Posted By: Pizza Expert on January 30th, 2009
My culinary conquests are mainly focused on NYC but we can’t forget about the island to the east, Long Island, where there’s more great food than people realize. NYC Food Guy is here to make your sojourns outside the city more enjoyable by shedding light on Long Island’s best food.
This post focuses on one block in Manhasset, walking distance from the LIRR station, where Gino’s Pizzeria is putting the majority of Manhattan’s slice joints to shame.Gino’s Pizza is located on 480 Plandome Road in Manhasset. 516-627-5280
Gino’s, a classic Long Island pizza chain, is the first place I ever tried a Grandma slice. But it’s not nostalgia that keeps me coming back, it’s the consistently delicious pizza. The thin-crust Grandma pizza receives a dressing of olive oil and chopped garlic before a healthy amount of shredded mozzarella and dollops of hearty, fresh-made marinara sauce are spread over the pie. The resulting flavor conjures thoughts of a homemade Italian meal and when fresh, it’s one of the best Grandma slices I’ve had.
Other items that deserve attention are the airy Sicilian slice, the classic and cheesy regular slice and the Gino’s salad, a mix of iceberg lettuce, carrots, sweet pimentos, olives, cucumbers and a healthy handful of mozzarella cheese all topped with Gino’s hearty Italian dressing. Asking for Romaine lettuce over iceberg enhances the salad. All of these recommendations hold true at the Great Neck and Port Washington branches of Gino’s.
I will give Gino’s Pizza in Manhasset 6 out of 8 slices.