What is Grandma Pizza?

For years, Grandma-style pizzas were only made at home by Italian-American grandmothers. Then, in the late 60s and early 70s, New York pizzerias brought it to the counter, where it found a massive following.

Grandma pies are cooked in a pan with ample olive oil to obtain a crispy bottom layer that can support lots of melted cheese and tangy tomato sauce. It’s hip to be square, and not just in NYC – find Grandma-style pizza near you.

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Grandma Pizza Near You
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Carnegie NY Style Pizza Rolls Bowls
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44050 Ashburn Shopping Plz, Ashburn, VA 20147
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Manny & Olga's Pizza
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$3.50 Delivery
8118 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
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Manny & Olga's Pizza
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$3.50 Delivery
11222 Georgia Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902
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Manny & Olga's Pizza
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1641 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
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Manny & Olga's Pizza
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$3.50 Delivery
8107 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Manny & Olga's Pizza
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$3.50 Delivery
3624 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
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Manny & Olga's Pizza
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$3.50 Delivery
1841 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
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Fuel Pizza & Wings
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$2.00 Delivery
1606 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006
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White Rabbit Gastropub
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$6.90 Delivery
18 Market Space, Frederick, MD 21701
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Fuel Pizza & Wings
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$2.00 Delivery
600 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
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Wiseguy Ny Pizza
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Free Delivery
300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Manny & Olga's Pizza
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$3.50 Delivery
2117 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018
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Manny & Olga's Pizza
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$3.50 Delivery
1409 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
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Mario's Pizza
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36 W Main St, Berryville, VA 22611
Grandma Pizza in New York
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Lenz's Delicatessen
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514 E 20th St, New York, NY 10009
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Corporate Chef Cafe & Catering
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$6.90 Delivery
50 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
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Chelsea Bagel & Pizzeria
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$2.00 Delivery
62 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016
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Majestic Pizza
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$5.00 Delivery
8 Cortlandt St, New York, NY 10007
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Teresa's Brick Oven Pizza & Cafe
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Free Delivery
51 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019
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Fresco's Pizzeria
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$2.99 Delivery
804 W 187th St, New York, NY 10040
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Peperino NYC Pizza
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$2.00 Delivery
21 West End Ave, New York, NY 10023
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Saba's Pizza
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Free Delivery
403 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
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Brooklyn Pizza Master
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$2.99 Delivery
1055 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10022
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Marinara Pizza
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Free Delivery
483 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024
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Made in New York Pizza
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Free Delivery
421 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
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Garlic New York Pizza
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Free Delivery
629 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016
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Saba's Pizza
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Free Delivery
1217 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10028
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Il Mattone Tribeca
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49 Beach St, New York, NY 10013
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Victorio's Pizza Plus
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348 West 145th St, New York, NY 10039
Grandma Pizza in Philadelphia
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Cosimo's Pizza Cafe
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$2.00 Delivery
8624 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
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Little Italy Pizza & Trattoria
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$2.00 Delivery
342 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Italian Express
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$2.00 Delivery
2641 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Little Italy Pizza
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$2.00 Delivery
901 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Pizzeria Pesto
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$1.00 - $2.00 Delivery
1925 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
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J & J South Philly Pizza
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$1.50 Delivery
1177 South 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Corleone Pizza & Grill
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$2.00 Delivery
8004 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152
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Milano's Pizzeria & Grill
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$1.75 Delivery
127 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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NYPD Pizza
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$5.00 Delivery
140 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Angelina's Pizzeria
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$6.90 Delivery
3231 Powelton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Angelina's Pizzeria
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$6.90 Delivery
327 W York St, Philadelphia, PA 19133
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Four Sons Pizzeria
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2500 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19139
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Lisa's Pizza
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3132 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134
Grandma Pizza in Brooklyn
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Jimbo's Hamburger & Pizza Palace
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404 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Bella Pizza
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208 Livingston St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Café Au Lee
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193 Lee Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Pete's Place
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5620 1st Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
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Metro Bagel & Cafe
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5811 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
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Mancini's Woodfired Pizza
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8504 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
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Mark's Red Hook Pizza
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Free Delivery
326 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Pizza Daddy
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6422 Bay Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11204
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Antonio's Pizza
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318 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Beverley Pizza & Cafe
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358 E 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11218
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Brooklyn Pizza Crew
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$1.50 Delivery
758 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
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Nonno's Pizza
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8816 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
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The House of Pizza & Calzone
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132 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Da Nonna Rosa
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140 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Not Ray's Pizza
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694 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Grandma Pizza in Staten Island
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Ciro Pizza Cafe
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$4.00 Delivery
862 Huguenot Ave, Staten Island, NY 10312
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Basil Cucina & Catering
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1686 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302
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DOUGH by Licastri
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1456 Richmond Rd, Staten Island, NY 10304
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Amici Brick Oven Pizza
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6309 Amboy Rd, Staten Island, NY 10309
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Mimmo's Brick Oven Pizza & Trattoria
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Free Delivery
15 Giffords Ln, Staten Island, NY 10308
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Ti Amo Pizza
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3555 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314
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A & S Pizza
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87 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY 10301
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Pizza Mia
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Free Delivery
529 Tompkins Ave, Staten Island, NY 10305
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Rosebank Pizza
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1372 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10305
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Joe & Pat's
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$3.00 Delivery
1758 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314
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Bravo Pizza
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Free Delivery
413 New Dorp Ln, Staten Island, NY 10306
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Prime Pizza Kitchen
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Free Delivery
1778 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
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Brooklyn's Finest Pizza
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Free Delivery
1250 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
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Mangia
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Free Delivery
7517 Amboy Rd, Staten Island, NY 10307
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DiLeo's Pizzeria
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2491 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314

