by Julie Besonen, 06/08/2011
Photo: Adam Kuban
1969 86th St., 718-946-1292, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
"Hiya, Tony—two or three?" the pizza lady at Lenny's asks John Travolta during the opening sequence of Saturday Night Fever (1977). "Two, two, gimme two, that's good," Tony says, a signal that he's trying to better himself. While swinging a paint can, he wolfs down the pizza, two slices jammed together (see above), during his epic strut through Bensonhurst to the beat of the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive." Lenny's is still very much alive, embraced by working-class locals and teenagers who stop in for a slice after school. Its connection to the movie world is memorialized on the wall with blown-up photos of a smiling Travolta and his friend Sylvester Stallone, who's swaddled in a white fur coat and holding a folded slice in a bejeweled hand. In addition to pizza with a slew of toppings, look for fat heros, pepperoni pinwheels and meatball rolls. You can sit at one of the pizzeria's tables if you don't plan on re-creating Travolta's eat-to-the-beat scene.