New York Daily News
Best Sicilian Slice
John Caggiano knows the secret to great Sicilian pie, but he’s not telling. The recipe was passed down to him from pizza master Joe Iannelli, who owned the famous Pizza Park in Gravesend. We can report that Caggiano’s slices, for $2.50 or a pie for $13, are known for their crispy, golden brown crust, which perfectly encases the well-balanced blend of the gooey mozzarella and spread of tomato sauce. It’s the most well-known Sicilian slice among the locals in Pleasant Plains, all of whom John greets by name. Stop in to the unassuming, family-friendly pizzeria for a slice and a soda — although we’ll warn you, it’s hard to stop at just one. VALDUCCI’S ORIGINAL PIZZA TRUCK Manhattan, (212) 470-8476; Valduccis.com For those who like their slice saucy, Valducci’s is the place to go. The pizza truck — which rotates locations between Battery Park City, the Meatpacking District and Park Ave. in midtown — loads up every slice ($3-$5) with a sweet and zesty tomato sauce topped with just a sprinkling of cheese. The Vallario family, who recently shuttered their popular pizza cafe in Staten Island, has been working out of trucks since 1999, but recently upgraded their truck ovens and it shows. The thin-crust Sicilian slice is anything but soggy, which is a major accomplishment considering the amount of sauce and toppings. L&B SPUMONI GARDENS 2725 86th St., Brooklyn; (718) 449-1230 Perhaps the most well-known Sicilian slice in all of New York City, L&B has been serving pies on 86th St. since the 1950s. Now run by the fourth generation of the Barbati family, the pizzeria serves their famous square pies for $19 (12 slices), $36 (24 slices) and $2.25 for a slice. The pizza has a light, flaky crust, just the right amount of mozzarella cheese, and is topped with a heaping amount of their signature tomato sauce. The result is a delicious, albeit messy slice that has both locals and ’za fanatics constantly waiting in line.