Long Islanders on a hunt for a good slice have tons of local places to choose from. But sometimes, cravings take you west. When in Manhattan, opt to try one of the creative options at Denino’s Pizzeria & Tavern. Originally opened in Staten Island in 1937 by Carlo Denino, the family-owned spot launched its first Manhattan outpost in Greenwich Village in summer 2016. It’s known for its thin-crust pizza along with a few more Italian favorites. Joseph Castellano, owner of the Manhattan spot, dished on five options Long Islanders need to try.
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Deemed the best clam pie in New York City by Eater NY, this Denino’s favorite is a must for seafood lovers. It’s topped with fresh chopped clams, garlic, mozzarella, olive oil, grated cheese and parsley. The best part? “There is clam in every bite.”
Meat lovers, dig into the garbage slice. This Denino’s creation is anything but what the name implies. It’s topped with fresh sausage out of the casing, homemade meatballs, pepperoni, mushrooms and onions. “These five toppings combined have so much flavor—it’s a must-try.”
Penne alla Vodka
What’s an Italian restaurant without a good pasta dish? One of the most popular choices, the penne alla vodka is made fresh-to-order. It’s known to be colorful and flavorful with customers calling it a “great choice.”
These popular meatballs are named after the founder of Denino’s, whose family is originally from Sicily. They are made daily using a “secret family recipe” and served in a homemade sauce with fresh ricotta and basil.