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Head to Neptune Avenue's New York Bread for all Your Russian Shopping Needs

New York Andrew Coe 11 comments

If you don't want to fight Brighton Beach parking, New York Bread off on Neptune Avenue (conveniently a few blocks from Totonno's is a perfect place to shop for Russian specialties like bread, smoked fish, pre-made salads, and plenty of kvass. More

Totonno's: Back at It

Slice Chris E. Crowley 18 comments

We set out for Coney Island last weekend for a long overdue taste of Totonno's. The pizzeria has only been open for a matter of weeks, since completing post-Sandy repairs, but they haven't skipped a beat. The pies? Better than ever. More

Nothing To Fear: Totonno's Is Still Using Their Original Coal Oven

Slice Chris E. Crowley 9 comments

Contrary to recent news coverage, Totonno's did not have to replace their oven following last fall's hurricane damages. Read what co-owner Antoinette Balazano has to say on the matter. More

Totonno's is Officially Back in Business!

Slice Niki Achitoff-Gray 6 comments

Yesterday, Totonno's opened its doors once again. It's not every restaurant—or family—that would display the kind of resilience that we've seen from this iconic Coney Island pizzeria. And we cannot wait to get our fix. More

Restoring Our Church of Pizza: The Rebuilding and Repairing of Totonno's After Hurricane Sandy

Slice Chris E. Crowley 10 comments

For so many of New York's food businesses that were the worst hit by the hurricane, the initial losses have been amplified by a prolonged struggle to move forward. The song remains the same at Totonno's. More

Support South Brooklyn's Bread Bakers

New York Andrew Coe 2 comments

Thanks to its incredibly diverse immigrant population, the stretch of South Brooklyn from Coney Island to Sheepshead Bay is one of the city's richest feeding grounds for those interested in ethnic eats. Unfortunately, as readers know, it is also one of the low-lying neighborhoods hardest hit by the Sandy surge. Here's our report on the state of South Brooklyn's bread. More

Grimaldi's Joins the Coney Island Pizza-scape

Slice Michael Berman 18 comments

The addition of a new Grimaldi's outlet to Coney Island offered the perfect excuse to assess the pizza landscape, find the best non-pizza alternative, and check in with longstanding pizza heavyweight Totonno's. More

Good Bread: New York Bread

New York Andrew Coe 2 comments

The scent of drying grain wafts from the door of Coney Island's New York Bread bakery. The aroma emanates from the cooling room, where rack after rack of dark rye and wheat loaves wait to be bagged and shipped. For Brooklyn's Russian community, that smell is the essence of the homeland, of rolling fields of wheat and rye baking in the summer sun. More

Hot Dog Of The Week: Lafayette Coney Island, Detroit

Hot Dog of the Week Hawk Krall 12 comments

Squabbles between stands and manufacturers aside, I think the Detroit Coney should be considered one of the great American "Heirloom hot dog styles" that has stood the test of time—as important a part of hot dog history as the Chicago dog and New York Kosher style, and just as delicious. More

Good Bread: Georgian Bread

New York Andrew Coe 8 comments

Badri, the Georgian baker of Neptune Avenue, is a slave to his oven. Before he could open Georgian Bread, he had to construct a toné, the Georgian version of the tandoor. This beehive-shaped oven sits in the middle of his storefront bakery bellowing heat during the hottest summer days. Six days a week, he has to wake up at 4:00am to get to his bakery by five and light the oven. Then he ties a cloth around his head and begins to work. With just one assistant, he spends the next 12 hours mixing dough, baking bread, making Georgian salads, and tending customers. Everything he makes is delicious. More

Tacos: Coney Island, Brooklyn

New York Sara Markel-Gonzalez Post a comment

To continue with the "tacos on the beach theme" that began last week at Rockaway Taco, this week I took another trip to another beach in a another borough: Coney Island. There are a few taco stands off the boardwalk,... More

