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Delicious Pizza & the Best Broccoli Rabe at Denino’s NYC

Denino’s Pizzeria & Tavern is the Greenwich Village outpost of a popular Staten Island pizzeria.  The Denino family came to New York City from Sicily in 1887. The family opened a tavern in 1937 and started serving pizza in 1951.  I visited their Village location.

I got a pizza with half cheese and half arugula and sausage.

I’m hard to please when it comes to pizza, so when I say a pizza is delicious, it really is!  Denino’s is delicious. For thin crust fans, this crust is crispy with enough chew to it so it’s not too crispy. It has a nice flavor, as does the sauce and cheese. Hard to find a perfect combo of the three, but Denino’s pulls it off.

In addition to pizza, we got a side order of broccoli rabe.  It was chopped, which was a nice touch and made it easier to eat.  It was also cooked and seasoned to perfection. In fact, this is the best broccoli rabe that I have eaten in a restaurant. It was so good, we got two orders!



Borough Pizza

So after my declaration that I don’t each much pizza and haven’t had much lately, I realized I’ve had a lot more lately than I thought–on recent trips to the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island.  (These trips included visits to Totonno’s  and L&B Spumoni Gardens for pizza, which I wrote about recently.)

All of these pizza places are highly rated on Yelp.  First, in Brooklyn, I went to Best Pizza in Williamsburg when I went to the Giglio festival.  I had gone to Best Pizza another time during the Giglio festival.  Best Pizza is no frills.  The décor includes charming paper plates sporting the artwork of customers.  I think the pizza here is a great example of a classic New York slice.

And Best Pizza sells boxed water–not bottled, so they are environmentally conscious.

If you’re on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, try a slice of Catania’s Pizzeria pizza, a popular neighborhood pizzeria.

A fun pizzeria is Tony’s Brick Oven in Staten Island. It’s fun because they have three types of pizza–Sicilian, Neapolitan and pan slice.

Neapolitan and Margherita slices

Neapolitan and Margherita slices

All the types had different sauce on them, which I thought was a great touch and showed how much care goes into the pizza here. My favorite was the Margherita pan slice.

Sicilian and Margherita slices

Sicilian and Margherita slices

New York Public Library Donates Gala Food to Staten Island

I’m a member of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions, and this past Monday was supposed to be its gala fundraising event.  Instead, the food for the gala was donated to those in need from Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island.

Donate to Hurricane Sandy Victims

It occurred to me that I have a food blog, and that is one of life’s necessities that Hurricane Sandy victims need.  If you are able to donate, please donate to those hardest hit by this storm.  To donate to Staten Island, visit http://statenislandusa.com/#.  At this site, you can designate where you want your donation to go–to Staten Island, the Jersey Shore, New York or a general donation.  If you’d like to donate your time, please visit http://gothamist.com/2012/11/02/runners_everyone_heres_how_to_help.php for ways to volunteer in Staten Island.