Top choice pizza in Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn & Dumbo

Legendary pizza maestro Patsy Grimaldi has returned to Brooklyn, with delicious, thin-crust perfection in both classic and creative combos – like the No 1, with mozzarella, scamorza affumicata (an Italian smoked cow's cheese), pancetta, scallions and white truffles in olive oil. It's in Brooklyn Heights, close to the continually developing Brooklyn waterfront. (Note that Juliana's closes for 45 minutes every afternoon to stoke the pizza oven.)

Patsy and his wife Carol were the original owners of Grimaldi's; they sold the business to Frank Ciolli, who runs the still-famous restaurant a few doors down. Now that there are two great pizza joints next to each other, the lines have thinned a bit, though it's still best to arrive early if you don't want a long wait. (Who serves the better pie? Our money is on Juliana's.)