Neapolitan Style Pizza Makeovers Challenge Old-School Contenders with Yummy Results

Julia Smith

By , Local Expert, New York
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Pizza has undergone a revelation in recent years in New York. Dough experts (Co.)and cheese makers (Keste) are revamping the traditional pies with creative new ideas and breathing new life into established ideas about pizza. Even so, some of the old-world Italian pizzerias, like Di Fara, still have what it takes to compete.  Whatever your preference, we have both options narrowed down to the best.  Grab a slice and dig in.

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    Di Fara

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the square pie for a thicker, almost biscuit-like crust, absorbing every essence of DeMarco's fresh tomato sauce and gooey mozzarella. Plus, you can watch as DeMarco cuts basil onto each steaming pizza with household skissors."

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    Paulie Gee's

    • Cuisine: Pizza
    • Average Main Course Price: $15
    • Neighborhood: Brooklyn

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Cherry Blossom (with prosciutto, dried Bing cherries and orange blossom honey) or the Rooftop Red (with marinated baby kale and Aleppo chili oil)."

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    Keste Pizzeria

    Local Expert Tip: "It's all about the cheese."

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    Local Expert Tip: "For a unique Brooklyn dining experience, try the chef's tasting. It's not the famous pizza, but creations for only eight people at a time by chef Mirarchi. Reservations available in advance for tastings."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Pizzas here are delicious, but the plain calzone is really what has made Lucali famous."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Mushroom & Jalapeno pie with fresh dill, or the Ham & Cheese with caraway and gruyere."

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    Totonno Pizzeria Napolitano

    Local Expert Tip: "If you make the trek, get there early. The dough is made fresh each day, so when they run out, it's over."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Try the prosciutto pie topped with fresh arugula, the bitter green perfectly accents the salty prosciutto and creamy mozzarella."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Grimaldi's location is conveniently located, but they're renowned for their pies, so expect a long wait."

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    Denino's Pizzeria

    Local Expert Tip: "Beer and Pizza is an excellent combination."



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