Dano’s Pizza Restaurant and Bar
235 Robbins Lane
Syosset, NY 11791
Take the Long Island Expressway
heading East. Make a
right onto Robbins Lane, and you’ll see Dano’s on the left just past an
Cheese pizza $8.30, one topping pizza
$10.30. Entrees $5-$17.
delivery with orders of $10 or more.
Free garlic knots with every pie. Visa
What can I say? Dano’s
is pretty much my favorite pizza joint in the entire world. It’s also under ninety seconds by car from
my house, which makes it incredibly convenient. It’s been open since before I was born, and since the age of four
I’ve eaten there at least once every few weeks.
The place has no atmosphere. None. It’s a counter
where you order and a bunch of old tables that look like they were ripped
straight out of the 1970s—which they probably were, since I’ve never
seen them changed in the last 20 years.
There used to be a few arcade games lining the back wall (Galaga,
1941, Spy Hunter), but they got taken out a few years ago.
There’s a bar section in the next room, but I’ve never
actually seen anyone go in there. Maybe
I will, now that I’m 21, just to see what it’s like.
But you don’t go there for the décor—you go there for the
pizza. The place has a huge
menu—calzones, parmigiana, souvlaki, heros, veal, chicken, seafood,
spaghetti, lasagna, salad—but no one ever gets any of that stuff. It might be terrific, but I’ve never once
seen anyone order anything but a pizza.
And why would you?
It’s pretty much the best pizza in the entire world. If you’re used to a Chicago style
pizza—deep dish, loaded with chunks of tomato, so thick you have to cut it with
a knife and fork—this ain’t that.
This is New York pizza to the CORE.
These pies only come in one size, and that size is MONSTROUS. It’s so big you have no choice but to pick
it up and fold it, the way Papa Luigi back in the old country intended. The crust is nice and floppy, with just the
right amount of hardness to hold it together.
Oil. Lots of oil. A thin coating of pizza sauce, and then the
cheese…ahhhh, the cheese. Toppings are
fresh and plentiful, but I usually just stick with cheese or pepperoni so I
can savor the taste of the actual pizza.
The garlic knots that you get for free with every full pizza pie
ordered are also quite good.
You can get the pizza by the slice, but for the full
effect you have to order a full pie, straight out of the oven. They’ll deliver, but pick it up or eat it in
the restaurant just so it’s extra fresh.
The cheese will be so hot and so gooey that if you don’t hold the pie
completely level, it’ll all start migrating to one side of the pan.