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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?

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  • Local Broker

    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.

  • JR

    actually it begins and ends with L&B…

  • RomanM

    Ned, pull some strings and get this guy to cater a Sheepshead Bites party in his backyard.

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      I’m working on it. Hold your breath, will ya?

      • RomanM

        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!

    • MrArtTuro

      invite me in!!!!

  • Gene2

    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…

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      And good turkey comes from… ;)

    • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

      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.

    • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

      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.

    • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

      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.

      • Gene2

        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!!

  • http://twitter.com/nicktherat nick the rat

    was l&b bought by arabs a few years back, thus changing the ingredients? rumor i heard… i go to connies on nostrand and z a few times a month :P

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got pizza oven envy.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got pizza oven envy.

  • Anonymous

    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?

    • Kon

      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.

      • Animo916

        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.

    • Gene2

      go to pizzeria on E16th St and ave I. BEST BEST BEST

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Pizza Park at 263 Avenue U is good. The pizza tastes like pizza did 50 years years, sweet sauce and all.

  • Bklynorblu

    Ciccio’s pizza is delicious. The “Sophia Loren” slice is a must!

  • Lori_B

    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).

  • Lori_B

    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).

  • Eitan

    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.

  • JR

    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…

    • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

      DiFara doesn’t count as a “regular” slice and the two places are in different neighborhoods :-p.

      • Animo916

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

  • Mike in Manhattan Beach

    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

  • jo

    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

  • http://www.flickr.com/knightmare6 Knightmare6

    You’re all bastards! Now I may have to swing by L&B’s tonight for a slice or two before I go clubbing!

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      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….

      • Anonymous

        Ned, Please, stay away from philosophy. TYVM

      • Eitan

        Im dying to know how you would make a ‘grandma slice’

        • Anonymous

          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.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

        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.

      • http://www.flickr.com/knightmare6 Knightmare6

        I’ll never know, since I drive, and when I drive I refuse to drink anything alcoholic

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIXKMWVRUVBKQ4CT75NB5BAEBU Death

          this need a Dislike button.

          • http://www.flickr.com/knightmare6 Knightmare6

            Why? You’re endorsing drunk or buzzed driving?

  • Byron Yoshi

    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.

  • nolastname

    My vodka pizza today.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34224145@N04/6337978029/in/photostream
    I used the vodka sauce from Bassett. Yummy.

  • Byron Yoshi

    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!