Pizza in Port Washington

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The chefs at La Bottega Mangia Bene toss dough high into the air, letting it billow softly as it falls back into their hands. They slather on marinara sauce and top the pies with homemade and imported ingredients such as fresh mozzarella, meatballs, and pepperoni. Their unbridled enthusiasm for authentic Italian cuisine is also apparent in pasta entrees that recall the Roman Colosseum’s penne-shaped columns or the stuffed ravioli that paves the streets of Florence. A rustic dining room houses groups for private parties, and the restaurant even allows kid chefs to commandeer its kitchens during make-your-own-pizza birthday parties. Hip shakers light up the dance floor to the sounds of live-music events and a cracking fireplace, and the romantic interior surrounds diners with floral arrangements, sandy hues, and polished-wood fixtures. The restaurant also boasts free parking at the back of the building.

526 Middle Neck Rd
Great Neck,
NY
US

Wings Plus offers an extensive menu of rib-sticking fare for lunch and dinner daily, featuring grilled meats, barbecued treats, and healthy eats. Its wings, slathered in any of the 18 savory, sweet, and spicy sauces like flaming honey barbecue or garlic parmesan, come in traditional or deboned varieties with your choice of dipping sauce. Start with an order of the fried ravioli for an Italian-inspired appetizer ($6.99), or claw your way into Maryland-style crab cakes for a fresh sea-treat ($9.99). Sandwiches ($5.99) and 12" pizzas ($7.99+) are served alongside healthy options like roasted chicken and salads. Add an order of redskin potato salad ($2.49+) or sweet potato fries ($3.99) to a customized cup ($4.99+) or 40-strong bucket of wings ($31.99). All of Wings Plus's fare is prepared fresh on site and whipped up fast to order for dine-in or carryout, making it a great option for harried families too busy to cook or all cooked-out after hosting dinner for grandma's rugby team.

16 Haven Ave
Port Washington,
NY
US

The sauce-slingers at Joanne’s Gourmet Pizza craft a menu of doughed delights and appetizing entrees made with fresh, homegrown ingredients. Start with an appetizer of sautéed mushrooms ($6.95) before hanging a fang on one of the many gourmet pies, such as the margarita pizza ($8 for a 9”), the lasagna pizza ($8 for a 9”), or the bacon cheeseburger pizza ($9 for a 9”). The baked clam pie quells seafood cravings ($10 for a 9"), and the pineapple-and-ham speckled Hawaiian pizza ($9 for a 9”) treats tongues to a taste of Island fare without having to lick a VHS copy of Cast Away. Alternatives to crusted concoctions include pasta noodles, which can flaunt a number of sauces ranging from garlic and oil ($7.95) to bolognese ($10.95) and a selection of hearty entrees that include chicken marsala ($13.95) and meatball parmigiana ($15.95). Or exercise mastication muscles gnawing on a savory sandwich, such as the chicken bruschetta hero ($7.95) or sharpen incisors on a Greek salad (8.95).

1067 Northern Blvd
Roslyn,
NY
US

Pronounced “AH-beets,” Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza sets itself apart from more familiar pie prototypes with a crunchy yet chewy, stone oven-cooked crust, irregular shape, and massive size. Combining their roots in fine dining with a dedication to fresh and simple Italian cuisine, Pete’s chefs make the gluten-free pizza crust in-house each day and top pies with savory sauce and locally-sourced toppings that are farm-fresh, organic, or made in house. Their artisan approach means that each apizza emerges with its own imperfectly round shape, primarily served in 18-inch whole pies, single slices, or doughy maps of ancient Greek city-states.

Pete’s menu also encompasses wheat- and egg-based pastas including goat cheese and basil ravioli, homemade lasagna, and spaghetti Bolognese. The fortress of feasting also channels the vibes of a neighborhood bar with a variety of draft and bottled beers, eclectic décor, and oven doors that bark out patrons’ names when they walk through the door.

3926 Bell Blvd
Bayside,
NY
US

Flickering neon signs draw the eyes of passerby to Matese Pizzeria Ristorante, which sums up its menu in three simple words: pizza, pasta, heroes. The neighborhood joint has prepared their specialty pies and pasta since 1978, pairing pizzeria classics with Italian veal and seafood entrees. In their casual dining room, towering refrigerators of soft drinks and racks of chips stand next to wooden tabletops. Delivery staff rush steaming packages all over town, responding to phoned-in requests, online orders, and meatball-shaped smoke signals.

2615 Francis Lewis Blvd
Flushing,
NY
US

For more than seven decades, the chefs at Maria's Restaurant have sated Sheepshead Bay residents with traditional Italian dishes and casual ambiance. Their antipastos creations, both hot and cold, pave the way for pasta of many shapes and periodic weights––from penne alla vodka to tortellini carbonara––as well as authentic preparations of seafood, chicken, and veal. Broiled steaks and chops sizzle on the grill, and conversations simmer in the warm, soft light of the dining room.

38-11 Bell Blvd
Bayside,
New York
US