At pizza restaurants across Three Village, everyone's doing a little something to try to stand out from the rest. Here's a guide to what you'll find at each pizzeria in Three Village.
2460 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook
Manhattan Pizza's Greek salad slice ($3.45) is a huge hit among customers, with cool salad piled high atop a warm crust baked with mozzarella cheese. It's the best of both worlds. The spinach, cheese and cream sauce slice ($2.30) is a complex assembly that really works. Other slices include a shrimp scampi slice, potato and artichoke slice, and bacon double cheeseburger slice, although not every slice is available every day of the week. The pizzeria typically serves a couple of complimentary, crispy garlic knots with each slice.
1320 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook
Cataffo's serves a lively Buffalo slice ($3.50) loaded with bite-size pieces of chicken and a regular slice ($2.37) that's well-rounded with the kind of balance of cheese and sauce that only comes with experience. Pies are also available with a garlic knot crust. The restaurant offers a weekday lunch special between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., with two slices and a 16 ounce soda for $4.99, and has a Sunday special of two pies for $19.99. Stony Brook University students can also use campus cash at the pizzeria.
Little Joe's III
30 Route 25A, East Setauket
At Little Joe's III, the primavera slice ($3.50) is not to be missed. The Buffalo slice ($3.50) is an ultra-spicy, ultra-thick piece of pizza with huge chunks of chicken – fork and knife and side of bleu cheese recommended. Other specialties include a deep-dish stuffed meat pie and a Grandma slice rated the best on Long Island in 2009 by the website worstpizza.com. Little Joe's III uses citric acid-free and sodium-free tomatoes in its sauce, making it "the closest thing to organic you can buy," according to owner Michael Lacagnino.
205 Route 25A, East Setauket
Via's eggplant crispina ($3.68) is stacked with a thick slice of breaded eggplant, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Ask for balsamic dressing on top; it's one of the most exciting slices in town. Grandma, Buffalo, and baked ziti slices are also known to fly out the door at Via. Specialty pies include barbeque chicken, ranch with chicken, bacon and scallion, and spinach and broccoli alfredo. The restaurant also offers gluten-free pizza.
Station Pizza and Brew
1099 Route 25A, Stony Brook
Station's regular slice ($1.95) is a satisfying, well-executed blend of cheese and sauce on a crisp crust done just right, but it's the Buffalo slice ($3.15) that draws customers from all over, according to co-owners Ken and Tom. Don't forget to try the garlic knots, which are oversized and loaded with bits of garlic. Other popular offerings are the stuffed pizza, available in meat, vegetable or a combination of the two, and the chicken parmesan slice. On Mondays and Wednesdays, Station offers a $2 discount on pick-up orders between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Luigi's Pizzeria & Restaurant
1372 Route 25A, East Setauket
Luigi's offers a Grandma alla vodka slice ($3.50) that's saucy and intense. The Buffalo slice ($3.50) is on the mild side, full of flavor and topped with huge chunks of chicken. Luigi's offers what could be the largest slice in town: a single specialty pie is cut into six slices rather than the typical eight, making for a great value. Other offerings include chicken Capri, with grilled chicken, spinach, fire roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella, and a meat lovers' pizza, with pepperoni, ham, sausage and bacon.
1079 Route 25A, Stony Brook
The pizza chain recently lowered its prices and updated its recipes. The result has been a resounding success, according to Stony Brook manager Arda Bademci, who said sales have doubled in the last year. Domino's is one of the most convenient pizzerias in Three Village, with hours until 2 a.m. between Sunday and Thursday and until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and a reputation for fast delivery that Bademci says makes Domino's a favorite on the University campus. Everything is made fresh to order, with sizes including personal ($5), small ($8), medium ($10), and large ($12).
4082 Nesconset Highway, East Setauket
631-476-8600 / 631-681-6678
A gourmet pear salad slice ($3.25), with field greens, pears, nuts, gorgonzola and a raspberry dressing, is one of Three Village's most unique pizza finds. Other specialty offerings include a four cheese pie, bread crumb, grated cheese and onion pie, chicken marsala pie, and lasagna pie. Personal size pies starting at $4.95 are also available.
Fratelli's Market Place
77 Main Street, Stony Brook
Fratelli's has a top-notch selection of slices among its many offerings. The sausage and pepper slice ($3.50) is loaded with sweet sausage, roasted peppers and onions, and mozzarella cheese and is completed with balsamic vinegar, oregano and olive oil. It's a tremendous slice in terms of both taste and size. Fratelli's also features an artichoke and black olive slice ($3.50) and a Caprese slice ($3.50) topped with grilled portobella mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, parmigiana cheese, roasted peppers, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil.
O Sole Mio
2194C Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook
O Sole Mio offers a Grandpa slice ($3.50) that's nearly the size of the plate it's served on, full of breadcrumbs, onions, sauce, fresh basil and cheese. The restaurant's regular slice ($2.25) is a fine example of New York pizza, with perhaps a little more sauce than a typical slice in Three Village. The restaurant offers whole wheat crust on its made-to-order pies for an extra $2.50.