Denino’s Pizzeria & Tavern

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74 Totally Fine

This Staten Island pie has been waiting for you since 1937.

524 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY, 10302


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The lowdown

Denino’s, established in 1937, is justly beloved by Staten Islanders and serves a great pie at a reasonable price. It has a thicker (though not thick) and softer (though not soft) crust than most of the brick-oven places in the other boroughs, with a nice exterior crunch and a well-developed interior. The sauce is perfectly balanced: both sweet and piquant. Only the lackluster cheese fails to contribute much to the overall pie, though it’s basically harmless. The free-form sausage, though a bit loose-grained, has good flavor and crisps nicely on top of the pie (it’s not nearly as exciting when ordered, mushy, in one of the restaurant’s regular dishes). Denino’s is too crowded for comfort on weekends, but you can wander in most weeknights and get seated without a wait.

What you need to know

Recommended Dishes“MOR” pizza (meatball, onion, and ricotta); “Garbage Pie” (sausage, mushrooms, meatballs, onion, and pepperoni).

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized