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Rizzo's Fine Pizza, Astoria

[Photographs: Adam Kuban] If you didn't already know what to order at Rizzo's Fine Pizza, the delivery boxes stacked high behind the counter and those in the hands of regular customers leaving with take-out tell you: "It's hip to be square." Yes, the square's the thing at Rizzo's, where they've been making it since 1959. Rizzo's Sicilian-style pies are notably thinner and crisper than most of those you'll find around New York City. This, to me, is a good thing. I find most square slices too bready, too lacking in flavor, and too filling.... More

Video: 'Eat This New York' Searches for the Best NYC Pizza

The relatively new food blog Eat This New York searches for the best pizza in the city but finds that, "Pizzas are just like you and me—they're all so different. Instead of trying to be the best, you just have to be yourself." With bonus tips on picking up women and Italian pronunciation. And a surprise appearance by chef Art Smith. Pizzerias visited: Grimaldi's, DUMBO, BrooklynKesté Pizza & Vino, Greenwich Village, ManhattanRizzo's, Astoria, QueensDi Fara (of course), Midwood, Brooklyn Watch the video, after the jump.... More

The Editors Regret the Error

From the New York Times corrections today: An article on July 31 about a price increase to $5 for a slice of pizza at Di Fara Pizza in Midwood, Brooklyn, misstated the age of Francesco Taormina, a manager at Rizzo’s Fine Pizza in Astoria, Queens, who criticized the $5 slice. He is 22, not 42. (Go to Article)... More

Reminder: 50¢ Square Slices at Rizzo's This Weekend

In celebration of its 50th anniversary Rizzo's has been doing 50 days of various 50¢ deals. The celebration comes to an end tomorrow with the best of the bunch—50¢ square slices. The special applies to two slices per customer, in-store only. Rizzo's 30-13 Steinway Street, Astoria NY 11103 (Queens, b/n 30th/31st avenues; map) 718-721-9862 rizzosfinepizza.com... More

Deal of the Day: Rizzo's

In honor of its 50th anniversary, Rizzo's in Astoria is offering the pizzeria's signature square slices for only 50¢ this Saturday. As Slice pointed out, this concludes a 50-day celebration. 30-13 Steinway Street, Astoria NY (Queens, between 30th and 31st... More


Most Sicilian pizza is just too thick for me, but Rizzo's in Astoria is the home of the wondrous thin-crust Sicilian slice. For 40 years, Joe Rizzo has been making thin-crust Sicilian pizza the way his father learned in Sicily. That means he uses homemade sauce (slightly sweet), full-cream mozzarella that lies ever so gently on top of the light—almost demure—crust, and just enough Romano cheese to give his pizza a little zing. When you walk into Rizzo's, all you'll see on the counter are rectangular trays of fresh-out-of-the-oven Sicilian pizza. After years of maintaining Sicilian-only pizza purity, Rizzo's... More

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