My friend Jimmy and I took the first leg of our Brooklyn Pizza bicycle expedition today. Ground rules: no pies (so Totonno's and Patsy/Grimaldi's were out) and no fancy toppings. We stuck mainly to squares, as most of the recommendations I received -- Thanks, all, for the advice ([BROKEN LINK REMOVED])
-- favored Sicilian. Also, no DiFara's or L&B's Spumoni Gardens, as we've been to both frequently.
First we went to J&R on Kings Highway. Got a square. Place didn't look like much, and it wasn't. Utterly pedestrian. They should stick to computers.
Then to Original Pizza on Ralph and Ave. N. We split a square and a slice, both very good, tho not great. The Sicilian wasn't hot enough, but both had quality cheese and excellent crust, even if the tomato sauce was a bit sweet. Then, we saw the cheeseless Siciliian's in the window and decided to try one of those as well. Excellent. Plenty of tomato and fresh garlic. Jimmy wished it had more basil.
Next to DaVinci's on 65th & 19th Ave. Even though we were traveling on bikes and getting a decent workout, DaVinci's had a significant disadvantage in this taste test as we were quite full and a little sick of pizza by the time we arrived. We ordered one Cheeseless and one regular square to share. Both were very, very good. The cheeseless even better than Original's, in my view. More subltely seasoned, tomato sauce not as sweet. My winner for the day.
Then we headed home, with a stop at Royal Crown bakery for a Ciabatta for dinner.
All in all, an excellent way to spend an afternoon. Original and DaVinci's are both worth visiting again, though I still prefer L&B. (I don't put DiFara's in the same category ... I can only go there once every few months, after enough time has passed since the last trip for me to forget how pissed off I got with the ridiculous wait ... but their pizza is the surely the best).
Leg 2 of the trip: San Marco's in Williamsburg, with a stop at Pipitone's on Dekalb. We'll keep you posted.