Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano

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1524 Neptune Ave (btwn W 15th & W 16th St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11224
(718) 372-8606
$ $
Thu–Sun: Noon–8:00 PM

By all accounts, Totonno’s shouldn’t exist. Consider that it was opened in Coney Island in 1924 (by Antonio "Totonno" Pero, a Lombardi’s alum). Factor in the coal storage area fire that ravaged it in 2009. Add to that insult the destruction and subsequent rebuilding costs (the Daily News reported $150,000 in repairs) incurred in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy when four feet of water destroyed everything inside the family-owned institution.

You’ll agree that Brooklyn (and the country) should count its lucky stars Totonno’s is around. Yet Totonno’s doesn’t just keep a storied pizza name or nostalgia for simpler times (and perhaps more authentic and consistent pies) alive.

No. Owners Antoinette Balzano, Frank Balzano, and Louise "Cookie" Ciminieri don’t just bridge our modern era’s festishization of pizza to the days of its inception. The coal-fired blistered edges, the spotty mozzarella laced over that beautiful red sauce… ah, fuggedabout all the teary-eyed try-too-much words, this is Neptune Avenue!

This is Brooklyn! This is Totonno’s. And this is how you make pizza.

Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015



Foursquare Tips

  • One of New York's most renowned pizzerias. Incomparable New York-style pies on Coney Island.
  • Whatever you do, DON'T ASK FOR A MENU. There are none, as Totonno's matriarch Louise "Cookie" Ciminieri will be quick to remind you. Just check the menu board in the back of the restaurant.
  • This century-old Coney Island pizzeria is one of New York's great cultural institutions. As Robert Sietsema notes: "This place is simply the best pizzeria in the world."
  • In case you have a really rough night and wake up at the end of the line as the subway pulls in to Coney Island (dont judge, it happens to the best of us), treat yourself to a slice of NYs finest.
  • They dont serve slices here but thats ok with us. The pies are very thin and very good! Must try!
  • 2nd Best pizza in NYC!
  • one of the best pie's in all of nyc. get baked and grab a pie and some beerz. shit is yum.
  • Totonno's (Coney Island) will serve the same slice-free menu of wood-fired pizzas: Margherita, Bianca, & Neapolitan. Nothing against young guns but a near-century of pizza-making counts for something.
  • A legend that lives up to its old school New York billing. Thin crust, flavorful sauce. Hurricane Sandy survivor. Visited w/friends after Coney Island rides. [Note: Pulino's, listed below, went out.]
  • firm crust small pepperoni pizza
  • Try the New York style pizza
  • Worth the schlep. Perfect chew.
  • Probably one of the best pizzas in New York, and therefore the world. Fresh garlic is a must.
  • Most famous pizza in Brooklyn
  • Nice pizza, but they really ought to be nicer to their customers. Super rude waitress ensured that we'll never be returning. Kinda ruined the whole experience!
  • Expensive Pizza... Waitress was an old hag. Super rude.
  • "Stellar coal-fired pies, though note that they're only open Wednesdays through Sundays, with nightly last seatings at 7:30 p.m.
  • Try the Pepperoni Pizza - Awesome
  • "...nice thin crispy crust, sweet fresh mozzarella, and nice sloppy, salty sauce. It was perfectly greasy, without making you feel like you needed to wash your face after, and light enough to eat...:
  • Not only was this the best pizza I had in NY, but Totonno's probably had the best people too. Thanks everyone!