#69 Nunzio’s, Staten Island, N.Y. (Polly O)
The original Nunzio’s started out in 1942 in South Beach at the corner of Sand Lane and Father Capodanno Boulevard, but was moved in 1960 to its current spot on the corner of Midland and Hylan. Its current owner Robert Whiteaker, whose grandfather bought it from Nunzio, has kept the tradition alive even through the trials of the last year, where most of whatever physical remnants of those traditions were swept away by Hurricane Sandy, when saltwater mixed with sewage "rushed in over Nunzio’s countertops, flooded the large kitchen, heavily damaged the 75-seat dining room, and ripped off part of the roof." All told, Sandy destroyed four pizza ovens, six refrigerators, four freezers, stoves and deep-fryers, stainless-steel tables, computers, and $18,000 of fully stocked food and supplies. SILive.com reported that Nunzio’s lost at least $150,000. But back it is, just as it should be, serving its some 20 pies. Ask any native Staten Islander and they’ll tell you Nunzio’s has a great square slice, "Like, beyond great," but they also serve a fantastic classic slice with a dead-on mozzarella-to-sauce ratio. But there’s also a great jalapeño pie, a vodka sauce pizza, Buffalo chicken with blue cheese, and both a white clam and red clam pizza. If all this sounds too much, start with the classic Polly-O pie with fresh mozzarella.