Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mmmmmm... Pizza.

BoogieDowner received an interesting email this morning discussing pizza joints in the Bronx. While we didn't think it was fair to bring up such a delicious topic so early in the day, it's close enough to dinnertime now to let the debate begin.

Here are one reader's thoughts on the topic:

"A popular debate in my house centers around the best Bronx pizza. I think we've narrowed it down to my wife's pick, Patricia's (either one, but we prefer Morris Park) or my choice Louie and Ernie's. Either way, Tosca's on E Tremont gets a respectable bronze (service is way spotty though!)."

We at BoogieDowner have a healthy appreciation for the pizza at Rocco's, right on Bedford Park Blvd. and Webster Avenue. Our love affair began back in college after late nights at the Jolly Tinker and has continued on all these years. We also like Giovanni's on Arthur Avenue... Brick oven pizza service in the back dining area used to be a nice, cheap night out, but we got a bit peeved when they stopped giving out bread with pizza orders. Cheap bastards!

So now we'd have to say our absolute favorite pizza is Antonio's, a newish casual Italian place on Belmont Avenue at Crescent Avenue (one minute walk from Arthur Avenue). The wait staff there is unbelievably friendly and the prices are good too.

Thoughts? Anyone care to share great places in their neighborhoods that may not get all the fame of glory of Tosca, but are just as good?

*FYI, the pic of "Bronx Pizza" is actually from San Diego - evidence of the mythic nature of Bronx pizza's reputation. Stay classy, San Diego, we appreciate the flattery*



Anonymous said...

Pizza Italia just off East Tremont Avenue in Parkchester. I don't live in The Bx anymore but I still miss it (Queens pizza doesn't hold a candle to it)! A must for takeout or delivery:-)

Anonymous said...

Zero Otto Nove on Arthur Avenue may have, according to the New York Times, the best pizza in the entire country. It was opened a few months ago by Roberto -- of Roberto's fame around the corner. Nothing comes close.

Anonymous said...

Full Moon on Arthur Ave is incredible, particularly for their eggplant, zucchini or other square slices. And I'd definitely say that Giovanni's on the Concourse is much tastier than the Giovanni's on Arthur Ave.

Anonymous said...

I'm in love with Slice of Heaven, which is on Williamsbridge Road, right near the corner of Williamsbridge Rd. and Morris Park Ave. Their cheese slices are the best I've had in the city, and the staff is fantastic.

TheBronxIsBurning said...

talking about food....the best Italian food is located in The Bronx (Arthur Ave) where I grew up....growing up in The Bronx in the 80's, ethnic food was widespread but greek food and vietnamese restaurant in the bronx! I was amazed and came to love the diversity of ethnicities and the joy of eating. A lot of people who don't or didn't live here think that food is "bad" in The Bronx. There should be a foodie tour and find out for themselves what The Bronx has to offer.

Anonymous said...

The guy who is in love with Slice of heaven knows nothing about quality pizze. That place stinks plain and simple