I'm a native New Yorker living in London, Ontario, two hours from Toronto, where what passes as pizza is so bad it would make pizza in the southern U.S. passable by comparison. While I do have some great pizza at home and at my inlaws (my Canadian wife was born in southern Italy), I have long since given up on seeking a decent pie at a pizzeria.
Next week I'll be taking my wife and two kids, ages nine and six, to New York, and we'll spend two or three days in Brooklyn, visiting with one of my sisters, who lives in northern part of Prospect Park, just north of Atlantic Ave. (at least I think that's the name of the neighbourhood)
We'll be shuttling quite a bit to there from a hotel in midtown-east Manahattan, and would love to try a few pizza joints along the way, or even a bit out-of-the way. I've had good pizza in Naples with its softer, puffier and sometimes wetter crust, I've had what New Yorkers call Sicilian style though in my wife hometown in Campagnia near Pulia (with just olive oil, salt, rosemary and thin slice potato -- amazing) and traditional New York slices, all of which I love.
On my wish list for now is Di Fara Pizza, Motorino, Franny's and Saraghina, but we'll likely only have time to go to two, maybe three tops. What would you recommend (and not recommend) and why? What are your favorites?