Giovanni's specializes in brick-oven pizzas with an unusually thick crust, chunky tomato sauce, and great latitude in topping selection. The same pies are cheaper if you get them made in the regular oven, but who would be so crazy? We sat in the funky front room, but there is also a more formal restaurant in back. After pizza, step across the street to Madonia Brothers Bakery (2348 Arthur Avenue, 718-295-5573) and grab a cannoli--the rich ricotta filling is squirted into the shell when you order, so the pastry stays crunchy.
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