Who Says New York Pizza Is Better? Colosseo Pizza in Port Jefferson Isn’t

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Who Says New York Pizza Is Better? Colosseo Pizza in Port Jefferson Isn’t

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Each year Aol puts out a cities best guide, to let the locals know which place is the best in different categories.  One of our readers here at worstpizza sent me this list of their picks for best pizza in Long Island, New York, since I was visiting my famiy last week there.

click here to read the list

I ordered 1 regular and 1 Sicilian and Greg ordered a regular and a grandma slice.  The Sicilian was better then the regular, but neither was better then a place like Nino's Pizza in Boca Raton.  It would be naturally assumed that pizza in New York would be held to a higher standard and that the patrons eating at these establishments would demand high quality food.  For all those who vote for this place, I suggest leaving your little town of Port Jefferson and experiencing what else the world or just other towns in Long Island have to offer.

The main problem with this slice is the sauce.  The cheese tasted good and the crust was flimsy, but still ok.  Colosseo, you need to change your sauce to something less acidic.  Try sweetening it up a bit and allow the pizza to cook longer to get crispy.  You might want to consider leaving your sauce simmering in the oven throughout the day and then placing the sauce on the pizza you are about to make already hot.

It will be terribly difficult for me to give any validity to the AOL cityguide for future reference.  Since in New York city and the boroughs they seemed pretty spot on I thought I could trust them for Long Island.  Needless to say, their number one pick I agree with, is great (watch for review of Umberto's Of New Hyde Park) but the rest of the ones I have tried, including Emilio's, Massas, fail to meet the standards I look for. I am giving Colosseo Pizza in Port Jefferson New York 4 out of 8 Slices.  Try Albert's Pizza in Ronkonkoma instead!  My suggestion to CityGuide:  Use Me Next Year to Help!

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86 Responses to “Who Says New York Pizza Is Better? Colosseo Pizza in Port Jefferson Isn’t”

  • steveo wrote:
    02 Jul 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however yours sucks. I only wish I lived close to a place like Colosseo's. Please find another hobby or profession or whatever it is you are doing because you have lost all credibility with this review.

  • nymg63 wrote:
    02 Jul 2009 at 6:22 pm

    The fact that you would even consider pizza in Florida to be better than even the worst pizza in New York or New Jersey renders any of your opinions on pizza suspect.

  • nymg63 wrote:
    02 Jul 2009 at 6:32 pm

    This place is kind of like pizza on the boardwalk in NJ, large slices, passable but nothing to write home about.

    If you want good pizza in Penn Station go to Don Pepi's upstairs next to the Krispy Kreme shop.

  • Tony wrote:
    05 Jul 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I'm a little late here but thought I'd say my two cents (found this from the FB group):

    I enjoy Colosseo's personally (There are so many pizza places around here I am always switching around), but to each his own of course. A good place you should check out Craig is Little Vincent's, in I think Lake Ronkonkoma. Apparently voted best pizza on the island or something like that but that means little. The place was decently sized for your average pizza joint, and really packed, so seems like it isn't a secret, and the pizza was pretty damn good.

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    06 Jul 2009 at 5:16 am

    I have eaten at little vincents a couple of time and althought it is decent, it doesn't deserve to be called the best. Way too many other better places I think

  • Tony wrote:
    06 Jul 2009 at 9:10 am

    That it certainly doesn't. Damn, I wish I'd have eaten good enough pizza to say Little Vincent's is decent and Colosseo's sucks. The pizza that must be out there…haha.

  • evilbean42 wrote:
    19 Sep 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Are you kidding me? Colosseo is the best pizza place around, i LOVE their sauce, and pray they never listen to someone like you and change it. If you want a real example of a places pizza buy a whole pie, not just a slice. Their crust is great, the ratio of dough – cheese – sauce is perfect. Anyone that bashes their pizza should not be pretending to be a food critic. Just because you've become accustomed to Florida crap doesn't mean REAL pizza is bad. This place should be on a list of best pizza, not worst.

  • Name wrote:
    17 Oct 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Wow, it seems you are more ignorant. You sound like an angry 12 year old. Change your tampon, PMS.

  • Name wrote:
    17 Oct 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Wow, it seems you are more ignorant. You sound like an angry 12 year old. Change your tampon, PMS.

  • Rich wrote:
    05 Mar 2010 at 9:36 am

    I live in Florida , and I have had Colosseos flown in by friends, and I have flown down to Fl. with it frozen in my suitcase. As a matter of fact I have one slice left in the freezer. It is gone tomorrow. ABSOLUTELY the best Sicilian pizza around. NONE better. I am lucky, I have a Primantis around the corner in Sunrise. I used to drive 25 minutes for it. Yes there are many pizza places around here, but none can compare to Colosseos.

