Though October is National Pizza Month across the United States, everybody that lives on Long Island knows that traveling far is not necessary for the best pizza in the country. The history of National Pizza Month dates back to 1984, when Gerry Durnell, founder of Pizza Today magazine, decided to create the month-long observance in conjunction with the first issue of his magazine's publication. Pizza.com states that 94% of Americans eat pizza at least once per month, equating to 100 acres of pizza being eaten daily for an average of 350 slices consumed per second.
With hundreds upon hundreds of pizzerias on Long Island alone, every one of us will swear by a different local spot. Our fierce loyalties to our favorite local pizza joints makes deciding on a definitive list of pizzerias a nearly impossible task. But with so many pizza places packed into one area, the need to stand-out among the crowd is vital, and many pizzerias have done just that with some incredible specialty pies.
In honor of National Pizza Month, check out one of the following pizzerias on Long Island that boasts unique and delicious specialty pies!
Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas
1002 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY 11530
Gorgonzola, caramelized onion, crimini mushrooms, fig jam, and Prosciutto di Parma are just the toppings on the fig and prosciutto pizza at Spuntino. Other pizzas range from white pizza with arugula to roasted garlic spread with fontina cheese.
Joanne's Gourmet Pizza
1067 Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, NY 11576
In the mood for a spicy buffalo wing pizza, honey dijon chicken pizza, or penne ala vodka pizza? Head on down to Joanne's for a wide variety of specialty slices.
Borelli's Italian Restaurant
1580 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
From fresh LittleNeck clams topped with oreganata bread crumbs to sauteed broccoli rabe in oil with slices of sausage, Borelli's has a list of specialty pies that will have your mouth watering.
Lo Piccolo's Pizzeria and Restaurant
581 Smithtown Bypass, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Everything from chicken parmigiana to eggplant rollatini can be found on the specialty pie menu at Lo Piccolo's.
5150 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY 11758
Best known for their Grandma slice, Gino's also cooks up pizzas that range from lasagna to chicken marsala on top.
1019 Fort Salona Road, Fort Salonga 11768
Fattusco's features an extensive menu of specialty Neapolitan and pan pizzas, with Italian BLT, balsamic chicken, and eggplant florentine, just to name a few.
Michael Anthony's Pizza
2425 Middle Country Road, Centereach, NY 11720
With over two dozen specialty pies including Philly cheesesteak and bacon cheeseburger, Michael Anthony's is a prime destination for all of your specialty pizza cravings.
313 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Ravioli, Caesar salad, and chicken and bacon are just a few of the specialty toppings available for inclusion on a unique slice of pizza at Rosa's.
Umberto's of New Hyde Park
633 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
From buffalo chicken to their beloved Grandma pie, Umberto's has been one of Long Island's most coveted pizzerias for nearly five decades.
Sal's Pizza & Catering
183 West Main Street, Sayville, NY 11782
Sausage, meatballs, zucchini, roasted red peppers, and ham are just a handful of the nearly endless selection of toppings available on Sal's extensive specialty pizza menu.
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