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A couple of months ago, after religiously following a diet for 2+ months, I decided I had to have pizza. After going through some of my local options, I recruited my brother to go on a tour to find the best pizza restaurants in Brooklyn, a 2 hour drive away, the next day.

The first thing I did in planning the day was to check out the One Bite app, which shows all of Dave Portnoy’s pizza review ratings.

Love him or hate him, he has tried probably 2000 pizza places over the years and I’ve had a ton of luck following his reviews.

Best Pizza Restaurants in Brooklyn

We also have similar taste in pizza-thin, crispy, and flavorful is the way to go. I also supplemented the One Bite app with some local pizza rankings/reviews to make sure I didn’t miss any must-hit places.

Also for some context, he has done thousands of pizza reviews and has only given 15-18 places over a 9 rating, and we were able to hit 2 of them and they didn’t disappoint.

The 16 Best Pizza Restaurants in Brooklyn

Di Fara Pizza

1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230, United States // +17182581367

We started at Di Fara, which was almost an injustice to the other places because we went to the best place first. Immediately you can taste that this pizza is not just a standard slice.

pizza

The freshness of the quality ingredients – tomatoes and garlic in the sauce, the crispy crust with a distinct olive oil flavor, and basil, takes pizza to a completely next level.

We got one slice of the regular and one of the square, which was also good if you want to mix it up and like a thicker slice. 9.3 (Portnoy 9.4)

Luigi’s Pizza

686 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States // +17184993857

(12 minute drive to Luigi’s)

Next was Luigi’s, which is about as good of an execution of a traditional NY slice as you could hope for. The sauce is tangy and flavorful, the crust is perfectly thin and crispy, and it’s also a more flavorful crust than other pizzas I’ve had.

ny pizza

They sell through slices so quickly that it’s like getting a fresh pie even if you only order a slice. I’m told the fresh mozz slice is also really good, but we went for the plain. 9.1 (Portnoy 9,3)

(***Giuseppina’s is a 3 minute walk from Luigi’s, but it opens at 5)

F&F Pizzeria

459 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States // +17184076575

(8 min drive, 27 min walk from Luigi’s to F and F. We chose to drive and it was a good move as there is a ton of walking that happens later)

Next was F and F. I could see this slice being slightly better if it was from a fresh pie, but it wasn’t the best that we had on the day.

pizza

There was a distinct sharpness to the cheese that I didn’t think was amazing, and there wasn’t enough sauce on the slice either.

I would be willing to give it another go, but for all the hype and pedigree of the owners, I did expect it to be better. 7.7 (Portnoy 8.7)

Baby Luc’s

387 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States // +17185048181

(4 min walk from F and F to Baby Luc’s-these are also both very close to Lucali, which I speak about below. Parking in this area is a little tricky, so it’s worth leaving car in this area.)

Next was Baby Luc’s, which is owned by the same people that run Lucali. This was one of our favorite places on the day-they are thinner square slices, and they only have 3 -4 options to choose from.

pizza

They half cook their pies and then put them out for people to order, then when you do, they put it in the oven and finish cooking it so it comes out like a fresh pie slice every time.

The sauce was incredibly fresh and the crust was crunchy. We ended up coming back for a second slice after Brooklyn DOP. 8.7 (Portnoy 8.2)

L’arte Della Pizza Brooklyn

172 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, United States // +17186227200

(7 min drive or 20 min walk from Baby Luc’s to L’Arte-we chose to walk and it was good to break up the day and move around, and also was ideal for parking logistics

Next was L’Arte Della Pizza. We liked the slice, but I don’t think this is a “must” if you’re going on this tour.

traditional NY slice

If I lived close by, I probably would go here because it’s a super solid traditional NY slice, but compared to the best slices on the list, it wasn’t noteworthy. 7.8 (Portnoy 8.1)

Brooklyn DOP

237 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States // +13475991913

(4 min walk from L’Arte to Brooklyn DOP)

Brooklyn DOP-their logistics were not the best, we waited for a really long time on line even though there were only a few people ahead of us, and they ran out of plain slices.

pizza

We went for a thin square sausage slice, which was really good. I could see the plain pie being really good as well and would really like to try it.

