L&B Spumoni Gardens

L&B Spumoni Gardens

Pizzeria, Ice Cream Parlor, and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Gravesend, Brooklyn
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    Mike L.
    "The square slice is fantastic, but the round is delicious as well."(38 Tips)
    George R.
    "The best spumoni, Italian ices and Sicilian pizza in the universe."(22 Tips)
    David B.
    "Fantastic square pizza slices that will fill you up for cheap."(20 Tips)
    Natalie P.
    "Always get the Chef's table and be amazed."(8 Tips)
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  • Elvis R.
    Elvis RodricksOctober 7, 2017
    Finally got here and it was worth it. Have a spacious outdoor. More importantly the square pizza - the sauce stood out along with the crust (crusty out and soft on the inside). By far the best in nyc.
  • Nicki C.
    Nicki CostanzaSeptember 3, 2013
    Parking can be a pain, but it's so worth it! Best pizza in New York. I drive over an hour for a slice! Be sure you get some Spumoni on the way out! No matter how full you are, there's always room
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 9, 2015
    Sprawled out over multiple buildings, Brooklyn's most famous Italian-American dining complex is part ice cream parlor, part pizzeria, with a broader Italian restaurant thrown in for good measure.
  • James K.heart icon on user image
    James KiernanJanuary 21, 2017
    I'm typically not a big fan of Sicilian style but it's definitely the way to go here. Also suggest starting with the pear salad which is fresh and perfectly seasoned. Enjoy!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 27, 2016
    With a huge collection of picnic tables, some exposed to the elements and others in a tented pavilion, L & B (founded in 1939 in Gravesend) offers three eateries to choose from. Read more
  • Will H.heart icon on user image
    Will HarahanOctober 25, 2018
    Not as great as I remembered from the last time I was here, but still pretty damn good, and of course it’s unique. Get the plain squares, no toppings necessary.
  • Soo Y.heart icon on user image
    Soo YooMarch 30, 2023
    Right when you think it’s all about the square slice at the place named after gelato (spumoni), you try their delicious chicken piccata with fresh veggies in garlic oil~ and need to try more!
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 17, 2014
    The L & B square slice has a dense, slightly sweet crust that's faintly reminiscent of a biscuit. The dough is first topped with mozzarella then tomato sauce and a thin layer of Pecorino-Romano. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 1, 2016
    Sure, the namesake spumoni at L&B Spumoni Gardens is top-notch, but devotees of the softer stuff know to ask for the pitch-perfect creamsicle twist, served only in summer. Read more
  • Oliver N.heart icon on user image
    Oliver NippletwistNovember 25, 2017
    The pizza is a real-deal. One of the best I’ve ever had. Authentic Brooklyn-style vibe. Get a square from Sicilian classic! A must have
  • Tom M.heart icon on user image
    Tom MMarch 12, 2018
    Love this square. Dense crust. Somewhat sweet. Nice crunch. Upside down...cheese first, sauce on top....and some pecorino Romano cheese sprinkled over it.
  • Michael F.heart icon on user image
    Michael FrescottDecember 4, 2013
    Even when I dine in, I never leave without at least two pies (or a "full tray" as it's properly called) to bring home for family and friends. L&B square is the best pizza you'll ever have. Guaranteed.
  • Paul M.
    Paul McnameeMay 20, 2014
    We had a great time. The wait was long but we started with a half pizza outside then moved over to dinner. Baked clams and chicken pram were awesome. Don't miss the Spumoni
  • Renz P.heart icon on user image
    Renz PeeFebruary 2, 2020
    Food is delicious. I ordered potato croquettes, pasta primavera, pasta with eggplant and mushroom, and salad. I enjoyed every bit of it
  • Catherine R.heart icon on user image
    Catherine RitortoApril 20, 2013
    I used to sit inside and eat a grape nut salad.. to die for and then i tried the square.. Yummy! Now I'm obsessed owner gave me a card it said chefs table & I hear its a great experience! Can't wait!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 20, 2013
    L&B's Sicilian slice reverses the standard tomato-cheese order, placing the mozzarella directly on the dough and the sweet/tart sauce on top, along with a handful of grated Pecorino.
  • Kinoheart icon on user image
    KinoAugust 22, 2014
    L&B was founded in 1939 by Ludovico Barbati. $2.50 per Round (regular) or delicioso Square (Sicilian) slice. Toppings for pies only. No cc min. Pistachio Spumoni is good. Yes parking. Outdoor seating.
  • lily m.heart icon on user image
    lily meyerDecember 22, 2015
    The cheese is under the sauce on their famous Sicilian style pizza. That lets the cheese really melt into the bread. It's perfect.
  • Mike L.heart icon on user image
    Mike LMay 25, 2018
    The square slice is fantastic, but the round is delicious as well. Make sure to save room for some spumoni!
  • Lucia D.heart icon on user image
    Lucia DiSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Yes, it may be overrated but still the best!!! Some of us have 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70 years of memories coming here. The pizza is very good and the ambiance is one of a kind. It's addictive. ❤❤❤❤
  • Max S.
    Max SklarAugust 19, 2014
    Brooklyn's premier sicilian slice. The dough consistency is perfect! When discussing toppings, the waiter leans in and tells us in perfect Brooklyn, "ya don't wanna spoil it"
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 29, 2017
    Fewer scenarios scream summer like upside-down Sicilian sheet pizza and a spumoni at this Brooklyn legend. Read more
  • Ben K.heart icon on user image
    Ben K.July 4, 2016
    The best Sicilian pizza anywhere. Order a whole or 1/2 tray and save room for a rainbow spumoni for dessert.
