In Gravesend, Pizza Gets Another Look

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A margarita pie from Sheridan's oven // Source: slice.seriouseats.com

When most people think about pizza in Gravesend, the conversation begins and ends with L&B Spumoni Gardens. But Slice, the Serious Eats pizza blog, published not one, but two great Gravesend pizza stories today.

The first is a Q&A with David Sheridan about his newly-completed backyard wood-fired pizza oven. And the photos make me drool.

I built the oven myself but not completely alone. I had been thinking about an oven for a couple of years, maybe three. I don’t remember the actual shove that had me move from thinking to doing. After obsessing over the plans from FornoBravo.com as well as reading everything I could find about pizza ovens, I made the jump in November of 2009.

The man cooks Neopolitan-style pizza in his backyard oven once or twice a week, but also uses it to roast and smoke. But nevermind that, let’s focus on what’s important. Does he enjoy cooking for neighbors?

Absolutely. I love to do this and appreciate having a group to feed. I fear the day my family and friends become weary of pizza.

Don’t worry, Sheridan. We’re here for you.

But moving just a tad down the block from Sheridan, Slice also profiled Ciccio’s Pizza at 207 Avenue U. This distinctly Italian-American place, Slice says, serves up a yummy sesame-seed topped thin-crust.

The crust-to-sauce-to-cheese ratio is good. It’s a cheesy slice, but not overwhelmingly so. The crust has a slightly nutty flavor to it, even before you get to the sesame seeds, toasted by the oven, on the edge of the slice. The sauce is slightly sweet (but not crazily sweet) and spiked with the typical assortment of old-school NYC-style seasonings.

I’ve never been to Ciccio’s, and if I hadn’t already had lunch at Delmar’s I’d probably head there for dinner. Your thoughts?

41 Comments

  1. Hello again David. Why did you delete my post? Maybe it’s because you don’t want people to know that when you made the “jump” in November of 2009, it’s because you were fired from your job. Fact is, you are unskilled and nobody will hire you as Catalog Director or anything in the field of Marketing. I applaud your efforts though – a pizza oven is definately a unique idea. Bravo!

  2. You jumped on the pizza oven idea in November of 2009 because you were fired from your job at WTD Supply. You have nothing to offer and nobody will hire you so this is the best you could come up with. Pathetic.

  3. Di Fara’s is probably the most over rated, over hyped, over priced slice of pizza anywhere in NY City.

  4. Totally agree. I also prefer Totonno’s in Coney Island over Grimaldi’s. Grimaldi’s not worth the wait or the trip from this part of Brooklyn. Papa Leone’s is the only place I call for regular pizza deliveries. However, If you want some good pizza, often overlooked in our neighborhood, is Anthony’s Place on Ave X between E 21 & E 22 Streets.

  5. ohh no, no , no and no Square pie is horrible!! It’s tastes like someone opened a can of RAGU on top of half cooked doe that’s it!!

  6. First you have to shop around for a nice plump “grandma…..
    No. only kidding.
    Chain her to the oven with Chef Ramsey bringing in a truck load of sh…
    LOL.

  7. That is definitely is a sensory image that could cause one to lose their lunch, especially if was pizza. For some reason the memory of the smell of vodka is one that can be easily invoked.

  8. Here’s a philosophical question for you:

    If you eat L&B…

    …then go clubbing…

    …and drink lots of vodka…

    …and then vomit…

    Will your vomit taste like a vodka slice? Mmm….

  9. not a huge fan of thin slice. thick slices i looooove so i prefer L&Bs. i just wish their cheese was a bit better

  10. Mike in Manhattan Beach on

    I am a native (70 years) Brooklynite and never thought
    much of L&B.
    Try Ignazios instead of Grimaldi’s below the Bridge.
    I am a fan of Del Mar but will certainly try Cicco’s

  11. Look its a toss up b/w Di Fara, and Papa Leones for best Regular slice in the area… Best Sicilian goes to L&B hands down no question about it…

  12. I agree on the first part, but not the second part. Grimaldis makes a really great pizza. It is just not worth the wait times.

    My favorite Pizza place in Brooklyn is Papa Leone in Manhattan Beach.

  13. The two best pizzas I’ve had were Totonnos in Coney Island and Di fara, in no particular order.

    Oh, and my keyboard has drool on it, that is the most beautiful pie I have ever seen.

  14. If you’re ordering plain pizza at L&B then you’re ordering the wrong pizza. Their claim to fame is the Square Slice. I’m not sure the owners have changed anything except its size, they are a bit smaller now. It tastes as good as it did 5 years ago.

  15. If you’re ordering plain pizza at L&B then you’re ordering the wrong pizza. Their claim to fame is the Square Slice. I’m not sure the owners have changed anything except its size, they are a bit smaller now. It tastes as good as it did 5 years ago.

  16. If you’re ordering plain pizza at L&B then you’re ordering the wrong pizza. Their claim to fame is the Square Slice. I’m not sure the owners have changed anything except its size, they are a bit smaller now. It tastes as good as it did 5 years ago.

  17. Ciccio’s has one of the best pizzas around, the “Sophia Loren”. It has fresh mozzarella/tomatoes/oil, that fantastic Ciccio’s crust with sesame seeds, their slightly sweet sauce, and it just can’t be beat. I actually like it better than Spumoni Gardens’ square (the only kinds I eat there).

  18. Ciccio’s has one of the best pizzas around, the “Sophia Loren”. It has fresh mozzarella/tomatoes/oil, that fantastic Ciccio’s crust with sesame seeds, their slightly sweet sauce, and it just can’t be beat. I actually like it better than Spumoni Gardens’ square (the only kinds I eat there).

  19. I really fail to see what’s so great about L&B. It’s really not the best pizza I’ve ever had…. and for that matter, neither is Grimaldi’s…. anyone want to convince me otherwise?

  20. It ain’t getting any warmer outside. I prefer to eat my pizza with a pint of beer, not underneath 5 layers and sipping hot chocolate. Work faster!

  21. couple of days ago I stopped by L&B and as usually I order the whole regular pie.. with nothing on it. just a regular pie. I was surprised to notice that it actually got worst than ever.
    What else I notices is that none of the guys behind the counter were Italian-Americans, as a matter of fact they spoke Turkish. In my mind pizza comes from Italian-American places …. and pelmeni come from Russian places…

  22. One of the best pepperoni slices i have ever had is at this little place at 117 ave u. just a couple blocks west of the place you mention.