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.
Another long-standing Farmingdale pizzeria gets its 2017 visit. They told us that they will be expanding into a larger space in July, which is good because they don’t have much room for dining in. They got 7.125 in 2015 and 6.9 last year.
Gino’s in Farmingdale was the first pizzeria we visited back in the spring of 2015. It has been a staple on Main Street for many years, but now that CVS has moved down the street, the plan in the works is that the building will be razed and replaced with yet another stores / apartments structure. What that means for Gino’s (and Minuteman Press, another longtime Farmingdale fixture, next door) we do not know.
In 2015, they got a 6.83 and in 2016, it was 6.5. This year:
Total: 28/40 = 7.0
Stephan was having a problem with what was probably one of the worst plastic forks ever made and they did not have any metal utensils to offer. Cheese and oregano, though not out on the counter, were offered when the pie was brought to the table.
So far in 2017:
After a number of false starts, we finally made it to Uncle Tony’s, the newly-opened, reincarnated Cascarino’s on Main Street in Farmingdale.
With various core members unavailable or traveling, we’re using the latter part of March to revisit the top-ranking pizzerias, where we are assured of getting a good slice every time. Last week, it was Marino’s (though we were disappointed that they have not posted our “Best Pizzeria” certificate). This week was Mary’s (where they still have their 2015 certificate on display). Next week it’ll be Piazzetta (so far only a bridesmaid, never the bride).
We are the Men Seeking Pizza, a group of (mostly) retired guys who each Wednesday, visit a local pizzeria and rate the pie. At the middle and end of the year, we have a set of playoffs in which we pit the four top-rated pizzerias in head-to-head competition.
In 2015, our top-rated pizzeria was Mary’s Pizza & Pasta. In 2016, Mary’s was edged out by Marino’s Pizzeria. In both cases, we presented the owners with a framed certificate that they have hung proudly on the wall.
Over the course of two years, we have visited dozens of pizzerias in the Farmingdale area. Most of them have delivered a good, middle-of-the-road pie. A few, like Mary’s and Marino’s, have been excellent. And there have been a few clunkers along the way that we have vowed to never visit again. (To be fair, one of the 2015 clunkers changed owners and name this year, and was revisited. It got a much higher rating than its predecessor.)
There is no accounting for taste when it comes to pizzerias. One that we visited early in 2016 got one of our highest ratings. We felt it had a chance to contend for the best of the year. When we wanted to include it in the mid-year playoff, we found out it had closed and been turned into a Mexican restaurant. A couple of others who have banners outside claiming they have been voted “Best on Long Island” have gotten some of the lowest ratings we’ve given; we’re not sure when they got those ratings, but they seem to have forgotten how to make a good pizza since then.
So that’s our story. This year, we’ve been visiting pizzerias that we’ve been to before as well as expanding to new ones that are a little farther away. Who will be the best in 2017? That remains to be seen.