Do you “heart” New York pizza? What if I told you some of the tastiest pies are actually baked beyond the bridges and tunnels of New York City? Foodies worth their crust know that you can head upstate or out to Long Island, and still get a fantastic slice.
Have a look at this list of some of New York State’s best pizzerias.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria
1955 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, Westchester County, New York 10710
Frank Pepe opened his first pizzeria in 1925. Although Frank passed in the late 1960s, his pizzas continue to delight foodies at his original New Haven, Connecticut location as well as the few other outlets across the greater New York City area and Connecticut. Perhaps Frank’s most celebrated eatery is the Yonkers location, where the white clam pizza is must-bite slice. The parlour’s unique slice holds the 2013 and 2014 Daily Meal award for best pizza in the country. Located just 15 miles outside of NYC, Frank Pepe’s has been visited by Bill Clinton, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Vince Vaughn and many more celebs.
This Long Island institution is probably best known as offering its pizzas for delivery anywhere in the US via nyflyingpizza.com. The site’s success alone suggests the quality of the pizza – it’s so good that people pay over 60 USD for a large pie. As novel (and delicious) an idea as this is, locals know they’ve got it better than anybody being able to head over to Pappardell’s for a pie.
Home of “the legendary taste,” Albany’s Pizzeria Sapienza is best known for its distinctively large slices spanning across two paper plates. It’s not just the size of the slice that’s impressive here though. Sapienza offers an extensive range of toppings and a selection of stuffed pizzas.
Slyce redefines the common perception of pizza as a simple dish through its selection of artisan offerings. Among their most sophisticated slices is the goat cheese, fig and honey slice – composed of all local ingredients, except for the all-important flour shipped in from Milan. The popular parlor also serves an assortment of craft beer paired to perfection with your chosen slice.
3 Brothers Pizza Café
75 Merritts Road, Farmingdale, Long Island, New York 11735
Vegan, lactose intolerant and gluten-free individuals flock to Farmingdale, Long Island for the veganpizza at 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe. It is one of the only pizzerias in New York to offer tofu and seitan as toppings. More omnivorous pizza lovers have no reason eschew 3 Brothers though. There’s a more traditional and rather lengthy menu to suit all tastes. The “Make Your Own Brick Oven Pizza & Calzones” option allows patrons to customize their dishes with a selection of three different crusts, sauces and cheeses and more than 20 different toppings.