  • Sauce Creep wrote:
    24 Mar 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Any retard who claims that Colessio is NOT a work of art concerning their pizza, well mainly their Sicilian slice has no clue what there bitching about. I myself have traveled not only to many U.S cities but i have been to 20 other countries outside of the United States, so i am more than qualified. Collesio is BY FAR one of the best places to eat pizza IN THE WORLD. NOT just Long Island. First off if you knew anything, you would have to testify there sauce is by far perfect. Not too sweet (yes sugar is key) and not too much oregano make this sauce highly sort after. It seems people like to bash the pizza for shock value, specifically NY pizza since NY has the best not just pizza but food in the world. Collesio's pizza is drugs hands down. There are a few other great places mentioned for pizza on Long Island, but this place is 100% UNDEFEATED. It wins on there sicilian slice alone, case closed. A crappy flavorless avaerage slice can be found anywhere in Florida, Flkorida does not have the right supplies to make pizza. Fact. HAIL THE OVEN OF DEATH! COLLESIO”S IS GOD! HAIL! 🙂

  • Sauce Creep wrote:
    24 Mar 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Also..their staff are always nice to me..not sure why someone would say there rude to him maybe he is just not a nice person. The staff are mostly attractive young women and seem willing to fulfill your order rapidly and with no confusion. Some of the female staff have large breasts, which contribute to the Collesio experience lol… True the pie's take a little longer sometimes, but that doesnt bother me too much. Last week they had 40 people working the counter and serving people, it is 2010 most people are not stupid when it comes to NY pizza..Any schmuck who says Collesio's is no good has minimal experience with pizza. Their crust alone can shut down most places on the island.

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    24 Mar 2010 at 2:43 pm

    When I went there, it was only guys who were waiting? It was hard to tell if they had nice breasts!

  • brad14 wrote:
    14 Apr 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I grew up in the area and have eaten colosseos a thousand times. I've never been a huge fan of their regular slices (not bad just not great ) , but their Sicilian and their white pizza are the best. Get a corner slice. Best pizza in NY New Park Pizza in Howard Beach.

  • bigstu wrote:
    22 May 2010 at 2:32 pm

    First off lets get something straight Collosseo Pizza IS NOT IN NEW YORK!!!1 IT IS ON LONG ISLAND……..WHEN REFERRING TO NY FOOOD WATER ETC… YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE CITY AND MAYBEE THE BOROUGHS.!!!!!!!!!! If you think Long Island Is NY then you have never been……..I know people that have grown up on the Island and have Never been to the city……….C'mon. get alife!

  • Mark wrote:
    01 Jun 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I think the problem here is simply the reviewer. Fine wines are supposed to taste a specific way – the same goes for pizza. A good pizza sauce is supposed to taste mildly acidic, as Sleos' pizza does. A poorly made sauce tastes sweet, just like Papa John's or Domino's. If you want a sweet sauce, go ahead and eat a California style pizza – sweet bread/sweet sauce. But if you want a real New York slice, you can't beat Sleos cause it does have real New York pizza the way it is supposed to taste. I've eaten at hundreds of pizza places from Arthur Avenue, to Little Italy, to Brooklyn. I've never had a finer slice than Sleos.

  • love this Pizza wrote:
    11 Aug 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I lived in Port Jeff my entire life, grew up on Colosseo's Pizza and now I live in IDAHO were pizza comes from Pizza HUT!! I would have to say that I travel home to Colosseo's once a year just to remember what real pizza should taste like!! Again, get a pie-not slices!!

  • Jlyanks4 wrote:
    20 Aug 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Poor guy doesnt know what good pizza is. Hes obviously not from new york.

  • Nicole wrote:
    02 Sep 2010 at 4:53 am

    I SOOO agree with you on this review! The pizza here is over-rated and over-hyped. My corner Sicilian was not at all crunchy or crispy! My regular slice was also soggy and flimsy. Pizza should have some crunch and keep its shape when you hold it by the crust. It doesn’t do that here.

    It couldn’t have been because it wasn’t fresh… I knew it was fresh! I watched as this pie came out of the oven and onto my plate! I guess I don’t know what “real” pizza is…

  • dee wrote:
    10 Jan 2011 at 3:15 am

    I would cut off my right foot for a slice of Colosseo. You’re crazy. This pizza has long been the favorite of my family. We know people who drive 2 hours to bring home a few pies to freeze.

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    10 Jan 2011 at 3:17 am

    I am in Long Island and will try it again this week to see if it was as rough as it was my first time. If it is any better, I will post a new review about it!

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    11 Jan 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I just went back to try it out again, and I was once again extremely unimpressed. I have photos I will post shortly to show how terrible the outer crust was, and how uneven the cheese was applied.

  • Ryan wrote:
    26 Apr 2011 at 5:57 pm

    what is this guy talking about? colosseo’s is the best of the best. just going there on the weekends is like a war. people are cramming into the place and waiting for and hour or more to sit down. craig…your mouth must be way different than mine…because as far as i could tell…colosseo’s is about the best pizza could possibly get. when i go there…its like a religious hiatus. there are several places on long island that kick ass…but colosseo’s is amongst the top 5…actually…probably number 1. meet me there and i will watch you eat their food. if you tell me to my face its nothing short of incredible i will smash a pie in yo face. nuff said. Ryan from Oceanside NY

  • Pete wrote:
    04 Nov 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Always get it fresh before you judge because that slice could have been sitting for some time and that effects taste  

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  • Mike wrote:
    12 Nov 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Just had a few slices from a fresh pie. Yum. Sorry you had a bad batch but this stacks up against the best. The crust is nice and thin, perfectly crunchy. Cheese is top quality and melted to perfection. I’m a fan of their sauce, really don’t like sweet sauces.