Would recommend and hope that they have their A team working the counter when you go. 8.1 (Portnoy 8.1)

Giuseppina’s

691 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States // +17184995052

(We walked 20 min back to Baby Luc’s for round 2 because it was right by the car, and then drove 7-8 minutes to Giuseppina’s)

We then looped back to Giuseppina’s, since it opened at 5. This place is owned by family members of Lucali. This was the only place we sat down to eat, because they didn’t serve slices and the ambiance was really cool inside.

It’s dimly lit, and their massive oven is located towards the back of the restaurant, so you can see all of the pizzas cooking.

pizza

The sauce was incredibly fresh, the crust was super thin and crispy, and the experience overall was top-notch. 8.8 (Portony 8.1, though the audience score on the app is 8.6, he went way too low)

Since we were in the area, we went back to Luigi’s, a popular pizza shop. We actually liked the slices the second time even better, there was more sauce on it and the crust was a little bit thicker.

We then went back and ordered a whole pie at Di Fara to cap off the day, which was absolutely amazing and even better than the slices earlier. It’s definitely one of the best pizza restaurants in Brooklyn.

Wizard Hat Pizza

539 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225, United States

WHP stood out as a remarkable find. This takeaway spot may seem unassuming, but it’s a true culinary treasure. 

The rich aroma of fresh ingredients enveloped me, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience.

I opted for the classic cheese pie, a choice that proved to be anything but ordinary. The crust was perfectly crisp, each bite echoing the freshness of the ingredients.

cheese pizza

The burrata cheese on the pizza melted just right, flavorful without being overly greasy—a testament to their quality.

What sets WHP apart is the ease of their takeout process and the excellence of their product. 

Ordering ahead, I quickly grabbed my pizza and headed back, where the real magic unfolded. 

Unboxing the pizza revealed a sight of bubbling cheese on golden crust, a visual feast. And the first bite? It was an explosion of flavors, confirming that this wasn’t just another slice of New York pizza, but a culinary masterpiece.

Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop

110 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, United States // +19293376385

Where to start? This place is perfect. Continuing my exploration of Brooklyn’s best pizza joints, I found myself at Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop, a place that’s nothing short of a pizza paradise. 

From the moment I stepped in, I was enveloped in an ambiance that struck the perfect balance between vintage charm and modern vibrancy. 

It’s the kind of place that feels like it’s been part of the neighborhood forever, yet it still sparkles with freshness.

Starting with the regular crust, it was a homage to the classic New York slice—thin, crisp, and utterly delicious. But it was the thick crust that truly stole the show. 

Hellboy slice

The sesame seeds sprinkled liberally on the bottom added a delightful crunch, complementing the skillfully crafted dough that boasted just the right mix of crispy and fluffy textures. It was, in every sense, a culinary masterpiece.

Then came the Hellboy slice, a square piece of heaven. The crust was cooked to absolute perfection, with sesame seeds adding a subtle but appreciated textural contrast. 

But the real game-changer was the drizzle of hot honey on top. It brought a unique sweetness that balanced the savory flavors beautifully, adding a layer of complexity to each bite.

The Hellboy slice wasn’t just a meal; it was a journey of flavors that I’d gladly travel for again.

Emmy Squared Pizza: Park Slope

315 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, United States // +13479661003

At Emmy Squared Pizza in Park Slope the atmosphere was lively and welcoming, matched by a friendly and attentive staff.

I dove into the Colony and Good Pauline pizzas, each a flavor masterpiece. The crusts were a highlight – crispy and golden at the edges, yielding to a soft, springy dough towards the center, creating an irresistible texture contrast.

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The portion sizes at Emmy’s cater to all appetites. A slice or two is perfect for a light eater, while those with a bigger appetite might opt for three to four slices. 

A definite must-visit for anyone exploring Brooklyn’s rich pizza scene.

Lucali

575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States // +17188584086

In the heart of Brooklyn lies Lucali, an upscale eatery that takes the art of pizza to new heights. The ambiance is a blend of rustic charm and stylish elegance, setting the stage for an exceptional dining experience.

