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Italian Reflections of Bensonhurst at Il Colosseo

New York Craig Cavallo 1 comment

Il Colosseo has been at the heart of Bensonhurst's Italian neighborhood on 18th Avenue, aka Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard, for 23 years. The classics-driven menu has remained largely unchanged for most of them, and the food wears its age well. More

Good Bread: Il Fornaretto Bakery Does Classic Italian Loaves and Peerless Semolina Bread

New York Andrew Coe 2 comments

Brooklyn is filled with Italian bakeries, but sadly only a few of them devote themselves to making great bread. Il Fornaretto is one of them, and its coal-fired oven has been producing classic, well-made loaves for decades, including what may be the best semolina bread in town. More

Get the Cevapi, Not the Burek, at Burektore Illyria in Bensonhurst

New York Max Falkowitz 7 comments

While I wouldn't call the Balkan pies at Bensonhurst's Burektore Illyria bad by any means, I'm not in any rush to go back for them. But I would return for the cevapi. More

Sugar Rush: Black Sesame Paste with Red Bean Tang Yuan at Yat Yat Sweet

New York Robyn Lee 3 comments

If you're like me and will eat pretty much anything flavored with black sesame, then the hot black sesame paste from Yat Yat Sweet is for you. It's not a paste so much as a thick soup/liquidy pudding that coats your innards with sweet black sesame. More

Market Tours: Homemade Pasta and More at Pastosa Ravioli in Bensonhurst

New York Lauren Rothman 4 comments

In a dog-eat-dog city like New York, it's not all too often that you come across a thriving, family-owned, third-generation shop. Pastosa Ravioli is one of those rarities. First opened by Anthony Ajello in 1967, today the store is run by Ajello's grandchildren, who proudly carry on the tradition of quality that their grandfather established nearly 50 years ago. More

L&B Spumoni Gardens vs. The Square

Slice Adam Kuban 28 comments

If you don't hear from me after this post, I'm either dead or in witness protection. If so, it's been nice knowin' ya, Slice'rs. More

Date Night: La Palina

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler 2 comments

Toward the end of our meal, another waiter came over to chat. He mentioned that lately the place had been attracting young people from Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and "even Dumbo," much to his happiness. "Most of our clients have been with us for years," he said. "It's good eats, you know, nothing fancy." Agreed. La Palina is best for: a date that makes you feel like family. More

Daily Slice: J&V Pizzeria, Brooklyn

Slice Erin Mosbaugh 11 comments

The guys that opened this pizza joint were the first in the iconic Italian neighborhood of Bensonhurst to sell pizza by the slice. Sixty one years later, they're still serving a mean slice in a neighborhood where you can find some pretty discerning pizza lovers. More

Good Bread: Royal Crown in Bensonhurst

New York Andrew Coe 2 comments

Twenty-three years ago, the Genoroso family took over an old bakery on the northern edge of Bensonhurst, deep in the heart of Brooklyn. The bakery came with a big, brick-lined, century-old oven, heated by coal. More

Daily Slice: Grandma Slice from Valentino's Pizza in Brooklyn

Slice Caroline Russock 9 comments

October! National Pizza Month! This month we'll be bringing you Daily Slice, quick snapshots of slices and pies all of us at the Serious Eats empire have been enjoying lately. —The Mgmt. [Photographs: Caroline Russock] From the moment I walked into Valentino's Pizza in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, I knew that it was going to be a winner. It might have been that the guy behind the counter was on the phone explaining the proper method to sauté broccoli rabe (and clearly knew that he was doing), or it could have been the impossibly thin pies on display behind the glass counter.... More

