1524 Neptune Ave., Brooklyn
A gothic crust, a sloppy splash of sauce, and the sweetest, freshest mozzarella. The best of its kind by a wide margin ($15.75).
140 W. 13th St.
Mecca for grilled-pizza lovers. Try the Siciliano with cumin-scented ricotta ($14).
108-26 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills
1814 Second Avenue, at 94th St.
Consistently great, made with top-notch ingredients, and the city’s best cannoli to boot ($13).
27 E. 28th St.
Gonzo’s Vincent Scotto taught the staff here how to properly grill a pizza, and they haven’t slipped since his departure ($10).
Di Fara Pizza
1424 Ave. J, Brooklyn
The trash cans are overflowing, and the fans don’t work, but the regular pies ($14) and slices are sublime, the Sicilian even better.
2287 First Ave., nr. 117th St.
This dark, ancient pizza joint still turns out a lovely, no-frills thin-crust pie ($10).
200 Park Ave., at 45th St.
Neapolitan-style pizza sold by the individual pie ($14) or the half-meter ($28).
Sullivan Street Bakery
73 Sullivan St.
It stands to reason: The city’s premier baker makes great pizza with a superb crust. Try the Popeye pie ($12) and the pomodoro slice ($1).
Joe & Pat’s
1758 Victory Blvd., Staten Island
A thin-crust pie that outshines borough boss Denino’s ($12).
195 Spring St.
An undersung restaurant pizza: superthin crust, terrific fresh mozzarella ($14).
Other Pizza Picks from the 2003 Cheap Eats Guide:
Otto Enoteca Pizzeria
1 Fifth Ave.
124 Fourth Ave.