Lou Reed Loves Totonno's

Slice Adam Kuban 3 comments

Reaching in to the Slice mailbag, we've got ... Hey, Adam!I was a royal escort at Saturday's Mermaid Parade on Coney Island, where the king and queen were Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson (omg!). Lou didn't get as into the costumed spirit as some of us—I was a BP pirate, complete with oil-slicked bird on my shoulder—but he WAS wearing a Totonno's hat, and that's pretty damn Coney of him.Attached is a pic of me with Lou and Laurie, doing my best "arrrrrrrrrrrr" (but instead freaking out in a total fangirl moment). And if you look here, in the... More

Pirate-Themed Russian Sushi: Gambrinus Seafood Cafe

New York Hawk Krall 6 comments

"We're starting to wonder if the mysteries of Russian sushi are worth another visit." [Photos: Hawk Krall] At the eastern end of Surf Avenue, where the slightly sad yet beautiful remains of Coney Island morph into the Eastern European neighborhood... More

Photo of the Day: Lawrence Ciminieri of Totonno's

Slice Adam Kuban 3 comments

[Photographs: Adam Kuban] They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Totonno's is back, and this photo says it all. I was going to leave you with just this one image, but I couldn't resist throwing a gallery together. Peep it, if you'd like.... More

Totonno's: REOPENED!

Slice Adam Kuban 16 comments

I am now at Totonno's, and IT IS OPEN. Lawrence Ciminieri is making pies, and his mom, Cookie, is looking rested but is as irrascible as ever. Videographic evidence, after the jump.... More

Totonno's Reopening: Friday? That's What We Hear

Slice Adam Kuban 4 comments

[Photograph: Adam Kuban] So, yeah. The Wednesday reopening? Didn't happen. Totonno's owner Lawrence Ciminieri says the weather KO'd him. But the latest bit of news we have to report in the anticipated Totonno's reopening is that the Coney Island pizzeria will be firing up tomorrow (Friday, February 12). All the items are in place, Ciminieri told Ed Levine by phone last night, and, Ciminieri says, someone from the mayor's office is going to be there at the reopening ceremony. As promised before, Ciminieri will be making the pies tomorrow.... More

Totonno's Reopening Wednesday, February 10

Slice Adam Kuban 12 comments

[Photograph: Adam Kuban] Our man Ed Levine just got off the phone with Totonno's owner Lawrence Ciminieri, who tells us that Totonno's is reopening next Wednesday, February 10 at noon. Ciminieri says he himself will be making the pies that day. We're confident that this is the real deal this time. Ciminieri says he will have the necessary permits in place, and that the pizzeria will be ready to go on Wednesday.... More

Hot Dog Of The Week: Detroit Coneys

Hawk Krall 18 comments

"Like any hot dog style that's been around for almost 100 years, the Detroit Coney has migrated far and wide." [Artwork: Hawk Krall] Past Weeks' Dogs Seattle Style DogHalf-Smoke24-Hour DogThe Philly ComboTijuana Dog Detroit's Coney Island hot dog phenomenon has almost nothing to do with Brooklyn's Coney Island (similar to its cousin the Texas Weiner, which has absolutely no relation to Texas). At first glance, the Coney might just look like your average chili dog—but don't say that to anyone in Michigan, Ohio, upstate New York, or any of the other far-reaching places where the Coney has migrated. In Detroit, a "Coney" is a natural casing beef and pork dog covered in ridiculous amounts of Coney Sauce, yellow mustard, and... More

Meet & Eat: Annie Hauck-Lawson and Jonathan Deutsch, 'Gastropolis'

New York Laren Spirer Post a comment

As New Yorkers, we sometimes take for granted that we are surrounded by some of the best and most varied food in the world. But every now and again we should stop and marvel about our rich and deep... More

Petition to Landmark Original Nathan's Famous on Coney Island

New York Carey Jones 1 comment

The original Nathan's World Famous Frankfurters shack, opened in 1916 on Coney Island, may be threatened by the ever-shifting landscape of Brooklyn zoning. One true Nathan's fan has penned an online petition to assign the building landmark status and save... More

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