New York is known for great pizza, and Long Island has some of the best. If you’re trying to find the best pie in Nassau County, look no further than:
1. Saverio’s Authentic Pizza Napoletana - The Montanara
Located in the rear of the A&S Pork Store at 929 North Broadway in Massapequa, Saverio’s offers diners an authentically European experience with sauce and mozzarella made in-house. Try their Montanara, made with a very lightly fried crust, for a truly unique pizza.
2. Massa’s Pizzeria - The Pizza No. 3
Massa’s creates coal-fired brick oven pizza, including whole wheat and gluten free options, with incredible flavor and texture. This family restaurant is located at 345 Main Street in Huntington, New York. Try their pizza No. 3, made with mozarella, scamorza, scallions, pancetta, and a little truffle oil.
3. La Pala - The Bufelina
Named for the paddle used to move pizza in and out of the oven, La Pala offers authentic Neapolitan pizza. Their crust is soft and fluffy, while the toppings melt together into a soft, delectable blend. Try the Bufelina, with buttery bufala mozzarella, tomato, and basil. You can find them at 246 Glen St. in Glen Cove, New York.
4. Umberto’s Pizzeria & Restaurant - The Sicilian
Often regarded as the originators of the grandma slice, Umberto’s offers a delightfully crispy, thin-crust pizza. Don’t take our word for it—they also reached number 28 out of the 101 best pizza restaurants in the entire U.S. Give their Sicilian a try. It’s recognized as the best in New York. This popular spot is located at 633 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park.
5. Little Vincent’s Pizza - Cold Cheese slice
Located in the heart of Huntington at 329 New York Avenue, Little Vincent’s is a popular late-nite pizza place. Much is made of traditional pizza, but, if you’re craving something a little different, give Little Vincent’s a try. They offer a “cold cheese slice”—pizza made by adding the cheese last, leaving it still firm. The result is a pizza with a unique texture, all of the flavor, and none of the grease. Sound strange? Don’t worry, they were voted another one of the nation’s 101 best pizzerias.
6. Vulcano 081- Brussels Sprouts pizza
Where most “wood burning” pizza ovens have a gas assist, Vulacano 081’s, 43 N. Village Ave, Rockville Centre, is a true, all wood burning oven. The flavor comes through in their pizza, with it’s light, fluffy crust and intriguing array of toppings—including truffle honey and bacon marmalade. Try the brussels sprouts pizza, with shaved brussels sprouts, mozzarella, amaretto honey, fontina, and garlic.
7. Villa Monte - Stuffed Crab Meat pizza
Craving something different? Villa Monte is one of Long Island’s best spots for specialty pies that are as different as they are delicious. In addition to traditional favorites, they offer unique dishes like the stuffed crab meat pie, featuring crab, bacon, and alfredo, topped with bread crumbs. Find them at 732 Old Bethpage Road, Old Bethpage, New YOrk.
8. Ralph’s Pizza - Eggplant and Ricotta pizza
Located at 16 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, Ralph’s is as known for its pizza as it is for its stunning view overlooking the sound. Their pizza is cooked with care, using the highest quality ingredients. Take in the view from their formal dining room, or stop by for an eggplant and ricotta pizza, featuring fresh mozzarella, fresh basil leaves, crushed tomatoes, olive oil and garlic.
9. Naples Street Food - The DOC
Look at the front of the shop on 970 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, and you’ll see the brick oven the owner had shipped all the way from Naples to New York. Try one of their pies, and you can taste Naples Street Food’s devotion to good pizza. Try the DOC (short for Denominazione di Origine Controllata), an airy, puffy crust topped with crushed tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomatoes.
10. Grimaldi’s - The Primavera
Looking for authentic Brooklyn pizza without heading into Brooklyn? Grimaldi’s has you covered. Located at 980 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, their coal-fired oven turns out crisp, thin crust pizza with lots of flavor. Try their primavera pizza, topped with onion, roasted sweet peppers, mushrooms, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and fresh herbs.
What constitutes the best pizza is a little subjective, but one thing is for certain: fresh, high-quality ingredients, traditional cooking methods, and an attention to detail create unforgettable food. These pizza spots boast some of the best pizza Nassau County has to offer, which is high praise—if there’s one thing Long Island knows, it’s pizza.