I chose a half Margherita, half pepperoni pizza, and it was a culinary delight. The Margherita side was a symphony of fresh tomato sauce, creamy mozzarella, and aromatic basil, while the pepperoni added a perfect savory contrast. 

The crust, thin and slightly charred, was a testament to the perfection achievable with a brick oven.

pizza

Lucali’s approach is simple yet profound. The focus on high-quality ingredients and the art of keeping things straightforward shines through in every slice. 

The consistent excellence of their pizzas speaks volumes about their dedication to the craft.

Arriving early to secure a spot is a small price to pay for such an exquisite pizza experience. Lucali is a destination where passion for pizza is evident in every bite, making it a must-visit for anyone seeking the best of Brooklyn’s pizza scene.

Speedy Romeo

376 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States // +16465421848

Housed in a former body shop, this eatery effortlessly blends the charm of wood-fired pizzas with the allure of Italian fare, all prepared in an open kitchen that invites curiosity.

My choice for the evening was “The White Album“, a decision that led to an unforgettable culinary experience. 

The pizza arrived perfectly cooked, boasting a delightful crispness that set the stage for the flavors to follow. 

The standout ingredient was undoubtedly the mozzarella – soft, delicious, and so fresh that each bite felt like a new discovery in the world of cheese.

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But it’s not just the food that makes Speedy Romeo a must-visit. The ambiance of the place adds another layer to the dining experience. 

With its dark, romantic interior, Speedy Romeo creates an atmosphere that’s both intimate and inviting.

 It’s the kind of pizzeria that’s perfect for a night out with friends or a date, offering a setting that complements the excellent pizza options.

It’s a place where every element, from the wood-fired pizzas to the cozy, romantic setting, works in harmony to create something truly special in Brooklyn’s diverse pizza landscape.

Best Pizza

33 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States // +17185992210 

True to its name, this small, cozy establishment serves up some of the most delightful wood-fired pies, complete with a selection of veggies and meats, and not to forget, their renowned Grandma slices.

The service was as warm as the pizzas coming out of the oven. Opting for both the Sicilian and Grandma Slice, I was eager to experience what Best Pizza had to offer. And it didn’t disappoint. The Sicilian was a marvel – its dough light, airy, and crisped to perfection. 

The Grandma Slice, a classic choice, was equally impressive. Both slices boasted of high-quality ingredients, with flavors that were rich and well-balanced.

grandma pizza

One of the highlights at Best Pizza is their homemade mozzarella. It’s a game-changer, adding a creamy, fresh taste that you can’t find just anywhere. 

The NY slice, with its delightful little cupped pepperonis, was also a hit. It was a tough choice, but the unique pepperonis gave the Sicilian and Grandma slices a slight edge for me.

What makes Best Pizza stand out is their commitment to freshness. Everything is made to order at this top pizza spot, ensuring that each bite of the New York-style pizza is as fresh as it can be. 

Things that we would do differently next time while visiting pizza restaurants in Brooklyn:

The obvious omission from this list from the tour was Lucali, which is largely recognized as some of the best pizza in the world (Portnoy 9.3).

They open at 5, we showed up at 4:30 and there was a line down the block, and their first reservation was 11 PM.

It likely could be doable if you are staying in the area overnight or if you can get someone to stand in line earlier than 4:30 (maybe 3:30?), this is a must-hit pizza bucket list location, it’s just going to take more planning next time.

Best Pizza In Brooklyn: To Visit List

1. Dellarocco’s Brick Oven Pizza

  1. Cuisine: Thin-crust, Brick-oven pizza
  2. Location: 214 Hicks St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  3. Price: $$
  4. Rating: 4.6 out of 980 reviews

2. Bklyn Pizza

  1. Cuisine: Pizza, pasta, hot subs, salads
  2. Location: 36 Ralph Ave Ste 1, Brooklyn, NY 11221
  3. Price: $
  4. Rating: 4.0 out of 511 reviews

3. My Little Pizzeria

  1. Cuisine: Pizza
  2. Location: 114 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  3. Price: $
  4. Rating: 4.4 out of 851 reviews

