fresh hand made mozzarella, a sprinkling of an aged Parmesan, Salt, and a slight sprinkling of oregano. Now with year availability of basil, skip the Oregano and add sliced fresh basil, just before serving.
The secret of a great pizza is the crust, both preparing and cooking. Using high gluten flour, water, yeast, olive oil, salt, (anyone can do that) the real technique becomes what yeast and the proof. It’s hard to duplicate at home, the old pizza places used wooden proofing trays and stayed a day or two ahead before using. It was almost a sour dough because the wooden, tray, spoons, peels all were “contaminated” with yeast spores that added a rustic flavor.
Cooking is difficult to duplicate. Originally coal fired brick ovens were used. They were never allowed to “cool” keeping embers glowing through the night, and stoking and banking every morning, the pizza was cooked with 1000 BTU’s, no thermometers or thermostats. The high heat allows the crust to char, and the topping to retain flavor.
Pizza was never intended to be “bland” but with a bouquet of delicate flavors. The typical “pizza chain” is formulated to appeal to a broad spectrum, and “please don’t ‘burn’ the crust” It’s the equivalent of spreading sauce on Wonderbread.
U are exactly right those 4 places r hands down the best pizzerias in Bklyn.
I’m from Brooklyn, you never mentioned DaVincis on the Ave, right across from the best bakery Villabate Alba.
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An extremely underrated but great place in Brooklyn Dave Portnoy and anyone reading this should go to is Maria’s on Fort Hamilton Parkway just outside Bay Ridge.. Really focus on their regular slice and their outstanding margarita slice. Those two are their homerun slices. Sesame seed or similar is put on the pizza crust. Quite good. They also make a rather good and large eggplant parm hero. I found their chicken parm to be just average.
Sounds like a great tip! We will have to check it out, thanks for the recommendation!
Your recommendations are good but it caters only the yuppies. As far as Brooklyn you didn’t mention J&V which is excellent. Also Mike’s pizza on 20th ave Brooklyn which the original owner in his late eighties is still making the pizza.
Lennys pizzeria in bensonhurst is off ur list. Great place. Stallone and travolta pics in house.u won’t be dissapointed.
3 best in brooklyn. Spumoni gardens titonnos and lennys.
Lock it down
Bensonhurst is full of so many great food spots, we really need to cover that area more on here and make another trip back over there to try this pizza! Thanks for your recommendation! We will try it out!
Try My Little Pizzeria on Court they Don’t Disappoint.
Thanks! Will do!
Ciccio’s : Brooklyn Pizza on avenue U & W5th…..are we keeping it a secret?…Small place with amazing pizza sesame seeds on the crust….something special to try!
Oooh, We have to go try! Thanks for the recommendation!
I agree 100%!!!! Ciccio’s has been my favorite pizzeria since I’m a kid. Avenue U and West 5th. Recipe has never changed and is ALWAYS absolutely delicious!!!!
Thanks for sharing that!
Yeah go see Josephine she’ll tell ya a story
J and V’s, 18th Avenue and 64th Street, Brooklyn New York,…..
Has John’s of Bleeker really become insignificant?
Hey Gary, is there a Brooklyn location? If so, we will check it out but this article is solely about Brooklyn pizzerias!
How is Wheated in Kensington not on this list?Nor Pizzamoto? ?
Thanks for the recommendations! We are always open to trying new places and getting tips for where to try as I update our content frequently!
50 years in Brooklyn Heights, Fascatis didn’t make it this long on mediocrity. First ny pizzeria I ate at as a child. Retired, and still my favorite.
Nice, thanks for the recommendation! Will try it out!
You should try “Slice of Brooklyn” (849 4th ave, Corner of 31st street) their freshly, hand rolled, made to order, cheese and pepperoni Brooklyn style pizza was just Amazing, I was highly surprised of their great service they went out of the way towards to acomódate my family needs (specially my 6 y.o. Girl that had a blast) !!!
We will check that out, thanks for the suggestion!
Pino’s La Forcetta in Park Slope is incredible
We actually ALMOST tried that last night! Good to know, will make sure to try it next time we are at Prospect Park!
Agreed! Often stop there with my grandchildren. Large, good tasting slices. Always happy with their pizza.
DiFaras 2.0 is not the same pizza we grew up eating, hasn’t tasted the same since 2004 – $30 a pie with mice running around the kitchen. Grimaldi’s gets by on their name, Julianas next door is far superior, won’t matter once L&B opens across the street. So many fantastic shops left out since only Northern Brooklyn is recognized, but I’m okay with that, I don’t need gentrifiers invading my pizzeria
Oh dang, interesting on the take on DiFaras! I agree, Julianas I personally think is better, looking forward to L&B opening there. We do need to continue exploring and eating through other parts of Brooklyn, if you have a place you think we should include please let us know and we will go try it!
Is Roberta’s truly in Bushwick or in a food hall on Park Ave only open during the week? Hasn’t Totonno’s closed: a result of Covid? Otherwise, many good tips.
