Whether you’re a native New Yorker or venturing to the East Coast for the first time, moving to Long Island is a fantastic choice. Just a stone’s throw from the Big Apple, you’ll have access to all the culture, fun, and excitement of the big city while still enjoying the close-knit neighborhoods of Long Island. In addition, no matter where you’re originally from, it’s likely that you know about the delicious pizza of New York. Here, we’ll look at the best pizza joints on Long Island.
1. Umberto’s—633 Jericho Turnpike
Located in Hyde Park, Umberto’s is a Long Island classic, beloved by tourists and locals alike. Traditional Italian dining is at the core of Umberto’s. Diners can start with standard Italian appetizers, including cold or hot antipasto, homemade meatballs, or housemade mozzarella. When it comes to choosing your pie, you’ll have the option of standard New York-style pizza or a thick Sicilian crust. If you decide to go with the always-popular Grandma broccoli robe and sausage Sicilian pizza, be sure to leave yourself time—Umberto’s cooks it up fresh, and it’ll take at least 20 minutes.
2. Salvatore’s Coal Oven Pizzeria—124 Shore Road
Located in the heart of Port Washington, Salvatore’s is known for a no-frills, delicious dining experience. You might want to call ahead when you head to Salvatore’s, as a traditional restaurant makes everything to order. Also, be sure to sneak a peek at the brick ovens Salvatore uses to cook up your pie—at more than 800 degrees, you’ll know that the oven delivers you a perfectly crispy pizza every time.
3. Branchilnelli’s Pizza and Restaurant—555 Route 111
Located in Hauppauge, Branchilnelli’s offers amazing appetizers (like fried mozzarella balls and broccoli parmigiana), soups (minestrone and pasta Fagioli are popular options), as well as the hero sandwiches you’d expect from a traditional Italian restaurant. Need to work more veggies into your life? Try the salad pizza—a crispy crust topped with lettuce, olives, scallions, and Italian dressing.
4. Grandpa Tony’s—101 Althouse Ave
Grandpa Tony’s, in the heart of East Rockaway, offers award-winning pizza baked at high heat in a rotating wood oven — capturing a unique, slightly smoked flavor and subtly charred crust. The meats, cheese, and dough are cooked to perfection. Their exclusive Godfather Pizza boasts smoked mozzarella, roasted red pepper cream sauce, roasted peppers, sausage, and onions, and is topped with pecorino Romano basil.
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