L&B Spumoni Gardens

L&B Spumoni Gardens

Pizza Place, Ice Cream Shop, and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Gravesend, Brooklyn
386 Tips and reviews
  • pizza
  • square slice
  • lively
  • ice cream
  • good for groups
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • James K.
    James KiernanJanuary 21
    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
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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"
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestAugust 11, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • 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♡
  • 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.
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsMarch 27, 2016
    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
  • 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
    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. ❤❤❤❤
  • Eater
    Eater3 weeks ago
    Fewer scenarios scream summer like upside-down Sicilian sheet pizza and a spumoni at this Brooklyn legend. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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).
    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!
  • 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.
  • Lesley K.
    The square pizza, with toppings or plain, is worth an hour long subway ride! The spumoni was interesting to try, but you just need to split one for a taste.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Candice R.
    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!
  • 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.
  • Jackie C.
    Jackie CJuly 14
    Everything is great here--food service, and atmosphere. I enjoyed pizza, baked ziti, and a dessert platter. It was all amazing!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Adam A.
    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).
  • 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
  • Dane B.
    Dane BJuly 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Akira
    AkiraAugust 5, 2016
    Everything is excellent, the vodka sauce with vermicelli is VERY recommended! Square pie is unusual and worth a try too.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedApril 11, 2014
    Instead of waiting in an hour-long line for grumpy service at Di Fara, enjoy Brooklyn’s actual best pizza (maybe) with a square slice here.
  • Wook
    WookApril 27, 2013
    Pizza was great, but it was cold! We went back up and got hot slices and they were amazing!
  • Brenna M.
    Brenna McCarthyAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Brooklyn's best kept secret. Order a Silician slice and ask for an end piece. The spumoni is pretty phenomenal too!
  • Tara D.
    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.
  • Gaudiness
    GaudinessJune 8, 2015
    Best pizza in Brooklyn ❤️ don't forget ice cream after ! Summer can't go wrong !
  • Susan D.
    Susan DubofskyJuly 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best square pizza, rice ball parmigiana on the planet! Also a meal isn't complete without spumoni or Italian ices!!
  • 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.
  • Carol C.
    Carol CastanedaApril 14, 2013
    Amazing food, great sit-down area, and ice cream is wonderful. Prices are great for the portions that they serve.
  • Louis M.
    Louis MattaMarch 28, 2015
    Amung the best pizza places not just in Brooklyn but the NYC area. Their squares transcend space and time.
  • David B.
    David BlackmanSeptember 10, 2014
    Fantastic square pizza slices that will fill you up for cheap. Ices. Soft serve. Creamsicle soft server. Super fast service.
  • Diana
    DianaAugust 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Order your slice by its location in the pie - corner, edge, middle. The edge slices are where it's at!
  • TeeJay V.
    TeeJay VJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Take a minute break in between slices. If you don't, you'll end up eating the whole pie and wonder to yourself how it happened.
  • Christine G.
    This place has the best square pizza . People will wait over an hour on line for a pie. That alone will tell you how good it is.
  • Ben K.
    The best Sicilian pizza anywhere. Order a whole or 1/2 tray and save room for a rainbow spumoni for dessert.
  • 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
  • michael n.
    michael nerenburgJuly 12, 2014
    their Sicilian pizza is decent, but the food in the dining room is horrendous. place is littered with some of the fattest people I've ever seen who must think the Olive garden is good Italian food.
  • Jeremiah M.
    Jeremiah McCormickJune 17, 2016
    Sicilians all day. Half tray, full tray whatever works for you. The ice cream is amazing as well.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 6, 2011
    Thick crusts slathered with tomato sauce. The hearty slices are in squares and we can assure you one square is never enough!
  • 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.
  • Fred S.
    Fred SayedMay 16, 2013
    Must get a square , or 1/2 tray of squares or full tray... Life will be better with a square
  • Urban Oyster
    Urban OysterJuly 29, 2011
    Probably the best value around for a fantastic slice and a beer. A go-to place for a cheap, fun outing in Bensonhurst.
  • Don
    DonJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're driving in and their lot is full, do NOT park on 86th near the restaurant. Unless, of course, you want to be boxed in by double-parkers.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacMarch 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Order extra, it's even better reheated the next day!
  • Ramya S.
    Ramya SampathAugust 4, 2014
    Of course the Spumoni is amazing, but the soft serve is also the best I've ever had!
