LI pizza makers dish up Giants blue pies

Phillip Donofrio, of Joe's Pizzeria, shows off their Phillip Donofrio, of Joe's Pizzeria, shows off their blue pizza in Holbrook. (Jan. 29, 2012) Photo Credit: Ed Betz

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Maybe Giants fever has already manifested itself in your home decor, your car decals, your wardrobe -- and even your pets.

What's left? Your pizza, of course.

Should there be a market this weekend for a Super Bowl snack that screams "Big Blue," at least a few Long Island pizzerias have answered the call.

One, in Holbrook, has modified its traditional white pie by mixing blue food coloring into the ricotta cheese and carving a Giants-style "NY" out of mozzarella in the center. Pepperoni along the crust adds the team's splash of red.

"People eat blue candy, drink blue soda," noted Phil Donofrio, of Joe's Pizza and Pasta on Union Avenue. "What's the difference with blue pizza?"

Just north, in St. James, the staff at Nicky G's Pizza on Lake Avenue has altered their popular garlic knot pie by dying the crust Giants blue.

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Because the color is just a few shades from bread mold, orders will come with a reassurance. "We'll give people a heads-up before they open their box," said employee Joe Grinere.

The local "blue pizza" proprietors plan to bake dozens of their specialty pies in advance of the big game against the New England Patriots.

Donofrio, 27, who helps run the Holbrook pizzeria his father, Pete, opened in 1978, said he got the idea while driving past a sporting goods store that was selling Giants merchandise just after the team's victory last week in San Francisco.

The pie he prepared Sunday came out of the oven in a shade of blue that was more cotton candy than "football Giants." It caught the eye of one longtime customer nonetheless. "I didn't think you could do that with pizza, but it gets you in the spirit," said Manny Mercado.

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