If you’re ever in the mood for a slice of New York-style pizza, no need to jump on a plane for LaGuardia. Just head over to Florio’s, a family-owned restaurant located at 7701 Broadway at Nottingham on the edge of Lincoln Heights.
New Jersey transplants and siblings Pat and Joe are the real deal. Pat handles the orders while Joe makes the pies. I always feel like I’m walking into a New York City restaurant when I’m there. The siblings may have been in San Antonio for 30 years, but they haven’t lost their accents. Plus, the restaurant’s walls are covered with every New York City memorabilia imaginable.
Patrons line up to place their orders for small (12-inch), medium (16-inch) or large (18-inch) pizzas. Topping choices include pepperoni, mushrooms, jalapeños, garlic, sausage, black olive, onions, pepper & onions, extra cheese or sliced meatballs.
My husband and I opted for their white pizza (ricotta, olive oil, garlic, red pepper, and provolone) on our last visit. I recently had a slice in New York City that I couldn’t get out of my mind, and I was relieved to find out that I don’t have to book a trip back to the Big Apple to have some.
Florio’s also offers a variety of sandwiches, including a Cold Italian Hero, Mama’s Meatball Parmesan, and Sausage Pepper/Onions Parmesan along with Calzones. They’ve also recently added a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich to their repertoire. For those with a sweet tooth, Patty’s Delectable Desserts (special cake of the day, spumoni and cannoli) are also in their arsenal of good eats.
I must admit that I get so laser-beamed focused on their pizza that I’ve never tried any of these in all the years I’ve been going, but I hear they’re delicious…especially their Cold Italian Hero.
Florio’s, open Tuesday through Saturday, delivers between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to a limited area. Call (210) 805-8646 to place an order. Mangia!