  • Soo Y.
    Soo YooAugust 22, 2014
    Avoid the "round" pizza. It's all about the square Sicilian here. Must tip off with their famous tri-flavor ice cream! Do not go home without it!
  • 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
  • Fanny C.
    Fanny ChanJune 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    aside from their infamous sicilian spice, top off your night w/ their vanilla orange swirl ice cream. must have!
  • 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!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMay 31, 2012
    It's summer time, which means time for you to enjoy the weather while you grub on pizza, pasta and refreshing ice cream at L&B's outdoor seating area.
  • Lesley S.
    Lesley SmithMay 21, 2016
    The tray of pizza w/ the sauce on top of the cheese is legit. Get the spumoni ice cream.
  • Nil S.
    Nil SenerMay 17, 2014
    One word to describe the pizza is "Awesome".... And the calamari is the best I've tried!!!
  • Bruno C.
    Bruno CarvalhoSeptember 23, 2014
    The baked clams. God, GET the baked clams! And the artichokes. And the penne alla vodka.
  • 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
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinAugust 1, 2015
    Sauce is fantastic, worth a trip if you're in the area
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 3, 2016
    "The Sicilian is just so addictive. Don’t make the mistake of ordering a 'slice'—they’ll look at you weird." - Chef Nick Anderer Read more
  • Nick I.
    Nick IntrabartolaJune 24, 2014
    best square slice in the state! cap off your tasty square with some spumoni!
  • Mark H.
    Mark HannaSeptember 2, 2016
    Get the full tray and get ready to gorge yourself with the best pizza you'll ever have.
  • Sasha B.
    Sasha BApril 28, 2013
    Top 5 pizzas in NYC. Very unique "square pie". Not your everyday brick oven pizza.
  • Kris
    KrisApril 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Never go wrong with getting a square and ending with a pistachio icee!
  • leo k.
    leo kyivOctober 14, 2014
    good pizza here. i prefer round pie with extra mushrooms
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MontalvoApril 25, 2015
    Best Sicilian in New York. Best Italian food ever hands down. A real gift to Brooklyn.
  • Vivienne G.
    Vivienne GucwaSeptember 13, 2014
    Get the square slice. It's the best slice of pizza in NYC. Then, get the spumoni. You are welcome.
  • Christopher K.
    Christopher KimMarch 3, 2012
    The food here is great! Cansee why there are so many positive reviews! Portions are huge so come hungry!
  • Samuel E.
    Samuel ElbazApril 18, 2013
    Best Pizza in the world! if you don't order a sicilian slice your missing out on life.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RNovember 5, 2013
    Cool atmosphere niice seating outside. not sure what they hype is all about with the pizza but the ice cream is awesome..
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChoApril 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the square. Always get the square. Then finish up with a cup of spumoni...a pint doesn't hurt either!
  • Eileen L.
    Eileen LaunonenSeptember 29, 2015
    Everything.... Best square on the planet earth!!! That's Sicilian pizza for those of you who don't no
  • Vinny M.
    Vinny MeliDecember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit in the restaurant and order the Chefs Special. $55 a person. Awesome
  • Mike M.
    Mike MusarellaDecember 20, 2014
    Sausage and broccoli rabe is awesome😉😉😉 in a sandwich or over pasta😋😋😋
  • 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!
  • Christina
    ChristinaDecember 30, 2014
    The best Sicilian pizza I have ever tasted. Cap off the meal with spumoni!
  • Ben R.
    Ben RobinsonDecember 24, 2014
    Get the famous square pizza. If you don't you'll regret it. 10 out of 10
  • cherrie s.
    cherrie sageJuly 24, 2012
    Best Pizza Ever. Ate there back in 98', and can't wait to return to NY to try again. They do NOT know how to make Pizza in TN.
  • PizzaSnobo p.
    Good pizza but not as good as all the hype. The Sicilian slices are soft with the sauce on top of the cheese, which seems to be part of the draw. Regular slices are gooey in a good way.
  • Christina S.
    Christina SquitieriJune 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The sicilian/square is the best slice in the US. don't forget to end with a spumoni!
  • Good food B.
    Good food BXL & coAugust 31, 2015
    Ici, on vous sert la pizza à la sicilienne ! Pizza sur pâte épaisse, mélange entre une pâte à pain et brioche.
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