Marino’s Wins Mid-Season Playoff

We wrapped up our first half with a pizza-off between Mary’s and Marino’s. The Mary’s pie this week rated higher than last week’s, but it was not enough to claim the title.

We now go on hiatus till August and then begin our second half.

Marino’s (40.25/50 = 8.05) defeats Mary’s (39.5/50 = 7.9)

So far: 
Marino’s – 8.225 (including playoff score)
Mary’s – 8.056 (including playoff scores)
Piazzetta’s – 7.893 (including playoff score)
Pulcinella’s – 7.65
Rosa’s – 7.6
Crostini’s – 7.6
Villa Monte- 7.6
Leonardo’s – 7.45
Vincent’s – 7.4375
Albert’s – 7.35
Uncle Tony’s – 7.271
Rosemarie’s – 7.25
Phil’s – 7.1
Juno’s – 7.0625
Gino’s – 7.0
Portobello’s – 6.0625
Frank’s – 6.0625
Frankie’s East Side – 5.45

 

Mid-Season Playoffs – Round One

It was second-ranked Mary’s versus third-ranked Piazzetta’s as we began the mid-season playoffs. Unfortunately, both pies were on the burnt side (which put them on equal footing, ironically), but, as a result, neither achieved the high rankings we’ve come to expect.

It was Mary’s by less than a point (38/50 = 7.6 to 37.25/50 = 7.45).

So far: 

Marino’s – 8.4
Mary’s – 7.9 (including playoff score)
Piazzetta’s – 7.893 (including playoff score)
Pulcinella’s – 7.65
Rosa’s – 7.6
Crostini’s – 7.6
Villa Monte- 7.6
Leonardo’s – 7.45
Vincent’s – 7.4375
Albert’s – 7.35
Uncle Tony’s – 7.271
Rosemarie’s – 7.25
Phil’s – 7.1
Juno’s – 7.0625
Gino’s – 7.0
Portobello’s – 6.0625
Frank’s – 6.0625
Frankie’s East Side – 5.45

Next week, it’s Mary’s versus Marino’s for the mid-season championship.

Leonardo’s

Our farthest journey south brought us to Leonardo’s in Massapequa (across from the train station) and a pretty good pie. It was very busy inside, with a toddler birthday party taking up much of the cramped dining area, and a steady bustle of lunchtime pizza-eaters.

SGK – 7.25 Pie okay, didn’t really like the crust
Ken – 7.75 Nice pie, tasty, worth eating every week
Ed – 7.5 The price was right
George –  7.5 Nice cheese, good crust
Bob – 7.25 Good middle-of-the-road pie
 
Total:  37.25/50 = 7.45
So far: 
Marino’s – 8.4
Mary’s – 8.2
Piazzetta’s – 8.0
Pulcinella’s – 7.65
Rosa’s – 7.6
Crostini’s – 7.6
Villa Monte- 7.6
Leonardo’s – 7.45
Vincent’s – 7.4375
Albert’s – 7.35
Uncle Tony’s – 7.271
Rosemarie’s – 7.25
Phil’s – 7.1
Juno’s – 7.0625
Gino’s – 7.0
Portobello’s – 6.0625
Frank’s – 6.0625
Frankie’s East Side – 5.45
Next week, our mid-season playoffs begin with Piazzetta’s versus Mary’s.

Rosa’s

When we visited Rosa’s last year, it was called Pizzeria Vespa (and had just changed its name from something else). This time around, it has another new owner and, obviously, a new name.

SGK – 8.25 I liked it
Ken – 7.75 Nice tasty pie, good sauce
Ed – 7.0 Too much crust
George –  7.5 Very cheesy
Bob – 7.5 Good sauce, chewy crust
 
Total:  38/50 = 7.6
So far: 
Marino’s – 8.4
Mary’s – 8.2
Piazzetta’s – 8.0
Pulcinella’s – 7.65
Rosa’s – 7.6
Crostini’s – 7.6
Villa Monte- 7.6
Vincent’s – 7.4375
Albert’s – 7.35
Uncle Tony’s – 7.271
Rosemarie’s – 7.25
Phil’s – 7.1
Juno’s – 7.0625
Gino’s – 7.0
Portobello’s – 6.0625
Frank’s – 6.0625
Frankie’s East Side – 5.45

Pulcinella’s

Pulcinella’s in North Massapequa was a new one for us and appears to have been recently added to a restaurant that has been in business for a number of years. They served up a tasty pie and claimed 4th place on our list.

SGK – 7.75 Better than average, but not great
Ken – 7.5 Slightly underdone; second slice was spicier
Ed – 8.0 Plenty of cheese and thin crust
George –  7.5 Very cheesy, could have been cooked a little more
Bob – 7.5 Lots of cheese, crust needed a little more cooking
 
Total: 38.25 /50 = 7.65
So far: 
Marino’s – 8.4
Mary’s – 8.2
Piazzetta’s – 8.0
Pulcinella’s – 7.65
Crostini’s – 7.6
Villa Monte- 7.6
Vincent’s – 7.4375
Albert’s – 7.35
Uncle Tony’s – 7.271
Rosemarie’s – 7.25
Phil’s – 7.1
Juno’s – 7.0625
Gino’s – 7.0
Portobello’s – 6.0625
Frank’s – 6.0625
Frankie’s East Side – 5.45

Frank’s

We made our 2017 visit to Frank’s in North Massapequa. It was disappointing and ended up near the bottom of the list with the same score as last week’s..

SGK – 7.25 Wasn’t that bad
Ed – 6.5 Not enough sauce, not enough cheese, crust was hard
George –  5.5 Crust was tough, couldn’t bite through it
Bob – 5.0 Bland, cardboard crust
 
Total:  24.25/40 = 6.0625
So far: 
Marino’s – 8.4
Mary’s – 8.2
Piazzetta’s – 8.0
Crostini’s – 7.6
Villa Monte- 7.6
Vincent’s – 7.4375
Albert’s – 7.35
Uncle Tony’s – 7.271
Rosemarie’s – 7.25
Phil’s – 7.1
Juno’s – 7.0625
Gino’s – 7.0
Portobello’s – 6.0625
Frank’s – 6.0625
Frankie’s East Side – 5.45

Portobello’s

The annual visit to Portobello’s and it continues to reside near the bottom of the list. (It scored 6.375 in 2015 and 6.25 last year.) It’s an okay pizza, but there are plenty of better choices in the area.

SGK – 6.0 – Did not like little green dots of spice
Ken – 6.75 – Okay, but not as good as others
George –  7.0 – Piece of plastic in the slice did not taste good
Bob – 5.5 – Bland, had no distinctive flavor to the sauce or the crust
 
Total:  24.25/40 = 6.0625
So far: 
Marino’s – 8.4
Mary’s – 8.2
Piazzetta’s – 8.0
Crostini’s – 7.6
Villa Monte- 7.6
Vincent’s – 7.4375
Albert’s – 7.35
Uncle Tony’s – 7.271
Rosemarie’s – 7.25
Phil’s – 7.1
Juno’s – 7.0625
Gino’s – 7.0
Portobello’s – 6.0625
Frankie’s East Side – 5.45