  • 3FLOZ
    3FLOZJuly 15, 2011
    Family owned for 70 years! Well worth the drive or the train ride out. The sicilian squares are the way to go. Huge squares! Sit out side & order at their counter - every laid back and a perfect summe
  • Joshua B.heart icon on user image
    Joshua BeckhusenAugust 13, 2014
    They have the best sicilian slices in New York! And their desserts (icecream and ices) are flavorful. Their signature desserts are the creamcicle and spumoni.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    L&B isn't exactly a tourist spot so much as a spectacular pizza restaurant, so expect a good mix of locals and out-of-towners when you bring your own family by. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    More like an amusement park than a restaurant, 3 conjoined eateries offer good Sicilian pizza, stupendous spumoni, and uneven southern Italian fare-go for anything featuring eggplant or ricotta. Read more
  • Michael J.heart icon on user image
    Michael JosephJune 23, 2014
    Pizza is good and that linguine with lobster and mix of fish plater for 30 bucks cant go wrong feeds 3 people place is still on point dont care what anyone says♡
  • Doris H.
    Doris HuMay 20, 2015
    The sausage & pepper roll is amazing! The spumoni is worth a try too. Also, sitting outdoors is more fun than being inside (also cheaper).
  • Lisa V.heart icon on user image
    Lisa VignaSeptember 10, 2019
    Try the rigatoni with sausage and broccoli rabe. You won’t be disappointed!
  • New York Post
    New York PostApril 23, 2015
    "If you wanna have a New York pizza, you gotta go out to L&B. I only get the square Sicilian pie — I usually go plain or I go eggplant." - Mario Batali Read more
  • Maria S.heart icon on user image
    Maria SolnechnajaAugust 31, 2015
    Tried square pizza. Dough is really good. A lot of marinara sauce(tastes good) - won't be back. Huge line. And it's to try once.
  • Slice Pizza Blog
    Slice Pizza BlogNovember 11, 2010
    Chances are you know this already, but if you're a noob to L&B, the square slices (or pies) are a must! Finish it off with pistachio spumoni. Read more
  • Candice R.heart icon on user image
    Candice RiveraJuly 24, 2016
    Possibly the best Sicilian slice and the regular slices have that coal oven taste! A great New York slice! Service is exceptional too!
  • Jackie C.heart icon on user image
    Jackie CJuly 14, 2017
    Everything is great here--food service, and atmosphere. I enjoyed pizza, baked ziti, and a dessert platter. It was all amazing!
  • Remy M.heart icon on user image
    Remy MartinJuly 29, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    You can’t get better than their square slices. Than go for the spumoni. You won’t regret it
  • Jesse B.heart icon on user image
    Jesse BagelsMarch 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A Brooklyn staple, when you rate NY pizza you bypass this and DiFara's and then start, this is a whole different echelon of slice
  • Christina B.heart icon on user image
    Christina BarbosaMarch 26, 2015
    The soft dough of the crust is what makes this pizza amazing! Get the squares you wont regret it.
  • Vivienne G.heart icon on user image
    Vivienne GucwaSeptember 13, 2014
    Get the square slice. It's the best slice of pizza in NYC. Then, get the spumoni. You are welcome.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SalboMarch 18, 2013
    I'm not a fan. The ingredients are good. It's my wife's favorite sheet. Everyone I know loves their sicilian. It tastes too much like desert, like a layer cake. I'd take Armando's in Canarsie.
  • Daniel M.heart icon on user image
    Daniel MontalvoSeptember 30, 2017
    If you want square that literally melts in your mouth Not to mention look at the pic “you can’t turn down the dessert”!
  • L. T.heart icon on user image
    L. T.July 25, 2015
    Get the square pizza! The sauce is just plain perfect. Crispy thick crust. Also, the service is amazing. A really great neighborhood place.
  • Adam A.heart icon on user image
    Adam AtiaApril 7, 2016
    Of course, you have to go for the square, followed by some spumoni (rainbow, which is chocolate, pistachio, and creamalotta together, I think).
  • Jack G.heart icon on user image
    Jack GashiFebruary 9, 2015
    Place is classic Brooklyn - the decor, the staff, the patrons. The pizza is amazing - sweet and saucey. Finish with a Spumoni for desert.
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    aAugust 5, 2016
    Everything is excellent, the vodka sauce with vermicelli is VERY recommended! Square pie is unusual and worth a try too.
  • Rich M.
    Rich MDecember 1, 2011
    Its sloppy, its quick its Squares L&B style. Dough, cheese then sauce, great taste expect a wait on hot Brooklyn nights then get a spumoni ice cream to cool off. A Bensonhurst tradition
  • Lisa V.heart icon on user image
    Lisa VignaSeptember 10, 2019
    Sicilian eggplant over ziti is to die for
  • DANGER T.
    DANGER TAMOctober 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't go to the fancy restaurant part. Just grab a couple of squares and enjoy the picnic tables out front. Save some room for spumonis, duh!
  • Noah X.
    Noah XifrJuly 24, 2013
    Easily the best Sicilian slice I've had in a long time. But still get the 1&1, Round regular & square Sicilian. Finish w the namesake Spumoni icees. Yum & done.
  • Tara D.heart icon on user image
    Tara DeVincenzoSeptember 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    can never go wrong with rainbow spumoni but if you want to switch it up have their homemade tiramisu ice cream. sprinkles optional.
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