Brooklyn >Totonno Pizzeria Napolitano
“For some reason, this pizzaria didn't seam to make it to the best pizzaria survey, perhaps because of it's location.”
“I'd recommend the half-and-half pie on your first visit; that way you can make up your mind if you like the red pie or white pie better.”
“Thin, crispy pizza served with fresh mozzarella and the sauce is beautiful.”
“Before the previous owner past away (current owner's uncle i think), it was only open on weekends, and closed after the dough ran out, 1 hour wait for a pizza was good, and there were no markings on the store to suggest it was even open!”
“Just visited Totonno for the first time, the decor was cute and the service was friendly; although my friends and I felt like we were in someone's kitchen, as the personal conversation between employees was loud!”
“But the trek is certainly worth it because it's simply the best pizza ever, ever, ever!”
“But don't count on waiting long: our pizza was on the table in 5 minutes flat.”
For my money, this was always the best of the coal-oven pantheon pizzas, a thinner, lighter, more restrained pie than the big thick pies produced by John's, et. al. The Coney Island location makes it special too; as with Midwood's Di Fara, the trip makes you appreciate the experience even more.
You are going for food and atmosphere.
Don't forget that this is the 2nd pizza place in NYC! When you arrive, you get all that goes with that if you just stop and take it all in- look on the walls, look in the window.... everything will remind you of the past. Embrace it as you enjoy some very good pizza.
Here is a photo session I did in Feb 2009 to document it. I have been going for 30 years and I am only 34 years old! I would like to be visiting for many many many more years to come!
Come back Totonno's! It looks like the reopen is sometime in January / February -board are off the the front doors.
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- Dan Marino
Top Notch Pizza. Ah, Totonno's, when are you going to reopen? Pizza has not been the same since you closed....there's nothing like this pizza. Nothing.
Not good at all. Being a native new yorker, you are critical of pizza. I went here because it was always top rated. I was extremely disappointed. The pizza is highly overrated. Floppy, the sauce had no taste. And the one's making the pizza, that's another story. Anyone with a brick oven can make this pizza. It was pretty much dough, canned sauce, and a few chunks of polly'o cheese. Go to DiFara's instead.
Le sublime sur le sublime produit malaisement un contraste, et l'on a besoin de se reposer de tout, meme du beau. Maybe.. Technical perfection. Worth any and every effort. The margherita and white pies are untoppable. Marry into the Cimineri family. Rent on Neptune Avenue. Name your son Anthony. Write Totonno's into your will.
My husband and I enjoy pizza, and are frequent customers at John's, Grimaldi's, Di Farra's, and Lombardi's. This was our first time at Totonno's, mainly because it is about 1.5 hour subway trip from the Upper West Side. We regret now not trying this place earlier: their pizza is fabulous, perhaps the best in New York. The crust is thin and chewy, nicely charred, but not burnt.. The sauce is just the right consistency and sweetness. I particularly enjoyed their homemade mozzarella, which was there in the right amount.
Regarding the service, it was quite slow, but who cares, we were not at a 5* restaurant. Considering that there was no wait for a table, we actually saved some time despite the long subway ride.
Not all that.
As a native Brooklynite, somehow after 41 years, I've missed eating at Tontonno's. So when I was invited for a pre-Cyclones game, I was looking forward to a trancendent pizza experience. Sadly, it was not to be.
Bottom line: It's just not that good. Not even in my top 10 pizza joints in NYC.
Try: Loucali (Carroll Gardens), Franny's (Park Slope), Di Fara (of course), Gramaldi's (despite the tourists), John's of Bleeker, Sam's (Cobble Hill), and upstate in the Catskills, Brios in Phoenicia. All are trancendent.
Tontonno's was not.
The crust was excellent, but it was downhill from there. The sauce: pedestrian. The cheese: Tasteless.
Nice old school atmosphere.
One of the Best NYC Pizzas. Forget Lombardi's, Grimbaldi's..overrated and overpriced. This is the real deal- delicious crust, great toppings..just perfect pizza.
Pizza doesn't get any better. This is the best pizza in Brooklyn by far. The crust is perfect and just slightly charred from the coal oven the sauce and cheese are excuisitely blended. If this was in a different section of Brooklyn you'd never be able to get in.
The Best Pizza in New York - Period.
Thin crust, great sauce, fresh cheese. You cannot top this. Run to Coney Island - Now!
A Coney Island landmark in serious contention for the city's best pizza.. As the city's oldest continually operating pizza parlor opened in 1924, Totonno feels lived in and well loved. Awards, photos of sports stars and presidents, and newspaper clippings line the walls. The crowd's a mix of families, old-timers and curious city slickers. The coal-fired brick oven makes a world of difference, charring the slightly salty, airy-on-the-inside, crisp-on-the-outside crust and lightly browning the toppings on the paper-thin pie. Slices of rich mozzarella dot the pizza, with a sweet tomato sauce drizzled on top to avoid sullying the crust. The white pizza with pecorino Romano cheese is a house specialty.
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