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Margherita Pizza, West Babylon, NY

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Margherita Pizza, West Babylon, NY

Paul Trapani | Jun 19, 2002 08:33 PM

Margherita Pizza
929 Little East Neck Rd N,West Babylon,NY 11704
Phone: (631) 587-4647

Let me start off by apologizing to my fellow LI chowhounds for holding on to this one for so long. Who say’s there’s no good pizza on the South Shore? This place is near my house and I had tried it years ago and wasn’t too thrilled with the pizza. But one day as I drove by with a fellow hound, this hound (quite a hound to be honest) says to me that that place looks interesting because it says “Margherita Pizza” in the window. I gave a half-hearted response, because I didn't remember their pizza as being that good. Also, I pointed out the Margherita Pizza was the name of the place, so big deal if it said it in the window.

Later in the week, after thinking it over, I realized that I hadn’t tried the place in years and my fellow hound has good instincts about other things so it was worth another shot. On my first trip, I had a regular slice and a Brooklyn sicilian (sauce and grated cheese). The regular was as spectacularly bland as I remembered. The sicilian slice, however, was better than what I remembered. It was good, but not great. I noticed that they had added a dining room, so I took my girlfriend there for dinner on a Friday night. Big mistake, they took forever to bring our food and my chicken marasala had brined canned mushrooms and awatery sauce. The owner came over and apologized for the slow service and said that his cook was sick that night. On the way out the owner asked if I would like a free bottle of wine for the inconvenience. I said yes because, who am I to turn down free wine? I also noticed out of the corner of my eye something called "Margherita Pizza." This wasn't here on my first visit. It was round, instead of the usually thin crust sicilian and it looked really good, with chunky tomato sauce, fresh mozzerella and basil leaves. I made a mental note to come back and try this. Wine in hand, I unlock the car and get in. Then it hits me, the place is called Margherita Pizza, duh. I jump out of the car run back in and order two slices to go. When I get home I taste it and it's delicious. I gobble down both slices as a redemption from the awful chicken marsala. I've since been back and it's consistently good. Through talking to the owner I found out he used imported Italian tomatoes for this pizza (inexplicably he uses slices of supermarket unripe tomatoes under the mozzerella), but not for the regular. It’s extra good, fresh out of the oven, so bring friends and order a whole pie.

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