4. L’Industrie Pizzeria

  1. Cuisine: Pizza
  2. Location: 254 S 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
  3. Price: $
  4. Rating: 4.8 out of 2600 reviews

5. L’Industrie Pizzeria

  1. Cuisine: Pizza
  2. Location: 254 S 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
  3. Price: $
  4. Rating: 4.8 out of 2600 reviews

6. La Villa Pizzeria

  1. Cuisine: Pizza
  2. Location: 261 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
  3. Price: $$
  4. Rating: 4.5 out of 1100 reviews

7. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

  1. Cuisine: Pizza
  2. Location: 1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  3. Price: $$
  4. Rating: 4.2 out of 8400 reviews

8. Juliana’s Pizza

  1. Cuisine: Pizza
  2. Location: 19 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  3. Price: $$
  4. Rating: 4.6 out of 5500 reviews

9. Front Street Pizza

  1. Cuisine: Pizza, heros, calzones
  2. Location: 80 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  3. Price: $
  4. Rating: 4.4 out of 1600 reviews

10. Table 87

  1. Cuisine: Coal-fired pizza
  2. Location: 473 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
  3. Price: $$
  4. Rating: 4.6 out of 929 reviews

11. GANNI’S PIZZERIA

  1. Cuisine: Pizza, lasagna
  2. Location: 652 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
  3. Price: $
  4. Rating: 4.3 out of 712 reviews

FAQs

What makes Brooklyn’s pizza scene unique?

Brooklyn’s pizza scene stands out for its rich history and diversity. From classic New York-style slices to innovative wood-fired creations, Brooklyn offers a wide range of pizzas, each with its unique flavor profile and style. The fusion of traditional methods with modern twists is what makes Brooklyn’s pizza scene truly one-of-a-kind.

Can I find authentic Italian pizza in Brooklyn?

Absolutely! Many pizzerias in Brooklyn are run by Italian families who have passed down their pizza-making secrets for generations. These places offer authentic Italian pizzas, complete with hand-tossed dough, San Marzano tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella.

How do Brooklyn pizzerias stay authentic in a rapidly evolving culinary scene?

Many Brooklyn pizzerias maintain authenticity by sticking to traditional pizza-making methods, using high-quality ingredients, and often, keeping recipes that have been in families for generations.

Pizza Restaurants in Brooklyn: Wrap Up

The beauty of this list is almost all of the locations served slices. If you are ever putting together a pizza tour, this is a key thing to keep in mind.

We did another pizza tour in Manhattan and most of the locations only served pies, which made the day longer and more expensive.

Fresh pies usually taste better and in a perfect world you could grab one at every stop, but most of these places do enough volume to make this a minimal issue and it makes the day so much smoother to have the majority as slice shops.

Giuseppina’s ended up being $40 for the pie all-in, so although it was amazing pizza, if you are on a budget, you can remove this and still have a great day.

I’m sure many people are wondering how to stay hungry enough to make 10 separate stops to get. Managing the amount that you eat at each place is important-you don’t want to eat too much early and be stuffed, and you also don’t want to limit yourself on a slice that you like a lot.

Also noteworthy-on both pizza tours that I have done, we wanted to return to our favorite places later in the day for a full slice, so it’s worth keeping in mind as you manage the amount you eat throughout the day.

Here are the amounts that I ate at each place

Di Fara-3/4 slice

Luigi’s-3/4 slice

F and F-1 slice

Baby Luc’s-1/2 slice

L’Arte-1/3 slice

DOP-3 bites

Baby Luc’s round 2-2 bites

Giuseppina’s-1.5 slices (very thin)

Luigi’s-1/2 slice

Di Fara-1.5 slices

This comes out to about 7 slices of pizza over the course of about 5 hours, which I felt was a good pace, though I ate 2-3 more slices of leftovers when I got home a few hours later.

We did extend this tour with multiple stops and waiting for Giuseppina’s to open, and you could easily knock most of it out in a couple of hours.

What do you think? What are the best pizza restaurants in Brooklyn?

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