July 21, 2004

Totonnos in Grammercy Hill

POST #    1169

Last night, I went to dinner with Kim at Totonno's in the Gramercy Park/Murray Hill area of Manhattan. I had previously gone to the Totonno's in Coney Island as part of a Slice Pizza Club trip, and I was quite anxious to try their 3rd outlet (they have another one uptown). I was curious if Totonno's would become like John's Pizzeria post-expansion, or remain the superior pizza that it was when I tried it last.

Lucky for us, it was excellent. The decor and the storefront are nothing like the Totonno's in Coney Island. The walls are pink verses a white with a sea-foam green, and the pizza place looks more like a diner (the lighting reminded me of a cheap Mexican place for some reason). The pizza itself was so delicious and paper thin. There was a nice charring of the crust that was perfect as well. Sadly, I do not remember Totonno's of Coney Island too well, but I can honestly say that I was not disappointed in the new branch for the pizzeria.

Soon after taking my first bites of the pizza, I wondered if Totonno's could now be the best pizza in Manhattan. No doubt in my mind that it's the best pizza south of 110th Street. As for the Patsy's/Totonno's smackdown, I will let the people at Slice handle that.

Oh, and if you're coming to get wings tonight, shoot me an email.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 7:05 AM



Oh god that looks divine. i just read a review of a place called Franny's in Park Slope? Supposedly it's "what might be New York's best pizza since the coal oven area..."
Hmm... I know someone who just moved to Brooklyn and is looking for good places to eat!

Posted by: christina at July 21, 2004 9:55 AM

i shall now start referring to my neighborhood as "gramercy hill".

Posted by: el at July 21, 2004 10:51 AM

christina - slice went to franny's already.

and eleanor, isn't that what the area is called?

Posted by: tien at July 21, 2004 11:48 AM

I know someone that might visit nyc soon and might want to join that someone that just moved to brooklyn for some good pizza in Park Slope.

Posted by: shannan at July 21, 2004 1:42 PM

I didn't even know there was a Totonnos lurking on 2nd Avenue until I was taking the bus home one day and spotted it as I was idlely gazing out the window. Naturally I jumped off the bus and called my friend to meet me. There was no question . . . it was the only thing we could do.

I grew I up in Brooklyn and Totonno's was the only place at that time you could get a WHITE pie, my friends and I went there often. We would have appetizers at Nathan's (a dog or -- believe it or not -- chow mein on a bun); we'd hit the bumper cars, the game parlors, the Cyclone (first car -- no holding on -- only); then woof down a coupla pies at Totonnos; we'd ride around looking at hookers for awhile and then go to Carvel for dessert.

Happily with the Totonno's on 2nd Ave we could eat pizza and have Carvel (which is like 2 blocks south) for desert. I could very nearly replicate that experience with my s/o is isn't even nearly from around here.

The pizza at Totonno'sNYC is excellent, and believe that the mozz replicates the buttery quality of Coney Island. The crust is a little thicker, a little less deftly stretched. But, all in all an excellent pie. Pizzas unfortunately are not my main purview, my focus is hot dogs, but you've got to mix it up.

Posted by: la depressionada at July 21, 2004 3:26 PM

Sorry for the few typos.

I tried a few other things there: salad and broccoli in garlic and oil. But not too great, so I'd say stick to the pizza.

Posted by: la depressionada at July 21, 2004 3:29 PM

Sorry sorry, one last comment.

Carvel outside of Manhattan pales by comparison (and even those in Brooklyn vary). Right now the best Carvel in Brooklyn is Coney Island Avenue and about somewhere between P & X.

Posted by: la depressionada at July 21, 2004 3:32 PM

the crust is burnt.

Posted by: dan at July 21, 2004 3:36 PM

I started to salivate looking at these pictures. Oh when oh when is the hell called work going to end, then I can eat wings and be merry.

Posted by: Christiona at July 21, 2004 4:37 PM

i've never heard of "gramercy hill"--i figured my neighborhood had no name.


it's the grey area (with no name).

Posted by: el at July 21, 2004 5:24 PM

depress - that's an excellent story you have with totonno's.

dan - it's nicely charred.

eleanor - i'm convinced that i saw that in a real estate listing once.

Posted by: tien at July 21, 2004 5:57 PM

since i live in the area, and am addicted to totonno's, i had to post. totonno's is the only place i have repeatedly ordered a white pie-- it is absolutely delicious! however, since the ambience SUCKS at the restaurant, i would recomend delivery. the only time i went to totonno's in coney island, i was enchanted by the original stove, with what appeared to be a genuine italian grandma sitting and stirring sauce. she fed us slabs of fresh mozzeralla! but now that i've made the move to manhattan, the totonno's on 2nd avenue is a welcome neighbor. mmmm.... i might need to call in an order right now...
ps- i believe the restaurant is a little high to be concerned gramercy. it's almost in kips bay, methinks.

Posted by: diana at December 29, 2004 4:05 PM

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