This week's reason why Levittown is unique? Pizza, pizza, pizza!
Patch embarked upon an epic journey through Levittown's many pizzerias to find the five tastiest plain cheese slices in the neighborhood.
Our mission led us from the eastern outskirts of town all the way back to the border of East Meadow on Hempstead Turnpike. We discovered that Levittown-area pizzerias offered many variations on the cheese slice, ranging from the traditional thin-crust New York style to the much doughier Chicago deep-dish.
In no particular order, here are five local pizzerias with plain cheese slices that are anything but plain:
- Calda (2980 Hempstead Tpke.)
They have been serving Long Island for over 30 years, but their Levittown location has only been open since 2007. In that short time span, Calda has developed a loyal following due to their reputation for excellent service. Their plain slice featured a crispy and chewy crust at an affordably priced $2.25. The cheese tasted fresh and lightly seasoned without being overly greasy.
- Porto Fino (3355 Hempstead Tpke.)
What strikes you instantly about their plain slice is that it is delightfully overflowing with zesty cheese. The line was out the door when we paid a visit, so this seemed to be the most popular pizzeria in the area.
- Segesta (303 Wantagh Ave.)
The pizza we sampled here fit the bill of a traditional New York style slice, featuring a thin crust and flavorful sauce. As an added bonus, our slice was served by All-State multi-sport athlete Julie Ballantyne, one of the most decorated stars in the history of Division High School athletics.
- Lombardo's (56 Division Ave.)
Due to their close proximity to Division Avenue High School, some of Lombardo's most frequent customers are students. Teenagers flock to this establishment because their plain slice is the most affordable in town ($2) and also one of the tastiest. The sauce on our slice was robust and topped with an ample amount of lightly seasoned cheese.
- Pat's Pizza (3527 Hempstead Tpke.)
This is one of the newest pizzerias in Levittown, but they have grown rapidly by utilizing Facebook and other social media websites to market their brand. Pat's progressive marketing approach seems to be paying off, as the restaurant was filled to the brim when we visited. The slice we sampled at this establishment had perhaps the best sauce-to-cheese ratio and a palatable crust.