Nearby Subway Stops
G at Greenpoint Ave.
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- Good for Groups
- Full Bar
Nassau Ave. to 53rd Ave., Humboldt St. to West St.
When Neapolitan Luga DiPaolo opened this Italian eatery in 1979, the sign atop the building read Casa Nova for its previous occupant, a Spanish restaurant. DiPaolo shrugged then Italianated it by tightening the moniker and bringing his native comfort food to the kitchen. A 2007 renovation maintains the casual, working-class front room with wood tables and a red tile floor; a small formal dining room at back steps it up with white tablecloths and slightly creepy murals of island scenes and a troubadour. Most dishes are typical red-sauce fare: cheese pizzas, chicken/veal parmigiana, and spaghetti and meatballs. The house specialty is the Famous Grandma, a gigantic rectangle of a pizza simply seasoned with marinara sauce, melted mozzarella, chopped garlic, and fresh basil leaves. Although Casanova is located at a grim intersection before the Casimir Pulaski Bridge, for an authentic slice, it’s almost worth a pilgrimage.Recommended Dishes
Famous grandma pizza, $18
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