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Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana

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36-08 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105 40.773983 -73.908113
nr. 36th St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-278-4800 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Pizza
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

tufinopizzeria.com

Hours

Tue-Thu, 12pm-9:30pm; Fri-Sat, 12pm-11pm; Sun, 12pm-9pm

Nearby Subway Stops

N, Q at Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

Special Features

  • Kid-Friendly
  • Take-Out
  • WiFi

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Profile

Queens might have arrived late to the rigorously authentic, wood-fired, 900-¬degrees-and-counting Neapolitan-pizza party, but, having recently added Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana to its restaurant collection, the borough has more than made up for lost time. The pizzaiolo behind this step in the right direction is Stephen Menna, age 30, who, you will not believe after tasting his handiwork, began his career as a child making pizza out of English muffins at the knee of his mother. His technique has undoubtedly improved since those dark days, and a trip to Napoli plus a brief stint at Greenpoint’s excellent Paulie Gee’s can’t have hurt. Now his pizza is light and tender and puffy in all the right places, not to mention liberally charred with enough rustic spots to be mistaken from certain angles for a leopard-skin throw pillow. Of the eighteen topping combos, we like the Nonna (with meatballs). But don’t miss the increasingly rare fried calzone filled with ricotta, mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, and an intense tomato sauce. This rather shapeless blob may look like an angry amoeba, but it’s so good it could spark a fried-calzone revival.

Recommended Dishes

Nonna pizza, $16, or calzone fritto, $12.

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