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Basil Cucina Wants You To Eat Fresh

Joe Alayon is as Staten Island as they come. Before Basil Cucina, Joe was working his way up to manager of Towne Deli, a local pizzeria and deli in neighboring Tottenville. The infrastructure and the quality of food were there, but it took someone like Joe to channel its potential into something bigger. By refocusing… Continue Reading arrow

The Legend of Frank Pinello and Best Pizza

There’s no shortage of phenomenal pizza in Brooklyn — or braggadocio from its purveyors — but Best Pizza is a slice joint that truly lives up to its name. Frank Pinello’s pizzeria became a local favorite soon after opening its doors in 2010 and, in recent years, has drawn international acclaim. Pinello cut his teeth… Continue Reading arrow