Roberta’s is in fact in Bushwick at 261 Moore St. They also have a spot by Domino Park in Williamsburg and randomly do pop ups occasionally. Last I checked Totonno’s is still in hiatus but plans on re-opening according to a statement they made in April. We will be keeping an eye on that though!
Ok, so here is a few you missed, pizza d’amore 3 locations in Brooklyn. Carmine & sons graham Ave, smiles pizza in park slope, Europa on 65th st.
So hard to narrow a list all great places and all so different.
Awesome! Thanks for the recs! We just tried Smile Pizza this summer actually, it was pretty good!
Unless it’s a typo, anyone who makes reference to “Italian ice” isn’t credible when it comes to NYC southern Italian food.
😂 so much anger in these comments! Thanks so much for the insight, it’s perfect for an overseas visitor. Really helpful, thanks!
Too many hipster joints. Juliana’s and Grimaldi’s are for tourists who are there for the view.
Posts dominated by non native to Brooklyn transplants. By the way, “South Slope” and “Greenwood Heights” are fake neighborhood names made up by real estate companies in the last twenty years or thirty years. Nonexistant before 1990’s Original name of Industry City area is Busch Terminal.
Hurray for Totonno’s and L & B. Nino’s in Bay Ridge is good for Grandma Pizza. Honorable mention to mention to Europa on 65th Street.
i understand the comments that your list skewed towards new wave but for the most part, every one of your picks are baking excellent pizza. some places not on your list is sam’s on court st in cobble hill, and l’industrie in wburg.
Forcella not only has a solid pie in the traditional sense (no slices) but their Montenara, which is a marg that is deep fried, is out of this world. L’Industrie is a native Brooklynite and native Italian match made in heaven, if heaven is served as a buffalo mozz slice.
Live in Williamsburg and not surprised to see how many people have a stick in their butt when their personal favorite place doesn’t make the list. Bunch of babies.
Couple notes. Paulie Gee slice shop is the superior option to their sit-down establishment. Second, check out L’Industrie, Leo and Barano since I didn’t see em on your list.
The reality is…there are great slices throughout the city and it just settles down to personal preferences and proximity to your neighborhood. I know people that’ll defend Olive Garden for God sake. Barf
Have to try Fascati In Brooklyn Heights. It’s been there for over 40 years.
Thanks for the recommendation, will do!
I have tried a couple of those and to me they are okay. My absolute favorite pizza in Brooklyn has to be DaVinci’s Pizza in Bensonhurst. They are on 18th Avenue between 65th & 66th streets. I live in PA now but whenever I visit any part of New York, I will try as hard as I can to stop by. Their Sicilian pizza is 2nd to none.
Nyc is not nearly as good as New Haven. New Haven pizza is the pizza capital of the world, and to not even mention it ( they mentioned Chicago lol) just goes to show you this list is garbage. Ask Dave Portnoy what he thinks. Nyc is a little above avg. Not even close to CT pizza
When you search online, it says Old Forge, PA is the ‘pizza capital of the world’ which I was not expecting. Heard New Haven pizza is good – but this site is about Brooklyn so it’s fair to say we are a bit biased.
Go to Antonio’s on Flatbush Ave. in Park Slope. Best pizza and garlic knots and nice guys behind the counter.
You really need to try L’Industrie Pizzeria in Williamsburg and you’ll change your list up for sure. Their signature burrata slice will have you forgetting any other names!
It’s funny, we have, this post needs to be updated! You’re right it is awesome!!
Theres a great pizzeria on sheepshead bay road called Delmar.i love their food too.
Going there many years.owner great.check it out!!?
Thanks for sharing, we will put it on our radar when we make it over there next!
I saw that RJ mentioned the best pizzeria which was on record the first pizzeria in the USA to sell pizza by the slice located in Bensonhurst on 18th avenue and 64th street This pizzeria has been established for over
72 years the name J&V Pizzeria . Thousands of pizzeria owners started working here and eventually open stores throughout the USA . This place is the original Pizzeria !!!
how interesting, thanks for sharing that! I have to go check it out!
Great blogs u guys do ! Manhattan one spot on, Johns for the pie , Joes for the slice , Prince Street for the Sicilian in my opinion . As to Bklyn where I am from , when I moved to Nj I always said . I could get off the Belt Parkway go down to a letter Avenue (like U or X) Go to a random pizza joint and the pizza would be better than the best in NJ . I am not going to knock Megan , I dont know the newer ones with the fancy names and Yuppie toppings but to me its Knapp St Pizza , Luigi , Totonno’s , Ciccio’s , and DelMar . I remember at lunch time as a kid at Del Mar , the owner would have a line out the door , 2 slices , large coke $2 “MOVE” he would say . We would bust chops, 2 Sicilians and a grape soda “Pops” , he wasn’t even listening nor was he doing squares or toppings at lunch time, any other time whatever u want .
If u ever do fast food roast beef , I pick Roll N Roaster over Brennan and Carr all day long !