Its snug confines always bustling, Cinelli's is hands-down one of the area's more popular Southern Italian joints. Indeed, on weekends, it's not uncommon to see the line for tables extending out the door and hungry families eagerly waiting their turn to enjoy cooked-to-order pasta plates and hand-tossed pizzas. The dishes honor recipes that Pop Cinelli and family brought from their native Monte San Giovanni back in 1965. Although many diners opt for a table in the comfortable main dining room, you can also get a pie to go from the neighboring pizzeria. Delivery orders are also accepted.
Operated by the legendary Umberto's over in Hyde Park, this "newer" location carries on the original's tradition of serving Sicilian-style pies to the hungry folks of Long Island. Using Old Country recipes and fresh ingredients, brothers Umberto and Carlo have also made sure the menu features plenty of hearty pasta dishes.
If the name sounds familiar, that's because this is the younger sibling of Grimaldi's under the Brooklyn Bridge. They use only the freshest of ingredients, including mozzarella made right on the premises, to make their killer coal-oven baked pies. Grimaldi's consistently wins "Best of..." awards, and is a surefire Long Island favorite. Even if you may have to wait for a table on weekends, this is one pizzeria well worth visiting. No slices, whole pies only!
This friendly New Hyde Park restaurant's forte is Sicilian cuisine, and their Old Country pizzas are nothing short of outstanding. In fact, you'll be tempted to order a pie to go before you finish the last bite of the one in front of you! A Long Island legend since the mid-'60s, Umberto's sports an upscale, villa-style setting with terra cotta-colored walls, cherry-stained wood accents and a wrought iron balcony. Still, the place is casual enough that friends and families can gather and enjoy one another's company. Reservations are accepted.
This pizzeria has become one of the area's top gathering spots since opening in 1999. Each pizza sports a colorfully appropriate name, from the roast pork, bacon, and pineapple-topped "Magnum" to the "Fresh Clam," dressed with ricotta, parmesan, roasted garlic, and, you guessed it, fresh clams. If you've got something other than pizza on your mind, they serve heroes, paninis, and a few pasta dishes. A casual setting and neighborly service make everybody feel right at home, even the occasional celebrity who meanders in, hoping to sample a crisp, homemade pie on the sly.
One of LI's kings of the thin crust, laid-back Eddie's has acquired a long list of fans over the years, many of whom clamor in each week to get their fix of famed Matzoh Pizza or Bar Pie (a hybrid, of sorts, of New York and Chicago styles). Indeed, Eddie's has been around for half a decade now – more than enough time to perfect the art of hand-tossing – and its popularity has only grown over the years. So, get a crowd together and stop in for lunch or dinner and a few cold pitchers of beer ... can it get any better?