Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles -[SPEAKING ITALIAN] PASQUALINA PINELLO: [SPEAKING ITALIAN] FRANK PINELLO: A little bit of hot peppers. PASQUALINA PINELLO: [SPEAKING ITALIAN] FRANK PINELLO: [SPEAKING ITALIAN] PASQUALINA PINELLO: [SPEAKING ITALIAN] FRANK PINELLO: [SPEAKING ITALIAN] PASQUALINA PINELLO: Oh yeah. You like the best pizza and best [INAUDIBLE]. [MUSIC PLAYING] FRANK PINELLO: My name is Frank Pinello, and my place is Best Pizza. Best Pizza's pretty much just a by the slice pizzeria. Very much a New York-style place where you could walk in, grab a slice of pizza, grab something to drink, and be out the door in five minutes if that's what you want. We're lucky enough to have a 100-year-old wood fire oven, so we cook the big 20-inch pies in about four minutes. Pizza time. I'm just going to go ahead and make you a white pizza. It's like one of our signature pies over here. When we first started making it, we were playing around with like some arugula and stuff like that on it, and then we decided that the white pie is about the ricotta cheese, so let's not do anything too crazy. Let's let the ricotta cheese kind of be the star the show. And we do these caramelized onions that we let sit on the raw dough and caramelize for a long time. It's how that sweetness that people always keep talking about coming in. Pizza came from Napoli. And when all those southern Italian immigrants started coming over to New York, everybody started opening up these small pizzerias, and it kept a lot of those values of using really fresh ingredients and having really great techniques. And as time went on, their sons took it over or they sold the pizzerias, and I think people started realizing, oh, you know we could just use shitty pepperoni and shitty mozzarella cheese and make a whole lot more money. We started realizing, man, this pizza isn't as good as it used to be. So when we finally got in here, it was important to me to try to preserve some of those old techniques and those ideas of using the best stuff that you possibly can and hope that we'll make it up. I know a lot of people love pizza across the world-- you know what I I mean-- across the country, but I'm not so sure that anyone has done it better than Brooklyn-- like Napoli, like anywhere. Pizza and Brooklyn go hand in hand. I thought it would only be right to bring you to Bensonhurst, of course. Billy. Billy. My partner in crime is Bill. Bill is a delivery guy here, but we spend a lot of time together out at the bars, so I figured I'd bring Bill along as well. I've worked in pizzerias my entire life. Delivery is a huge part of pizza places, and the second I met Bill, I knew it was a match made in heaven. BILL: I've been a bike messenger since 1982. FRANK PINELLO: I've seen Bill take eight pies in a bag, and to me, like that's mind blowing. This guy rides a fixed gear bike with no brakes on it. BILL: I have a break. FRANK PINELLO: And sometimes it'll be like torrential downpour, and he'll be fucking soaked to the bone, but he gets the job done, man. But we get the job done. I think it was Brandon's from the Bergess's to get you a cape, and I was like, fuck yes. BILL: I told him I would totally rock the cape. FRANK PINELLO: For me, the home base for pizza-- 18th avenue in Bensonhurst is a old Sicilian neighborhood, and they got some great pizzerias. J&V Pizza is a great by the slice pizzeria that's on the corner of 64th Street and 18th Avenue. Like the square slice at J&V is what their known for. As a kid, I used to always go there and scrape up some change, grab a square slice from J&V and an Italian ice, and my afternoon was made. What's up, Pop? Can I get four squares please? Thank you, Papa. Bill, sit down. Let's eat. A proper square Sicilian slice is a nice thick, fluffy slice, a crusty bottom, a nice fluffy middle, a saucy, cheesy top to it. So it's like three different components. And when you get that ratio right, that's a good Sicilian slice. BILL: Crispity crunchy on the bottom. Nice and fluffy in the middle. [INAUDIBLE]. FRANK PINELLO: The cheese is really good. You can tell, like, this is one of those places that just kept the quality up throughout the years, you know what I mean. You could look around and see how many pizza boxes they have, and you know that these guys are doing really good business and that they're a staple in the neighborhood. From J&V, we want to DaVinci's. Thank you, man. Take care, buddy. And that was sort of like always the toss up. Like when we had a couple bucks in our pocket or my grandmother maybe didn't feel like cooking and wanted to order some pizzas, it was always like, all right, where are we going, J&V or DaVinci's? Here we are. The world famous DaVinci's Pizzeria. Every classic pizzeria offers their version of a square and their version of a round, and J&V for me was the square size, DaVinci's was the round. And as you can see, these guys do a nice job. Beautiful crust, nice and thick. Let's give it a shot. ANGELO GNERRE: It's always been the same. The recipe hasn't changed. I just try to perfect it. Maybe I add a little of this, a little of that. I use different types of flour to give it that color, that consistency, that flavor, that crunchiness. FRANK PINELLO: Classic. These guys know how to do it right. So we were feeling pretty full after DaVinci's-- Thank you so much, man. --and it was only right to bring you guys to Villabate. It's just like Sicily rolled up into a ball and like thrown in like a store front. They make great espresso, like really, really tasty, and the flavor of the coffee when it was in your mouth. When I worked for a chef that I really loved, what I would do is come here and by them a dozen cannolis and bring it to them as a treat. And the second they tasted it, they knew that it was like the primo stuff. Here you go-- Sicilian-style cannoli. This place does it the best. Thank you very much. Grazie [INAUDIBLE]. Amazing. Come on, Bill. BILL: --being on a TV show right now. It's called "Munchies." FRANK PINELLO: I lived in Brooklyn till I was about 10 years old, and then my family moved out to Long Island. On the weekends, you would always sort of drive back to Brooklyn to spend the weekend with my grandmother. And as soon as you would kind of like approach the steps, you could like smell the aroma of what my grandmother was been cooking for like the last three or four hours. Oh yeah. My grandmother would buzz us in and the door would open, walk down the long hallway, and that aroma starts getting a little bit more strong. DIANE PINELLO: Frank? FRANK PINELLO: Yes. DIANE PINELLO: Hi. Shower us with hugs and kisses and then walk right through the little doorway, and bam-- the table would just be stocked with food. BILL: Oh wow. FRANK PINELLO: You got some food? DIANE PINELLO: Well, it's 8 o'clock and you can't keep a room full of Italians-- FRANK PINELLO: Oh, what's up, Thomas? What's going on with everybody? I had never imagined I would take that walk with Bill. Hi. How are you? Everybody sit down. Eat.