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New in Sunnyside: Lenny's Pizza

BoTo | Sep 26, 2010 09:20 PM

I know a pretty regular topic here is the dearth of really good pizza in Queens. There are a few decent places, but it's not like Manhattan, where you can walk in almost anywhere and be pretty certain you'll get a good pie, and sometimes an excellent one.

Well, I'm happy to report the recent opening of (at least in my opinion) a quite good pizza and Italian joint at 44-08 Greenpoint Ave. in Sunnyside (at the corner of 47th Ave., in the spot formerly occupied by the El Triangulo Colombian bakery, across the street from the Associated Supermarket): Lenny's Pizza.

There actually IS a Lenny, Lenny Russo, whose family has been in this business for a generation, running popular pizza places in the Flatiron district and, later, Midtown, but they left the business about seven years ago when the economy slowed down. Now, Lenny has decided to return to the pizza biz in Sunnyside, where he apparently grew up (most of this is from their website, by the way, but also from talking to Lenny, who's a really nice guy and presides over the counter with well-deserved pride and good cheer).

The pizza is uniformly good, I think, with a nice thin crust, nice sauce - not too sweet, not too salty - and a good sauce/cheese balance. I've sampled regular thin crust and "Grandma's" Sicilian style, and would rate them both top notch. I've also had a good Hero or two, a pasta dish and an entree; everything has been fresh and top notch in quality.

And Lenny's has only been open for about a week and a half, so as you can see, I like it quite a bit.

I'm originally from New York and am now back there again, but in between I lived in Boston (where the pizza isn't anywhere near as good) for a couple of decades, so I may be a bit less picky about pizza than I used to be. But I'm pretty sure this place is really good. Has anybody else been there? Would love to hear other people's comments.

Their website is, by the way - their whole menu is there, also available in paper form at the counter. If you just look at the sign over the counter, you'll miss a lot of what they have (Lenny tells me there wasn't room to put everything on the sign unless he used type so small nobody could read it). They accept all major credit cards and offer free delivery,

Lenny's Pizza
44-08 Greenpoint Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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