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Report on Totonno's 26th St/2nd Ave pizza

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Report on Totonno's 26th St/2nd Ave pizza

Jack*the*Lurker | May 4, 2005 11:43 PM

Just had a pizza at Totonno's corner of 26th St/2nd Av (open about a year, they told me). Searched the site, didn't see any comments about this location.

Details are it's a large open clean restaurant, not crowded tonite (8:30PM-9:30PM), w/a meaningful bar area where someone could eat a small pie if alone.

Prices higher than Coney Island (as expected), but reasonable: $16 (I recall) for a large pizza, $2 per topping (half or whole pie the same), $9 for a small pizza, $1 per topping. Since the basic pizza uses fresh mozzarella, the prices are not much higher than Patsy's in Harlem (which charges for fresh mozzarella), despite the much better location.

A small pie is probably 3.5 slices at a slice place. They use a charcoal oven so the pie comes fast, so it's a real alternative for 2 nabe people out for quality slices, or 1 who doesn't care he's going to waste some pizza ($).

Had a 1/2 plain, 1/2 garlic and mushroom small pie. The 1/2 plain side was excellent. I won't get into a debate comparing it to Coney Island, but I will say it's a hell of alot better than any slice place, and I can't say that Coney Island is better. I do know that the Haj to CI colors my view of CI (it takes me 90 minutes to get there, so when I go I have a GREAT time!)

The garlic/mushroom side had too much garlic for my taste (but was still far better than any slice w/powdered garlic lol!), the mushrooms were fresh (as advertised). (I'd say the same about CI, the toppings are overloaded for my taste).

The tips of the slices did not sag (victory!), but since the sample size is 1, maybe that's random.

Other opinions on the place?

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