A brief history of Grandma Pizza

Grandma pizza is a type of thin, square pizza originating from Long Island, New York. It was primarily cooked at home by the Italian women who immigrated to the US with their families.

Like other pizza types, the Grandma pizza history is connected to the Italian immigrants who came to the US with their secret family recipes.

The Italian women prepared pies just like their grandmothers did back home, hence the name. Grandma pizza was primarily prepared and eaten at home.

However, there are theories that the Grandma pizza was invented by Umberto Corteo in his family-owned pizza restaurant Umberto's in the late 1960s. The story says he made the restaurant employees' some Grandma pie but was later convinced to start selling it.

The Grandma pie became so popular that many other restaurants decided to put it on the menu, and soon it spread through NY boroughs. In recent years it gained even more popularity and can be found even in cities outside New York.

The characteristics of Grandma pizza

The ingredients typically used for a grandma pie are cheese and tomato over a thin dough. The cheese goes first, directly over the dough, and the sauce is poured on top. Even though Grandma pie is delicious just like this, some pizzerias add additional toppings to it. The dough is made from flour, water, and yeast and is left to proof shortly before baking. It is then stretched into an olive oil coated rectangle pan, which results in a crispy bottom crust.

Grandma vs. Sicilian Pizza


Even though grandma pie is often compared to Sicilian pizza, there are two main differences between them. It takes longer for the Sicilian dough to rise, which results in a thicker and softer, focaccia-like crust. On the other hand, Grandma pie has a thinner, denser crust.

Secondly, there is a difference in the sauce. While Grandma pizza has more garlicky tomato sauce, the Sicilian pie is characterized by a sweeter sauce. Still, both Grandma and Sicilian pies are made in a rectangle pan and are cut into square slices.

Nutritional value of Grandma Pizza


A slice of Grandma pizza can have from 250 to 450 calories, regarding the toppings. 47% of the calories come from the carbs, 35% from the fats and 17% come from the protein.

If you want to lower your calorie intake, opt for classic Grandma pizza with mozzarella and tomato sauce, without additional toppings.

Looking for a mouthwatering Grandma pizza near you? The NY pizzerias Fresco’s and Pizza Italia have delicious Grandma pizza with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, and fresh garlic. You can get them for pickup or delivery with just one tap via Slice app.

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