Anyway You Slice It
BY PATRICK KEARNS
There’s an argument to be made for Queens being the best pizza slice borough in New York City. Brooklyn’s best spots aren’t exactly known for their classic slice, and in Manhattan, there are plenty of great spots but the fancy pies and the $1 slice places crowd the field. Pizza in Queens feels a lot like the borough does: there are no-frills. With that in mind, I ventured to some of the most heralded and talked about pizza joints in the borough to see which slices were the real deal and which slices weren’t worth the hype. The rating system gives the slice a score (out of possible 10) for cheese, sauce and crust. It combines those scores together and takes the average, coming up with each slice’s IQ (It’s Queens) Rating.
12-66 150th Street
8 (cheese) + 9 (sauce) + 8 (crust) = 8.7
Looks can be deceiving at Freddy’s Pizzeria. On the exterior, the place looks like it’s been frozen in time since the 1960s, but when you walk in, it’s freshly renovated. The pizza is kind of the same way. It looks like a regular, if not unspectacular slice, but when you bite in, everything changes. The sauce packs amazing flavor and feels sparse in a really good way, and it compliments everything else in the best possible way: a seasoned sauce that doesn’t overpower the rest of the slice, which is tough to pull off. The crust has a classic crisp to it and holds the rest of the slice up well. Like some of the other top places, the cheese is firm enough that you can really chew it.
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