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.