    Big fan of little Vincent’s in ronkonkoma and Aegean in Holbrook. Umbertos is really good. Difara in midwood is top notch. Always get a good vodka slice at pomodoro on spring in soho.

  • Lamfam126 wrote:
    17 Nov 2011 at 8:56 pm

    never ever heard of any pizzaria cooking pizza sauce??????????….you don’t cook pizza sauce #1 and #2 you don’t put hot sauce on cold raw dough to cook!!!!….lmao 24 years ina pizza place this i know !!!!!….p.s im not an employee of colosseo but a close by competitor

  • Slice of LIfe wrote:
    23 Dec 2011 at 10:28 am

    Your an idiot guy. Collesso never had to deliver a pizza since it was established in year 1492. when columbus landed he went right to collesso and got that square pie. you ever see 75 people in a space fit for 35 people jocking for pizza and yes there was an additional 29 people working on a friday night behind the counter.  This place is the eighth wonder of the world

  • mike wrote:
    12 May 2012 at 5:01 pm

    you should be reviewing mama celeste on this worthless website.  i live in manhattan, and still come out to my hometown port jeff for colosseo pizza.  it may be the best in the tri-state area…possibly top 5 in the country.  i also lived in florida for 2 years and nino’s in boca blows. albert’s in ronkonkoma…also not that great.  little vincents’ is way better.

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    12 May 2012 at 5:35 pm

    What is it that makes you think it’s so great? Maybe Ninos is just the good stuff compared to others here but alberts blows LV and Colosseo away.
    Sent From iPhone

  • Edll25 wrote:
    16 Jul 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I’m a born and raised New Yorker. I’ve had pizza countless times from numerouse different places in all the 5 burroughs of NYC, upstate ny, and li. And Colosseo is deff still in my top 5. If you think they’re bad then you just don’t know good pizza. Oh and btw, I lived in Florida for a year and every time I got pizza it was rancid, even at the “real ny pizza” places

  • I know Pizza! wrote:
    22 Jul 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Maybe you should get some tastebuds! You shouldn’t be a food critic where are you from colorado! Its pizza not toast there is supposed to be tomato sauce on it.

  • DesertChildAZ wrote:
    13 Jun 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Colosseos is without a doubt the best pizza there is. You are out of your mind. Born in NY, I now live in Arizona and have been all over this country in my 42 years. None. Better. We make a point to eat there every time we visit NY.

  • Giuseppe Sciarrino wrote:
    18 Oct 2013 at 2:54 pm

    First and last time on this site after doing a google search for Branchinelli’s in Miller Place (waiting for this place to finally open). The “expert” must have been sick or ate something bad for lunch that day because Coloseo is the best around. I am an expert without some overrated (by herself) blog, and I’ve travelled far and wide eating pizza. Italy? Different style but amazing, especially in Sicily. Chicago? Filling as heck but just a massive conglomeration of too much of the same ingredient. Canada? They put ham under the cheese! Yes, maybe not everywhere but I have had ham under my cheese in multiple Canadian pizzerias. I only eat Sicilian at Coloseo and what makes it great is the freshness of the mozzarella, the consistency of the dough (not too dry or doughy) with a perfect crisp crust and a nice semi-sweet sauce.

    Not that I give a sh** what this person thinks but they should really give it another try without having some kind of pre-established attitude, some open taste buds and a little more humility as a pizza blogger (lol).

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    18 Oct 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve gone several times and wasn’t impressed during any visit. Name another place in Long Island that you think also has good pizza?
    Sent From iPhone

  • NostalgicPizzaLover wrote:
    03 Apr 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I have lived in long island for about 17 years, and I know that in the early years Colosseo’s was an AWESOME pizza place. You couldn’t believe the slices you got there – they were that good. Unfortunately, the place has taken a unexpected spiral down quality wise. I don’t know what they’re doing with the pizza now, but it’s definitely not how it used to be. The place isn’t exceptional anymore. I come back sometimes for the nostalgic feel, but I haven’t had any awesome experiences here in a while. If you’re on the road and you want to get a quick slice, I would say come here, but don’t expect the food to be phenomenal, because it’s lost it’s touch.

  • Lenny wrote:
    03 Dec 2015 at 1:12 pm

    It’s funny how you’re attacking everyone that comments. Obviously you’re in the minority here, when you have 100 people telling you you’re wrong. Coming from someone that has also tried pizza from all over, you couldn’t be more wrong on this one. One of the things that makes this pizzeria so great IS their sauce. Other commenters were right, you have the palette of a 5 year old if you’re really trying to talk bad about their pizza. They have customers that live in California that pay insane amounts of $ to have Sicilian pies overnighted to them across the country. This place is so busy they couldn’t deliver if they wanted to. Last I heard they do almost $20k a week in Sicilian pies alone. Seriously, do yourself a favor and try this place again. Or you quit reviewing, because you couldn’t be more off on this one.