'Bensonhurst' on Serious Eats

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

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

Date Night: La Palina

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

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

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

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

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

Serious Eats Finds New York's Best Cheesecake

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

Hand-Pulled Noodles in Bensonhurst

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

The Real World Brooklyn Goes to L&B Spumoni Gardens

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

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