If you’re planning to hit the mall for Black Friday, you’ll need sustenance — but quick, inexpensive sustenance. Did someone say pizza? Here are suggestions for satisfying your pizza jones near Long Island’s most popular retail hubs.
GREEN ACRES, VALLEY STREAM
ANCONA PIZZERIA, 200 Rockaway Ave., 516-825-8881, anconapizza.weebly.com
An absolutely classic Long Island pizzeria, Ancona has been slinging pies since 1974. No need to look at the menu here; you know it by heart — pizzas Neapolitan, Sicilian, grandma, whole or by the slice. Bonus: You’re across the street from Itgen’s Ice Cream Parlour.
GINO’S OF ELMONT,1615 Dutch Broadway, 516-561-6664, ginoselmont.com
Since 1983, Gino’s has been serving Elmont and surrounding environs with pizza, calzone, sausage rolls and Italian-American standards. Specialties here include the stuffed-meat pie (with sausage, pepperoni, ham and cheese tucked between two layers of crust) and the Buffalo chicken pizza.
ROOSEVELT FIELD, GARDEN CITY
SKINNY PIZZA, 630 Old Country Rd., 516-739-8899, skinnypizza.com
Located next to Havana Central on the west side of the mall, this local chain ably caters to the health-conscious set. The dozen pies here all weigh in at less than 350 calories a slice, most of them less than 200. The Skinny Shrooms is particularly satisfying; also pasta, soups and salads.
ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA, 137 Old Country Rd., Carle Place, 516-877-7750, acfp.com
Just across Old Country Road in the Country Glen Center, Anthony’s bakes its pies in a superhot coal-fired oven for smoky flavor and char. The cauliflower pie is a revelation (provided you like cauliflower). Don’t miss the coal-fired wings, either.
BROADWAY MALL, HICKSVILLE
BLAZE PIZZA, 213 Broadway Mall, 516-433-5400, blazepizza.com
Along the southern edge of Broadway Mall (near Macy’s), this outpost of the stylish California chain makes individual-size Naples-style pizzas, wood-fired and puffy-crusted. “Signature” pies include the Red Vine, which has fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan, basil, Parmesan and olive oil drizzle.
FANATICO, 336 N. Broadway, Jericho, 516-932-5080, fanatico-restaurant.com
Emilio Branchinelli (of Emilio’s in Commack and Branchinelli’s in Hauppauge) opened this trattoria in 2006. Half of it is devoted to pizza in a hurry, the other is an attractive dining room serving, among other dishes, whole-wheat rigatoni with grilled chicken and portobello mushrooms, or pappardelle with roasted cauliflower, raisins, bread crumbs and Parmesan.
WESTFIELD SUNRISE MALL, MASSAPEQUA
SAVERIO’S, 929 N. Broadway, 516-799-0091, saveriospizza.com
In a sliver of a pizzeria carved out of his A&S Pork Store, Sam Cataldo makes individual wood-fired pies in the true Neapolitan tradition. Favorites include Mom’s pizza made with a thin layer of sweet, onion-rich tomato sauce and topped with buffalo mozzarella, or a recent special, I Crocchè, topped with mozzarella, cream, ham and potato croquettes.
PHIL’S PIZZA 2, 5280 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa Park, 516-799-2049
One of the Island’s most inventive pizzerias, Phil’s specializes in mash-up pies topped with the likes of grilled cheese and tomato soup, beef stew with biscuits, macaroni and cheese on a salted pretzel crust, and angel-hair-carbonara with peas and bacon.
WALT WHITMAN SHOPS, HUNTINGTON STATION
MARIO’S,1-17 Schwab Rd., Melville, 631-385-7000, mariospizzeria.com
This tidy pizzeria, just down Route 110 from the Walt Whitman Shops, is a dependable spot for a slice or a whole pie. Mario’s improbably delicious mac-and-cheese pizza (topped with elbows swathed in mozzarella, Cheddar and Mexican cheeses) will give you the strength to keep shopping. Ask for the bacon-topped version at your own peril.
VICTOR’S PIZZA & PASTA HOUSE, 712 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, 631-351-1270, victorspizzaandpasta.com
Dozens of pies at this local stalwart, including the “Palermo,” a thin-crust, round pizza that’s topped with crunchy fried calamari and hot cherry peppers, plus a chunky tomato sauce, finished with fresh mozzarella, basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Victor’s also has a full trattoria menu. Think about making time for the luscious eggplant Parm.
TANGER OUTLETS AT THE ARCHES, DEER PARK
PIZZAREV, 1088 The Arches Circle, 631-242-2229, pizzarev.com
This California-based chain serves Chipotle-style assembly-line pizza. The thin crust is very thin; traditionalists may want to opt for the double crust. Among toppings: Canadian bacon, vegan sausage, pineapple and fennel seeds. “Our Way” pies include pulled pork with fried onions and jalapeños.
JUVENTUS PIZZA RISTORANTE , 786 Grand Blvd., 631-274-3378, juventuspizza.com
Just across Grand Boulevard from Tanger, Juventus is named for the Turin-based Italian soccer team. Some of the more creative pies include balsamic chicken (with mozzarella), chipotle chicken (with roasted corn, black beans, Cheddar and chipotle sauce) and baked ziti.
SMITH HAVEN MALL, LAKE GROVE
UMBERTO’S, 111 Alexander Ave., Lake Grove, 631-862-6777, umbertosoflakegrove.com
The easternmost outpost of Umberto’s pizza empire (established in New Hyde Park in 1965) provides everything from a quick slice to a proper Italian meal, complete with wine, near the Smith Haven Mall.
RAGAZZI ITALIAN KITCHEN & BAR, 2950 Middle Country Rd., Nesconset, 631-265-8200, ragazzi-ny.com
The imposing, free-standing restaurant just across from the mall looks like a chain, but it isn’t. No slices here, but the individual pies are recommended and can be consumed at the bar. Or take a table and order the satisfying bone-in chicken scarpariello or linguine with clams.
TANGER OUTLETS, RIVERHEAD
ROADHOUSE BRICK OVEN PIZZA,1111 W. Main St., 631-208-9888, roadhousepizza.com
Roadhouse is a Riverhead mainstay that counts among its specialty pies five “salad pizzas” topped with your choice of Greek, Gorgonzola, Caesar, taco or “fiesta” (grilled chicken, bacon, tomato, ranch dressing).
GRANA, 1556 Main Rd. (Route 25), Jamesport, 631-779-2844, granajamesport.com
It might take you 15 minutes to drive to Grana, but this wood-fired pizza is worth the trip. In true North Fork fashion, Grana uses as many local ingredients as possible, with excellent results. The supernal Rosa Bianca — made with thinly sliced local potatoes, local red onions and rosemary (when they’re in season) and Parmesan cheese — is a locavore-pizzavore dream.