Second to maybe only Italy, New York is known worldwide as being the mecca of pizza. Of course, there’s New York City, but many people don’t know that you can get city quality pizza right here on Long Island. Many locals take it for granted, but Nassau County is actually home to some of the best pizza in the area. If you’re looking for a real New York pizza slice, be sure to start with some of these spots.
Nassau’s Must-Have New York Pizza
Umberto’s of Wantagh
Tucked into a strip mall in the heart of Wantagh, you will find Umberto’s, a family-owned pizzeria that’s been around since 1965. Tracing their roots all the way back to Naples, Italy, they provide Long Island with the best Sicilian-style pizza, baked with all the same ingredients and recipes that they’re ancestors perfected in the Old Country. Besides all of the traditional favorites, they put their own unique spin on newer favorites like the Buffalo Chicken and Deep-Dish style pizzas.
In downtown Garden City, it can be tricky to stick out in such a vibrant restaurant scene, but Grimaldi’s manages to do it. Churning pies out of their signature coal brick-oven, this Italian eatery draws a large crowd of regulars mixed with those who come from towns over just to try a slice. This is the sort of place that you’re going to gather all your friends and family for and make a night of it. It’s about as close to authentic Brooklyn pizza outside of Brooklyn itself.
Come down to New Hyde Park and order some pizza from the self-proclaimed “Home of the Bar Pie.” Around since the early 1930’s, Eddie’s Pizza has mastered the bar pie, which is a New York/ Chicago hybrid style that’s only about 10” and relatively low-calorie. They call it the bar pie because it’s ideal to eat with an ice-hold beer in hand, the way pizza was meant to be eaten.
With convenient locations in Massapequa and Syosset, Phil’s Pizza is known around these neighborhoods as being the go-to spot for variety. They cater to pizza fans of all palates, serving up signature pies like the Caesar Salad, Chicken Marsala, and the Eggplant Rollatini. A fun trick is to try a different one every time you visit, which will likely turn you into a lifelong fan.
Over in Merrick, book a table at this upscale Italian bistro, just make sure you order pizza. Prepared in their giant wood-fired brick oven, La Strada makes some of the best pies anywhere using a few out of the box ingredients. They have delicious all cheese pies like the Quattro Formagio, made with ricotta, bleu cheese, fontina and provolone cheese. They also have the Capricciosa, which is topped with olives, mushrooms, artichokes, prosciutto, sausage, fresh mozzarella, and plum tomato sauce. It’s safe to say that no one else is making pizza like this.