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Maurina Branchinelli wakes up early to prep ingredients in La Villa Pizzeria's kitchen. The mother of the restaurant's current owner is known to make sure her pomodoro sauce has the right amount of olive oil and even hop behind the line to help sauté during the dinner rushes. This love of food runs throughout the Branchinelli family, from Maurina's husband, Benito, to her brother, Gino, who opened the family's first restaurant in 1955. The Zagat-rated restaurant has thrived since opening in Queens in 1982, enough to expand to two locations in Brooklyn.

Inside their kitchens, chefs stoke wood-burning ovens to bake more than 19 varieties of pizzas, including Neapolitan- and Sicilian-style pies dressed with whole-milk mozzarella and a specialty San Marzano tomato-and-basil sauce. Each location has a spacious dining room where patrons can split appetizers of homemade meatballs, dig into plates of sautéed Nature veal marsala, and down a rich shot of espresso before a long night of wondering whether they paid the phone bill.

261 5th Avenue
Brooklyn,
NY
US

Maurina Branchinelli wakes up early to prep ingredients in La Villa Pizzeria's kitchen. The mother of the restaurant's current owner is known to make sure her pomodoro sauce has the right amount of olive oil and even hop behind the line to help sauté during the dinner rushes. This love of food runs throughout the Branchinelli family, from Maurina's husband, Benito, to Benito's uncle Gino, who opened the family's first restaurant in 1955. The Zagat-rated restaurant has thrived since opening in 1982, enough to expand to three locations across Brooklyn.

Inside their kitchens, chefs stoke wood-burning ovens to bake more than 19 pizza varieties, including Neapolitan- and Sicilian-style pies dressed with whole-milk mozzarella and a specialty san marzano tomato-and-basil sauce. Each location has a spacious dining room where patrons can split appetizers of housemade meatballs, dig into plates of sautéed Nature veal marsala, and down a rich shot of espresso before a long night of wondering whether they paid the phone bill.

6610 Avenue U
Brooklyn,
NY
US

When two people are in love, they never want to be apart. The same holds true when an astronaut loves a pizza—just ask space explorer Garrett Reisman, who allegedly once traveled deep into the starry sky with a slice of Peter Pizza by his side. While it's hard to prove the validity of this tale, it's at the very least easy to assume that the borough's favorite astronaut—who's explicit about his love for Peter Pizza—fueled up on triangles when he returned to Brooklyn for NASA's Hometown Heroes 2008 campaign.

With signature pies such as the Sophia Loren, whose fresh mozzarella, garlic, and tomatoes blanket a sesame seed crust, plus a large selection of savory pasta dishes, wraps, and hero sandwiches, Peter Pizza both satisfies and inspires cravings for classic Italian flavors. In addition to dine-in and carryout, the shop offers local delivery free of charge.

2358 80th St
Brooklyn,
NY
US

New York native and Italian descendant Marcello Bucca teams up with his wife and cousin to create Sliceria Pizzeria’s host of pies, sandwiches, and Italian dishes from recipes rooted in the culinary traditions of Palermo and Sicily. Featured on Serious Eats and Best View in Brooklyn, the Buccas curate a menu of a dozen hand-tossed pizzas decorated with more than 17 toppings, which range from the familiar pepperoni and sausage to Old-World classics such as anchovies, ricotta, and peppers arranged to resemble Galileo’s astronomical calculations. The pizzeria also turns traditionally savory pies sweet by anointing dessert pizzas with Nutella and powdered sugar.

6016 5th Ave
Brooklyn,
NY
US

Knapp Pizza II’s owner Francesco Sciortino imports the vibe of a casual pizzeria and pasteria from Sicily, where he spent most of his childhood. After perusing a lengthy menu, eating duos and quartets can sink teeth into an appetizer of baked clams or mozzarella sticks before deploying forks into entrees from chicken parmigiana to shrimp oreganata.

261 Avenue X
Brooklyn,
NY
US

One way to avoid getting buffalo sauce all over your hands is to not touch buffalo wings at all, ever. This simple logic inspired Danny Boys Pizza to put some buffalo chicken on a pizza with blue cheese, making for a handy meal with less mess. The ingenious chefs also stack hero sandwiches with Boar's Head cold cuts to ensure each bite packs a refined flavor. Alongside their signature Sicilian-style pizzas—available whole or by the slice—the cooks plate traditional Italian entrees such as veal marsala, baked ziti, and tortellini alfredo, each of which can fill up fork-obsessed guests or sad, empty pockets.

1904 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn,
New York
US