L & B Spumoni Gardens: A Rite of Passage in the Form of Pizza

Slice Nick Solares 20 comments

L & B Spumoni Gardens 2725 86th Street Brooklyn, NY 11223; map); 718-449-1230; spumonigardens.com Pizza Style: New York–style and Sicilian-style Oven Type: Gas The Skinny? A unique version of Sicilian is served at this Brooklyn institution Price:Slice, square or round, $2.25 As the sun sets over Brooklyn, its last gasps of light streaking the sky in pink against a deep blue backdrop looking like camouflage as envisioned by Elio Fiorucci, they flock to L & B Spumoni Gardens. Just as they did last summer and the summer before that. And the same way that their parents and grandparents did... More

A Sandwich a Day: The Sofia Loren at Lioni Heroes

New York Caroline Russock 3 comments

Choosing a sandwich from Lioni Heroes in Bensonhurst is a daunting task. The menu lists over 150 heroes all named for famous Italians. There's the Louie Prima, The Susan Lucci, and even a hero named after Scott Biao. After much deliberation I chose the Sophia Loren ($13.00)—a beautiful sandwich, as the menu will have you know. More

Serious Eats Finds New York's Best Cheesecake

New York Carey Jones 48 comments

In the pantheon of iconic New York foods, not much outranks the proud cheesecake. Whether after dinner at Luger's, by the round at Eileen's, or shipped across the country by Junior's, New York cheesecakes are a force to be reckoned with. After countless miles traveled, bites considered, and calories consumed, we've arrived at our winners. More

Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan in Kevin Smith's 'A Couple of Dicks' at L&B Spumoni Gardens

Slice Adam Kuban 2 comments

Albert Grande mentioned last week that his pizza tour was canceled because one of the stops—L&B Spumoni Gardens—was closed for a movie shoot. Here's a photo from the shoot, courtesy of NBC Universal's Recent Postings blog.... More

Hand-Pulled Noodles in Bensonhurst

New York Robyn Lee 6 comments

My latest hand pulled noodle excursion brought me to Bensonhurst, a part of Brooklyn that, for the most part, doesn't strike me as a place to go to unless you live there. Hand Pull Noodle and Dumplings House has been open for about five months. The interior is clean and minimal with four condiment-laden tables and a flat-screen TV that will accompany your meal with the sounds of whatever Cantonese soap opera is currently playing. More

Hunting the Slipper Lobster at Sea Breeze Fish Market in Bensonhurst

New York Barbara Hanson 7 comments

Editor's note: It's time for another dispatch from Serious Eats community member BaHa, aka Barbara Hanson, who checks in now and again about the various one-of-a-kind food stores and markets in New York. She told us that this title is... More

Forget Canal Street, the Real Dim Summing Is in Bensonhurst

New York Erin Zimmer 7 comments

Our pal Zach passionately declares: "World Tong is the best dim sum in New York City. And it’s not in Manhattan’s Chinatown, or Flushing or even in Sunset Park, Brooklyn’s under-appreciated Chinatown. It’s in Bensonhurst, and despite being an overly... More

The Real World Brooklyn Goes to L&B Spumoni Gardens

Slice Adam Kuban 3 comments

An email from a friend asks: "Did you watch the new Brooklyn-based Real World? They went to L&B Spumoni Gardens." My answer is no. The last thing I need in my life is to waste an hour of it watching a group of fame-obsessed, sexually confused post-adolescents work out their cringe-worthy issues on TV. But when one of Brooklyn's favorite pizzerias is involved I can hold my nose and tune in. Unfortunately, the bit at Spumoni Gardens lasts all of 5 seconds, consisting of the cast ordering and eating the square slices the Bensonhurst joint is known for. I've... More

Dim Sum at World Tong in Bensonhurst

New York Robyn Lee 12 comments

When dim sum lover Zach Brooks recommended World Tong in Bensonhurst, he warned that it was popular and gets crowded early. How did my friends and I get a table so easily? We went at 10:30 a.m. on a... More

Best Gelato in New York City

New York Zach Brooks 1 comment

Brooklyn Paper asks this week if the best gelato in New York City is being served out of the back of a tanning salon? The answer is yes. Yes it is.... More

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