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1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1122440.578924 -73.983835
Wed-Sun, noon-8pm; Mon-Tue, closed
Neighborhoods: Coney Island
Generations of New Yorkers have finished off their Coney Island beach days (and sometimes snow days) with a trip to one of the pizza greats, Totonno's on Neptune Avenue.
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.
This is as best as it comes – I've tried every pizza place in the nyc area. Hands down Totonno's is #1. I only get the white pizza. No ricotta, just tons of garlic, great olive oil and the best cheese and crust around! Sorry, but anybody that gives Totonno's a bad review... knows NOTHING about pizza!
p.s I'm going this Friday before the Cylones game!
Overrated -- Plenty of better places – I have to admit, being a native Brooklynite, I never got down to Totonno's until recently. As it turned out I wasn't missing anything. For all the hype and history surrounding Totonno's, it falls flat on so many levels.
Yes the crust is thin (which is good), but the sauce was very runny and made the crust soggy. Except for an over abundance of garlic (too much in fact), there was no other taste to the sauce.
The service was abrupt and rude...moreso than your typical Brooklyn attitude. We were yelled at to wait outside when we got there even though we already had a table inside (friends were there).
Given the plethora of great pizza parlors in NYC, Totonno's is not worth the trip. Go to Lombardi's or Grimaldi's instead.
Heaven on a round metal disc – Don't eat at Totonno's if you plan on enjoying pizza anywhere else. You will be spoiled forever! The crust so perfectly salted and charred. The tangy tomatoes. Fresh mozzarella. Add the fact that it's cooked in an 80 year old coal-fired oven (one of only a few still permitted in New York City). Very friendly, family atmosphere... plenty of old New York memorabilia decorating the place will keep your eyes busy after you order. But don't count on waiting long: our pizza was on the table in 5 minutes flat. Amazing! We even had Coca Cola in glass bottles along with our pie. A nice touch.
If you want the real deal of New York pizza, THIS IS IT!
Perfect pizza – Yummy freshly-made mozzarella and a perfectly done crust add up to an incredible coal-fired oven pizza. 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. I'm still undecided! Not much atmosphere or amenities, but you're there for the pizza anyway. The service was friendly and competent, contrary to legend. This place is completely worth whatever effort it takes for you to get there. Bring cash!
Great, but not the best in Brooklyn – 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! I had high expectations based on the other reviews. The pizza was very good, but I still say the best pizza in Brooklyn is found at Ciccio's on West 5th and Ave U. (Close to the N train)
The best pizza in the world, period. – For some reason, this pizzaria didn't seam to make it to the best pizzaria survey, perhaps because of it's location. But the trek is certainly worth it because it's simply the best pizza ever, ever, ever! Made from homemade sauce, fresh mozzeralla cheese, freshly made dough...the freshed ingredients, always. Old Italian style. This place has been here since before my dad was born, right down the block. 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! Things have improved on all fronts.
Best Pizza in Best Pizza City – This is it. Better than any other pie in NYC. A true art form. I am amazed at how unassuming this little whole in the wall pizza joint is considering how utterly magnificent their pies are. Get here. It will probably take you an hour. Maybe two. Completely worth it. If NYC has the best pizza in the world, and Totonno's has the best pizza in NYC... better get in there.
Utterly awesome – What they say is true. There's a lot of great pizza in NYC (and some dreadful pizza too), but this is the best. It's a bit of a trek to walk there, but that just helps you build up an appetite.
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