L&B Spumoni Gardens

L&B Spumoni Gardens

Pizza Place, Ice Cream Shop, and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Gravesend, Brooklyn
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 27
    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
  • Nate S.
    Nate SaeteFebruary 17, 2015
    Don't bother with the menu- just order a 1/2 sheet of square (feeds 3-4 very hungry people). The pizza is good, but it's all about the experience (outside picnic tables, old school Italian families).
    Downvoted Jul 7
  • Kino
    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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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
    Upvoted Aug 25
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 1
    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
  • Michael F.
    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.
  • 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
    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
  • 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.
  • Catherine R.
    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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Guest of a Guest
    Find old school, sicilian style square slices at this Brooklyn eatery. Pasta dishes and spumoni offer a break for all you heathens who aren't feeling pizza. Read more
  • 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
  • Simon & Schuster
    Simon & SchusterDecember 23, 2010
    My favorite place for pizza is Spumoni Gardens, in Bensonhurst, where my novel is set. The sauce is so full of zest you want to eat the entire pie, says Suzanne Corso, author of Brooklyn Story. 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
  • B N.
    B NNovember 27, 2010
    Had my first taste of spumoni here on a hot day in summer '10, fainted from deliciousness but was awakened by the thick steam from a Sicilian pie. May be my fav square slice EVER as in pi pie.
  • Maria S.
    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.
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    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.
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsMarch 27
    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
  • Michael J.
    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♡
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 14, 2011
    Seen on Man v. Food, this place is a favorite well before being on the show. The square is the best square I've ever had, hands down. Save some room for the spumoni.
  • Julianne A.
    Julianne ArcarioMarch 16, 2010
    You HAVE to get Sicilian here.. that's what they're known for! And AMAZING spumoni! (I get mine w/ just chocolate and pistachio - no vanilla b/c its too sweet). BEST PIZZA EVERRR!
  • Bauzen
    BauzenJune 9, 2010
    I usually go for super-thin crust wherever I go to get pizza, but this place makes the best Sicilian-style pies anywhere and it's the only place I enjoy straying from the norm.
  • Joshua B.
    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.
  • Lucia D.
    Lucia DiSeptember 29, 2013
    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. ❤❤❤❤
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 20, 2010
    Three restaurants in one: the ice cream window, the pizzeria, and the sit-down sicilian place. They vary in quality, but the totality of the food (spumoni and gelati are A+) does it. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 26, 2012
    Sheet pizza slices with a layer of cheese under the sauce, and dough in the crust that's barely cooked. Critics' pick for best foodie adventure: Gravesend, BK.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LatorreMarch 29, 2009
    Go to L&B on a nice day, sit outside, enjoy two of the absolute best melt in your mouth Sicilian slices in the 5 boroughs, finish it off with a scoop of Spumoni.
  • Christina B.
    Christina BarbosaMarch 26, 2015
    The soft dough of the crust is what makes this pizza amazing! Get the squares you wont regret it.
  • Candice R.
    Possibly the best Sicilian slice and the regular slices have that coal oven taste! A great New York slice! Service is exceptional too!
  • Paul K.
    Paul KardousAugust 12, 2014
    The pizza is great, but the Spumoni is where it's at. Go for the mixed Spumoni, or if its a really hot day Cherry Ice, then a Spumoni!
  • Michelle
    MichelleAugust 19, 2014
    Skip the slices and go for a few of their amazing squares. The parking lot for the establishment is a bit small so don't even bother and find a space on the street nearby,if you're looking for parking
  • DANGER T.
    DANGER TAMOctober 7, 2014
    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!
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintJuly 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.
    Adam AtiaApril 7
    Of course, you have to go for the square, followed by some spumoni (rainbow, which is chocolate, pistachio, and creamalotta together, I think).
  • Cory M.
    Cory McGrathFebruary 1, 2011
    Def the best sicilian slice I've ever had. The regular slice is decent but when eating here your best bet is the sicilian. Your taste buds will thank you later.
  • Petunia G.
    Petunia GreenBeansFebruary 17, 2010
    A must visit for Pizza lovers- Back in the day the slices were bigger-and somehow better-but STILL the BEST Sicilian (square) Pizza in the US, hands down!
  • lily m.
    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.
  • Akira K.
    Akira KAugust 5
    Everything is excellent, the vodka sauce with vermicelli is VERY recommended! Square pie is unusual and worth a try too.
  • Dane B.
    Dane BJuly 10, 2015
    I don't think the square pizza quite lives up to all the hype, but that rainbow spumoni is pretty spectacular. But don't be a jabroni. Ordering it in a small paper cup is the only way to go.
  • Jack G.
    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.
  • Marina
    MarinaMay 8, 2014
    It's all about the middle slices in the square pie. Lots of sauce and cheese. I'd stay away from the round slice. The square is the shining star.
  • mikek i.
    mikek ivoAugust 25, 2010
    order the chef's table or the owner's going to give you a hug or think about ordering it next time and he'll give you a hug and some random dish free
  • 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
  • Susan D.
    Best square pizza, rice ball parmigiana on the planet! Also a meal isn't complete without spumoni or Italian ices!!
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