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“Best Pizza in Sch'dy, hands down.”

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Marino's Flying Pizza
Ranked #52 of 294 Restaurants in Schenectady
Cuisines: Pizza
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

Marino's flying pizza is the best pizza in the city of Schenectady and possibly in the state of New York! This little restaurant on State St. is great for dining in or taking a pizza home. Other menu greats include the veal parm and the steak sandwich, but even those don't compare to the fabulous pizza!!

The only possible complaint about this place would be the over abundance of Red Sox paraphernalia around the bar area!

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Reviewed March 29, 2009

This is a simple Italian restaurant specializing in what some call "NY-Style Pizza". But, "NY-Style Pizza" actually means different things to different people.

Some people - generally NYC tourists or transient students - think of "NY-Style Pizza" as being the type that attempts to make each slice a complete meal. This type of pizza (best exemplified by Ray's Famous Pizza in Greenwich Village... and its many imitators, who often also use "Ray's" in their name) starts with a sturdy, chewy crust, a lake of sauce, a large mound of cheese, and - typically - is then piled high with various toppings.

The other type of "NY-Style Pizza", often referred to as "Brooklyn Pizza" by NYC locals, boasts a thin, crisp crust and a smooth, even coating of flavorful sauce and cheese. Toppings, if desired, are generally kept at a minimum in order to allow one a better appreciation for each of the noted ingredients. This is the style of pizza that Marino's excels at. And their homemade sausage is truly exemplary (sorry, but given that the sausage is not pre-cooked, it can't be added to pre-made individual slices for quick reheating, and thus, is available only on their cooked-to-order, full pies).

For a local comparison, one might try Paesan's Pizza on Central Avenue. In my opinion, they are the only local pizza place that gives Marino's a run for their money when it comes to great "Brooklyn-Style" pizza (oddly, the other Paesan's branches have never struck me as being quite as good as the Paesan's on Central). That said, Marinos reheats a bit better, so if one is buying a pie with the expectation of enjoying leftovers another day, then Marino's is the top choice.

Only possible downside to Marino's is the lack of any particular atmosphere. The dining area really needs to be more fully separated from the take-out / makeshift sports bar area. As is it, the dining area feels like an afterthought... or rather, as an adjunct to the takeout counter area. As such, its an acceptable place to hang with the guys, or maybe to take the family, but its not really a place for couples.

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