Thanks in part to its rich Italian-American history, Staten Island is a treasure trove of outstanding pizzerias.
If you’re an SI neophyte looking for the best in the borough, don’t get lost in the sauce.
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Joe & Pat’s is one of the most iconic pizzerias on Staten Island, if not all of New York City. Since 1960, they’ve served incredibly delicious pies atop impossibly thin crusts, making them a local institution. Good news for Manhattanites who do not want to cross a body of water or battle the traffic on Victory Blvd. to get to the cracker-thin pies: They also have a recently-opened outpost in the East Village.
Goodfella’s Vodka Pizza is the stuff of legend and an award-winner – it was once crowned America’s Best Pizza at NYC’s International Restaurant & Foodservice Show. Thanks to its wood-fired brick oven, these pies achieve a glorious char that goes great with anything, including the Clam Pie Oreganata and the “Smoking Goodfella,” which comes loaded with smoked mozzarella, colorful bell peppers, roasted red pepper cream sauce, sausage, onions, basil, and imported Pecorino Romano.
Here, you’ll find a solid rendition of the typical New York-style pizza, plus Sicilian squares, paninis, pastas, and much more. There’s roughly one mile separating DiLeo’s from Joe & Pat’s and the other heavy hitters on Victory Blvd., so the folks in this delivery area are truly blessed.
Conveniently located near CUNY College of Staten Island, the only hard part about ordering from Paesano’s is choosing between its pizza and exceptional pizza rolls. For you uninitiated frosh, here’s the move: Order a couple of pies, plus a sausage roll, to get your bearings at this campus favorite. Diversifying for your first shop order is key, and that’s just Pizza 101.
It’s hard to go wrong at Bari’s, but we’re big proponents of their Red Baby Clams Pizza, which offers a saucy twist on the New Haven classic.
Established in 1937, the popularity of Denino’s in Staten Island is rivaled only by Ralph’s Ices and the Wu Tang Clan. With thin pizzas and equally crisp calamari, it’s a must-try for everyone visiting SI.
The pizzas, predictably, get the most attention, but we’re big on Brother’s colossal calzones, which are seemingly large enough to feed half of Todt Hill.
This family owned small business prides itself on sharing its passion for pizza with the hardworking people of Staten island. At Marianna’s, you’ll find an ultra-cheesy rendition of a white pie, positively blanketed with mozzarella, ricotta, and high-quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Just be sure to leave enough room for some Tortellini with Vodka Sauce and a Spinach Ring.
Frank’s Bay Pizza offers up one of the finest white pies on this side of the Verrazzano. If you’re skipping the sauce, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious blend of ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Or, you can take things in the other direction with a red pie topped with fresh tomatoes…or any of Frank’s 200+ offerings. Somehow, Frank’s Bay Pizza has a menu nearly as thick as Colonnade Diner’s.
A relatively new kid on the block with a name that could kick start a confusing Abbott & Costello-type routine. For garlic lovers, they serve up the Little Stinker Pizza, an Instagrammable pie with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, pecorino cheese, countless cloves, and a garlic knot crust.
Doughier than your average Staten Island pizza, but just as delicious. Get their pizza, Italian entrees, or split the difference with options like the Chicken Marsala Pizza, which comes with ample mushrooms and marsala wine sauce.
Mimmo’s Brick Oven Pizza & Trattoria
The “Tre Colori Pie” is Mimmo’s signature, for good reason. With arugula, cherry tomatoes, red onions, Kalamata olives, extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic glaze atop a ricotta base, it’s like your pizza and salad had a superchild.
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